News & Views

News and Views



It’s Friday and I just can’t wait to get started…

New Drug, Farxiga, approved by the FDA. The FDA approved a new drug for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes this week.  It’s been prescribed in Europe under the name Forxiga, which our pharmacist Katherine, has written about.  The same drug will be marketed in the US under the name Farxiga. The lnks are to great posts that provide a good understanding of the drug, how it works, and possible side-effects.  We presented Forxiga here months before FDA approval because we seek to keep you informed and a significant part of our audience is in places where Forxiga has been available.

New Type 2 (Diabetes) Drugs Change Treatment Decisions.  Metformin, the cornerstone in treating type 2 diabetes, saw an increase in usage among type 2s from 23 percent of that population in 1997 to 53 percent in 2012. But that increase has since plateaued due to the introduction of additional drugs that target insulin secretion and glucose regulation.” There are a wide range of drugs that work in different ways available for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.  It seems fitting that a review of them should appear this week, don’t you think?

Type 2 Drugs in the Pipeline: an Update.  “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…You’d think that the diabetes apothecary has a more than a sufficient number of drugs for treating type 2. But scientists and pharmaceutical companies continue looking for new drugs to add to the diabetes medicine cabinet, including novel approaches to controlling blood sugar and weight.” A lot about drugs this week, huh?  Well, just in case you think Forxiga/Farxiga is by itself, you should know there are new types of drugs being developed all of the time.  This article provides a summary of the approaches being taken.

Walnuts Improve Blood Vessel Function. “If you’ve resolved to improve your diet in 2014, there’s one small step you can take that will reap big rewards, according to new research from the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center: incorporating walnuts into your diet.”  New drugs.  Newer drugs being researched. Isn’t it great to know that there are those folks who are looking at the benefits we can get from…wait for it…food!  A few walnuts can make a difference!  Find out how.


People with Type 2 Also Suffer from Dawn Phenomenon.  “Researchers have found that the dawn phenomenon, a rise in blood glucose in the early morning hours, affects both people with type 1 and people with type 2 diabetes…Previously it was thought to only affect people with type 1 diabetes, but in a recent study that examined data from the past 30 years, researchers determined that the dawn phenomenon occurred frequently among patients with type 2 diabetes.”  I don’t know what to say.  Once again, we presented the Dawn Phenomenon as an issue that effects all Diabetics almost a year ago. Yeah, I know, I am patting ourselves on the back.  It’s nice to know there is science to support what we knew existed.

9 Ways to Cut Diabetes Complication Risk. ““The good news is that a lot of the diabetic complications people are worried about are avoidable,” says Robin Goland, MD, codirector of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center. “And you can certainly delay them.” Control of three health measures is essential—A1C (glucose), blood pressure, and cholesterol. Getting lab tests and checks as directed can help you and your health care provider spot problems early and ramp up prevention and treatment.””  A great reminder that complications from Diabetes do not have to happen.  You are in control of whether or not you suffer from the complications.  Here are some easy steps to avoid those complications.

Wow…a lot to learn about.  And, I am only scratching the surface.  To see more articles go to Diabetes News.

As always, thank you for reading and sharing.


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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5 comments on “News & Views
  1. beetleypete says:

    Thanks for your Friday roundup Phil. I was interested in the walnut information; something we can easily find, and administer by simply munching!
    Have a great weekend, and regards from England. Pete.

  2. Laura Smith says:

    Im adding Walnut to my diet. I’m looking for chocolate Walnuts. lol

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