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  • Miss Idaho Shows Off a Gorgeous Picture of ... Her Insulin Pump

    07/19/2014 6:29:34 AM PDT · by shove_it · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 18 Jul 2014 | Lilit Marcus
    Miss Idaho, aka Sierra Anne Sandison, could certainly be posting pictures of crowns and diamonds all over her Twitter page. But the beauty queen is choosing to show off another accessory — her insulin pump. Sandison, a 20-year-old diabetic, was crowned Miss Idaho last Saturday and has talked openly about how she felt when she got diagnosed with type one adult-onset diabetes in 2012. She tweeted a picture of herself lying on her bed, wearing her Miss Idaho sash and crown, a Wonder Woman sweatshirt, and an insulin pump. She tagged the photo #showmeyourpump and encouraged friends and followers...
  • Study: Single injection of protein could reverse symptoms of Type 2 diabetes

    07/17/2014 6:13:02 AM PDT · by Innovative · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2014 | FoxNews
    When mice with the human equivalent of Type 2 diabetes were injected with the protein FGF1, their blood sugar levels returned to normal over two days. Just one injection of the protein both regulated these levels and even helped reverse insulin insensitivity – the underlying cause of diabetes. Published in the journal Nature, the research on FGF1 could revolutionize diabetes treatment. In addition to being effective against diabetes, the protein has several advantages over current diabetes drugs. It does not result in dangerous side effects seen with other diabetes drugs, such as heart problems, weight gain, or hypoglycemia. Additionally, FGF1...
  • Obesity is Inflammatory Disease, Rat Study Shows

    07/07/2014 5:38:08 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 42 replies
    Sci-News ^ | 2013 December 05 | Sci-News
    Scientists led by Dr David Fairlie from the University of Queensland, Australia, have found abnormal amounts of an inflammatory protein called PAR2 in the fat tissues of overweight and obese rats and humans. PAR2 is also increased on the surfaces of human immune cells by common fatty acids in the diet. When obese rats on a diet high in sugar and fat were given a new oral drug that binds to PAR2, the inflammation-causing properties of this protein were blocked, as were other effects of the high-fat and high-sugar diet, including obesity itself. "This important new finding links obesity and...
  • Obesity-related disease trigger found, says UCSD team

    06/24/2014 10:50:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | June 13, 2014 | Bradley J. Fikes
    Obesity-related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome are triggered by a lack of oxygen in adipose cells, according to a study led by UC San Diego researchers. An excess of fatty acids causes an increase in oxygen consumption, which outstrips the supply, triggering hypoxia, the study found. This leads to inflammation in the adipose cells, which in turn leads to insulin resistance, obesity and related diseases. And that's the short version. The full chain of events is even more complicated. The study, performed in mice, points to possible therapies in people, said researchers led by Dr. Jerrold...
  • Did Our Cat Detect Hypoglycemia In My Sleeping Wife?

    06/19/2014 5:48:04 PM PDT · by who knows what evil? · 51 replies
    who knows what evil? | June 19, 2014 | who knows what evil?
    As readers of the garden thread already know; I grow loads of vegetables to supplement my wife's diet in order to manage her diabetic condition. My wife is under tremendous stress due to a dispute with neighbors here in Red Hampshire. This has been a contributing factor in the deterioration of her pancreas, and she is now on insulin. The other night, my wife was awakened by one of our Siamese rescue cats sniffing and poking around her face. This is a rescue cat that is considered 'her' cat. He waits at the door for her to come home from...
  • Progress made on a ‘bionic pancreas’ for diabetics

    06/16/2014 2:25:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 15, 2014 9:22 PM EDT | Marilynn Marchione
    Scientists have made big progress on a “bionic pancreas” to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed, doctors said Sunday. The device improved blood-sugar control more than standard monitors and insulin pumps did when tested for five days on 20 adults and 32 teens. Unlike other artificial pancreases in development that just correct high blood sugar, this one also can fix too-low sugar, mimicking what a natural pancreas does. …
  • Study: Banning Soda From Food Stamp Purchases Could Curb Obesity and Diabetes Rates

    06/10/2014 12:04:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    A new study by researchers at Stanford University is suggesting that making soda and other sugary drinks ineligible for purchase with SNAP funds could result in nearly a quarter million fewer diabetes cases in adults, and over 140,000 fewer obese children.
  • Rescue Cat Watches Over Diabetic Girl

