January 25, 2012

All the Links Posted on the Blood Sugar 101 FaceBook Page Since Inception

One of the things I don't like about FaceBook--besides the fact that I have no control over the spammy ads they show visitors--is that FB can make anything I post disappear at its whim.

Since I started the FaceBook page in August, I've been posting more and more links to small but significant bits of diabetes and medical research news that, while they don't deserve an entire blog post here, do deserve your attention.

So for those of you who don't get FB updates, and for those of you who don't like how hard FB makes it to find old posts, here are all the posts that reference news that have appeared on the FB page until today.

You'll find the FB page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blood-Sugar-101/194439440617073?sk=wall

THE POSTS
High Fructose Diets: "An analysis of 559 adolescents...correlated high-fructose diets with higher blood pressure, fasting glucose, insulin resistance and inflammatory factors." HFCS has far more fructose than regular sugar. The food companies are not honest about the percentage. High levels of fructose consumption by adolescents may put them at cardiovascular risk, evidence suggests.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120124140317.htm

Contrast media used in CT scans and cardiac cath can permanently damage thyroid. Use of iodinated contrast media in imaging procedures appears to affect thyroid function.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120123163350.htm

Severe side effects of a new, expensive drug Rasilez emerge 4 years after approval. Very bad drug for people with diabetes as it can harm kidneys.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120112112720.htm

Is pork safe? High levels of MRSA bacteria in U.S. retail meat products, study suggests
Retail pork products in the U.S. have a higher prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA) than previously identified, according to new research.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120120182427.htm

Insulin therapy may help repair atherosclerotic lesions in diabetic patients
New research reveals that insulin applied in therapeutic doses selectively stimulates the formation of new elastic fibers in cultures of human aortic smooth muscle cells. These results advance the understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of diabetic vascular disease.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120109145734.htm

Solving the mystery of an old diabetes drug that may reduce cancer risk
Researchers now report on how the diabetes drug metformin potentially reduces cancer risk.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120118132334.htm

It lowers blood sugar, yes, a bit--but it also seems to cause cancer. FDA Rejects Dapagliflozin for Type 2 Diabetes www.medpagetoday.com WASHINGTON -- The FDA said it would not approve the novel diabetes drug dapagliflozin until drugmakers Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca supply more data on the drug's benefits and risks.
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/Diabetes/30747

This child's science project should make all of us realize how permeated with organic toxins our supermarket food is. My Potato Project; The Importance of "Organic" www.youtube.com A child's experiment turns into a lesson on the toxins in our food supply.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exBEFCiWyW0

Toss that red wine. 145 studies of resveratrol and red wine used fake data. Red wine researcher Dr. Dipak K. Das published fake data: UConn - HealthPop - CBS News www.cbsnews.com UConn cut off lab's funding after discovering director of cardiovascular research falsified data on more than 100 occasions Read more by Ryan Jaslow on CBS News' HealthPop.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57357720-10391704/red-wine-researcher-dr-dipak-k-das-published-fake-data-uconn/

Omega-3 fatty acids could prevent and treat nerve damage, research suggests Note: Farm-raised fish may not provide Omega-3s if they are fed feeds high in corn oils as many are.
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, have the potential to protect nerves from injury and help them to regenerate, new research suggests.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120111103856.htm

Cosmetic chemical hinders brain development in tadpoles This chemical is also found in the paper used to wrap foods. It is one of tens of thousands of chemicals that are approved for use without a full understanding of their toxicity. These toxic industrial chemicals pervade our environment, and go a long way to explaining health changes industry would like you to blame on your behavior. Damage the brain and you damage metabolic control feeback loops.Cosmetic chemical hinders brain development in tadpoles.
A new study finds that low concentrations of the chemical methylisothiazolinone has subtle but measurable negative effects on the neural development of tadpoles. The chemical is found in some cosmetics, although the study does not provide any evidence that cosmetics are unsafe for humans.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120110151714.htm

Low protein maternal diets increase child diabetes. Known fact, but here's more evidence. How poor maternal diet can increase risk of diabetes: New mechanism discovered
Researchers have shown one way in which poor nutrition in the womb can put a person at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other age-related diseases in later life. This finding could lead to new ways of identifying people who are at a higher risk of developing these diseases
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120106110540.htm

This new protein sounds like it would affect Type 2, also, since beta cell death and glucagon dysregulation is also a feature of Type 2. Protein that may represent new target for treating type 1 diabetes identified
Researchers have discovered a new protein that may play a critical role in how the human body regulates blood sugar levels. The research team says the protein may represent a new target for treating type 1 diabetes.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120104115051.htm

