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Diabetes and Asthma Article Archives

March 2012

Am I Doing the Right Thing?

Readers occasionally ask us for advice about drugs they are taking. When they do, we refer their questions to a medical professional. In the question below, a Florida reader expresses concerns about the interaction of her diabetes drug with the medicines she takes for asthma.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 29, 2012

May 2011

The Asthma-Diabetes Link: Real or Illusory?

Does asthma boost your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease? A new review of years of medical records suggests that it does.  Minnesota's Mayo clinic conducted the study, which looked at heaps of medical records from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. The link was straightforward. People with asthma were more likely to have both diabetes and heart disease than people without the breathing condition.

comments 2 comments - Posted May 22, 2011

October 2007

Exubera Blows It
Exubera Blows It

Exubera, the inhalable insulin, has been, to speak bluntly, a real bomb. Pretty much the entire diabetic population can say with honesty that they never inhaled.

comments 8 comments - Posted Oct 31, 2007

April 2006

Take a Deep Breath!
Take a Deep Breath!

If you have ever dreamed of taking your insulin without needles, your dream came true on January 27, 2006. That was when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Exubera (insulin of human [rDNA origin]) Inhalation Powder for treatment of adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

September 2005

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)

Holy basil, or Ocimum sanctum, is an herb native to India and is regarded as one of the most important plants used in Ayurvedic medicine.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2005

June 2002

Knowing When You’re Low

In a small study conducted by researchers in the Netherlands, a drug normally used to treat asthma and bronchitis helped to improve awareness of hypoglycemia in people with type 1 diabetes. Hypoglycemia unawareness can be a dangerous condition—a person with diabetes who cannot detect an episode of low blood glucose cannot take quick action to correct it.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2002

November 2001

Asthma Slows Inhaled Insulin Absorption

Research presented September 10 at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes suggests that people with diabetes who have asthma absorb less insulin than non-asthmatic people with diabetes when the drug is inhaled rather than injected.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

October 2001

Arm Yourself for the Cold and Flu Season

It's that time of year again—the cold and flu season—when millions of people run to their medicine cabinets for relief.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 1, 2001

May 2001

Type 1s Have a Greater Chance of Getting Asthma

Researchers in Norway found that people with type 1 diabetes may have increased chances of developing asthma, as stated in the February 24 issue of The Lancet.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

January 2000

Oral Insulin Being Tested — Insulin Sprayed Into Mouth

On May 10, Generex Biotechnology Corp. of Toronto announced it has commenced long-term, phase II clinical trials of its oral insulin. The trials will be conducted in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 7, 2000

December 1998

Companies Try to Leave Each Other in Inhalable Insulin Dust

Two more contenders have stepped into the ring in the fight for inhalable insulin. Eli Lilly and Company and Dura Pharmaceuticals, a supplier for respiratory conditions, are financially uniting efforts to achieve inhalable insulin. Using an undisclosed sum from Lilly, Dura will try to suit its technology for a dry powder inhaler (DPI) for use with insulin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 1998

August 1998

Waiting to Exhale... But Don't Hold Your Breath

Before eating lunch at a restaurant, Jim loads his foil packs of insulin into a device about the size of a large flashlight. He then presses a button which releases a cloud of insulin into the clear chamber of the device. He takes a slow, deep draw of powdered insulin into his lungs.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1998

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