Tag: "insulin"

In Future, ‘Sugar Sponges’ Could Help Control Diabetes

| June 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

Conventional diabetes treatments are a pain, involving risks of hypoglycaemia and drug side effects, and the hassle of daily insulin injections. But now, Chinese scientists have come up with a different approach – a microscopic “sugar sponge” that mops up glucose when blood sugar levels are high and releases it when they are low. Researchers […]

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Insulin Pumps Could Benefit More People With Diabetes

| April 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

For people with type 1 diabetes and, increasingly, those with type 2 as well, daily multiple injections of insulin are a constant reminder of their condition and can restrict social or work-related activities. But there is another option. Insulin pumps, which regularly measure blood glucose levels and automatically deliver the right dose have been available […]

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How Far Should We Play God With The Pancreas?

| March 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition that develops when the immune system attacks beta cells in the pancreas, which normally produce insulin. Although some people with type 1 diabetes may still be able to make a bit of insulin, it is insufficient to control blood sugar levels, so daily insulin injections are a lifelong […]

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What You Can Do To Help Protect Your Child From Type 1 Diabetes

| February 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

I mentioned in my last blog post a study that shows people with type 1 diabetes have different gut bacteria from non-diabetics and a typical kind of inflammation in their gut. Another new review explains how the right balance of gut bacteria (the microbiome) is essential for the immune system to develop and function correctly […]

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Gut Bacteria Could Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

| February 7, 2017 | Comments (1)

I’ve been talking in my last two blog posts about the potential of an artificial pancreas to transform the lives of type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients. If you have T1D, you might be worried about passing on the condition to your children. This concern is quite natural, but latest research shows the risk of developing […]

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Will A Bionic Pancreas For Type 1 Diabetes Soon Be A Reality?

| February 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

I reported in my last blog post on a development that is important for anybody with type 1 diabetes – the testing of a bionic pancreas that uses both insulin and glucagon, two hormones that keep blood sugar levels in balance. As I explained in my last post, insulin reduces blood sugar while glucagon raises […]

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New Device Uses Two Hormones To Control Blood Sugar

| January 31, 2017 | Comments (0)

People with type 1 diabetes, who are unable to produce their own insulin, have long had to rely on injected forms of the hormone. As anyone who has had to do it knows, injecting yourself with insulin may sound simple, but it comes with several potential problems. These include pain, bleeding or bruising at the […]

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Fat-Like Ceramides Could Cause Type 2 Diabetes

| December 13, 2016 | Comments (0)

The popular view of type 2 diabetes, even in the minds of some medical professionals, is that it goes hand-in-hand with obesity. Of course, that is an over-simplification – thin people can, and do, get type 2 diabetes, too. As I mentioned here, your level of risk depends far more on how metabolically healthy you […]

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Chronic Kidney Disease May Cause Diabetes

| September 6, 2016 | Comments (0)

It is well-known that chronic kidney disease is one of the commonest complications of type 2 diabetes. In fact, diabetic kidney disease (also called diabetic nephropathy) is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease worldwide. Now though, researchers have discovered that the opposite is also true – having chronic kidney disease could itself cause type […]

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How Type 1 Diabetics Could Cut Down On Insulin Safely

| September 3, 2016 | Comments (2)

In type 1 diabetes, the insulin-producing cells (called beta-cells) in the pancreas don’t work. This auto-immune disease puts them under constant attack from the immune system, so their insulin output is small or non-existent. In my last blog post, I told you about new technology that holds out hope of a solution – although it […]

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Watch Out For These Diabetes Drug Interactions

| February 6, 2016 | Comments (0)

In my last blog post, I told you about a new study that showed how serious hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) requiring a hospital visit could result from taking the blood-thinner warfarin along with diabetes drugs. Sadly, that scenario is not the only example of dangerous or unpleasant reactions between diabetes drugs and other medications that […]

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Losing Pancreas Fat Reverses Type 2 Diabetes

| December 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

Gaining weight as a result of putting on more body fat has long been linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. Yet some people are overweight, or even obese, and still manage to stay “metabolically healthy”, as I explained in an earlier post here. Now, a research team from Newcastle University, UK, has […]

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Cinnamon: The Christmas Spice That Helps Control Blood Sugar Levels

| November 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Diabetes causes blood sugar levels to become damagingly high because the hormone insulin is not regulating it properly. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood when the pancreas (a gland situated behind your stomach) is found to produce little or no insulin, and as a result type 1 diabetics require daily injections of insulin. […]

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Low Blood Sugar Causes Cardiovascular Problems

| November 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

If you have diabetes or metabolic syndrome, you will no doubt have been told of the risks involved in allowing your blood sugar level to remain consistently high. Too much glucose in your blood is a slow-acting poison, eroding the ability of your pancreas to produce insulin, attacking blood vessels to cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular […]

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