    05/06/2014 1:55:14 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 40 replies
    HaloPets.com ^ | Caroline Golon
    When the Jansa Family adopted a small rescue cat, Pretty Pippa, from the RSPCA in Kent, UK, they never dreamed the kitty would save the life of the family’s 8-year-old daughter, Mia – over and over again. Mia has type-one diabetes, which requires her to constantly monitor her blood sugar levels. Incredibly, the little black and white rescue cat has a special ability: Pippa can detect when Mia’s blood sugar drops and the girl goes into a hypoglycemic episode. According to the RSPCA, Pippa first demonstrated her gift when she woke Mia up in the middle of night as she...
  • Glycemic Control For Fun And Litigation

    05/09/2014 9:04:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/9/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    The latest bad news concerns one more of the ill-fated thiazolidinediones (TZDs). This class of drugs was introduced in the late 1990s, and includes Avandia, Actos, and Rezulin. TZDs are PPAR-gamma agonists, meaning that they activate peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors, especially the “gamma” receptor. Such activation affects certain metabolic processes, and among other things, insulin resistance is reduced. Rezulin—notoriously fast-tracked by FDA—was withdrawn from the market in 2000, in the wake of scores of liver failures and deaths. Pfizer, the manufacturer, was on the hook for upwards of $750 million in damages. At the time, Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s...
  • Say 'No' to Bad Science

    05/06/2014 4:32:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The headline looks like a hoax-- saturated fat does not cause heart disease -- but it's real. This news is more than just another example of changing health guidelines; it's a cautionary tale about trusting the scientific consensus. For more than 50 years, the best scientific minds in America assured us that saturated fat was the enemy. Animal fat, we were instructed, was the chief culprit in causing obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Throughout my adult life, I have conscientiously followed the guidelines dispensed by the health arbiters of our age. Trusting utterly in the scientific research of...
  • Diabetes can cause your brain to SHRINK and age it by two years every decade, researchers warn

    04/30/2014 11:26:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 29, 2014 | Mark Prigg
    Type 2 diabetes could cause the brain to age by up to two years every decade a person has the disease, researchers have claimed. It is the first time diabetes has been linked to a change in the size of the brain. The study also found that, contrary to common clinical belief, diabetes may not be directly associated with small vessel ischemic disease, where the brain does not receive enough oxygenated blood. 'We found that patients having more severe diabetes had less brain tissue, suggesting brain atrophy,' said lead author R. Nick Bryan, M.D., Ph.D., professor of radiology at the...
  • Low-carb ketogenic diet takes on low-fat diet for diabetes: Undisputed winner

    04/24/2014 4:28:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 54 replies
    Examiner ^ | April 23, 2014 | Samantha Chang
    Low-carb, high-fat diets outperformed low-fat diets for managing and even reversing type 2 diabetes, Diabetes.co.uk reported. According to an eight-year study conducted by the Second University of Naples, men and women who followed the low-carb, higher-fat Mediterranean diet were able to come off their diabetes drugs and reverse their diabetes symptoms more readily than people who followed a low-fat diet.In the study, two groups of diabetic men and women were instructed to either follow a low-fat diet or a low-carb, high-fat Mediterranean diet that was comprised of at least 30% fat.The results showed that the higher-fat, low-carb dieters were able...
  • Diabetes Complication Rates Drop Among U.S. Adults

    04/24/2014 3:40:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    HealthDay News via Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 16, 2014 | Serena Gordon
    The rates of five serious complications from diabetes -- heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputations and death -- have all dropped dramatically since 1990, a new U.S. government study shows. Heart attack rates have decreased nearly 70 percent in people with diabetes. Stroke rates have dropped by more than 50 percent, as have lower extremity amputations. Deaths from high blood sugar crises have fallen nearly 65 percent, and the risk of end-stage kidney disease is down 28 percent, according to the study. The biggest declines in diabetes-related complications have occurred for heart attack and stroke, especially among people aged 75...
  • Glycemic Control For Fun And Profit

    04/23/2014 9:15:16 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/23/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States–8.3% of the population–have diabetes (90-95% are type 2). This includes 18.8 million who are diagnosed and 7 million who are “undiagnosed.” And, if that weren’t bad enough, the ADA estimates that there are also 79 million so-called “prediabetics” in this country. Much more statistical information–and some elucidation of the dubious methodology behind it is available here. Why dubious? At best, these widely touted statistics are pedal to the metal extrapolations from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data, which examines “a nationally representative sample of...
  • Indian scientist develops potential non-insulin diabetes drug

