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

Free Drugs

December 12th, 2006 · No Comments

People with diabetes probably look as hard for free drugs as party crashers look for a free lunch. Both are sometimes there for the taking, but you have to know where to look.

The surprising fact about free drugs is that the best place for most people to look for them is in your doctor’s office. In my experience doctors often have more free samples than places to store them. [Read more →]

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Why Byetta Fails

November 1st, 2006 · 5 Comments

John Dodson is the poster boy for the Byetta revolution. The New York Times featured and photographed him in perhaps the most influential article ever about Byetta, Alex Berenson’s “A Ray of Hope for Diabetics,” in its March 2 issue. [Read more →]

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Honey

October 27th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Almost four years ago in my “Diabetes Update” newsletter I wrote about an ancient remedy that is being used again to treat stubborn wounds and ulcers. These ulcers are a major threat to anybody with diabetes who has neuropathy. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Diabetes Diet

The Gliptins are Coming

July 5th, 2006 · 2 Comments

The gliptins are coming to dinner. And to breakfast and lunch.

The gliptins are a promising new class of drugs that block the enzyme known by the catchy name dipeptidyl peptidase 4 or DPP-4. They include two drugs, vildagliptin (proposed trade name Galvus) from the Swiss pharamaceutical giant Novartis and sitagliptin phosphate (proposed trade name Januvia) from an American company, Merck. [Read more →]

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New Time to Test Glucose Levels

June 19th, 2006 · No Comments

If your blood glucose is under good control, it’s still better to check it after meals rather than before breakfast, as I wrote here recently. But new research presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 66th Scientific Sessions that I just attended in Washington indicates that it might make sense to check your blood glucose levels sooner after eating than we previously thought. [Read more →]

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Byetta and Its Cousins

June 19th, 2006 · No Comments

Byetta was the star of the show at the just concluded 66th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Washington. HealthCentral.com made it possible for me to attend this huge convention and report on it here. [Read more →]

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