Posts on "Diabetes Treatment" Category

  • Diabetes 101: Back to the Basics

    Anyone who has poured syrup on pancakes knows what happens if the coated pancake jumps off the plate into your lap. The syrup sticks to everything.  You have a hard time getting it off.   You wish you had not even put it on your food. Now you know what the inside of your body feels […]

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  • Still scared of being a guinea pig?

    When some people are asked if they are interested in participating in a clinical research trial, they often respond by saying, “No. I don’t want to be a guinea pig.” What do they mean by that? Do they worry that we will put them in a cage with a wheel or send them through an […]

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  • Cirrhosis is not just for Alcoholics Anymore…

    Say the word, “cirrhosis” and we think of alcoholic liver disease.  However, alcohol is not the only cause of fatty liver and cirrhosis. Fat accumulating in the liver for any reason can cause inflammation and scar tissue known as fibrosis.  When the fibrosis is severe, it can cause the liver to not work.  Severe fibrosis […]

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  • HELP YOUR DIABETES MEDICATION WORK

    Current medications to treat diabetes are vast improvements over the past when all we had was insulin and sulfonylureas.  Many medications now actually correct multiple underlying genetic defects which cause Type 2 Diabetes. Unfortunately, these new medications are NOT MAGIC!!  They will not let you eat anything you want.  They will not make you exercise.  […]

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  • What’s next after Metformin?

    So many choices.  Medications for diabetes have exploded in number over the past few years.  Metformin, of course, is the first therapy for most people with insulin resistance, prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes.  But if the sugar can’t be controlled, what do you do? If your A1C is still over 7% on metformin and is […]

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  • Happy 95th Birthday, Metformin

    The chemical metformin is contained in the French lilac and was used for 2000 years.  In 1922, the molecule was isolated from the plant and used to lower blood sugar in rabbits by 1929.  However, the discovery of insulin eclipsed all other diabetes medications until the 1950s. By the 1950s, researchers realized that Diabetes is […]

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  • Imatinib Drug To Treat Cancer and Slow Diabetes Onset

    Imatinib Imatinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that treats chronic leukemia and other cancers by suppressing the immune system. Now, research shows that Imatinib can also be a preservative for the beta-cell function of people with Type 1 diabetes. New Research This drug’s introduction to the American Diabetes Association and the 2017 Scientific Sessions is […]

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  • Learn How Diabetes Affects Eyesight

    Diabetes not only increases your appetite, thirst, and causes more frequent urination. It can also affect people’s eyesight. Each time your blood glucose level is out of control, you may experience blurred or loss of vision.  Once your blood sugar stabilizes to a healthy level, your vision should return. Diabetic Retinopathy Diabetic retinopathy is an […]

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  • Insulin Prices Overview: The ADA’s Efforts To Reduce Cost

    It Costs To Stay Alive The American Diabetes Association is taking a stance against expensive insulin treatments.  Since 2002, the price of insulin has tripled. Pricing is set through a complex supply chain which includes manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), insurers, and pharmacies. Insulin is a life-saving drug that is necessary for people with […]

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  • Join America’s Diabetes Challenge

    The American Diabetes Association has launched America’s Diabetes Challenge. The American Diabetes Association’s challenge encourages Type 2 diabetes patients to reach their A1C goals. A1C is measured as the average blood glucose level over the past 2-3 months. Also, patients can talk to their doctors about low blood glucose risks. It is important to talk […]

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