The Link Between Diabetes and Hormones

Diabetes begins as a metabolic syndrome that features a combination of hormonal and nutritional imbalances. If these imbalances aren’t corrected, a pre-diabetic condition can turn into full-fledged diabetes. These hormonal imbalances can result in an inability for your body to produce the insulin that it needs to convert glucose into energy, a condition that is known as insulin resistance. When this occurs, your blood glucose

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AskNadia: Why is My Blood Sugar High After Exercise

Hello Nadia, I have type 2 diabetes. Why does my blood sugar run high after I exercise on a treadmill? RB Detroit MI Dear RB, There are many reasons why your blood sugars run high after exercising on a treadmill. My first piece of advice is to speak to your healthcare professional. If you have a blood sugar log before and after exercise, including your meals,

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Stress-Induced Hormone Imbalances Go Far Beyond Insulin in Diabetes

Stress-Induced Hormone Imbalances Go Far Beyond Insulin in Diabetes virtually anything from the stress of a long checkout line to the first signs of menopause can trigger hormone imbalances, which reveal themselves through mood swings, fatigue, migraines, memory problems, and a lackluster sex drive. Imbalances of the hormone insulin–produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar levels–are at the root of both type 1 and

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Glucagon Study Shows Promise for Type 1s

In the healthcare field today, perhaps no area holds as much promise and as many perils as weight control. Researchers see the same statistics that the rest of us do. They see the upcoming wave of obesity and diabetes diagnoses. They see the myriad complications that spring up from these conditions. And they want to address the problem in a simple way. The simplest outcome

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“Bionic Pancreas” Project Sets 4-Year Goal

Could a “bionic pancreas”-a combination of insulin pump, continuous glucose monitor and predictive software-be on the market within four years? That 2017 date is the ambitious goal of a project from researchers at Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital. Biomedical engineer Ed Damiano spilled the details in a talk at the recent Friends For Life Conference in Orlando, Fla. The meeting, hosted by the Children

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Taiwanese Study Identifies Top Three Drugs for Type 2 Glycemic Control

Researchers in Taipei, Taiwan, report that they have identified the top three drugs for reducing A1C levels in type 2 diabetes: biphasic insulin, GLP-1 analogs, and basal insulin. They hedged a little on their endorsement of GLP-1 analogs, however, by saying that although they are not decisively better at controlling A1Cs than other oral diabetes drugs, they have the advantage of helping to reduce weight

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FDA OKs Sale of Combo Drug JANUMET

The FDA has approved US sales of JANUMET® XR, a daily oral treatment for type 2 diabetes that combines sitagliptin and extended-release metformin. The drug is the fourth oral type 2 diabetes treatment introduced by Merck, which also sells JANUVIA, JANUMET, and JUVISYNC. Sitagliptin is a DPP-4 (dipeptidyl peptidase-4) inhibitor that reduces the production of glucagon, a pancreatic hormone that increases blood glucose levels. Metformin,

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The Night I Needed a Glucagon Injection

The one time I needed a glucagon injection, I didn’t have any. I had never been given a prescription for it, had no idea how to use it, and was absolutely clueless about what it did. I was into my life with type 1 diabetes about two years when it happened. It was bedtime, and I had taken my long-lasting insulin injection and was finishing

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