    04/03/2014 7:56:42 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 22 replies
    The Financial Express ^ | 04/02/14 | The Financial Express (doesn't say)
    "We find that there is a peptide hormone in the gut called GLP1 that increases the secretion of insulin only when the blood glucose is high. This effectively eliminates the risk of hypoglycemic shock. Another advantage is that GLP1 administration has been found to stimulate weight-loss. The hormone offers the promise of revolutionising the treatment of Type II diabetes and reduce obesity," he said.
  • Sugars found in tequila may protect against obesity, diabetes

    03/18/2014 7:18:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 17, 2014
    Tequila shots may do more than lighten the mood at a party; the drink may be beneficial for your health as well. According to researchers from Mexico, natural sugars derived from the agave plant, called agavins, greatly protected a group of mice against diet-induced obesity and type 2 diabetes, MedPage Today reported. […] Because agavins act as dietary fibers and do not raise blood sugar, the researchers believe the ingredient could be used as an alternative sweetening agent. …
  • Gestational diabetes may raise risk for future heart disease

    03/16/2014 12:21:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Science Recorder ^ | March 14, 2014 | James Fluere
    History of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Future Risk of Atherosclerosis in Mid‐life: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study Gestational diabetes can be controlled with meal planning, activity and occasionally insulin or other types of medications. Science Recorder | James Fluere | Friday, March 14, 2014 According to a statement from the American Heart Association, gestational diabetes — a condition characterized by high blood sugar levels that is first recognized during pregnancy — may increase risk for heart disease in midlife. Fortunately, the condition can be controlled with meal planning, activity and occasionally insulin or other types of...
  • Chocolate and red wine can help stave off diabetes (Antioxidants regulate blood glucose)

    01/20/2014 7:50:22 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20 January 2014 | Jenny Hope
    It sounds like the ingredient list for an indulgent dessert. But red wine, chocolate and strawberries are more than a guilty pleasure. They could all help guard against diabetes. A study found for the first time the high content of flavonoids found in berry fruits may regulate blood glucose levels, and stave off type 2 diabetes. Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds found in plants, as well as tea, red wine and chocolate, which can protect against a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and dementia. The study found the main protective effect came from higher intakes of...
  • Chinese Herbal Medicines Help Control Diabetes, Study

    01/18/2014 11:00:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 16 replies
    University Herald ^ | jan 18, 2014 | Stephen Adkins,
    Traditional Chinese herbal medicines have been found to effectively slow the progression from prediabetes to diabetes diagnosis in a clinical trial. Yuan said that traditional Chinese herbs can be used to control blood sugar levels, either by consuming alone or in combination with other treatments. The study will be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).
  • Gene clue to Latin American risk for diabetes

    12/25/2013 6:05:05 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 20 replies
    Malay Mail Online ^ | 12-2513 | Anon.
    Paris — Scientists on Wednesday said they had found a variant of a gene to explain why Latin Americans are at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, and pointed to a possible DNA legacy from the Neanderthals. The variant lies on a gene called SLC16A11, which plays a part in breaking down fatty molecules called lipids, they said in the journal Nature. A research consortium called SIGMA -- for the Slim Initiative in Genomic Medicine for the Americans -- sought to understand why Type 2 diabetes in Mexicans and other Latin American populations is roughly twice as great as among...
  • Three April FDA clearances for smartphone-enabled diabetes devices

    12/12/2013 10:36:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    mobihealthnews.com ^ | May 8, 2013 | By: Brian Dolan
    Last month the US Food and Drug Administration gave three medical devices 510(k) Class II clearances that aim to help people with diabetes better manage their condition via glucose meters that connect to apps on smartphones and tablet devices.Palo Alto, California-based Glooko received its second 510(k) clearance for glucose monitoring logbook app and cable that connects various off-the-shelf meters to iPhones. The newly cleared app now includes the option for users to set goals to motivate healthy lifestyle choices. The five goals that can be added are limited to: Test blood glucose regularly; sync meter more often; keep readings within...
  • Could Alzheimer’s be Type 2 diabetes? Scientists claim extra insulin produced by those…

