Welcome to the Friday (most Fridays, anyway) edition of News & Views. There is so much going on, so let’s get right to it.
If you have Diabetes, set your sight on healthy vision. “If you have diabetes, your doctors most likely have told you to keep your blood sugar under control through diet, exercise, and proper medication. But did you know that you also need a dilated eye exam at least once a year?” You know, we don’t emphasize the need for an annual eye exam enough. Our sight is precious and needs to be protected and one of the complications from Diabetes can be loss of sight. Read the article and make an appointment with your eye doctor. Or, if you don’t have one, find one!
Metformin (our old friend) with an MK2-inhibitor shows great promise in Diabetes treatment. “Research shows that a new medication, in combination with metformin, could serve as a treatment for type 2 diabetes and prolong the life ofi nsulin producing beta cells…The new ingredient is an MK2 inhibitor which has anti-inflammatory properties and can diminish the effects of glucagon, the hormone which raises blood sugar levels.” This is a few years away but shows great promise. Research is always finding new ways to help control our blood sugar through medication. But, as an editorial comment, tools are available to you now if you work with your health team and use a common sense diet with a bit of exercise. You can control your Diabetes.
Breathalyzer for blood glucose monitoring. “Ronny Priefer, PhD, lead researcher with Western New England University, and colleagues have developed a breathalyzer-like device that can monitor blood glucose in a non-invasive manner.” No more sticking our finger? Not too bad, huh? Work still needs to be done, but no matter how the glucose test is done, it’s important that you do it – it’s immediate feedback on how you are doing; if you are winning the War On Diabetes.
Many at risk for Diabetes and don’t know it. “New research shows that many Americans who are at risk for type 2 diabetes don’t believe they are, and their doctors may not be giving them a clear message about their risk.” Last month I mentioned it was important to encourage your friends and family to get an A1c test, and here’s another reason. The earlier Prediabetes is caught, or Diabetes, it’s easier to make a few little changes that will mean victory in the war. Please get folks in and tested; get them to talk to their doctors. Did you know there are about seven million (7,000,000) undiagnosed diabetics in the US? If the same ratio is true, there are about 700,000 undiagnosed diabetics in the UK which has 2,900,000 folks with Diabetes. It’s incredibly important to get an A1c test – now.
What’s happening with meter accuracy? “Recent changes in Medicare regulations for suppliers of diabetes meters and strips have accelerated the concern of diabetes technology leaders that current testing controls are inadequate to insure blood glucose meter accuracy post market sale. This comes amid the heightened awareness in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the need to strengthen the overall accuracy guidelines for these devices.” A very hot topic for diabetics. We depend on our meters to tell us how we are doing. New, more accurate standards must be adopted.
And, of course there is more to read about here.
As always, thank you for reading.