News & Views

News and Views


It’s happened…again. You know, by now after so many of them, I’d get used to the idea of Friday arriving.  But, they come so fast.  Okay, if you ask me on Tuesday, I might give you a different answer.  But – it is Friday and you know what that means…

Type 2 Beta Cells Decline Faster Than Previously Thought  “People with type 2 diabetes and those heading toward that diagnosis may face a quicker decline in their beta cell function than previously understood, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. That means the progress and challenges for such patients may progress more quickly than doctors expects and need more aggressive treatment.” This appears to be a first study.  More work needs to be done, but the consequences, if true, may effect how Diabetes is treated.  All the more reason to work to control your Diabetes, and to fight Prediabetes if diagnosed.

Diabetes: Personalised therapy reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease  “Thanks to the biomarker known as NT-proBNP (a hormone specific to the heart), the sub-group of people who are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease can be determined even though their hearts appear to be healthy. This group accounts for around 40 per cent of all diabetics. Researchers at the University Departments of General Medicine II and III at the MedUni Vienna have now demonstrated that high-dose, personalised therapy with ACE inhibitors and beta blockers can significantly reduce the risk of cardiac disease among affected patients – by as much as 64 per cent.”  Another reason to take an ACE Inhibitor!

Myths and Facts About Type 1 Diabetes  “We all know a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D) is hard on families as they learn to cope with a number of changes in their daily life. While people care, it is all too common for them to ask questions that reflect a lack of knowledge about T1D, such as, “When will she outgrow it?” It can be frustrating to explain the battle that all families face every hour of every day, and that can be compounded by having to deal with people’s common misunderstandings and misperceptions, including the widely-held belief that T1D is not a serious disease.”  Diabetes not serious?  Are you kidding me?  Read this to learn a bit about what Type 1’s endure…so much more than Type 2’s, at least to me.

 High blood glucose levels associated with higher risk of wound-related complications   “A new study released today shows that among patients undergoing surgery for chronic wounds related to diabetes, the risk of wound-related complications is affected by how well the patient’s blood sugar levels are controlled before surgery.”  One of the complications of Diabetes is slower wound healing due to high levels of glucose…and now it’s learned that wounds from surgery also heal slower if glucose is not controlled.  Just another reason to control your Diabetes.  Another reason to fight Your War On Diabetes!
What Obamacare Feels Like to a Diabetic  “Others have written much about what the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, means for diabetics. I will leave the analysis to the people who have done the research. I just want to tell you what Obamacare feels like to a diabetic. ”  Whether you like it, or not, the ACA will bring about change.  The Diabetic writing the article felt a liberation she had never had before.  It’s an interesting and very personal take on what is happening in the US. Yes, I know things are different in other countries, but thought all might find this interesting.
There is more going on and you can find it here.
As always, thank you for reading and keep up the good fight.  You can win Your War On Diabetes.

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:

    Good round up of relevant and interesting articles Phil. Have a good weekend, I doubt we will, as we have gale force winds, and heavy rain!
    Regards from England. Pete.

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