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April 2011

Safflower Oil Cuts Heart Disease Risk for People With Type 2 Diabetes

We all know by now that fat isn't necessarily a bad thing. Enough advertisements and recommendations for fish oil and omega-3 supplements have appeared over the past few years to make that clear. But what if "good fat" isn't just about eating fish or a taking a fishy-tasting supplement? What if that good fat can be found in a common cooking oil?

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 27, 2011

October 2010

Are You Dealing with an Ongoing Health Condition?

Better Choices, Better Health is the new online version of Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP).  This six-week, interactive workshop is designed for people with a range of chronic health conditions, including diabetes.  It is free for people in seven pilot states, thanks to a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2010

August 2010

'Sugar Crush' (Diabetes Dietary Supplement) Clinical Research Presented at the 37th Annual AADE Meeting

NaturEra, ( a dietary supplements emerging leader, this month announced the launch of its new Sugar Crush dietary supplements would take place at the American Association of Diabetes Educators meeting in San Antonio, Texas.  Sugar Crush research has been accepted for Poster presentation at the AADE meeting.  The full clinical research study ( shows that NaturEra's 'Sugar Crush' and 'Sugar Crush Daily' dietary supplement formulas used in combination lower and maintain healthy blood sugar levels for people with diabetes. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 26, 2010

July 2010

Nutraceuticals and Natural Supplements for Treating Type 2 Diabetes: An Overview

From environmentally friendly hybrid cars and heating with solar power to organic or natural foods, our culture is increasingly embracing green strategies. "Using natural dietary supplements to support healthy blood sugar levels and minimize the impact of glycation is a rational continuation of this green philosophy," says Steven Joyal, MD, vice president of Scientific Affairs and Medical Development for the Life Extension Foundation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida ( He is also author of the book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 20, 2010

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in People With Poor Diabetes Control

In a recent study of the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and glucose intolerance in people with type 2 diabetes, more than 90 percent of the type 2 diabetes patients were found to be deficient in vitamin D, with their control over the disease worsening as their deficiency increased.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 4, 2010

April 2010

Generic Drug Salsalate Continues to Show Promise

We continue to monitor the progress of studies to determine the effectiveness of salsalate, a generic aspirin-like drug, to reduce inflammation and lower blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes.  As previously reported here in October 2008 and January 2009, researchers from the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University are conducting clinical trials to determine if this well known and proven drug for joint pain can be added to the list of diabetes drugs.  Recently, results from a three-month trial were announced online in the Annals of Internal Medicine, showing that those who took salsalate demonstrated significantly improved blood glucose levels.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 10, 2010

Synthetic Molecule That Stops Diabetic Inflammation Could Become a Type 2 Therapy

Tests of an experimental drug called CPSI-1306 at Ohio State University were so successful at lowering inflammation and blood sugar levels in lab mice with type 2 diabetes that scientists consider it a prime candidate to become a new therapy for the disease. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 8, 2010

March 2010

Calcium May Help You Live Longer

A group of Swedish researchers has found that men who consume more than the recommended daily amount of calcium are less likely to die than their counterparts who consume little calcium. Their study, titled "Dietary Calcium and Magnesium Intake and Mortality: A Prospective Study of Men," appears in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 15, 2010

Gastric Bypass Surgery Could Be Key to Reversing Diabetes in Non-Obese Patients

A controversial New York doctor is poised to begin surgical trials on non-obese diabetes patients in an attempt to reverse their disease with gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Francesco Rubino, the chief of gastrointestinal surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, believes that because gastric surgery has been shown to be highly effective in remitting diabetes symptoms, the procedure should now be allowed among non-overweight type 2s.

comments 4 comments - Posted Mar 11, 2010

February 2010

I'll Get to It... Right After My Nap

I have always felt that a little snooze in the middle of the afternoon works better for me than a jolt of caffeine. However, the guilt induced by the very thought of sleeping during the day (especially at work) has kept me drinking coffee or tea instead of crashing on my desk and drooling on my keyboard.

comments 2 comments - Posted Feb 25, 2010

January 2010

Meditation Medication

Living with a chronic condition like diabetes can be a challenging and stressful experience. Unfortunately, all the worry about blood glucose and the constant effort to balance insulin against food intake and exercise can itself raise blood glucose levels. But stress management can help control the stress hormones that affect blood glucose levels. Yoga practice, for example, can have a calming effect and play a major role in stress management.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 21, 2010

November 2009

Parade Magazine's Ad Linking Gastric Banding to Type 2 Control: Opening a Campaign for a New Means of Treating Diabetes?