WLS lowers CVD risk--with only 17% average weight loss. Could it be the enforced low carbing at work here? Since insulin levels are key, yes. Weight-loss surgery may lower heart attack, stroke risk - CNN.com www.cnn.com Obese people who decide to undergo stomach surgery to speed weight loss may lower their risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/04/health/weight-loss-surgery-heart-attack-risk/?hpt=he_c2

Hypomethylation of genes associated with Type 2 diabetes strongly predictive of Type 2 long before onset. (This is an epigenetic change not necessarily passed by inheritance.) Click the link to the reference for the specifics if you are scientifically inclined. Scientists map susceptibility to type 2 diabetes
New research has provided the first proof of molecular risk factors leading to type 2 diabetes, providing an “early warning” sign that could lead to new approaches to treating this and other human disease conditions.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111228134841.htm

"A recent University of Michigan survey found that less than 50% of patients were able to answer basic questions about their condition, let alone its treatment. A 2004 Institute of Medicine report summarizes the finding of over 300 studies demonstrating that most people do not understand health information that is intended for them. An analysis conducted by the Department of Health and Human Serv... See MoreWhy health care competition won't work - CNN.com www.cnn.com Candidates, legislators say competition is key to controlling health costs, but Amitai Etzioni says the evidence doesn't support the idea
http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/27/opinion/etzioni-health-care-competition/index.html

A bit of insight into how our natural glucocorticoid hormones regulate blood sugar which points to another reason for abnormally high sugars--disrupted glucocorticoid regulators. No practical application for now, but interesting. Discovery may lead to safer treatments for asthma, allergies and arthritis
Scientists have discovered a missing link between the body's biological clock and sugar metabolism system, a finding that may help avoid the serious side effects of drugs used for treating asthma, allergies and arthritis.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111219203956.htm

Without Autopsies, Hospitals Bury Their Mistakes - ProPublica www.propublica.org Hospital autopsies have become a rarity. As a result, experts say, diagnostic errors are missed, opportunities to improve medical treatment are lost, and health-care statistics are skewed.
http://www.propublica.org/article/without-autopsies-hospitals-bury-their-mistakes

Yet another reason to avoid supplementing with herbs and cinnamon used in greater than typical food level quantities. Some plant-based food supplements contain high levels of cancer causing agents, study suggests
While many consumers equal ‘natural’ with ‘safe’, botanicals and botanical preparations such as plant-based food supplements may contain compounds, like the so called alkenylbenzenes, that are of concern for human health. A new study reveals there are plant-based food supplem...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111212123652.htm 

High triglycerides don't CAUSE nerve damage. They come from the high carb intake which turns into the high blood sugars that do. Triglycerides implicated in diabetes nerve loss | University of Michigan Health System www.uofmhealth.org A common blood test for triglycerides -- a well-known cardiovascular disease risk factor -- may also for the first time allow doctors to predict which patients with diabetes are more likely to develop the serious, common complication of neuropathy. Results from a new study suggest that diabetes pati...
http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/1154triglycerides-in-diabetes-nerve-loss

The calorie-restricted intermittant low carb diet made the greatest change in IR though non-restricted LC caused the same weight loss. Both beat meditteranean low cal. Intermittent, low-carbohydrate diets more successful than standard dieting, study finds
An intermittent, low-carbohydrate diet was superior to a standard, daily calorie-restricted diet for reducing weight and lowering blood levels of insulin, a cancer-promoting hormone, according to recent findings.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111208184651.htm 

A large epidemiological study of Zocor over 11 years finds a 23% decrease in cardiovascular events and no increase in cancer or other kinds of death. Effects on 11-year mortality and morbidity of lowering LDL cholesterol with simvastatin for about 5. www.thelancet.com Effects on 11-year mortality and morbidity of lowering LDL cholesterol with simvastatin for about 5 years in 20536 high-risk individuals: a randomised controlled trial. By - Heart Protection Study... http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)61125-2/abstract?rss=yes

Another "sounds like it makes sense" theory turns out to be wrong. Other research has shown that blocking oxidation removes the benefits of exercise and that people taking antioxidants are more likely to die than those who don't.
Oxidative stress: Less harmful than suspected?
Oxidative stress is considered to be involved in a multitude of pathogenic processes and is also implicated in the process of aging. For the first time, scientists have been able to directly observe oxidative changes in a living organism. Their findings in fruit flies raise doubts about the validity...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111205102627.htm

