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  • Low vitamin D levels may contribute to development of Type 2 diabetes

    12/05/2011 6:24:04 AM PST · by decimon · 18 replies
    The Endocrine Society ^ | December 5, 2011
    Study finds low vitamin D levels associated with higher degrees of insulin resistance A recent study of obese and non-obese children found that low vitamin D levels are significantly more prevalent in obese children and are associated with risk factors for type 2 diabetes. This study was accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). High rates of vitamin D deficiency have been found in obese populations and past studies have linked low vitamin D levels to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The mechanisms by which obesity and its comorbidities are related to...
  • Hollywood Remembers Patrice O'Neal

    11/29/2011 7:38:37 PM PST · by OddLane · 16 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | November 29, 2011 | Sofia M. Fernandez
    O'Neal suffered a stroke at the end of October, and details of the complications that led to his death have yet to be disclosed. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon posted clips of O'Neal and this message on its website: "Today we found out the unfortunate news that comedian and friend of Late Night Patrice O'Neal passed away due to complications from a stroke. Patrice was an incredibly talented individual and a wonderful person and we were happy and fortunate to have him as a guest on our show."
  • Fructose consumption increases risk factors for heart disease

    07/28/2011 6:23:20 AM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    The Endocrine Society ^ | July 28, 2011 | Unknown
    Study suggests US Dietary Guideline for upper limit of sugar consumption is too highA recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that adults who consumed high fructose corn syrup for two weeks as 25 percent of their daily calorie requirement had increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which have been shown to be indicators of increased risk for heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that people consume only five percent of calories as added sugar. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 suggest an upper limit of 25 percent...
  • Ohio puts 200-pound third-grader in foster care

    11/28/2011 4:14:25 AM PST · by EBH · 91 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 11/28/11
    <p>CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight.</p>
  • Diabetes drug shows promise in reducing risk of cancer (metformin)

    11/24/2011 4:52:38 PM PST · by decimon · 8 replies
    Michigan State University ^ | November 23, 2011
    Metformin prevents tumors from growing in human culturesEAST LANSING, Mich. — An inexpensive drug that treats Type-2 diabetes has been shown to prevent a number of natural and man-made chemicals from stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells, according to a newly published study by a Michigan State University researcher. The research, led by pediatrics professor James Trosko and colleagues from South Korea's Seoul National University, provides biological evidence for previously reported epidemiological surveys that long-term use of the drug metformin for Type-2 diabetes reduces the risk of diabetes-associated cancers, such as breast cancers. The research appears in the current...
  • The Fat Cat Dilemma

    10/12/2011 12:41:05 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 45 replies
    HaloPets ^ | Donna Spector
    Too many calories eaten + not enough calories burned = FAT CAT  According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), approximately 53% of cats are overweight or obese. From my experience, it’s often unaccounted calories and lack of physical activity that contribute to the Fat Cat Dilemma. Here are a few things cat owners should keep in mind when trying to reverse or prevent their cat’s weight gain.  The wrong kind of treats. Treats may be our biggest enemy in the fat cat battle as they pack a surprising calorie punch. The average adult housecat requires only about 180...
  • Tight Control No Help for Cognitive Loss in Diabetes

    09/29/2011 7:09:17 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 6 replies ^ | 09/28/11 | Crystal Phend
    Tight glucose control won't mitigate the cognitive effects of type 2 diabetes, an ACCORD subanalysis found. Intensive treatment aiming for hemoglobin A1c under 6% did reduce brain atrophy over 40 months compared with standard management (P=0.0007), Lenore J. Launer, PhD, of the National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Md., and colleagues found. But cognitive scores over 40 months showed no advantage over treatment to the conventional 7% to 7.9% goal (P=0.2997), they reported online in Lancet Neurology. These results from the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) Memory in Diabetes (MIND) substudy matched the overall lack of benefit...
  • Powerful antibody-based strategy suggests a new therapeutic approach to diabetes and obesity

    09/29/2011 1:08:23 PM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory ^ | September 29, 2011 | Unknown
    Cold Spring Harbor, NY – The work of a team of scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) led by Professor Nicholas Tonks FRS, suggests a way to overcome one of the major technical obstacles preventing a leading therapeutic target for diabetes and obesity from being addressed successfully by novel drugs. The target is an enzyme called PTP1B, discovered by Tonks in 1988 and long known to be an important player in the signaling pathway within cells that regulates the response to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism by spurring cells, particularly in the liver...
  • Chronic disease to cost $47 trillion by 2030: WEF

