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Bariatric Surgery Shows Significant Effect on Obese Type 1s

Here's a development to keep your eye on: Bariatric surgery performed on a small group of morbidly obese type 1s led to considerable weight loss, improved glycemic control, and improved metabolic profiles up to three years later.

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Weekly Potpourri

Blame The Media

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Universal Screening Urged at 24 Weeks for Gestational Diabetes

A panel of medical experts has recommended that all women be tested for gestational diabetes at 24 weeks into a pregnancy.

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Organ Trafficking or Life Saver?

I recently saw a program on HBO featuring a Turkish and an Israeli physician who discussed their role in selling kidneys on the organ trafficking market. The Turk, a surgeon, saw himself as a skilled physician who is able to extend patients' lives. The Israeli, a nephrologist, saw himself as a hero. Both work in an shady industry where some people's demands and pocketbooks operate at levels far beyond our society's comfort zone: Many people consider organ trafficking to be a nefarious thing.

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Embrace It. Challenge It.

I haven't always been forthright and expressive about diabetes. There were a solid 10 years of my disease which I kept under wraps, hidden from everyone I knew. I was afraid of everything-to push myself harder than I had ever before, to allow people into my dark corner of the world, to allow myself to believe I could become anything that I wanted to be. I let my fears hinder my development and stayed sedentary during major points in my life.

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Unplugged

At some point in all of our diabetic lives, we've felt the sinking in our gut at the mere thought of a doctor's appointment and we've made plans to leave the glucose journals at home. I'm at that point now. In less than two weeks, I will be seeing my endocrinologist. I have to be honest: I'm not looking forward to the visit.

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A New Dawn for Inhalable Insulin?

Few treatments for type 1 diabetes have been as elusive and long-promised as inhalable insulin. The concept has always sounded remarkable: Instead of jabbing themselves with needles, type 1s (and insulin-using type 2s) could take a quick puff on an inhaler to get a dose of insulin.

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Algorithm Could Identify Hidden Type 2 Cases

A simple algorithm used to scan electronic health records could be a breakthrough in identifying cases of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. And that could lead to timely treatment and prevention of diabetes complications.

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Becoming Mom

Ever since I was a girl, I wanted to be a mother. I understood that I wasn't ready emotionally or physically, but at a young age I simply had the feeling that being a mother was what I was meant to do with my life. I was smart, attractive, motivated, driven, and could be anything that I wanted to be. And I wanted to be a mom.

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Metformin Better Than Insulin for Gestational Diabetes?

Insulin may not be the best first line of defense for women who develop gestational diabetes, according to the results of a new study.

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