    12/01/2013 8:34:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 17:36 EST, 1 December 2013 | Lizzie Edmonds and Sophie Borland
    Alzheimer’s and diabetes may be the same disease, scientists claim. They have uncovered evidence that the debilitating form of dementia may be late stages of type 2 diabetes. The discovery would explain why nearly three quarters of patients with this form of diabetes go on to develop Alzheimer’s. Researchers from Albany University, New York State, believe the excess insulin they produce gets into the brain and disrupts key chemicals. Eventually masses of amyloid proteins—which poison brain cells—are created because of the excess which leads to Alzheimers, they say. …
  • Woman Says She Called 911 for an Ambulance for Her Fiancé, Cops Came and Shot Him Instead

    10/17/2013 8:14:55 AM PDT · by Altariel · 46 replies
    Reason.com ^ | October 7, 2013 | Ed Krayewski
    Jack Lamar Roberson was shot and killed by police in his home on Friday afternoon in Waycross, Georgia. According to local TV station First Coast News, his fiancée Alcia Herron called 911 for an ambulance after becoming worried about diabetes medication Roberson had taken. Cops claim Roberson was brandishing two weapons (not identified by police, though the mayor said he was told it was a knife) and came toward them “aggressively armed”. Police also say they were informed Roberson had attempted to commit suicide and was being combative while on their way to his residence. His mother and his fiancée...
  • Garcia supports US testing of Cuban diabetes drug [Pro-Obama Clown LITERALLY bringing commiecare]

    10/09/2013 3:47:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 10/8/13 | CHRISTINE ARMARIO
    Miami Congressman Joe Garcia is supporting the efforts of a Cuban research institute that wants to test and market a diabetes treatment in the U.S. The drug is intended to help people who suffer from diabetic foot ulcers, and, if successful, could help the estimated 70,000 Americans who undergo an amputation due to diabetes complications each year, Garcia said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.
  • Gene 'Cousin Luke' Petit passes away (professional wrestler)

    09/30/2013 1:21:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    PWInsider ^ | September 29, 2013 | Mike Johnson
    Gene Petit, who was best known nationally in the WWF as Cousin Luke of Hillbilly Jim's clan of wrestling relatives from Mud Lick, Kentucky, passed away this morning... Petit worked regularly until 2000, when back issues forced him out of the ring. He was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which he had been battling for years, leading him to drop way down from his recognizable weight. He had also battled diabetes and in recent years, was in a long-term health care facility...
  • Skin drug shows 'promising' results on type 1 diabetes

    09/22/2013 5:14:00 PM PDT · by Innovative · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | Sept 22, 2013 | BBC
    A drug that was used to treat a skin disorder has shown signs of being able to treat aspects of type 1 diabetes. A small trial on US patients suggests that alefacept helps the body produce its own insulin, which is key for people with type 1 diabetes.
  • Is sugar a toxin? Experts debate the role of fructose in our obesity epidemic

    09/10/2013 12:55:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.columbian.com ^ | Monday, September 9, 2013 | By Tamar Haspel
    American eaters love a good villain. Diets that focus on one clear bad guy have gotten traction even as the bad guy has changed: fat, carbohydrates, animal products, cooked food, gluten. And now Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California at San Francisco, is adding sugar to the list. His book "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease" makes the case that sugar is almost single-handedly responsible for Americans' excess weight and the illnesses that go with it. "Sugar is the biggest perpetrator of our current health crisis," says Lustig, blaming it...
  • Researchers Link Obesity and the Body's Production of Fructose

    09/11/2013 3:10:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Sep. 10, 2013 | NA
    Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine reported today that the cause of obesity and insulin resistance may be tied to the fructose your body makes in addition to the fructose you eat. In recent years the role of added sweeteners, such as high fructose corn syrup and table sugar (sucrose), has taken center stage as risk factors for obesity and insulin resistance. Numerous studies suggest that the risk from added sugars may be due to the fructose content. But in the study published in the Sept. 10 edition of Nature Communications, the team led by researchers at...
  • Toxic Sugar: Fantastic Video on the Obesity Epidemic!

