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  • Doctors' group issues controversial type 2 diabetes guidance

    03/06/2018 10:41:01 AM PST · by upchuck · 85 replies
    HealthDay/CBS News ^ | Mar 6, 2018 | Serena Gordon
    The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued new guidance on managing type 2 diabetes -- including relaxing the long-term blood sugar target called hemoglobin A1C. The A1C is a blood test that gives doctors an estimate of your blood sugar level average over the past few months. For most adults, the American Diabetes Association recommends a target A1C of below 7 percent. This goal may be altered based on individual circumstances. However, the new ACP guidance suggests that A1C should be between 7 and 8 percent for most adults with type 2 diabetes. For adults who achieve an A1C...
  • Diabetes is actually five separate diseases, research suggests

    03/04/2018 6:18:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 March 2018 | James Gallagher
    The results, published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, showed the patients could be separated into five distinct clusters. Cluster 1 - severe autoimmune diabetes is broadly the same as the classical type 1 - it hit people when they were young, seemingly healthy and an immune disease left them unable to produce insulin Cluster 2 - severe insulin-deficient diabetes patients initially looked very similar to those in cluster 1 - they were young, had a healthy weight and struggled to make insulin, but the immune system was not at fault Cluster 3 - severe insulin-resistant diabetes patients were generally...
  • Is Keto the Cure for Type II Diabetes?

    02/28/2018 12:22:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 119 replies
    Reason ^ | Feb. 28, 2018 | Mike Riggs
    A drug-free approach might be the best treatment we have for America's most ubiquitous lifestyle disease.Type II diabetes is one of America's most ubiquitous—and expensive—chronic diseases. Patients often require a suite of pharmaceutical products to manage high blood glucose levels, and the complications that arise over the long term, ranging from loss of vision and limbs to kidney failure and coronary artery disease, strain the resources of patients, their families, and the health care system. The financial strain on insurance companies, employers, and Medicaid and Medicare is even more enormous. A 2013 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine...
  • Fat Cells Are Sensitive to Sunlight

    02/01/2018 10:56:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Sleep Review Magazine ^ | January 31, 2018
    fatcells A study by University of Alberta researchers has shown the fat cells that lie just beneath our skin shrink when exposed to the blue light emitted by the sun. “When the sun’s blue light wavelengths—the light we can see with our eye—penetrate our skin and reach the fat cells just beneath, lipid droplets reduce in size and are released out of the cell. In other words, our cells don’t store as much fat,” says Peter Light, PhD, senior author of the study, who is a professor of pharmacology and the director of UAlberta’s Alberta Diabetes Institute, in a release....
  • Paramedics called to treat Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

    01/19/2018 2:34:10 PM PST · by mandaladon · 113 replies
    Reuters ^ | 19 Jan 2018
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a life-long diabetic, was treated by paramedics for low blood sugar at her home in Washington on Friday morning but was able to go to work afterward, a court spokeswoman said. The 63-year-old Sotomayor, one of the nine-member court’s four liberal justices, was diagnosed as a child with type 1 diabetes and has openly discussed her experience with the chronic illness in the past. She was named to the court in 2009 by Democratic former President Barack Obama. “Justice Sotomayor experienced symptoms of low blood sugar at her home this morning....
  • Sotomayor at work after health scare

    01/19/2018 11:37:12 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Paramedics were called to the Washington home of Justice Sonia Sotomayor Friday morning, but a Supreme Court spokeswoman said the justice was not hospitalized and went to work Friday after being treated for low blood sugar. "She experienced symptoms of low blood sugar at her home this morning. She was treated by emergency medical services and is doing fine," court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told POLITICO. "She's at work and following her usual schedule and will be participating in all planned activities over the weekend." The episode caused concern to some neighbors of the 63-year-old justice, who lives in an apartment...
  • Report: Scientists Find Alzheimer’s Treatment While Trying To Cure Diabetes

    01/02/2018 1:27:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 90 replies
    CBS New York ^ | January 2, 2018
    Although their goal was to cure diabetes, scientists may have stumbled onto a new medication to help treat the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. According to a press release from researchers at Lancaster University, a new drug being tested for diabetes patients was found to have “significantly reversed memory loss” in test subjects and is now being examined as possible treatment for neurodegenerative disorders. The medication, known as a triple receptor drug — or “triple agonist” — reportedly works in multiple ways to protect the brain against degeneration and promote growth. Researchers say that a study of mice being given...
  • Major cause of dementia discovered