    09/18/2011 3:54:48 PM PDT · by Clairity · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 18, 2011 | Kate Kelland
    The global economic impact of the five leading chronic diseases -- cancer, diabetes, mental illness, heart disease, and respiratory disease -- could reach $47 trillion over the next 20 years, according to a study by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The estimated cumulative output loss caused by the illnesses, which together already kill more than 36 million people a year and are predicted to kill tens of millions more in future, represents around 4 percent of annual global GDP over the coming two decades, the study said. "This is not a health issue, this is an economic issue -- it...
  • Study suggests possible link between two Type 2 diabetes drugs and pancreatic cancer

    09/16/2011 2:47:59 PM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies
    Two newer drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes could be linked to a significantly increased risk of developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, and one could also be linked to an increased risk of thyroid cancer, according to a new UCLA study. Researchers from the Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center at UCLA examined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's database for adverse events reported between 2004 and 2009 among patients using the drugs sitagliptin and exenatide. They found a six-fold increase in the odds ratio for reported cases of pancreatitis with these drugs, compared with four other diabetes therapies...
  • Diabetes Without Drugs

    09/09/2011 5:46:44 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 23 replies ^ | 09/09/11 | David Mendosa
    A study that the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) published recently shows just how dangerous the side effects of diabetes drugs are. The study is a meta-analysis, one that combines the results of several studies to more powerfully estimate the real effect of something. In this case that something is the diabetes drugs that most of us take. The BMJ editors thought that the article is so important that they made the full-text free online. You may want to read through its dense, scientific language for yourself. Here is a taste from the concluding paragraph: “The overall results of...
  • Powerful antioxidant resveratrol prevents metabolic syndrome in lab tests: U of A study (diabetes?)

    09/04/2011 5:33:09 PM PDT · by decimon · 42 replies
    (Edmonton) Researchers in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta have discovered that resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in common foods, prevents a syndrome in some offspring that could lead to later health issues such as diabetes. Resveratrol is found in fruits, nuts and red wine, and has been shown to extend the lifespan of many species. Human offspring that have trouble growing in the womb have an increased risk of developing metabolic problems later in life. But U of A medical researchers Jason Dyck and Sandra Davidge and their teams found that administering resveratrol to...
  • Scripps Research scientists establish new class of anti-diabetic compound

    09/04/2011 4:49:45 PM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    Scripps Research Institute ^ | September 4, 2011 | Unknown
    Research offers hope for better treatments for diabetes patientsJUPITER, FL, September 4, 2011 – In a joint study, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and Harvard University's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have established a new class of anti-diabetic compound that targets a unique molecular switch. The finding paves the way for the development of anti-diabetic therapeutics with minimal adverse side effects plaguing currently available drugs such as Avandia (rosiglitazone), scheduled to be removed from pharmacy shelves this fall due to concerns about increased risk of heart attack. The new study, led by Patrick R. Griffin, professor and chair of the Department...
  • New tactic for controlling blood sugar in diabetes contradicts current view of the disease

    09/04/2011 12:56:18 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Children's Hospital Boston ^ | September 4, 2011 | Unknown
    Study finds inflammation may be part of the solution, not the problemIncreased low-grade inflammation in the body resulting from obesity is widely viewed as contributing to type 2 diabetes. Going against this long-held belief, researchers from Children's Hospital Boston report that two proteins activated by inflammation are actually crucial for maintaining good blood sugar levels – and that boosting the activity of these proteins can normalize blood sugar in severely obese and diabetic mice. The research, led by Umut Ozcan, MD, in the Division of Endocrinology at Children's, is reported in the October issue of Nature Medicine, published online September...
  • Net Benefit of Intensive Diabetes Tx Questioned

    08/23/2011 10:18:23 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 6 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | 07/27/11 | Crystal Phend
    Intensive glucose management for type 2 diabetes holds only modest benefits at best and should be approached cautiously due to increased hypoglycemia, researchers warned in a meta-analysis. The only significant benefits of intensive treatment were a 15% reduction in risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction and 10% lower risk of microalbuminuria, Catherine Cornu, MD, PhD, of the Hôpital Louis Pradel in Bron, France, and colleagues reported online in BMJ. But pooled results of 13 randomized trials showed no reduction in all-cause mortality or cardiovascular causes of death, the primary outcomes, and more than a doubling in severe hypoglycemia. "Intensive glucose lowering...
  • Federal Officials Reject City’s Plan to Ban Food Stamps for Soda [Bloomberg’s diabetes epidemic]