An ad in the November 15, 2009, edition of Parade magazine may be the opening salvo in a campaign to push adjustable gastric bands as a weight loss aid to help overweight type 2s dramatically improve their symptoms or even go into remission.

comments 3 comments - Posted Nov 18, 2009

July 2009

Naturopathic Physicians: Up and Coming Partners in Diabetes Care

After experiencing blurry vision and excessive thirst, Mr. R visits his primary care doctor, who tests him and diagnoses diabetes and high lipid levels.  Mr. R is placed on hypoglycemic and statin medications and sent to a dietitian for nutritional advice, but he is confused about to how to shop and cook according to the new recommendations.  In the next weeks, he experiences dangerous blood glucose swings and inadequate improvement in his LDL level.  His primary care doctor refers him to an endocrinologist, but the next available appointment is three months away.  What now?

comments 6 comments - Posted Jul 24, 2009

Dude! Marijuana Could Be the Basis for a Type 2 Drug

UK-based GW Pharmaceuticals has entered into a strategic alliance with Professor Mike Cawthorne and the Clore Laboratory, University of Buckingham, to research the use of cannabinoids-chemical compounds derived from marijuana-in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jul 5, 2009

May 2009

Plastic Fantastic: Protective Device Fends Off Immune System Attacks on Transplanted Precursor Cells

Significant relief for people with type 1 diabetes could soon come in the form of a device made from a thermoplastic resin commonly used as a coating for cookware, gaskets, and hoses.

comments 2 comments - Posted May 20, 2009

October 2008

Increasing Diabetes Prevention and Control in African American Communities

The National Diabetes Education Program has developed a curriculum designed to provide program leaders with the tools they need to increase diabetes prevention and control within African American communities.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 27, 2008

August 2008

Following Dr. Bernstein on Holiday

At the beginning of 2007, we began studying guidebooks and making reservations for a long-anticipated trip to New Zealand and Australia. With limited funds and so much we wanted to do, we decided our budget would go farther if we stayed at hostels. At the same time, we were concerned about Al’s rising blood sugar scores. After visiting relatives during Christmas and celebrating the New Year, Al’s morning scores were as high as 154 mg/dl.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 14, 2008

July 2008

Metformin May Aid in Weight Loss for Obese Pre-Diabetic Teen Girls
Metformin May Aid in Weight Loss for Obese Pre-Diabetic Teen Girls

Metformin, combined with dietary changes and exercise, seems to help obese pre-diabetic adolescents, especially girls, lose weight, says a report in the June 2008 Journal of Pediatrics.

comments 8 comments - Posted Jul 11, 2008

June 2008

Diabetes Getting You Down? Women Can Improve Their Inner Care by Focusing on Their Outer Beauty for a Day
Diabetes Getting You Down? Women Can Improve Their Inner Care by Focusing on Their Outer Beauty for a Day

How would you describe a minor hiccup in your daily care that  just happens out of the blue, especially when just moments before, you felt fine and everything seemed perfect? That’s a ‘diabetes bad hair day’ according to Divabetic, a national nonprofit diabetes outreach organization, currently on tour with its free national diabetes outreach program, ‘Novo Nordisk Presents: Divabetic – Makeover Your Diabetes.’

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 19, 2008

Experimental Heart Drug Shows Unexpected Benefit In Preventing Onset of Diabetes
Experimental Heart Drug Shows Unexpected Benefit In Preventing Onset of Diabetes

Canadian researchers report that succinobucol, an anti-oxidant drug used to treat cardiovascular inflammation, appears to have a beneficial effect in lowering the risk of developing diabetes. Even patients who already have diabetes, they say, achieve better blood sugar control while on the drug.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 19, 2008

May 2008

Hot Tub Therapy For People With Diabetes
Hot Tub Therapy For People With Diabetes

Is it possible that a dip in the hot tub can cause a dip in the blood sugars? According to a pilot study that appeared in the September 16 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), "hot tub therapy" helped a group of type 2s reduce their blood sugars, lose weight and improve sleep patterns.

comments 11 comments - Posted May 23, 2008

March 2008

Type 2 Diabetes May Be Caused by Intestinal Dysfunction
Type 2 Diabetes May Be Caused by Intestinal Dysfunction

NEW YORK – Growing evidence shows that surgery may effectively cure type 2 diabetes – an approach that not only may change the way the disease is treated, but that introduces a new way of thinking about diabetes.

comments 18 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2008

Health Care: You and Your Diabetes

For people with diabetes, healthcare is just plain more involved. Hospitalizations require extra work because you must control your diabetes during your stay, and insurance can be problematic because insurers are often unwilling to pay for what you need.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 9, 2008

June 2007

New Test Uses Light to Detect Type 2 Diabetes

If you want to brown meat really nicely, add sugar and then fry it up. If you want insides as inflexible as burnt barbeque, years of elevated blood sugar will do the job in much the same manner.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 17, 2007