    08/26/2013 6:20:13 PM PDT · by Signalman · 39 replies
    dietdoctor.com ^ | 8/22/2013 | Diet Doctor
    Is sugar toxic and the cause of the obesity epidemic? Here’s a great new video called Toxic Sugar. It’s a recent segment from the major Australian science program Catalyst, on ABC. It’s arguably the best 18-minute introduction ever made on the true causes of the obesity epidemic. The program features the #1 enemy of the sugar industry: professor Robert Lustig. Also appearing: science writer Gary Taubes and obesity expert professor Michael Crowley. See it and then tell your friends. This needs to be seen by a lot of people
  • To Ward Off Diabetes, Eat Whole Fruit, Shun Fruit Juice

    09/06/2013 1:21:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    National Geographic ^ | September 5, 2013 | Amanda Fiegl
    Blueberries, grapes, and apples offer the strongest health benefits.Science is finding more health benefits from blueberries—but raising more concerns about fruit juice. According to a new study by Harvard University researchers, eating whole fruits helps ward off diabetes, while drinking juice can actually raise the risk of developing the disease.In a study published in the British Medical Journal, nutrition experts report that consumption of certain fruits—especially blueberries—cut people’s risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 26 percent in a survey of more than 180,000 subjects over two and a half decades.Study participants were asked about their consumption of...
  • Key Protein Accelerates Diabetes in Two Ways

    08/28/2013 1:27:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 25, 2013 | NA
    The same protein tells beta cells in the pancreas to stop making insulin and then to self-destruct as diabetes worsens, according to a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study published online today in the journal Nature Medicine. Specifically, the research revealed that a protein called TXNIP controls the ability of beta cells to make insulin, the hormone that regulates blood-sugar levels. "We spent years confirming that TXNIP drives beta-cell death in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes," said Anath Shalev, M.D., director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center and senior author of the paper. "We were astounded to...
  • Endocannabinoids trigger inflammation that leads to diabetes

    08/21/2013 5:39:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Institutes of Health ^ | August 19, 2013 | NA
    NIH scientists identify possible treatment target for type 2 diabetesResearchers at the National Institutes of Health have clarified in rodent and test tube experiments the role that inflammation plays in type 2 diabetes, and revealed a possible molecular target for treating the disease. The researchers say some natural messenger chemicals in the body are involved in an inflammatory chain that can kill cells in the pancreas, which produces insulin. A report of the finding appears online in Nature Medicine.“This study is a significant milestone in an ongoing exploration of the endocannabinoid system’s role in the metabolic complications of obesity,” says...
  • Studies Link Plastic Food Packaging To Diabetes, Obesity Risks In Kids

    08/19/2013 5:09:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 73 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 19, 2013
    Because there are apparently not enough studies to convince the Food and Drug Administration that controversial chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) should not be used in just about every form of food packaging, yet another study has been published linking BPA to childhood obesity. Meanwhile, a separate study released today showed a possible connection between a widely used plasticizer and diabetes. Both studies are to be published in the September 2013 edition of the journal Pediatrics and are currently available for free online. The first study [PDF] investigated the relationship between levels of BPA in urine and subjects’ body mass index (BMI),...
  • Gastric bypass makes gut burn sugar faster

    07/28/2013 11:38:54 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Nature News ^ | 25 July 2013 | Heidi Ledford
    Diabetic rats control blood glucose better after weight-loss surgery. A procedure increasingly used to treat obesity by reducing the size of the stomach also reprogrammes the intestines, making them burn sugar faster, a study in diabetic and obese rats has shown. If the results, published today in Science1, hold true in humans, they could explain how gastric bypass surgery improves sugar control in people with diabetes. They could also lead to less invasive ways to produce the same effects. “This opens up the idea that we could take the most effective therapy we have for obesity and diabetes and come...
  • Interspecies Transplant Paves the Way for Diabetes Therapy

    07/20/2013 1:38:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Voice of America ^ | July 20, 2013 | Jessica Berman
    Researchers have come closer to the “Holy Grail” of treatment for people with type 1 diabetes. They have successfully transplanted insulin-producing islet cells from one species into another without the use of immunity-suppressing drugs. In the future this could provide an unlimited supply of tissue to treat people whose bodies cannot produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that delivers glucose - a form of sugar that the body uses for fuel - to cells for energy. Since the immune systems of people with type 1 diabetes attack and destroy the islet cells that produce insulin, many...
  • What and when babies first eat may affect diabetes risk