    08/19/2011 7:08:33 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2011 | By PATRICK MCGEEHAN
    Federal officials on Friday rejected Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s proposal to bar New York City’s food stamp users from buying soda and other sugary drinks with their benefits. (...) Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture, said in a statement that the United States Department of Agriculture “has a longstanding tradition of supporting and promoting incentive-based solutions that are better suited for the working families, elderly and other low-income individuals” who rely on food stamps. “We are confident that we can solve the problem of obesity and promote good nutrition and health for all Americans and stand ready to work with...
  • Treating diabetes (metformin + exercise NG?)

    08/19/2011 11:02:40 AM PDT · by decimon · 32 replies
    University of Alberta ^ | August 18, 2011 | Jane Hurly
    It’s common enough for researchers to look at the impacts of prescribed drugs on the body. And if you’re a diabetes researcher who believes that exercise has great benefits for those with type 2 diabetes, you’re hoping your research will show that. But when Normand Boulé looked at the dual impacts of exercise and metformin – two of the most commonly-prescribed modalities for glucose control – on that very outcome, the hoped-for double whammy wasn’t the result. “The study had three objectives: we wanted to look at the effect of metformin on exercise in people with type 2 diabetes, examine...
  • Decoding infidelity linked to Type 2 diabetes

    08/15/2011 2:05:53 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 9 replies
    Journal of Clinical Investigation ^ | 8-15-11 | Karen Honey
    Type 2 diabetes is an extremely common chronic condition characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood as a result of either insufficient production of the hormone insulin or an inability of cells to respond to insulin. A combination of genetic and environmental factors causes an individual to develop type 2 diabetes. Among the most reproducible genetic variations associated with type 2 diabetes in different ethnic populations are those in the CDKAL1 gene. However, the mechanisms underlying these associations have not yet been determined. But now, a team of researchers, led by Kazuhito Tomizawa, at Kumamoto University, Japan, has...
  • How fatty diets cause diabetes

    08/14/2011 12:29:12 PM PDT · by decimon · 84 replies
    High levels of fat shut down a key enzyme that promotes glucose sensing in pancreatic beta cells -- revealing a pathway implicated in the type 2 diabetes epidemicSANTA BARBARA, Calif., August 14, 2011 – Newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics tend to have one thing in common: obesity. Exactly how diet and obesity trigger diabetes has long been the subject of intense scientific research. A new study led by Jamey D. Marth, Ph.D., director of the Center for Nanomedicine, a collaboration between the University of California, Santa Barbara and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), has revealed a pathway that links high-fat...
  • Tufts-Harvard study builds vitamin D's anti-diabetes potential

    08/10/2011 9:56:04 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 15 replies
    American Journal of Clinical Nutrition ^ | 08/09/11 | health, vitamin d, diabetes
    Daily supplements of vitamin D may boost the function of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, says a new study from Boston-based researchers that supports the potential role of the vitamin for pre-diabetics. A daily 2,000 International Units (IU) dose of vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, was associated with a 25 percent improvement in the functioning of beta cells in the pancreas, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  • Lessons about Alzheimer's disease

    08/09/2011 1:06:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    Nature News ^ | 5 August 2011 | Gwyneth Dickey Zakaib
    Psychologist Margaret Gatz explains what 25 years of research have taught her about reducing the risk of dementia. Margaret Gatz, a psychologist at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, is investigating the causes of Alzheimer's disease. To that end, she has studied the health of more than 14,000 Swedish twins for more than 25 years. On 5 August, she will tell the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington DC what the study has taught her about how to reduce risk for the disease. Nature got a preview. What first motivated you to study Alzheimer's disease? Before...
  • Glucosamine causes the death of pancreatic cells

    10/27/2010 12:51:34 PM PDT · by decimon · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Université Laval ^ | October 27, 2010 | Unknown
    This release is available in French.Quebec City, October 27, 2010—High doses or prolonged use of glucosamine causes the death of pancreatic cells and could increase the risk of developing diabetes, according to a team of researchers at Université Laval's Faculty of Pharmacy. Details of this discovery were recently published on the website of the Journal of Endocrinology. In vitro tests conducted by Professor Frédéric Picard and his team revealed that glucosamine exposure causes a significant increase in mortality in insulin-producing pancreatic cells, a phenomenon tied to the development of diabetes. Cell death rate increases with glucosamine dose and exposure time....
  • Obese man fights to get funding for gastric band surgery (UK - NHS)

