Welcome to “Diabetes in the News”. This feature has links to diabetes related news stories, blogs, or websites. If you come upon a story, blog or website that I haven’t mentioned, e-mail me at joscafe.com at gmail.com. I will check it out and if posted, give credit where credit is due.
Study Shows New Non-Invasive Device Screens Diabetes Better Than Fasting Plasma Glucose Test
June 21, 2006 — Researchers reported a new non-invasive technology that uses fluorescent light to detect the presence of abnormal concentrations of diabetes-related biological markers found in skin was able to significantly outperform fasting plasma glucose (FPG) as a screening test for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Results from a clinical study presented at the 66th annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, held here, showed a prototype medical device using the technology was able to identify 20% more patients with type 2 diabetes or its precursor.
Herb Weisbaum: Beware The ‘Sugar Pill’ Claims For Diabetes
SEATTLE – When you have diabetes — as more than 21 million Americans do — you need to get your blood sugar under control. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a pill, one you could get without a prescription, that would do that for you?
Actually, there are lots of these “sugar-reducing pills” on the market. David Schardt, associate nutritionist with the Center for Science in the Public Interest checked the research on seven of these supplements: Chromium, Cinnamon, Coenzyme Q10, Ginseng, Gymnema Sylvestre, Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, Vanadium.
“We found none of them had convincing evidence that they worked,” Schardt tells me. “So there’s really nothing that you buy in a bottle, off the shelf, over-the-counter, that’s really going to help you either prevent diabetes or treat your diabetes.”
Thou Shalt Not Mess with Me
This is the 11th Commandment, is it not? Especially when you have diabetes and are dropping below 50 fast and just spent your last dime but need something sugary RIGHT NOW. Know what I mean?
Race May Be Risk Factor For Insulin Resistance
NEWSWISE Medical News, 26-Jun-2006 — Black women – even if their weight is normal – may be at increased risk for insulin resistance, a condition associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart vessel disease, according to new research by Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
“It is well known that obesity is a contributor to insulin resistance,” said senior researcher Jorge Calles-Escandon, M.D. “Our research suggests that race may also be an important factor. Almost half of lean, black women had insulin resistance – double the rate in Hispanic or Caucasian women.”
Joslin Discovers Signs of Residual Islet Cell Function in People with Long-Term Type 1 Diabetes
BOSTON — Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center have discovered that a surprisingly high percentage of people with type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent) who have had the disease for 50 years or longer (The Joslin Medalists) may still have residual functioning, insulin-producing islet cells and/or islet cell antibodies. The findings will be presented June 12 at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 66th Annual Scientific Sessions in Washington, D.C.
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