    12/11/2017 1:33:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 93 replies ^ | 12-11-2017 | Provided by: University of Manchester
    An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of a major cause of dementia, with important implications for possible treatment and diagnosis. Professor Garth Cooper from The University of Manchester, who leads the Manchester team, says the build-up of urea in the brain to toxic levels can cause brain damage - and eventually dementia. The work follows on from Professor Cooper's earlier studies, which identified metabolic linkages between Huntington's, other neurodegenerative diseases and type-2 diabetes. The team consists of scientists from The University of Manchester, the University of Auckland, AgResearch New Zealand, the South Australian Research and Development Institute,...
  • MEDICAL ADVANCE: Doctors agree that when HIV is under control, unprotected sex is OK

    12/05/2017 7:36:22 PM PST · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | 12/5/17 | Lenny Bernstein
    Last year, Chris Kimmenez and his wife asked their doctors a simple question. Could Chris, who has been HIV positive since 1989 but keeps the virus in check through medication, transmit it sexually to Paula?They were pretty sure they knew the answer. Married for more than 30 years, they had not always practiced safe sex, but Paula showed no signs of having the virus.Their physicians were less certain.“They had a conversation, and they did some research on it,” Kimmenez said. “They came back to us and said there may still be a risk, but we’re comfortable enough” that unprotected sex...
  • WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD O' DIABEETUS (blood glucose monitor recommendations plz)

    12/05/2017 7:54:53 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 143 replies
    12/5/17 | marty_f
    Well, your ollll' marty was recently diagnosed with early stage Type II Diabeetus. Doc prescribed pills that sound like some Yankee RINO's name: "Metformin." I'm doing all the Intarweb research that I can on the topic but I'd like to hear FReepers' personal takes on what to look for in a blood glucose monitor. I figure if I'm going to be using this monitor for awhile it should be a good one. The one the Doc suggested -- that my insurance would most readily pay for -- doesn't get good reviews at all ("wildly inaccurate readings"). Your input please!
  • Could mouthwash put you at risk for diabetes? What you need to know

    11/29/2017 12:24:05 PM PST · by NohSpinZone · 62 replies ^ | 11/29/17 | A. Pawlowski
    After three years, 30 percent of the people who used mouthwash twice or more a day progressed to pre-diabetes or diabetes, compared to 20 percent of those who used the rinses less frequently. Ultimately, the very frequent mouthwash users had a 55 percent higher risk of developing one of the conditions than the less frequent users, the study notes. The impact stayed the same when the researchers controlled for age, sex, smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption and other factors.
  • Fasting-mimicking diet may reverse diabetes (Type 1 reversal by diet)

    11/19/2017 12:17:13 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 71 replies
    A diet designed to imitate the effects of fasting appears to reverse diabetes by reprogramming cells, a new USC-led study shows. "Cycles of a fasting-mimicking diet and a normal diet essentially reprogrammed non-insulin-producing cells into insulin-producing cells," said Longo, who is also a professor of biological sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. "By activating the regeneration of pancreatic cells, we were able to rescue mice from late-stage type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We also reactivated insulin production in human pancreatic cells from type 1 diabetes patients." The reprogrammed adult cells and organs prompted a...
  • Study reveals how a very low calorie diet can reverse type 2 diabetes

    11/19/2017 11:55:58 AM PST · by ConservativeMind · 67 replies
    In a new study, a Yale-led research team uncovers how a very low calorie diet can rapidly reverse type 2 diabetes in animal models. The research team investigated the effects of a very low calorie diet (VLCD), consisting of one-quarter the normal intake, on a rodent model of type 2 diabetes. Using this approach the researchers pinpointed three major mechanisms responsible for the VLCD's dramatic effect of rapidly lowering blood glucose concentrations in the diabetic animals. In the liver, the VLCD lowers glucose production by: 1) decreasing the conversion of lactate and amino acids into glucose; 2) decreasing the rate...
  • Lab’s Nose Knows When Diabetic Emergency Lurking