    07/11/2011 7:08:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/11/11
    Tom Condliff, a 22-stone former policeman trying to persuade a health authority to fund obesity surgery, has started the latest round of his legal battle The grandfather from Talke, Staffordshire - who is 62 and 6ft 2in - says he needs stomach surgery to save his life. But the North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) refuses to fund a laparoscopic gastric bypass operation. In April, the High Court refused to quash the PCT's decision not to provide the surgery. Mr Condliff's lawyers are seeking to overturn the High Court ruling in the Court of Appeal. (snip) Mr Clayton told Lord...
  • Chemical produced in pancreas prevented and reversed diabetes in mice (Type 1)

    06/28/2011 10:13:18 AM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    St. Michael's Hospital ^ | June 28, 2011 | Leslie Shepherd
    A chemical produced by the same cells that make insulin in the pancreas prevented and even reversed Type 1 diabetes in mice, researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have found. Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, is characterized by the immune system’s destruction of the beta cells in the pancreas that make and secrete insulin. As a result, the body makes little or no insulin. The only conventional treatment for Type 1 diabetes is insulin injection, but insulin is not a cure as it does not prevent or reverse the loss of beta cells. A team led by Dr....
  • Red wine: Exercise in a bottle?

    07/02/2011 12:09:20 PM PDT · by Clairity · 10 replies
    e-Science News ^ | June 30, 2011 | e-Science News
    As strange as it sounds, a new research study published in the FASEB Journal (, suggests that the "healthy" ingredient in red wine, resveratrol, may prevent the negative effects that spaceflight and sedentary lifestyles have on people. The report describes experiments in rats that simulated the weightlessness of spaceflight, during which the group fed resveratrol did not develop insulin resistance or a loss of bone mineral density, as did those who were not fed resveratrol. This study also suggests that resveratrol may be able to prevent the deleterious consequences of sedentary behaviors in humans.
  • Genetic study shows that low body fat may not lower risk for heart disease and diabetes

    06/26/2011 12:20:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 7 replies
    BOSTON—Having a lower percentage of body fat may not always lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes, according to a study by an international consortium of investigators, including two scientists from the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School (HMS). The Institute researchers, Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., and David Karasik, Ph.D., who are working with the Framingham Heart Study, identified a gene that is linked with having less body fat, but also with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, examples of so-called "metabolic diseases." "We've uncovered a truly...
  • Type 2 diabetes in newly diagnosed 'can be reversed'

    06/26/2011 4:20:02 AM PDT · by Clairity · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 23, 2011 | BBC
    An extreme eight-week diet of 600 calories a day can reverse Type 2 diabetes in people newly diagnosed with the disease, says a Diabetologia study. The 11 participants in the study were all diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the previous four years. Newcastle University researchers found the low-calorie diet reduced fat levels in the pancreas and liver, which helped insulin production return to normal. Three months after the end of the diet, when participants had returned to eating normally and received advice on healthy eating and portion size, most no longer suffered from the condition.
  • Research shows promise in reversing Type 1 diabetes

    06/25/2011 8:42:24 PM PDT · by DigitalVideoDude · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 25, 2011 | Thomas H. Maugh II
    Preliminary experiments in a handful of people suggest that it might be possible to reverse Type 1 diabetes using an inexpensive vaccine to stop the immune system from attacking cells in the pancreas.
  • Diabetes Risk Rises as Statin Dose Increases [FReepers on Zocor, Lipitor, Crestor etc Please Read]

    06/24/2011 12:49:46 PM PDT · by freespirited · 38 replies
    Internal Medicine News ^ | 06/21/11 | Mary Ann Moon
    The risk of developing type 2 diabetes rises with increasing doses of statin therapy, according to the findings of a large meta-analysis in the June 22/29 issue of JAMA. "Our findings suggest that clinicians should be vigilant for the development of diabetes in patients receiving intensive statin therapy," said Dr. David Preiss of the BHF Glasgow (Scotland) Cardiovascular Research Centre at the University of Glasgow, and his associates. Several recent studies have suggested that statin therapy may raise the risk of diabetes, and some have indicated that the risk is higher at higher doses of the drugs. Dr. Preiss and...

