Tag: "hypoglycaemia"

Sulphonylurea Drugs Could Damage Your Heart

| March 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sulphonylurea drugs, like glimepiride (Amaryl) and glibenclamide (Daonil), are given to people with type 2 diabetes, to boost insulin production. Next to metformin, they are the most commonly prescribed class of diabetes drugs, accounting for 8.5 million prescriptions in England alone last year. But sulphonylureas have a major drawback – they seriously raise the risk […]

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Tight Blood Sugar Control Won’t Help Prevent Diabetic Complications

| September 20, 2016 | Comments (0)

Two years ago, I opened a blog post on The Real Diabetes Truth here with the words “Diabetes isn’t just about blood sugar control”. That is still my fervent view, even though tight control of blood sugar levels, through the use of prescription drugs, is the mainstay of conventional treatment. For instance, the latest guidelines […]

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Invokana: This New Diabetes Drug Could Be The Worst Yet

| May 5, 2014 | Comments (11)

I’ve said it before – beware of new diabetes drugs. And you should be particularly wary of the latest offering from Big Pharma to hit the UK market. Invokana (canagliflozin) is one of a novel class of drugs called sodium-glucose transport protein 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, which work by increasing the amount of glucose passed out […]

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Diabetes Drugs Cause Pancreatitis, Heart Failure And Hypoglycaemia

| November 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

At the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Diego this October, scientists from the prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston presented research findings that suggested a class of diabetes drugs could cut the risk of autoimmune diseases. Their conclusions were not based on clinical trials but on an analysis of data from […]

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Oral Insulin Capsules Herald A Diabetes Breakthrough

| October 11, 2012 | Comments (1)

At present, the only way for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to take insulin is by injection. Insulin injections can be a harrowing experience and anybody who has to use them would love to be able to just swallow a capsule instead. Developing an oral form of insulin has been a “holy […]

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Alpha Lipoic Acid Controls Diabetes And Its Complications

| July 30, 2012 | Comments (1)

In an earlier blog post (17 April 2012), I explained the role played by oxidative stress in damaging the insulin-producing beta-cells in the pancreas and contributing to insulin resistance and diabetic complications. Oxidative stress occurs when the body’s antioxidant capacity is insufficient to balance out the damaging effects of free radicals. I mentioned alpha lipoic […]

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Medicinal Mushrooms Can Aid Blood Sugar Control

| July 2, 2012 | Comments (1)

Edible mushrooms of all kinds are delicious and many, such as the truffle, are highly prized by gourmets and chefs. In the Far East, mushrooms have also been used for centuries for their powerful medicinal properties. Recent research has shown that some kinds of mushrooms contain compounds that can help to control blood sugar levels. […]

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How Diabetes Sufferers Are Being Let Down By The NHS

| May 23, 2012 | Comments (0)

I was shocked to read two major reports issued last week, which show that people with diabetes are not getting the levels of care they need from the NHS. I wanted to let you know as soon as possible about these important findings, so this post replaces the one you might have been expecting! The […]

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Just Because You’re Thin, Don’t Think You Can’t Get Diabetes

| February 6, 2012 | Comments (1)

Almost everything I read about diabetes these days advises sufferers and those who want to reduce their risk of developing the condition to lose weight. The twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity are inextricably linked as far as the media are concerned. You could be forgiven for thinking that, if you are not overweight, you’ve […]

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