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  • Indian scientist develops potential non-insulin diabetes drug

    04/03/2014 7:56:42 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 20 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...
  • Simple Tool Stratifies Mortality Risk in Type 2 Diabetes

    05/13/2013 11:51:28 AM PDT · by Stoat · 16 replies
    Medscape Medical News ^ | May 13, 2013 | Marlene Busko
    Simple Tool Stratifies Mortality Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Marlene Busko May 13, 2013  Researchers have created an online mortality-risk calculator for patients with type 2 diabetes, which stratifies patients into low, medium, or high risk of dying from any cause within 2 years. By plugging in values for 9 readily available patient characteristics — age, body mass index (BMI), diastolic blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio, antihypertensive treatment, and insulin therapy — a physician can quickly determine whether a patient has a high risk for death. "The novelty and the importance of this study is that we provide...
  • Discovery of new hormone opens door to new type 2 diabetes treatment

    05/08/2013 7:07:15 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 8 replies
    Science Daily ^ | May 7, 2013 | Harvard School of Public Health
    Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers have discovered that a particular type of protein (hormone) found in fat cells helps regulate how glucose (blood sugar) is controlled and metabolized (used for energy) in the liver. Using experimental models and state-of-the-art technology, the scientists found that switching off this protein leads to better control of glucose production from the liver, revealing a potential new target that may be used to treat type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases. The study appears online in the May 7, 2013 issue of Cell Metabolism.
  • Glyphosate ("Roundup") Responsible for Modern Human Diseases

    04/26/2013 11:32:02 PM PDT · by Renfield · 66 replies
    Entropy ^ | 4-18-2013 | Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff
    Abstract: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, is the most popular herbicide used worldwide. The industry asserts it is minimally toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise. Residues are found in the main foods of the Western diet, comprised primarily of sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Glyphosate's inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and...
  • Newly Discovered Hormone Could Become Wonder Drug Against Diabetes

    04/29/2013 12:24:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Science World Report ^ | April 29, 2013 | Mark Hoffman
    A major research breakthrough was achieved in the field of diabetes by scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) who discovered a hormone that could soon enable a dramatically more effective treatment of type 2 diabetes. A hormone called betatrophin was surprisingly found to cause mice producing insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells at up to 30 times the normal rate. The new beta cells only produce insulin when called for by the body, offering the potential for the natural regulation of insulin and a great reduction in the complications associated with diabetes. The astonishing results of HSCI co-director Doug Melton...
  • Liver hormone offers hope for diabetes treatmentCompound boosts insulin production in mice.

    04/28/2013 10:01:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Nature News ^ | 25 April 2013 | Chris Palmer
    Biologists have found a hormone in the liver that spurs the growth of insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas, a discovery they hope will lead to new treatments for diabetes. A team led by Douglas Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, identified the hormone, betatrophin, by inducing insulin resistance in mice using a peptide that binds to insulin receptors. That caused the animals' insulin-secreting pancreatic β cells to proliferate. The researchers then searched for genes that showed increased activity, zeroing in on one that they were able to link to betatrophin production. Further experiments showed that...
  • Samoan health blogger drops 150 lbs; takes on 26.2-mile marathon

    04/16/2013 8:44:07 PM PDT · by coconutt2000 · 9 replies
    Tautalatala Media ^ | 4/14/2013 | tautalatala.com staff
    ‘SHE’S NOW OR NEVER’ FOUNDER MENNE TALIVA’A HALL RUNS IN NORTH SHORE MARATHON (Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--She’s running to fight obesity, diabetes and heart disease. She’s running for her family. “I run for change!” exclaims Menne Taliva’a Hall, founder of a health and wellness sisterhood and Blog called ‘She’s Now or Never’ or SNN. "My quest to run marathons is a demonstration to prove that change is possible! I leave footprints in honor of family and friends that have passed on and for those that I love dearly." After shedding 150 pounds and finishing more than 20 half-marathons, Hall – blogger and...
  • Experts: New diabetes treatment flushes sugar, calories out of body

    04/05/2013 12:59:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies
    KVUE ^ | April 3, 2013 | Karen Grace
    A new diabetes drug that hit the market in the past week boasts it can drop your glucose levels and flush out "guilty" calories every time you use the bathroom. Experts say that every time the patient urinates, out goes all the unwanted sugar and calories. Doctors say this drug could even help prevent Type 2 diabetes. KVUE's sister station KENS went behind closed doors at the Veterans Affairs hospital to witness clinical trials for other drugs similar to Invokana. Last Friday, the FDA approved Invokana, a drug experts are hailing as a game changer for Type 2 diabetes treatment....
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup: Some Scary Facts to Consider Before You Gulp Down Soda