    06/24/2011 12:25:31 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 96 replies
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | June 24,2011 | Jo Willey
    Eating an ultra low-calorie diet can cure Type 2 diabetes in just eight weeks, dramatic new research has shown. Even people who have suffered from the condition for years found the drastic diet could jump-start their body’s production of insulin. The breakthrough is good news for the nearly 2.5 million people in Britain who have this type of diabetes, which is caused by the pancreas not producing enough insulin to break down glucose in the blood. It could revolutionise the treatment of what has always been seen as a lifelong problem. Professor Roy Taylor, of Newcastle Univ­ersity, who led the...
  • One in the eye for diabetes

    06/24/2011 12:33:44 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 23 June 2011 | Elinor Richards
    A team in Canada has made a device that could be implanted behind the eye to release drugs on demand to treat retinal damage caused by diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness. A current treatment is laser therapy, which is destructive and results in side effects, such as diminished side and night vision, and unwanted laser burns. Another therapy is to administer antiproliferative drugs, such as docetaxel (normally a cancer drug), but the compounds clear from the blood quickly, so high doses are needed to produce the desired effect, which increases toxicity to other tissues. Mu Chiao and colleagues from the...
  • Mayo Clinic-led Research Team Tests Alternative Approach to Treating Diabetes

    06/09/2011 7:00:31 PM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies
    Mayo Clinic ^ | June 9, 2011 | Unknown
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In a mouse study, scientists at Mayo Clinic Florida have demonstrated the feasibility of a promising new strategy for treating human type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 200 million people worldwide. In type 2 diabetes, the body stops responding efficiently to insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar. To compensate for the insensitivity to insulin, many diabetes drugs work by boosting insulin levels; for example, by injecting more insulin or by increasing the amount of insulin secreted from the pancreas. The new study, published in the June 9 issue of PLoS ONE, showed that a different...
  • Losing Weight With Asthma Drug

    06/08/2011 9:35:54 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 8 replies ^ | 06/07/11 |
    Australian researchers have tested a new generation of asthma medication on a small sample of men, the effects show a high potential for improving fat and protein metabolism. The study involved seeing how various hormones affect the metabolism, specifically a class of hormones called catecholamines, which regulate heart rate, metabolism and breathing. The new generation asthma drug used called Formoterol, is a synthetic catecholamine. Although, the metabolic effects haven’t previously been studied, therapy doses given to animals have shown it stimulates the metabolism without affecting the heart.
  • Apple Peel Makes Mice Mighty

    06/07/2011 12:12:36 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 06/07/11 | University of Iowa/Cell Metabolism
    For Popeye, spinach was the key to extra muscle. For the mice in a new University of Iowa study, it was apples, or more precisely a waxy substance called ursolic acid that's found in apple peel. The UI study, published in the June 8 issue of the journal Cell Metabolism, showed that ursolic acid reduced muscle atrophy (also known as muscle wasting) and promoted muscle growth in mice. It also reduced fat, blood sugar levels, cholesterol and triglycerides in the animals. The findings suggest that the compound may be useful for treating muscle wasting and possibly metabolic disorders such as...
  • Gene therapy reverses type 1 diabetes in mice with 78% success rate

    06/06/2011 6:46:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    An experimental cure for Type 1 diabetes has a nearly 80 percent success rate in curing diabetic mice. The results, to be presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston, offer possible hope of curing a disease that affects 3 million Americans. "With just one injection of this gene therapy, the mice remain diabetes-free long term and have a return of normal insulin levels in the body," said Vijay Yechoor, MD, the principal investigator and an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Yechoor and his co-workers used their new gene therapy in a nonobese...
  • Man celebrates 85 years of living with diabetes

    05/30/2011 6:35:33 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2011 | SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
    LOS ANGELES – When Bob Krause turned 90 last week, it was by virtue of an unflagging determination and a mentality of precision that kept his body humming after being diagnosed with diabetes as a boy. A leading diabetes research center named the San Diego resident the first American known to live 85 years with the disease, a life that has paralleled — and benefited from — the evolution in treatment. > The former University of Washington mechanical engineering professor says he's succeeded because he treats his body like a car and he only eats enough food to fuel the...
  • For Those With Diabetes, Older Drugs Are Often Best