An interesting rundown on some real-world stem cell cures that are in the pipeline. Note NONE involve diabetes. The "stem cell" cures you see advertised online for diabetes are all expensive scams.Stem cell therapy poised to shake-up medicine as dozens of clinical trials show early success www.dailymail.co.uk Dozens of adult stem cell treatments are moving through clinical trials and showing early success, raising hopes that some could reach the market within five years.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2071076/Stem-cell-therapy-poised-shake-medicine-dozens-clinical-trials-early-success.html

Note the list of self-serving reasons why doctors fight letting patients see the test results THEY paid for. Every patient should get a copy of every lab test they take and keep it, as doctors rarely transfer these to another doctor when you move, so the new doctor won't see important results that the first doctor missed. I learned this the hard way when my new doctor only received a one page summary sheet covering 7 years of complex medical problems.Should Patients Get Direct Access to Their Laboratory Test Results? - — JAMA jama.ama-assn.org (FULL TEXT NO LONGER AVAILABLE FREE)
http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/early/2011/11/22/jama.2011.1797.fulll

Study identifies Rice as a source of Arsenic. 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111205165901.htm

This should speed the development of the CGMS/Pump combo marketed as an "artificial pancreas." Type 2s with no insulin production will find them useful too. New FDA Guidelines for Testing Artificial Pancreas diabetes.webmd.com The FDA has released new guidelines for the development and testing of artificial pancreas devices for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
http://diabetes.webmd.com/news/20111201/new-fda-guidelines-for-testing-artificial-pancreas

It really IS poison! (And BTW the "diseases" that arsenic causes includes Diabetes.) See link in comment below. High levels of arsenic found in fruit juice today.msnbc.msn.com The apple and grape juice your kids are drinking may have arsenic at levels high enough to increase their risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, according to a new study by Consumer Reports.
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45491242/ns/today-today_health/

No need to starve yourself. This low cal diet achieves its results because it is also a LOW CARB diet. Mainstream medicine still can't bring itself to let people eat fat, so a "balanced" diet with Very Low Carb levels will be 500 calories. Study: Low-cal diet cuts fat around heart in obese people yourlife.usatoday.com Heart function improved in obese people with type 2 diabetes who ate a very low-calorie diet, a small new study says.
http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/medical/story/2011-11-29/Study-Low-cal-diet-cuts-fat-around-heart-in-obese-people/51460952/1

More good news: Metformin has strong effect in combating estrogen's effect turning breast cells cancerous. Diabetes drug shows promise in reducing risk of cancer, study suggests
An inexpensive drug that treats Type 2 diabetes has been shown to prevent a number of natural and human-made chemicals from stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells, according to a new study.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111123190358.htm

Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) makes NO difference in how long you live. One less thing to worry about? Researchers surprised to find fatty liver disease poses no excess risk for death
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a common condition associated with obesity and heart disease long thought to undermine health and longevity. But a new study suggests the condition does not affect survival.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111123190406.htm


High protein dairy rich diet improves fat loss and bone density for pre-menopausal overweight women. (Are you surprised?)High dairy protein intake may aid bone formation during diet and exercise in overweight women www.endocrinetoday.com Overweight and obese premenopausal women who increased dairy food and protein intake during weight loss regimens developed improved markers for bone formation
http://www.endocrinetoday.com/view.aspx?rid=89688 refers to
http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/early/2011/10/28/jc.2011-2165.abstract

This is one of several studies I've seen lately that suggest that for people using meds to control blood pressure, keeping it in the high normal range rather than aggressively lowering it might be healthier. My guess is that this is because when BP goes too low counterregulation kicks in and releases great bursts of stress hormones which might raise the risk of cardiovascular events. I've had that happen and it's NOT fun. Study evaluates 'normal range' systolic blood pressure levels after ischemic stroke and risk of recu...
Among patients who experienced an ischemic stroke, systolic blood pressure levels of less than 120 mm Hg, or higher than 140 mm Hg, were associated with an increased risk of subsequent stroke, according to a new study.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111115094608.htm

An upside? People with a 'sweet tooth' have sweeter dispositions
If you're dealing with a crabby co-worker or sour-faced friend, perhaps some new research can help. It sheds light on the question: Can eating sweets make you--well--sweet? A new study suggests people with a "sweet tooth" have sweeter dispositions.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111018212346.htm