    11/05/2017 9:30:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | October 27, 2017 | Lynh Bui
    Slash the chocolate Lab jumped into Kate Rondelli’s bed in the middle of the night Tuesday, licking her face to wake her up. There was trouble. The dog led her to her son’s room, where Rondelli tested her 4-year-old’s blood sugar levels: Over 400 milligrams per deciliter, more than twice the maximum range desirable for the little boy with Type 1 diabetes. Rondelli quickly gave her son, Mylon, insulin to stabilize his levels, averting a possible medical emergency. “His nose is always working,” Rondelli said. Slash is a diabetes detection dog, trained to alert Rondelli when her son’s blood sugar...
  • George Lopez booed off stage after Trump jokes flop at gala

    10/20/2017 10:41:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | October 14, 2017 | 3:45pm | By Mara Siegler
    <p>Comic George Lopez was booed off stage at a gala for juvenile diabetes in Denver last week, over an anti-Donald Trump routine that fell flat with the crowd.</p> <p>We’re told the flap began when Trump backer and Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei donated $250,000 but requested that Lopez cool it with the anti-Trump jokes at the Carousel Ball.</p>
  • Immune systems of type 1 diabetics can be ‘retrained’ to stop destroying insulin, scientists show

    08/10/2017 7:54:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies ^ | 9 August 2017 | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    The damaged immune systems of diabetics can be ‘retrained’ to stop them destroying insulin, scientists believe, following successful trials of a pioneering new therapy. Researchers at King’s College London and Cardiff University showed that injecting patients with tiny protein fragments prevented immune cells from targeting vital insulin. Type 1 diabetes develops when a patient's immune system mistakenly attacks the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. Without treatment the number of beta cells will slowly decrease and the body will no longer be able to maintain normal blood sugar (blood glucose) levels, leading to patients needing daily injections. But a...
  • Glipizide

    07/18/2017 11:54:39 AM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 21 replies
    Been Type 2 since '06. Eventually wound up on the full dose of Metformin. A couple of years ago I was prescribed Victoza. Got a couple of free months and then had to pay for it. While Victoza really did a good job of lowering my A1C the grand a month was a bit too much. Have no prescription insurance and no plans to get any and so I dropped it. Been just using Metformin with my weekly mg average in the 130s and 140s. Then a couple of months a go it started going up. The doctor saw it...
  • Stephen Furst Dies: ‘Animal House’, ‘St. Elsewhere’ Actor Was 63 [Flounder]

    06/17/2017 5:18:08 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 73 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 6/17/17 | Greg Evans
    Actor Stephen Furst, best known for his performances as the hapless Flounder in Animal House and put-upon rookie doc Eliott Axelrod on St. Elsewhere, died yesterday at his home in Moorpark, California, near Los Angeles, due to complications from diabetes. His death was announced by his sons Nathan and Griffith Furst, who asked that fans “celebrate his life by watching one of his movies or use one of his bits to make someone else laugh – really, really hard.” See their entire statement below.
  • Silicon Valley's elite are flocking to an extreme high-fat diet in hopes of living longer

    04/30/2017 2:46:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 29, 2017 | Christina Farr
    A lot of the Silicon Valley elite are doing extreme experiments on their bodies in hopes of prolonging their lives and improving their health. The latest fad among this set is sticking to a so-called 'ketogenic' diet that's exceptionally high in fat and low in carbs and is considered an experimental treatment for diabetes. Think Atkins, but way more extreme. Ambar Bhattacharyya, a managing director with Maverick Ventures, initially embarked on a low-carb, high-fat "ketogenic" diet during the due diligence process for a startup called Virta Health. The diet was designed to transition his body from burning fat as its...
  • Why Is Common Sense So Controversial?

    04/26/2017 5:55:38 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-26-17 | MOTUS
    How much obesity has to be created in a single decade for people to realize that diet has to be responsible for it? - Dr. Robert Atkins, the much maligned early advocate of the low carb diets. There may be other things more important but I’m more interested in junk science this week; I blame Earth Day, Climate Change and Trump. In any event I thought you might like to know about this article related to your health and diet: Vegans Suck at Science. Here’s Proof. It debunks several decades long myths about meat such as “Meat Eating Leads to...