    05/29/2011 8:29:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 27, 2011 | WALECIA KONRAD
    WHEN it comes to prescription drugs, newer is not necessarily better. And that’s especially true when treating diabetes. One in 10 Americans has Type 2 diabetes. If the trend continues, one in three will suffer from the disease by the year 2050, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most Type 2 diabetes patients take one or more drugs to control blood sugar. They spent an estimated $12.5 billion on medication in 2007, twice the amount spent in 2001, according to a study by the University of Chicago. (That figure does not including drugs that diabetics are...
  • Pre-meal dietary supplement developed at Hebrew University can overcome fat and sugar problems

    05/23/2011 4:48:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ^ | May 23, 2011 | Unknown
    Jerusalem, May 23, 2011 – A little bitter with a little sweet, in the form of a nano-complex dietary supplement taken before meals, can result in a substantial reduction of fat and sugar absorption in the body, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard University researchers have found. The researchers previously showed that naringenin, the molecule responsible for the bitter taste in grapefruits, could potentially be used in the treatment of diabetes, arteriosclerosis and hyper-metabolism. However, the absorption of naringenin in its natural form is very low. To overcome this obstacle, the Hebrew University-Harvard research team, led by Dr. Yaakov Nahmias...
  • New to Diabetes. Would like to hear experiences.

    05/21/2011 6:36:59 AM PDT · by EQAndyBuzz · 57 replies
    Vanity | 5/21/2011 | Eqandybuzz
    Sorry to bother everyone with vanity post. Two weeks ago I started on Metformin, a drug used to control sugar. My doctor told me I am close to having diabetes, if I do not already have it. I wanted to hear about your experiences when you found out you had diabetes, the symptoms and how you live your life now. (diet, exercise, drinking) I appreciate your input. I have no clue what to do, what to eat,when to eat. Going to endocrinologist next week. Thanks
  • Are Carbs More Addictive Than Cocaine?

    05/18/2011 6:16:22 AM PDT · by Jemian · 53 replies
    Details ^ | March 2011 | Paul John Scott
    I'm sitting in a comfortable chair, in a tastefully lit, cheerfully decorated drug den, watching a steady line of people approach their dealer. After scoring, they shuffle off to their tables to quietly indulge in what for some could become (if it hasn't already) an addiction that screws up their lives. It's likely you have friends and family members who are suffering from this dependence—and you may be on the same path yourself. But this addiction is not usually apparent to the casual observer. It has no use for the drama and the carnage you associate with cocaine and alcohol....
  • Health & Medical History of Osama bin Laden

    05/04/2011 12:27:24 PM PDT · by DTA · 8 replies
    Dr. Zebra Blog ^ | 2006 | Anon MD
    All information about bin Laden should be treated with a healthy dose of skepticism. A Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 book, The Looming Tower [1], scoffs at previous reports -- apparently well-regarded by the CIA -- that bin Laden has Marfan syndrome or kidney disease. Vital Statistics Bin Laden was born on March 10, 1957 [2a] . General Appearance [How tall is Osama bin Laden?] A journalist who met bin Laden in the 1990s described him as 6 feet 4 inches in height and "lithe and muscular" [3]. His beard has been streaked with white since around January 2000 (at least), when...
  • Insomnia linked to high insulin resistance in diabetics

    05/02/2011 3:06:43 PM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    Higher blood glucose and insulin levels seen in poor sleepersIn the largest study of it kind to establish a link between sleep and diabetes, researchers found that people with diabetes who sleep poorly have higher insulin resistance, and a harder time controlling the disease. The findings, published in the June issue of Diabetes Care, suggest that poor sleep may contribute to worse outcomes in people with diabetes. "Poor sleep quality in people with diabetes was associated with worse control of their blood glucose levels," said Kristen Knutson, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and lead author of the study. "People who...
  • Doubt Cast on Salt Guidelines for Diabetics

    04/22/2011 7:17:35 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/18/11 | Frederik Joelving
    Australian researchers are challenging guidelines that urge diabetics to cut back on salt in their diet. In a study that seems to turn conventional wisdom on its head, they found patients with the highest levels of sodium in their urine had the smallest risk of dying over a 10-year period. "Such data call into question universal recommendations that all adults should endeavor to reduce their salt intake," Dr. Elif I. Ekinci of the University of Melbourne in Victoria and colleagues write in the journal Diabetes Care. But don't reach for the pretzels just yet. Although it isn't the first time...
  • Worsening health of terror cleric could spark attacks, FBI warns

