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News and Views

It’s Friday!  More than ever going on…take a look!

Skipping breakfast? “By now, most people know that skipping breakfast isn’t the best idea. New evidence, however, has revealed another reason to take an extra moment for your morning meal, claiming that missing even one breakfast each week can increase your risk of type-2 diabetes by 20 percent.  This is was kind of a shock to me.  One more reason to eat breakfast.  Interesting study.

Been told you have Prediabetes? “People with pre-diabetes who lose roughly 10 percent of their body weight within six months of diagnosis dramatically reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next three years, according to results of research led by Johns Hopkins scientists.” Lose just 10% and reduce the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes.  Sounds like a no-brainer to this Diabetic.  Wish I had taken the diagnosis seriously.  Read about it here.

Free Diabetes Online Workshop. “Are you an older adult with diabetes? Then you may be interested in “Better Choices, Better Health — Diabetes,” a free online workshop from the National Council on Aging.”  I am not sure what an ‘older adult’ is for the purpose of this workshop, but look into it.  Free information and peer counseling included.  The article and link to workshop can be found here.

On metformin?  Very interesting beneficial side-effect. “The diabetes drug metformin may do more than help control blood sugar levels: New research suggests it may also reduce the risk of dementia.”  We all hear about the possible negative side-effects of the drugs we have to take to control glucose, but this is great news!  Almost makes me wish I was still on metformin!  Great study to learn about.

Our eye-sight is one of our most precious gifts and it can be threatened by Diabetes. A 2-year screening interval for people with no sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy at diagnosis may be safely adopted. For patients with pre-existing diabetic retinopathy, a shorter interval of ≤ 1 year is warranted.” You have to be vigilant in testing for possible sight loss.  This is one of the first studies I have seen that examines how often it needs to be checked – please read it.

Top 10 Learnings From the ADA 2013 Scientific Conference. “I recently attended the 73rd American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Sessions in Chicago, June 21-25 where brilliant and dedicated researchers and health care professionals from around the globe gathered to learn, share and connect. As a diabetes educator who’s been involved in the diabetes field nearly 35 years and counting, I was once again wowed by this meeting…and learned a ton!”   Don’t think much is going on in Diabetes research?  Wrong!  There are some exciting things just around the corner.  Learnings Part One.  Learnings Part Two.

As always, there is so much more going on…see for yourself!  Declare your War On Diabetes and win!

As always, thank you for reading.

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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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