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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If it didn’t hurt, would you check your blood glucose level more often? I know that I would probably check mine six or eight times a day, if it were painless.