September 2006

Vitamins & Supplements Research
Vitamins & Supplements Research

CAM Therapy Popular With Diabetics

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

November 2005

Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa L)
Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa L)

Banaba is a variety of crepe myrtle that grows in the Philippines, India, Malaysia and Australia. A tea made from the leaves is used to treat diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 1, 2005

May 2005

Tips for Choosing Herbs and Supplements
Tips for Choosing Herbs and Supplements

Herbs, supplements and other nontraditional treatments have become increasingly popular. According to a study published in the February 2002 issue of Diabetes Care, people with diabetes are more likely to use complementary and alternative medicines than other healthy individuals. Are you tempted to try any? Here is a list of tips for you to consider before you do.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 1, 2005

December 2002

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

There exists today an unprecedented amount of medical information for people with diabetes: the magazine you are holding, the Internet, television, radio—even billboard ads. We are inundated.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2002

November 2002

FDA Issues Warning About Chinese Diet Pills

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to take the Chinese weight loss products Chaso (Jianfei) Diet Capsules and Chaso Genpi. The FDA reports that several people in Japan have become ill, and some have died, after taking the diet products.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2002

Naturally-Occurring Hormone Suppresses Appetite

Identifying foods that cause the release of a naturally occurring gut hormone known as PYY3-36 - or creating a pill that contains the hormone - may help in obesity control, say researchers who studied the effects of PYY3-36 in both rodents and human volunteers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2002

October 2002

Use of Alternative Medicine High in People With Type 2 Diabetes

The use of complementary and alternative medicine is higher than the national average in people with type 2 diabetes, say researchers from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who presented data at the June 2002 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in San Francisco.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2002

Use of Alternative Medicine High in People with Type 2 Diabetes

The use of complementary and alternative medicine is higher than the national average in people with type 2 diabetes, say researchers from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who presented data at the June 2002 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in San Francisco.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2002

September 2002

What’s the Alternative?

In the United States, people with diabetes are 1.6 times more likely to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) than people without diabetes, according to researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition, greater age and higher education are associated with the use of CAM, say the researchers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2002

March 2002

Don’t Stress

Cost-effective, group-based stress management programs can provide significant help for people with type 2 diabetes, say researchers from Duke University. Stress can raise blood-glucose levels by stimulating the release of counter-regulatory hormones, and it can also disrupt diabetes control by undermining diet and exercise programs and self-care routines.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2002

November 2001

Healing Light

The use of lasers in surgery and to treat diabetic retinopathy is well known. A different type of laser, low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is now making news in medical circles.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

July 2001

New Therapy for Kids

Not much strikes fear into the hearts of the parents of a type 1 child than one who is sick and cannot hold his or her food down or who refuses to eat. But researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, have found a solution.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2001

October 2000

Acupuncture Decreases Insulin Resistance in Rats

Acupuncture has been used in China for years to improve the body's use of sugar. Centuries of personal experience support this claim, but few scientific records on the efficacy of these methods exist.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2000

July 1999

Electrotherapy Provides Relief to Type 2 Patients with Neuropathy

Electrotherapy provided pain relief to approximately 85 percent of patients with peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a complication that afflicts greater than 36 percent of people with type 2 diabetes. Its symptoms include painful and burning sensations that affect the feet and ankles. Because there is a misunderstanding of peripheral neuropathy's development, several different treatment regimens have been prescribed over the years to treat the accompanying discomfort.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1999

May 1999

Electroacupuncture Lowers Blood Sugars in Rats With Type 2 Diabetes

Electroacupuncture (EA) is from a traditional Chinese therapy that combines traditional needle acupuncture and massage.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 1999

Aspirin Therapy Proven to Reduce Mortality Rates in People with Type 2 Diabetes

According to an Israeli study, the benefits of taking 100 and 325 mg. of aspirin daily was more beneficial to patients with type 2 diabetes than in those without diabetes. The study revealed that aspirin therapy can cut death rates among people with type 2 diabetes with coronary artery disease (CAD) by one-third.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 1999

April 1999

School Yourself on How Vitamins Benefit Diabetes Care

You rely on your physicians to recommend the best therapy, but how much do they know about vitamins and nutrition?

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 1, 1999

January 1999

The Fountain of Youth for Beta Cells?
The Fountain of Youth for Beta Cells?

PharmaTerra Inc. has staked a claim with its herbal remedy, ProBeta, which, if legitimate, could be the most profound treatment of diabetes to date.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 1, 1999

January 1997

Review of Complementary Therapies for Diabetes, Including Ginseng, Guided Imagery, Biofeedback, and Acupuncture

People with diabetes are taking steps to enhance their lives and feel better using complementary therapies in conjunction with their prescribed medical treatments. Practicing complementary therapy is a way of integrating non-western treatments with conventional medicine.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1997

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