Eating canned soups raises BPA blood levels dramatically. "A 2008 study of 1,455 people showed that higher urinary BPA levels were linked with higher risks of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and abnormal concentrations of certain liver enzymes, even after factors such as age, body mass index and smoking were taken into account." Vitals - BPA levels soar after lunching on canned soup vitals.msnbc.msn.com By Karen RowanMyHealthNewsDaily Eating canned food every day may raise the levels of the compound bisphenol A (BPA) in a person's urine more than previously suspected, a new study suggests. People who ate a serving of canned soup every day for five days had BPA levels of 20.8 mi …
http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/22/8959295-bpa-levels-soar-after-lunching-on-canned-soup

American Diabetes Association's preferred testing method fails to identify kids with diabetes, study. It's also true of adults. Note that the random glucose or 1 hour GTT result is the most accurate test. You can do this at home with your meter for free.
In 2009, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommended that Hemoglobin A1c be exclusively used for the diagnosis of diabetes in children. The simple test measures longer-term blood sugar levels -- without requiring patients to fast overnight. However, a new study has shown that these tests are...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111121151552.htm

Surgery Outcomes Better With Some Fat on the Bones  Some good news --read the whole article, though, and note the list of surgeries where risk is higher. Many involves opening the abdomen and the study finds you will do better if you hunt out a highly skilled surgeon (One who does a lot of that surgery, ideally at a high profile, teaching hospital, not the local suburban community hospital.) Surgery Outcomes Better With Some Fat on the Bones www.medpagetoday.com Surgical patients with a body mass index at the lower end of the normal range were more likely to die within 30 days of the procedure than those in the moderately overweight range, researchers found.
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Surgery/GeneralSurgery/29836

Charity Navigator gives American Diabetes Association a poor rating because 24 cents of every dollar raised goes to fundraising and more than $1 Million goes to pay only two of the executives who run the org. What a ripoff. Charity Navigator - Your Search Results www.charitynavigator.org Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, provides free financial evaluations of America's charities. We are the individual donor's first source for unbiased news and information on philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, wise giving, donating money, charitable donations, an...
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?keyword_list=American+Diabetes+Association&Submit2=GO&bay=search.results

"Yet all statins are associated with adverse events, especially at higher doses. Muscle-related adverse events, cognitive and memory problems, and elevation of liver enzymes have all been described. Such events reportedly occur with a frequency of less than 5% among patients in randomized clinical trials but in as many as 20% of patients in clinical practice"
http://www.nejm.org/medical-articles/perspective

After 2 years on two different statins, subjects' carotid plaque was shown to be reduced by about 1%. This is a tiny amount and there is no evidence anywhere that making such a reduction has any effect on health outcomes. Yet another surrogate marker. Why don't they get honest and track the outcomes? Effect of Two Intensive Statin Regimens on Progression of Coronary Disease — NEJM www.nejm.org Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Effect of Two Intensive Statin Regimens on Progression of Coronary Disease
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1110874

Studies presented at the American Heart Association dog and pony show. Read the detailed summary of the AIM-HIGH study which showed that lowering LDL and raising HDL with drugs made no difference in the incidence of heart attacks, stroke, etc. SATURN and AIM-HIGH: Back down to planet Earth endocrinetoday.com AHA Scientific Sessions 2011Again this year, clinical trials evaluating lipoprotein-modifying therapies are in the spotlight at the American Heart ...
http://endocrinetoday.com/view.aspx?rid=89584

Women with abnormal blood sugar should start insulin BEFORE pregnancy, so that they can learn how to dose it correctly. This helps them avoid having children with birth defects. Tell your friends with diabetes who may be thinking of having children. Pre-pregnancy counseling may reduce risk for congenital anomalies www.endocrinetoday.com Annual Meeting of the CDA/CSEM TORONTO ? To reduce the risk for congenital anomalies in diabetes, clinicians should offer pre-pregnan...
http://www.endocrinetoday.com/view.aspx?rid=89360

Tight control reduced the process leading to kidney failure by 50% in Type 1s who had been in the "Tight control" arm of DCCT (achieving A1cs near 7%). It took ten years for this to become apparent. Imagine how much better Type 2s will do if they get down to the 5% range (which is easier for them to do than it is for Type 1s.)Intensive Diabetes Therapy and Glomerular Filtration Rate in Type 1 Diabetes — NEJM www.nejm.org Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Intensive Diabetes Therapy and Glomerular Filtration Rate in Type 1 Diabetes
http://www.nejm.org/doi/abstract/10.1056/NEJMoa1111732

