Category Archives: Diabetes

What Kind Of Health Care System Do You Want?

Reforming health care is a signature issue with the current administration, but even the most ardent proponents of Obamacare would be reluctant to call it a success. Notwithstanding the well-publicized problems, of the countless billions spent on this program, precious little has gone into actual patient care. But really, what should we expect from a system designed by soulless bureaucrats such as “bioethicist” Ezekiel Emanuel and Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services?

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Lipitor generating litigation–cause of type II diabetes?

The statins have some problems, they are still promoted as reducing cardiovascular event risk.

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Glycemic Control For Fun And Litigation

The first piece I posted on blood glucose hysteria examined the less-than-stellar scientific evidence behind the notion of tight glycemic control. Many readers—doctors and patients alike—wrote in, and virtually all of the correspondence was favorable. Thus, we follow up with a look at the devastating pitfalls of certain diabetes oral meds.

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Some good news and some bad on Diabetes

Well the bad news first–Diabetes is up with obesity, the good news is we are treating it more effectively.

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Glycemic Control For Fun And Profit

According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes (90-95% are type 2). This includes 18.8 million who are diagnosed and 7 million who are “undiagnosed.” And, if that weren’t bad enough, the ADA estimates that there are also 79 million so-called “prediabetics” in this country. Much more statistical information—and some elucidation of the dubious methodology behind it is available here.

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ACE inhibitors really good for Diabetics

Heart and kidney benefits come from Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors. Well know for a long time.

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Blood Glucose Numbers And Acronyms Demystified

Diabetics know that their blood glucose numbers are important, since all forms of diabetes present as some amount of difficulty in maintaining proper glycemic control i.e. maintaining the blood glucose level. Shamefully, those involved with the relevant clinical assays have not made matters easy to understand. Continue reading

Claim: Eating red meat increases risk of Type 2 diabetes

This is junk science because… Continue reading

What If You’re A Skinny Type 2 Diabetic?

It is estimated that 80 percent of type 2 diabetics are overweight. It’s not clear who came up with this figure, or–more importantly—how it was determined. Perhaps it is tied in with modern medicine’s love for cataloging risk factors, especially simplistic ones. Cynics might go even further, suggesting that risk factors do a much better job of selling drugs than preventing diseases, but we digress.

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Does Type 2 diabetes really exist?

“A problem that cannot be defined in scientific terms cannot have a scientific solution.” Continue reading

More epidemiology shenanigans

By Sandy Szwarc, BSN, RN, CCP

The media has been quick to report, verbatim from the press release, of a new study finding that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) could be contributing to a global epidemic of type two diabetes. Continue reading

More epidemiological bunkum

This past week, two startling admissions came out of Harvard. Continue reading

Study links high-sugar diet to brain shrinkage

NEW research linking a diet high in sugar and processed foods to brain shrinkage has prompted a rethink on safe blood sugar levels. Continue reading

Plastics chemicals linked to diabetes in women; blacks and Hispanics most exposed

A group of chemicals found in household plastics and medical supplies is linked to higher rates of diabetes in women – up to double the rate for women with the highest levels, according to new research led by Harvard scientists. Continue reading

Mike Shaw: New directions in health care

In this HND piece, I examine some new thinking in health care, and I don’t necessarily mean “alternative” medicine, either—unless we are talking about REAL alternatives to the current “disease care” model of health care. Continue reading

WSJ: Type 1 Diabetes Rate Rises Among U.S. Youth

In the first major national analysis of diabetes trends among American youth, researchers Saturday reported an alarming 23% rise in type 1 diabetes prevalence over an eight-year period ending in 2009. Continue reading