News & Views

News and Views


It’s already Friday!  Can you believe that?  Better get to the news before Friday passes me by…

The Health Insurance Marketplace and People with Diabetes. “Starting on October 1, 2013, individuals and families have a new opportunity to buy health insurance through a Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) available in every state.” There is so much being written about the changes that are coming in healthcare, but I have not seen much directed at those of us with Diabetes.  This article from the ADA is a good place to start.

The Effect of Whole Grain Foods on Diabetes and Obesity  “Researchers assessed the impact of whole grains on the risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and body weight measures, and cardiovascular disease in human studies as the basis for establishing an American Society for Nutrition (ASN) position….” A lot of folks write about how a healthy diet includes whole grains – even I did this last week.  Finally, there is some real research to support the recommendation.  Someone is finally putting their grain where their mouth is…(was that as bad as it looks?).  Read about the study and find out there are even more benefits to whole grains!

Coffee and tea may contribute to a healthy liver…  “An international team of researchers led by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) and the Duke University School of Medicine suggest that increased  intake may reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic  (NAFLD).”  This is not a reason to go out and have a double large coffee drink with two extra shots of espresso!  There is so much being written about caffeine that it’s interesting to see folks put some science behind it.  Yes, I do like my science!  Read about the study!

Artificial Sweeteners: To Use or Not To Use?  “There has been a lot of negative publicity going around about diet sodas and artificial sweeteners recently. A controlled, clinical trial from the Washington University School of Medicine and a series of epidemiological studies are seeking to change the public’s and health care community’s take on the safety and efficacy of these calorie-free additives.”  Controlled clinical trial…music to my ears.  Here’s the deal, if you don’t need to use an artificial sweetener, why put it in your body?  But, I do understand that folks need the artificial sweetener thinking it helps with weight loss and controlling Diabetes.  Hmmmm.  Read what the study found…might change your mind.

Ask Joslin: Varying Blood Sugar Readings  “Food intake, although a large component of blood glucose variability, is only one factor affecting your glycemic control. Exercise or physical activity is another. However, even when changes in physical activity and medications aren’t a part of the equation, there are many other factors that play into making your blood glucose a moving target.”  Blood sugar, glucose, readings still drive me a bit nuts.  I know about where I should be when I chack, and when I am not, my first thought is there’s a meter problem.  No, there’s not – something changed within me. Read this article from Joslin, the oldest Diabetes research center in America, to learn more.

Oh, there’s more news, and you know where to find it.

As always, thank you for reading.


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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2 comments on “News & Views
  1. mjohnson9706 says:

    I think it’s important that people test their blood sugar prior to and one and two hours after consuming whole grains (wheat, oat, what have you). While hearthealthywholegrains may be perfectly fine for some, for others, me included, they are blood sugar spikers. There are no benefits of whole grain (to me) that are worth the spikes. Anything that bread has, I can get from other sources, for example fiber from fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and other vegetables that do not have the side effect of increased blood sugar. The vitamins and minerals that they “enrich” the bread with can also be found in numerous other foods that have no impact on my blood sugar. I’m going to have to agree to disagree with the study for now because there is not enough information in the article as far as details, and studies of studies make me queasy.

    • You know, I have found that what works for one person may not work for others. We are nothing if not incredibly complex chemical factories that are not exactly alike. Which is just another way of saying there is more than one way to control Diabetes. There are some basic rules, but after that, each person has to find what works for them. For some grains will be okay; while others may choose not to eat them.

      The important issue is that Diabetes is being controlled; that the fight is being successfully engaged.

      As always, I appreciate your comments – I really do.


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