Hold the SSRIs, a handful of nuts a day might have the same effect . . . Benefits of nut consumption for people with abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure
For the first time, scientists report a link between eating nuts and higher levels of serotonin in the bodies of patients with metabolic syndrome. Serotonin helps transmit nerve signals and decreases feelings of hunger, makes people feel happier and improves heart health. It took only one ounce of m...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111102125348.htm

Surgery to clear out the carotid arteries does NOT reduce the risk of stroke. Surgical procedure does not appear to reduce risk of subsequent stroke for patients who have had 'mi
Patients with thickening and blockage of the internal carotid artery (supplies blood to the brain) and hemodynamic cerebral ischemia (insufficient blood flow to the brain, sub-type of stroke) who had a surgical procedure performed to improve blood flow in the artery did not have a reduced rate of ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111108200716.htm

Don't fall for "stem cell" scams. This article does a great job of summarizing why stem cell research isn't an option for diabetes yet. (And note, all the research is for Type 1 diabetes.) Diabetes and the stem cell promise www.latimes.com Ever since scientists started talking about the medical potential of embryonic stem cells, curing Type 1 diabetes has been one of the dearest dreams.
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/nov/07/health/la-he-diabetes-stem-cells-20111107

A drug company funded study suggests Byetta reduces C-Reactive Protein short term (on average, of course. It's not clear if this, like Byetta's blood sugar reducing effect only occurs in 1/3 of those who take it.) The story is being reported as if this reduction in C-RP means a reduction in inflammation, but that isn't proven. C-RP may be a surrogate marker. Until we see evidence that people taking Byetta for several years have fewer heart attacks or fewer autoimmune symptoms it's hard to know if this is meaningful. Exenatide (Byetta) has rapid, powerful anti-inflammatory effect, study shows
Exenatide, a drug commonly prescribed to help patients with Type 2 diabetes improve blood sugar control, also has a powerful and rapid anti-inflammatory effect, a new study has shown.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111102125557.htm

Don't dose yourself with animal hormones whose dosage you don't know and whose effect can be dramatic and toxic. Use of over-the-counter thyroid support pills is risky, researcher finds
People who use over-the-counter "thyroid support'' supplements may be putting their health at risk, according to a new study. The supplements contain varying amounts of two different kinds of thyroid hormones apparently derived in large part from chopped up animal thyroid glands, says an endocrinolo...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111027150200.htm

Bottom line: Don't scan that frozen shoulder or sore tendon unless you got it after an accident.M.R.I.’s, Often Overused, Often Mislead, Doctors Warn www.nytimes.com Some sports medicine specialists are taking a stand against overreliance on M.R.I.’s, saying they are easily misinterpreted and can result in misdiagnoses and unnecessary, even harmful, treatment.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/29/health/mris-often-overused-often-mislead-doctors-warn.html?_r=1&hp

Another reason to take ACE inhibitors and ARBs besides the fact they protect your kidneys! Could hypertension drugs help people with Alzheimer's?
A new study has looked at whether certain types of drugs used to treat high blood pressure, also called hypertension, might have beneficial effects in reducing the number of new cases of Alzheimer's disease each year.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111017102609.htm

Lung cancer patients survive much better if they have it.  Correlation is not causation, but here's some inexplicable "good" news about diabetes: (Probably due to metformin.) Lung cancer patients with diabetes show prolonged survival
Lung cancer patients with diabetes tend to live longer than patients without diabetes, according to a Norwegian study.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111017092235.htm

Activating this youthful pathway that shuts down in adults may cause beta cells to proliferate. New molecular target for diabetes treatment discovered
Researchers have identified a key molecular pathway responsible for the natural decrease in the proliferation of insulin-producing cells that occurs as a person ages. Artificially activating this pathway, which is normally not functional in adults, may be a new way to combat diabetes.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111012132649.htm

Diabetes Bigwigs  have significant conflicts of interest due to their Industry ties. Big surprise. Industry conflicts of interest are pervasive among medical guideline panel members, experts say
Researchers have found that conflicts of interest are prevalent and potentially under-reported among individuals participating in the development of clinical practice guidelines, which inform standards of patient care. The findings provide further evidence of the potential influence of industry on m...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111011192426.htm

A list of herbs and supplements that can cause problems if you have surgery. Not all surgeons warn you about these problems. Herbal supplements may cause dangerous drug interactions in orthopaedic surgery patients, study sugg
Complementary and alternative medical treatments such as herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in the United States, especially among older patients and those with chronic pain. However, many of these products can have serious and potentially harmful side effects when combined with med...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111011102103.htm

