I know it’s Monday. This should have been up on Friday, but I thought Katherine’s post about finding a buddy for exercise was really important. I was going to skip a week of News & Views, but there are so many interesting developments and articles from the last week, I could not wait. Who knows what this week will bring? So, yes, you should see another on Friday.
Just a taste of what’s going on in the world of Diabetes:
Bionic Pancreas. This is an interview with a person who is testing the Bionic Pancreas in the real world. Scott is a long time Type 1 Diabetic. “Massachusetts General is conducting clinical trials of the artificial pancreas created by Edward R. Damiano, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Boston University, in an ambulatory setting. The device (nicknamed a bionic pancreas) has been previously tested in a tightly controlled inpatient environment on adults and teens. This is the first time it has been put to the test in anything resembling the real world.” Progress is coming everyday! Huge news for Type 1’s.
Type 2 Diabetes can go into remission! Okay, I have been writing about this for a year. Now, the Joslin Diabetes Center writes about it. “Type 2 diabetes (which used to be called adult-onset or non-insulin-dependent diabetes) can be a life-long, chronic disease in which the body either does not produce enough insulin or the cells don’t respond to the insulin correctly.” Like we did not know that. But, read the good news.
Chia – not only for the infamous pets. “Here’s why these tiny little morsels resembling poppy seeds are sprouting up everywhere — chia happens to be a super food and once was a staple food of Mayans and Aztecs.” Chia can reduce appetite and reduce blood sugars – isn’t that great?! This article is a must read. Who knew the Chia Pet was good for you?
Walking is good for you. Really? Did someone really run a study on that? “Next time you are crawling along in your car and wondering if you should just park up further from work and join the pedestrians, consider this: a new UK study suggests people there who walked to work were about 40% less likely to have diabetes compared with those who got there by car.” Okay, I live in Southern California, walking to work is not an option for most folks. But, walking at anytime would contribute to better health and reduce the risk of Diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with Prediabetes, get out and walk! Read the study here.
News from Tomorrow. An iWatch that monitors glucose levels. Reality, or the stuff of science fiction? “…Apple is actually finally moving in this direction: exploring the idea of a new Dick Tracy-ish gadget being referred to as the iWatch that would house wrist-based health sensors — quite possibly including glucose monitoring!” Wishful thinking or fact? I don’t know. But, others have tried something similar in the past and have not met with success. If there is any company who makes technology useful to people it’s Apple. What a great breakthrough if they could bring it to the streets. Read all about it.
I’ve only scratched the surface. You can find more articles here.
As always, thank you for reading. I appreciate it more than you know.