News & Views

News and Views

It’s Friday, again.  There was so much more that I wanted to write about this week.  Where do these Fridays come from? They arrive way too fast, if you ask me.  Well, it just means I already have topics for next week.  So, what’s going on in the world of Diabetes News?

By the way, I’ve changed the format and link just a bit. If you want to read the entire article, click on the first line and it will open in a new window – I hope.

Why do test strips cost so much? – Pt 1. “Have you looked at test strip prices and thought, “These should be made of gold?” Well, they are made of gold, along with other costly chemicals. But some cost 16 cents apiece; others cost $1 to $2. Why this range? What price is right?”

Why do test strips cost so much – Pt 2.  “Last week I was busy being blown away by the amazing technology of glucose test strips. But back to reality. Why do these things cost so much? Why do prices vary by 600% or more?”

Antidepressants linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes – “A new systematic review of published studies suggests when prescribing antidepressant medication, clinicians should be extra aware that they are linked to raised risk for type 2 diabetes, although the study does not suggest the drugs are the direct cause.”

Another Diabetes Device Bites The Dust.  “Diabetic Investor has learned that Bayer will be closing the production facility for its A1CNow product and cease all production by the end of the year.” This is not good news.

Check Up: Body Mass Index is a misleading measure.  “The nifty ratio – weight divided by the square of height – was invented in the mid-1800s by Belgian social scientist Adolphe Quetelet. But its use as an indicator of obesity-related health risks dates to a 1972 journal article by American scientist Ancel Keys, the man who renamed it.” Yeah, there are problems with the BMI, but it’s what we have, so go with it, but understand the limitations.

Lack of sleep leads to poor food choices.  “In a recently published study, researchers aimed to examine the effects acute sleep deprivation has on food purchasing choices in a “mock supermarket.”  Another reason to make sure you get enough rest!

Type 2 drugs in the pipeline.  “If you Google “type 2 diabetes drugs,” one website lists the names of 92 drugs that medical professionals have prescribed at one time or another to treat diabetes.”  Amazing discoveries are happening!  And, what can happen when science has money for research.

Metformin Boosts Survival in Men With Diabetes, Prostate Cancer.  “The drug of choice to treat type 2 diabetes may have uses beyond the treatment of diabetes alone, according to the results a new study.”

Lot’s of news.  If you want more, look here.

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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One comment on “News & Views
  1. beetleypete says:

    I suppose there is one thing we should be pleased about. Having a National Health Service here in the UK. means that Julie is now exempt from all charges for drugs, test kit, glucose strips, and all other treatments required too. When you are diagnosed with such an illness, it must be doubly hard, to have to worry about being able to afford to buy the drugs and accessories.
    Regards from England, and have a good weekend. Pete.

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