Diabetes Health Type 1: Mixed Martial Arts Reveals Hidden Strengths

Rob Cooper isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. After the Illinois native’s diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at 14, the teen who never really thought of himself as an athlete began mixed martial arts training, a rigorous physical workout that merges mind and body while pushing participants to their limits. “I wanted to know how to defend myself,” said Cooper, who was 17

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Once-Weekly Tanzeum for Type 2s Now Available

Tanzeum (albiglutide), a once-weekly injectable drug for type 2s from GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), USA is now available at pharmacies throughout the United States. The FDA approved U.S. sales on April 15. The drug is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1) that can be used in conjunction with other type 2 drugs. GLP-1s work by inducing the pancreas to produce more insulin when blood sugar levels begin

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Alzheimer’s New Name: Type 3 Diabetes

When news about a startling new insight into the cause of Alzheimer’s disease first emerged in 2005, it was highly speculative. But now the evidence for it has become very strong: Alzheimer’s is a form of diabetes, and the name being given to it is type 3. In Alzheimer’s, proteins called beta amyloid plaques begin replacing normal brain cells, eventually leading to the classic symptoms

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Eylea Earns FDA Approval To Treat Diabetic Macular Edema

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the eye drug Eylea for the treatment of diabetic macular edema, according to the drug makers Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a common complication for those with diabetes. Of the 29.1 million Americans with diabetes, 1.5 million have been diagnosed with DME. This occurs when the blood vessels of the retina are damaged due

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Researching the Cure Beyond The Mouse

For most of us with diabetes, diabetes cure research can feel like it’s moving at a glacial pace. If you’re a mouse, it’s probably pretty exciting, considering researchers are discovering new ways to cure you almost every day. But what progress is being made in curing this disease? Is anyone moving beyond the lab rats and into people living with diabetes? The good news is

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Newly Discovered Virus Linked To Obesity

If you thought your obesity and type 2 diabetes diagnoses were genetic “gifts” from your family, it could be a virus instead. Researchers at San Diego State University have identified a virus called crAssphage – named for the computer software that discovered it – that infects a common intestinal bacteria associated with both obesity and diabetes. The virus is present in more than half the

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Carrying a Pancreas Outside My Body

One of the pluses of having a working pancreas is that you do not often lose it. The organ just comes along for the ride, as it were, safe inside your abdomen. Type 1 diabetics have the unenviable job of carrying their pancreas-equivalent with them. If they use insulin injections, they need to have their needles and vials of medicine. If they’re on a pump

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