    07/13/2013 7:05:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Science News ^ | July 11, 2013 | Nathan Seppa
    Children predisposed to type 1 diabetes are better off waiting until 4 months of age to consume solid foods Infants at risk of type 1 diabetes who receive their first solid foods between ages 4 months and 6 months appear less likely to develop the condition than others given solid food before or after that time window, a new study finds. Type 1 diabetes, which can strike children at any age, occurs when an aberrant immune reaction kills cells in the pancreas, requiring a person to take insulin shots. Two studies in 2003 found an association between early first foods...
  • Death Of A Drug Class Shows Difficulty Of Using Gene Data To Design Drugs [ Worse under obamacare]

    07/10/2013 6:19:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/10/13
    This morning, Roche announced that it was stopping all clinical trials of an experimental diabetes drug called aleglitazar because it was not preventing heart attacks and strokes as the company expected, but was causing side effects that reportedly included heart failure, kidney problems, and an increase in fractures....
  • 3-drug combination stabilizes new onset of type-2 diabetes

    07/02/2013 5:34:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | June 25, 2013 | Kathleen Blanchard RN
    A new study shows patients newly diagnosed with type-2 diabetes fare better when they are given a 3-drug combination compared to conventional therapy with one anti-diabetic medication. The finding that comes from researchers at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio was presented June 22 at the 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Chicago.Ralph DeFronzo, M.D., chief of the Diabetes Division in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio presented findings from a two-year study that included 134 participants at the University Health System's Texas Diabetes Institute.The...
  • Drug Appears To Work For Weight-Loss In U-M Study

    07/01/2013 8:18:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 1, 2013 | NA
    Obese mice were given the drug Amlexanox lost weight. (credit: University of Michigan)ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - Could a drug used to treat canker sores be a miracle weight-loss solution? Researchers at University of Michigan are working to find out.Back in February, U-M researchers discovered that mice given the prescription drug, Amlexanox, lost weight without diet or exercise. Now, Dr. Elif Oral, an associate professor of internal medicine at U-M’s Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND) division, is beginning the first human study to determine whether the drug will have the same effect in people.“The weight loss together in improved glucose metabolism...
  • Once-a-day jab that will transform life for diabetics approved for NHS use [UK]

    06/29/2013 10:31:45 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2013 | HILARY FREEMAN
    A once-daily injection to transform the treatment of diabetes has been approved for NHS use. The lixisenatide jab means sufferers would no longer have to inject themselves before or after every meal or snack. At present many of the 3 million Britons with diabetes – whose bodies do not absorb sugar from food, leading to dangerously high levels in the blood – are tied to a strict regime of injections.
  • Weight loss does not lower heart disease risk, says 11-year study

    06/27/2013 10:23:20 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 40 replies
    DNA ^ | Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | ANI
    Adults with diabetes can begin to realize many of these health benefits with even modest reductions in body weight and modest increases in physical activity. People undergoing weight management and increased physical activity have no difference in heart attacks and strokes, a new study has suggested. The landmark study investigating the long-term effects of weight loss on the risks of cardiovascular disease among patients with Type 2 diabetes, which was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and at clinical facilities throughout the United States, the multicenter clinical trial investigated the effects of an intensive lifestyle intervention program, intended to achieve...
  • New Type 1 diabetes vaccine shows promising results

    06/27/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 27, 2013 | MICHELLE CASTILLO
    A clinical trial for a Type 1 diabetes vaccine has resulted in promising findings, suggesting there may be a future where we can prevent people from getting the disease. Researchers completed a 12-week trial on a DNA-based vaccine on 80 subjects with Type 1 diabetes. The patients were able to maintain levels of a blood-borne intermediary that can stimulate insulin production, and some subjects were able to increase levels. That suggests the cellular changes that occur in patients with Type 1 diabetes may be shut down.  "We're very excited by these results, which suggest that the immunologist's dream of shutting...
  • Type 1 diabetes vaccine hailed as 'significant step'

    06/27/2013 3:28:10 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | June 26, 2013 | BBC
    It may be possible to reverse type 1 diabetes by training a patient's own immune system to stop attacking their body, an early trial suggests. Their immune system destroys the cells that make insulin, the hormone needed to control blood sugar levels. A study in 80 patients, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, showed a vaccine could retrain their immune system. Experts described the results as a "significant step". Normally a vaccine teaches the immune system to attack bacteria or viruses that cause disease, such as the polio virus. Researchers at the Stanford University Medical Centre used a vaccine...
  • Fructose risk factor for metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension

