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

Diabetes Myths

October 11th, 2007 · No Comments

Most of us believe in some of the myths about diabetes. Even the American Diabetes Association.

The ADA has a pretty good list of what it thinks are the main myths. But a lot of us think that its “myth #5” is in fact a fact. “If you have diabetes, you should only eat small amounts of starchy foods, such as bread, potatoes and pasta,” the ADA says. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Psychosocial

Exercise and Inflammation

July 19th, 2007 · No Comments

We know that exercise somehow reduces our risk of heart disease, the most common complication of diabetes. But we really haven’t known how. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Exercise

ADA Chicago

June 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

Dateline Chicago: The American Diabetes Association is not only the largest diabetes charity with a national outreach to all of us who have diabetes. But it is also the leading professional organization in the world. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Psychosocial

Chromium Picolinate

March 13th, 2007 · 4 Comments

I’m almost ready to retract.Sometimes I write or speak too soon. I know that none of you do that, but sometimes my fingers and my tongue work faster than my mind. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Medication

Antioxidant Foods

December 27th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Of the three cornerstones of diabetes control – nutrition, exercise, and medication – nutrition has to be the most interesting. That’s especially true because none of us knows much about it. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Food

Back When Byetta Began

October 6th, 2006 · No Comments

Science is too big for one person working alone in a laboratory. It’s “a group effort,” as even the most recent winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, Andrew Z. Fire, said this week. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Medication

Looking Back and Forth at Our Story

September 7th, 2006 · No Comments

When we focus only on our longing for a diabetes cure, we get understandably impatient and discouraged. We need to balance that hope with a look back at how far we have already come. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Medication

Benfotiamine versus AGEs

September 4th, 2006 · 4 Comments

It’s beginning to look more and more that a certain type of vitamin B1 can help prevent quite a few different complications of diabetes. This vitamin is benfotiamine. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Medication

Zinc-Fingered Therapy

July 10th, 2006 · No Comments

Neuropathy is such a common and painful complication of diabetes that I watch out for all research reports about it, no matter now preliminary. Half of all of us who have diabetes have some form of neuropathy. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Complications