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Diabetes Developments - A blog on latest developments in diabetes by David Mendosa

Treating Kidney Disease

November 5th, 2008 · No Comments

When we have healthy kidneys, little or no protein appears in the urine. But protein in the urine — technically called proteinuria — is an early sign that our diabetes has damaged the kidney’s filters. It’s a strong risk factor for kidney failure where the only treatment is dialysis.

A progression from diabetes to proteinuria to kidney failure is anything but inevitable. Each step can be a heads up for change.

Now, new studies show that a drug commonly used to treat problems of circulation can also decrease proteinuria. The drug is pentoxifylline, sold under the brand names of Pentoxil and Trental.
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Stopping Aspirin

October 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Every time we pop a pill we put our health at risk. Whether it is a prescription medication, an alternative supplement, or an over-the-counter remedy that we take to feel better, the pill can hurt instead of help us.

Every pill that does anything good for us can pack a surprise. These unintended side effects range from the unpleasant to the deadly.

Ever see an ad for a pill that “has no side effects”? These ads are a dead giveaway that they are either lying or that the pill has no effects. These are the only pills that may be safe — although we certainly would also be wasting our money.
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A Byetta Pancreatitis Perspective

October 18th, 2007 · 4 Comments

A couple of days ago the Food and Drug Administration sent out an alert that it suspects a connection between some of the 30 reported cases of pancreatitis among people with diabetes who take Byetta and the fact that they are taking it. The FDA’s alert disturbed Wall Street. [Read more →]

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Protecting our Kidneys

August 20th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Our doctors commonly prescribe ACE inhibitors and ARBs when we have high blood pressure. They help protect our hearts. [Read more →]

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S is for Supplements

August 5th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Practically every day the media reports on another new herb, vitamin, or mineral that supposedly will help us control or even cure our diabetes. It’s been almost impossible even for people who try to keep up with diabetes developments to know which of these supplements might help us. [Read more →]

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Additional Avandia Anxiety

July 17th, 2007 · No Comments

Today we have even more bad news in two separate studies about the diabetes drug Avandia. With the bad news we get all the time about diabetes you might wonder why I report more negative stuff.

It’s because we have much better alternatives. [Read more →]

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First-Phase Insulin

July 8th, 2007 · No Comments

First-phase insulin release is beginning to get the recognition it deserves. But we still have a long way to go to understand it.

“It’s a bit esoteric,” Dr. Alain Baron, Amylin Pharmaceuticals’ senior vice president of research, told me Friday. “Most physicians don’t understand its significance.” [Read more →]

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Day 4 ADA Chicago: Oral GLP-1

June 26th, 2007 · 2 Comments

A pill form of GLP-1 may be coming. That’s the gist of a late breaking abstract at the American Diabetes Association’s annual convention that concluded at noon today. The embargo on this abstract expired a few minutes ago. [Read more →]

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D is for Drugs

May 17th, 2007 · No Comments

Whenever I offer a cup of coffee to a friend of mine, he always replies, “I don’t do drugs.”

He’s right that coffee is a drug, but even he does drugs. Everybody does some drugs. [Read more →]

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How Much Vitamin D?

January 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

Vitamin D keeps getting more and more respect. While planning to write here about it for those of us with diabetes, I gathered reports for the past year about its value in treating many conditions. [Read more →]

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