News & Views

News and Views

A lot going on in the World of Diabetes…so, let’s get to it.

Newly diagnosed less likely to take their Meds. “The study found that newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients are less likely to follow their medication regimen than those with longer-standing disease, and those who take more pills are more likely to be adherent than those on fewer medications.”  Are they nuts?  Not using one of your weapons to fight.  You only have three weapons and you give up one?  Take your meds as prescribed!

Type 1 diabetes vaccine hailed as ‘significant step’. “A study in 80 patients, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, showed a vaccine could retrain their immune system.”  It’s a promising study that could lead to a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, but has a long way to go from the initial test of only 80 patients.  Stay tuned for more news on this, though.

New ‘Reverse Vaccine’ for Type 1 Diabetes.“In a breakthrough clinical trial, Stanford University researchers have created a never-before-seen vaccine that utilizes modified DNA to shut down specific sections of the immune system.  The vaccine has shown promising results in combatting Type 1 diabetes, potentially paving the way for brand new treatments to help individuals with the disorder.”  Clearly, there’s a lot of research going on.  A real-life application of this kind of breakthrough is still years away.  Don’t go looking for it next month.  But, it’s getting closer everyday.

Are we approaching Diabetes from the wrong direction?  Do the precursors of Diabetes cause obesity?  I love TED Talks, and this is one you should watch.  Is he right?  I don’t know, but it is thought provoking and he makes a strong argument. By the way, I believe that ‘insulin resistance’ is another way of saying Diabetes.

You can see the video on the TED Site, too.

Control your glucose and you reduce complications from Diabetes.  “Almost two decades after the landmark Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) ended, we are still seeing dramatic reductions in diabetes complications achieved with intensive glycemic control in the intensive control group.”  This is almost so obvious it hurts, right?  Why else would we battle to control our glucose and A1c?  While the study involved Type 1 Diabetics, the findings should apply to Type 2’s. But, now you know the science exists to support it.

Children are being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on the increase. “One trend that has revealed itself in recent years is an accelerating rate of T1D, especially among younger children.  Last year, the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study reported that the prevalence of T1D in people under age 20 in the U.S. rose by 23 percent between 2001 and 2009.  Other studies have shown that in European children one to five years of age, the incidence of T1D is increasing at a rate of 5.4 percent annually.”   That is a huge increase in an eight year period.  So many families living with children with Diabetes…too many. The search for a cure for Type 1’s has got to go forward – and breakthroughs are being made – see above.

See more articles at Diabetes News.

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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3 comments on “News & Views
  1. Hi Phil I watched Peter a few night’s ago and it really hit hard how some people come to the wrong conclusion.

    • Shell,

      I was amazed to see his reaction to his “old thought process.” But, he seemed to be able to learn from what he went through. What’s that old saying about walking a mile in another’s shoes?

      I hope you are doing well.

      Phil

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