    06/26/2013 12:02:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies
    FOODCONSUMER ^ | 06/25/2013 | David Liu, PHD
    Tuesday June 25, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new report published in Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism suggests that eating foods or drinking beverages with fructose may increase risk of endothelial dysfunction, insulin resistance/diabetes mellitus type 2 and hypertension. Z. Khitan and D. H. Kim, the authors of the report, from Marshall University Joan Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, WV, USA say that uric acid resulting from uncontrolled fructose metabolism is the risk factor for metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus. What happens, according to the report, after fructose is ingested is that the sugar in the liver bypasses two highly...
  • Doctors make progress toward ‘artificial pancreas’

    06/23/2013 5:28:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2013 4:45 PM EDT | Marilynn Marchione
    Doctors are reporting a major step toward an “artificial pancreas,” a device that would constantly monitor blood sugar in people with diabetes and automatically supply insulin as needed. A key component of such a system—an insulin pump programmed to shut down if blood sugar dips too low while people are sleeping—worked as intended in a three-month study of 247 patients. This “smart pump,” made by Minneapolis-based Medtronic Inc., is already sold in Europe, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing it now. Whether it also can be programmed to mimic a real pancreas and constantly adjust insulin based...
  • Don't pull diabetes drug Avandia off the market, FDA panel urges

    06/07/2013 8:48:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2013/06/06 | Maggie Fox
    The controversial diabetes drug Avandia should stay on the market for now, with relaxed restrictions on its use, Food and Drug Administration advisers said on Thursday.The FDA has been reconsidering its approval of Avandia, which was the world’s No. 1 diabetes drug until research showed it could raise the risk of heart attacks and other heart dangers. Since then, its use has been heavily restricted and prescriptions have plummeted, and the FDA wanted to know if it was worth even keeping the drug on the market.The agency’s expert panel of advisers said the data is clearly confusing and they were...
  • Obesity surgery can stop diabetes better than drugs -- with risks

    06/07/2013 8:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2013/06/05 | Lindsay Tanner
    Obesity surgery worked much better at reducing and even reversing diabetes than medication and lifestyle changes in one of the most rigorous studies of its kind. But the researchers and others warn that possible serious complications need to be considered. The yearlong study indicates that the most common weight-loss surgery, gastric bypass, can effectively treat diabetes in patients with mild to moderate obesity — about 50 to 70 pounds overweight, the researchers reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Other studies have shown the operation can reverse diabetes in severely obese patients, although sometimes the disease comes...
  • Immune Protein Could Stop Diabetes in Its Tracks, Discovery Suggests

    05/30/2013 5:06:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 20, 2013 | NA
    Melbourne researchers have identified an immune protein that has the potential to stop or reverse the development of type 1 diabetes in its early stages, before insulin-producing cells have been destroyed. The discovery has wider repercussions, as the protein is responsible for protecting the body against excessive immune responses, and could be used to treat, or even prevent, other immune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Professor Len Harrison, Dr Esther Bandala-Sanchez and Dr Yuxia Zhang led the research team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute's Molecular Medicine division that identified the immune protein CD52 as responsible...
  • The Scheme to Make America Fat - Can Americans become thinner?

    05/12/2013 2:37:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 121 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.10.13 | MARTA H. MOSSBURG
    In the 2008 Pixar movie WALL.E, humans so clogged up the earth with garbage they had to move to spaceships. Motorized chairs ferried the obese blobs portraying people of the future, who sipped liquids from massive cups and sat mesmerized by video screens. It was both funny and scary in its assessment of America’s throw-away, fast-food culture where convenience is everything and self-control and direction outsourced to technology. At the time of the movie it was part of an emerging chorus of voices decrying Americans’ growing girth. Five years later it is almost impossible to go a day without seeing...
  • Biomaterial Shows Promise for Type 1 Diabetes Treatment

    05/13/2013 11:43:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 9, 2013 | NA
    Researchers have made a significant first step with newly engineered biomaterials for cell transplantation that could help lead to a possible cure for Type 1 diabetes, which affects about 3 million Americans. Georgia Tech engineers and Emory University clinicians have successfully engrafted insulin-producing cells into a diabetic mouse model, reversing diabetic symptoms in the animal in as little as 10 days. The research team engineered a biomaterial to protect the cluster of insulin-producing cells -- donor pancreatic islets -- during injection. The material also contains proteins to foster blood vessel formation that allow the cells to successfully graft, survive and...