    03/29/2013 7:49:44 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 72 replies
    sugarshockblog.com ^ | Connie Bennett
    Did you know that consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the U.S. -- which can be found in a plethora of cookies, candies and fast-foods -- has increased by a a whopping 10,673 percent between 1970 and 2005? So reports the USDA Dietary Assessment of Major Trends in U.S. Food Consumption report. Are you one of millions, who, according to the USDA report, consume one-quarter of your calories from added sugars, most of which comes from high fructose corn syrup, as mercola.com pointed out? Meanwhile, have you heard about the a recent study, which reveals that a diet...
  • Global Surge in Type 1 Diabetes Still an Enigma

    03/27/2013 11:47:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Everyday Health ^ | March 22, 2013 | Johannah Sakimura
    Though theories abound, scientists still don't understand what is causing the rise in type 1 diabetes in children worldwide. The incidence of type 1 diabetes in children is on the rise worldwide, with the number of new cases growing by an average of 3% per year in youth under age 15. The reasons for the sharp increase remain a medical mystery, since researchers have not been able to identify the changing conditions that are causing more kids to be diagnosed in recent decades. A new study presented this week at the annual Society for Endocrinology conference may help shed more light...
  • Vitamin D may lower diabetes risk for obese kids

    03/27/2013 11:20:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Futurity ^ | March 27, 2013 | NA
    U. MISSOURI (US) — Vitamin D supplements can help obese children and teens control their blood-sugar levels, which may help lower their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.“By increasing vitamin D intake alone, we got a response that was nearly as powerful as what we have seen using a prescription drug,” says Catherine Peterson, associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri. “We saw a decrease in insulin levels, which means better glucose control, despite no changes in body weight, dietary intake, or physical activity.”For the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers...
  • Microbes May Slim Us Down After Gastric Bypass

    03/27/2013 9:31:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 27 March 2013 | Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
    Enlarge Image Microbe overhaul. Gastric bypass surgery changes the community of microbes in the gut, and a study suggests the new population might drive weight loss. Credit: Life in View/Science Source Usually, science starts in the lab and then moves to patients. Gastric bypass surgery has taken the opposite path. Originally offered as a radical treatment for severe obesity, the surgery's effects on the digestive system and metabolism have turned out to be far more mysterious and fascinating than anyone expected. Now, a new study probes another of the surgery's effects: its impact on microbes in the gut and...
  • Diabetes Reversal In Mice Via Stem Cells

    03/07/2013 3:15:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    redOrbit ^ | June 28, 2012 | Connie K. Ho
    Diabetes is a detrimental disease. In order to combat the illness, University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers conducted a study with an industry partner and discovered that stem cells can reverse Type 1 diabetes in mice. The discovery leads the way for the development of innovative treatments of diabetes, which is caused by deficient production of insulin by the pancreas. Insulin allows glucose to be held by the body’s muscle, fat, and liver; in turn, it’s used as fuel for the body. Blindness, heart attack, kidney failure, nerve damage, and stroke are possible consequences of low insulin production. The research...
  • Genocide is here – Obama care is a killing machine and millions will die

    02/22/2013 10:43:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Roth Show ^ | February 20, 2013 | Dr. Laurie Roth
    This week I gasped in horror when I learned that Obama care had ordered Medicare to cut reimbursement for 4 million diabetic seniors by 66%. It also reduced all the companies that were supplying blood sugar monitoring supplies from 1000 to 15. I also learned via the research of Elizabeth Vliet M.D. that one of her 80 year old patients was told he was not covered anymore by Medicare when he went to the pharmacy so couldn’t get his medication. His choice was to pay cash or die. Pause for a second and snap out of being mildly annoyed and...
  • Insulin levels wax and wane daily - Modern life may clash with hormone’s natural cycle

    02/27/2013 11:40:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Science News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Like the sun, insulin levels rise and fall in a daily rhythm. Disrupting that cycle may contribute to obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests. Many body systems follow a daily clock known as a circadian rhythm. Body temperature, blood pressure and the release of many hormones are on circadian timers. But until now, no one had shown that insulin — a hormone that helps control how the body uses sugars for energy — also has a daily cycle. Working with mice, researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville have found that rodents are more sensitive to insulin’s effects at certain...