This is at least the 3rd study that finds a higher risk of death in people who take vitamin supplements. Get your vitamins from food. That's what your body is adapted to. The pills have toxic inclusions and too much vitamin often does something harmful--like antioxidants keeping you from burning glucose. Vitamins Tied to Higher Death Rates in Older Women in Study - Businessweek www.businessweek.com Multivitamins and some dietary supplements, used regularly by an estimated 234 million U.S. adults, may do more harm than good, according to a study that tied their use to higher death rates among older women.
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-10/vitamins-tied-to-higher-death-rates-in-older-women-in-study.html

Tamoxifen may raise risk of diabetes, possibly by lowering estrogen. Estrogen definitely lowers my blood sugar. How about you? Breast cancer drug tied to diabetes in older women www.reuters.com NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older women taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen may have an increased risk of developing diabetes, a new study suggests.The findings, reported in the journal Cancer, do
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/06/us-breast-cancer-drug-idUSTRE7955J720111006

High doses of glucosamine kill beta cells. And it turns out not to help joints either.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101027111349.htm

Key protein causing excess liver production of glucose in diabetes.Researchers have identified a powerful molecular pathway that regulates the liver's management of insulin and new glucose production, which could...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110928125414.htm

Researchers looking at how GLP-1 affects the beta cell find that it involves two genes heavily involved in cancer. That's not what the press release emphasizes, but if you read down into the article that's what you learn. Discovery of insulin switches in pancreas could lead to new diabetes drugs
Researchers have discovered how a hormone turns on a series of molecular switches inside the pancreas that increases production of insulin.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110926173123.htm

You have been getting BPA for years from cans. Besides these terrible impacts on fetuses, earlier research has found it increases obesity in offspring too. A MAJOR cause of the "obesity epidemic" and a contributing cause to diabetes in those with the underlying genetic profile. Shame on industry for resisting attempts to remove it from our environment. BPA alters development of in vitro ova and could increase risk of Down syndrome, study suggests
Researchers in Spain analysed the effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a polymer widely used to manufacture plastics, in an in vitro culture of ovaries. The research demonstrated that exposure to this substance gravely altered the development of oocytes and future ova, possibly diminishing the fertility of...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110921074742.htm

Another much-hyped supplement bites the dust. Sirtuin doesn't extend animal life in well-conducted research. I wouldn't invest heavily in resveratrol either, if I were you. Anti-aging creams: Is the 'longevity gene' nearing the end of its life?
Sirtuins, proteins believed to significantly increase lifespan in a number of organisms -- and the claimed target of some anti-aging creams -- do not, in fact, affect animal longevity, according to new research.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110921134524.htm

Bad news for Januvia, Byetta, Onglyza and Victoza. From ET: analysis "... revealed a sixfold increase in the odds ratio for reported cases of pancreatitis associated with GLP-1 therapy, when compared with four other diabetes therapies used as controls. In addition, patients receiving the two drugs were more likely to develop cancer compared with those treated with the other therapies."GLP-1 therapy, cancer connection scrutinized www.endocrinetoday.com EASD 47th Annual Meeting LISBON — The relationship between the glucagon-like peptide 1 agonists sitagliptin and exenatide and risks for cancer
http://www.endocrinetoday.com/view.aspx?rid=87611

5 comments:

Sharon Villines said...

I would welcome shorter posts here, not on FB, because I can subscribe. More frequent messages appearing in my email box would be very helpful to reminding me to focus on my diet and exercise. Following a diet that everyone else believes will kill you is very hard.

Jenny said...

Sharon,

I had considered doing that, but was afraid it would annoy people who expect full scale blog posts here.

Perhaps the solution would be to create a new blogspot blog that mirrors the FB posts.

Helen Howes said...

I don't think blog posts have to be long, and I do dislike Facebook, it's a bully...

Helen Howes

Fazza said...

The thing you have to remember about FaceBook is that they're not a public service but a commercial website out to make money so they can basically (whether we like it or not) do what they pretty much like with what we all put on there.

Certain things are protected by their privacy terms and conditions but there's no gaurantee any usefull information that is put on their site will always be there.

Jenny said...

Exactly!

I resisted putting anything on FB for a long time, because I deeply dislike the way the site is run. But I also realized that for a growing number of people on the web it is their gateway destination.

I'm noticing that many of the people who are posting on the FB page seem to be completely unaware of the main Blood Sugar 101 site, so by posting there I point them to information their posts make it clear they need.

So that's why I'm doing it.

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