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News and Views

What happened to this week?  It has gone by so fast!  It’s already Friday. I remember Monday, but those other days…not so sure about.  Ever have one of those weeks?  Well, we better get on with the News and Views before it becomes Sunday!

Heart disease risk reduced by early diabetes interventions.Two treatments that slow the development of diabetes also may protect people fromheart disease, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).”  Heart disease is one of the common complications of diabetes, but this study showed that it just did not have to be – which is something you have read here before, right?  But, now there is even more science and research behind it.  Who knew there were so many other benefits from our friend metformin? Read about the study – it’s a quick read.

Reach for a Peach: The Benefits of Fruit.  “Many people with diabetes come into the offices of dietitians with diet histories devoid of fruits. And many who do eat fruit limit their consumption to apples only. When asked why, they often reply that either they were told to limit their intake because fruits are high in sugar or they claim that they can’t eat fruit as it’s “too sweet” and will raise their blood sugar.”  Fruits are good for you!  Like we didn’t know that.  But this study is interesting in that it shows that even though fruits are ‘sweet,’ they don’t adversely effect diabetes control.  So, read and enjoy your favorite fruits!  Because I control my Diabetes through diet and exercise, I will still only have a half of a piece of fruit – I do count those carbs, you know.

Blood Glucose Test Strips Accuracy Comparison. “Back in 2009 to 2011 there was a large Blood Glucose Meter System Accuracy Evaluation of 43 Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems for Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose according to DIN EN ISO 15197 by Dr. Guido Freckmann and others published in Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, Volume 6, Issue 5, September 2012.”  For regular readers, this is not news – but to see the list and learn how accurate your test strips and meter are is very interesting.   This is my post on the topic from last month.

Pre-pregnancy hormone testing may indicate gestational diabetes risk.  “…women with low levels of the hormone adiponectin prior to pregnancy are nearly seven times more likely to develop gestational diabetes, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Diabetes Care. Adiponectin protects against insulin resistance, inflammation and heart disease.”  Wouldn’t it be great to know if you might get gestational diabetes ahead of time?  Of course, it would.  A simple test for a hormone can at least tell you if you are at risk.  Read about the findings.

Of course, there are more articles and you know where you can them – HERE!  We have touched on a number of the “big stories”  in the blog, so I did not include them.  But, take a look, there are a number of articles toward the bottom of the page that you might find very interesting.

By the way, as I was scanning various articles, I could not help but to be struck by the number of advertisements.  I find them annoying, which is why you don’t see any on the War On Diabetes site.  Click on them.  Ignore them.  Do what you will.  But, I do apologize if they interfere with your enjoyment of the articles.  Yes, I know they help pay for the sites – just a pet peeve of mine – we are attacked by enough folks asking us to buy throughout our day.  We don’t need more ads in our War On Diabetes.  Okay, I’m done – for the moment.  It just bothers me, can you tell?

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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