    12/14/2006 12:20:51 PM PST · by WestTexasWend · 25 replies · 691+ views
    WASHINGTON -- The health of terrorist cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik, is deteriorating _ renewing fears that his death in prison could trigger an attack on the United States, officials said Thursday. There is no credible indication that an attack on the U.S. is imminent, said several law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation. In a two-page bulletin, dated Dec. 8, the FBI reported to federal intelligence officials that Rahman was rushed from prison to a Missouri hospital two days earlier for a blood transfusion. There, doctors discovered...
  • High-fat, low-carb diet may reverse kidney failure: study (diabetes related)

    04/20/2011 4:03:02 PM PDT · by decimon · 34 replies
    AFP ^ | April 20, 2011 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Kidney failure is a main complication of diabetes, but a lab study on mice showed that a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet could reverse that in eight weeks, US researchers said Wednesday. The extreme food plan is known as a ketogenic diet and is often used to treat children with drug-resistant epilepsy. It starves the body of carbs and sugars, thereby tricking the body into burning fat for fuel instead of glucose. The diet is so restrictive it must be devised with an expert's help. Meal options may include scrambled eggs with cream, a bacon and butter omelet, or...
  • Is Sugar Toxic?

    04/19/2011 3:11:57 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 43 replies
    NYTimes ^ | April 13, 2011 | GARY TAUBES
    ...When I set out to interview public health authorities and researchers for this article, they would often initiate the interview with some variation of the comment “surely you’ve spoken to Robert Lustig,” not because Lustig has done any of the key research on sugar himself, which he hasn’t, but because he’s willing to insist publicly and unambiguously, when most researchers are not, that sugar is a toxic substance that people abuse... ...What we have to keep in mind, says Walter Glinsmann, the F.D.A. administrator who was the primary author on the 1986 report and who now is an adviser to...
  • Elderly diabetes patients with very low glucose levels have slightly increased risk of death

    04/19/2011 10:10:12 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 11 replies ^ | 04/18/11 | John Easton
    "In our study," said Huang, "we found the best overall outcomes among those with the intermediate levels of control, those with A1Cs below 8 percent but above 6 percent. We observed similar patterns for those in their 60s, 70s, and over 80." Finding the optimal A1C target is a balancing act, the authors note. The risk of all complications rose with blood sugar levels, but those with an A1C between 6 and 8 percent had the lowest death rates. While those with very poorly controlled blood sugars—A1C over 10 percent—had the highest rates of death, those with an A1C below...
  • Patterns: Treating Other Conditions May Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Study Finds

    04/19/2011 12:36:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 15, 2011 | By RONI CARYN RABIN
    Older people suffering from mild memory and cognition problems may be less likely to progress to full-blown Alzheimer’s disease if they receive treatment for medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, a new study has found. In 2004, researchers at Daping Hospital in Chongqing, China, began following 837 residents ages 55 and older who had mild cognitive impairment but not dementia. Of these, 414 had at least one medical condition that can impair blood flow to the brain. After five years, 298 of the participants had developed Alzheimer’s. Subjects who had had high blood pressure or other vascular...
  • Type 2 diabetes, like type 1, may be an autoimmune disease, researchers say

    04/18/2011 6:54:18 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 19 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/18/11 | Thomas H. Maugh II
    Type 2 diabetes, like Type 1, may be an autoimmune disease, but the immune system's target cells are different, Stanford researchers said Sunday. The discovery sheds new light on how obesity contributes to the onset of Type 2 diabetes and could lead to new types of treatment for the disorder, the researchers reported in the journal Nature Medicine.
  • UNC study helps clarify link between high-fat diet and type 2 diabetes. (sat. fat n.g.)

    04/11/2011 12:50:19 PM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies
    University of North Carolina ^ | April 11, 2011 | Unknown
    New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine adds clarity to the connection. The study published on-line April 10th in the journal Nature Immunology finds that saturated fatty acids but not the unsaturated type can activate immune cells to produce an inflammatory protein, called interleukin-1beta. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A diet high in saturated fat is a key contributor to type 2 diabetes, a major health threat worldwide. Several decades ago scientists noticed that people with type 2 diabetes have overly active immune responses, leaving their bodies rife with inflammatory chemicals. In addition, people...