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Defeat Diabetes® E-Lerts™ Newsletter
(Volume V, Issue VI)
Mr. Diabetes®, Andy Mandell, has hit two milestones in The Mr. Diabetes® Wake Up and Walk® Tour, the 10,000+ mile walk of the perimeter of the United States to promote diabetes awareness: Splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean at Portland, Maine, which completes the 3rd leg, and 7500 miles has brought him to the Boston area, his hometown!
Andy's message, and the motto of Defeat Diabetes Foundation is: Awareness + Action = Prevention®.
We are very proud of our Executive Director and what he has accomplished so far. With diabetes being a worldwide epidemic, Andy's journey is even more significant: Type 2 diabetes is 75% - 90% preventable and the importance of early identification of the disease to prevent complications.
Latest News - Self-Management - Blood Glucose Control Issues: New proven ways to improve blood glucose control. Read More
Latest News - Self-Management - Changes - Cause and Effect: Changes that you, your family or your physician can make to improve your health. Read More
Latest News - Self-Management - Complications: New complications for diabetics. Read More
Latest News - Did You Know?: Latest information about diabetes you will want to know. Read More
Healthy & Tasty Recipes, Good for Diabetics, Too: You'll feel like you're dining in the finest restaurants with these delicious summertime recipes from the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. Read More
Islets of Humor™: Theresa Garnero finds the humor in starting a new exercise program. See Theresa's Cartoon
Nutrition News: Barbara Quinn shows a simple and effective way to plan meals, especially during your vacation (and even on a cruise!) Read More
Treatments on the Horizon: Genes, other diseases, new drugs and a new screening method are all in this months Treatments on the Horizon. Read More
Kevin's Tech Tips: Kevin McBride answers questions many of us have asked about spoofing and organizing Outlook. Read More
The Mr. Diabetes® Wake Up and Walk® Tour: Due to the extraordinary activity in the Boston area where Mr. Diabetes® has reach 7500 miles, his regular monthly update will be delayed. We will give notice of this exciting update on our home page, www.DefeatDiabetes.org, so check back often.
Enjoy your summer!
Lisa M. Rasolt
Defeat Diabetes Foundation
Awareness + Action = Prevention®
Did you know?
Lilly Asks Doctors to Limit Byetta Prescriptions: Eli Lilly and Co. and its partner Amylin Pharmaceuticals are asking physicians to limit the number of patients they start on Byetta because of a shortage of cartridges that contain the injectible drug. The cartridge's only supplier hasn't been able to keep up with the demand for the product but, the limitations are temporary until more cartridges can be manufactured.
Latest News - Self-Management - Blood GlucoseControl Issues
Care of Gums Improves Blood Glucose Contro l- Standard treatment for moderately inflamed gums around the teeth -- periodontitis -- can help people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels under contro, dropping A1c 1.5 points.
New Study Shows Cinnamon Lowers Blood Sugar Levels In Type 2’s - A water-soluble, cinnamon extract has been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the University of Hannover in Hannover, Germany.
Glycemic Index Predicts Blood Glucose Level After Meal - Assessing a meal using the glycemic index, which lists the quality of carbohydrates contained in many common foods, appears to be a good way to predict the effect a meal will have on blood sugar levels.
Walking Faster Improves Diabetes Control - A study of overweight individuals with type 2 diabetes shows that people get can get more out of their daily walks by picking up the pace, which can improve cardiovascular and blood sugar control.
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Latest News - Self-Management - Changes - Cause and Effect
People With a Sweet Tooth Eat More Fruit, Study Finds - People who like sweets eat more fruit than salty-snack lovers, and people who love fruit eat more sweets than vegetable lovers do, according to two Cornell University analyses.
Current Recommended Vitamin D Intake May Not Be Optimal - "Recent evidence suggests that vitamin D intakes above current recommendations may be associated with better health outcomes." "However, optimal serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] have not been defined."
A1c A Better Screening Tool for Diabetes and Prediabetes Than Oral Glucose Tolerance Test- A high normal A1c (HbA1c) reading might be a better, cheaper, and easier-to-use screening tool for prediabetes and diabetes than the laboratory-based oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
Metformin Induces Long-Term Weight Loss in Teens - Metformin can induce long-term weight loss in obese, non-diabetic adolescents, and could possibly be useful in a regimen to help achieve weight loss in adolescents, who may have developed type 2 diabetes type due to overweight.
LDL Cholesterol Below Recommended Levels Is Better - Lowering LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels substantially below currently recommended levels significantly reduces the chances that people with diabetes and heart disease will suffer a stroke or heart attack, researchers report.
Increased Physical Activity Spurs Prolonged Life by 69% - Expending energy by walking, climbing stairs, doing household chores, or even washing windows enhances survival in older adults.
Did you know?
People Sleep Even Less Than They Think
A study found that people sleep much less than they should, and even less than they think. Study also found that blacks sleep less than whites, men sleep less than women, and the poor sleep less than the wealthy. Diabetes In Control: University of Chicago Medical Center
Latest News - Self-Management - Complications
Diabetes Treatment Benefits Dementia - Diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions appear to increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, but drugs that help regulate blood sugar may help patients with dementia as well, researchers report.Type 2 Diabetics Who Use Insulin at Increased Risk for Hypertension - The hypertension risk increased with the duration of insulin use; the odds ratio was 1.35 in diabetics who used insulin for 5 to 9 years and 1.46 in those who used insulin for 10 years or more.
Diabetic Women at Higher Risk For Hip Fracture Need Prevention Strategy - Having type 2 diabetes for 12 or more years was associated with a three-times higher risk of hip fracture.
Women with Type 2 Diabetes at Greater Risk for Glaucoma - Women with type 2 diabetes have a nearly twofold increased risk of developing primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of the disease.
Did you know?
Cinnamon is a great "de-stresser." The oil that gives the spice its aromatic scent has sedative qualities to help you relax. Jyl Steinback's Countertop Magician
Latest News - Did You Know?
Diabetes Is The Clinical Equivalant of Aging 15 Years - Having diabetes can take away 15 years of a persons life. Diabetes is the clinical equivalent of aging 15 years, thrusting men and women with the disease into a high-risk category for cardiovascular disease while still in middle-age.
Millions of Teens Have Precursor for Diabetes - A University of Washington study estimates that almost 2.8 million adolescents living in the United States have impaired fasting glucose levels. In addition, another 39,000 teens are reported to have type 2 diabetes, a condition which typically strikes at an older age.
Diabetes Has Protective Effect on Bone Density - Type 2 diabetes mellitus is associated with significantly lower bone turnover and higher results on bone ultrasound measurements, even in a largely vitamin-D-deficient, elderly, female nursing home population.
Children of Diabetics Have Early Artery Disease - Adult children who have two parents with type 2 diabetes, but who are free from the disease themselves, have early signs of atherosclerosis, the results of a study shows.
Pres. Bush Veto’s Bill To Further Embryonic Stem-Cell Research - Speaking in Washington, President Bush declared that the proposed law would have supported ' the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others and it crosses a real moral boundary that our society needs to respect.'
The Mr. Diabetes® Wake Up and Walk® Tour
Due to the extraordinary activity in the Boston area where Mr. Diabetes® has reach 7500 miles, his regular monthly update will be delayed. We will give notice of this exciting update on our home page, www.DefeatDiabetes.org, so check back often.
Great recipes for those hot, summer days from the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. You won't believe the great taste of these healthy recipes. Enjoy!
Did you know?
For no more fishy smells, rub lemon juice over your fingers before handling fish to avoid odor clinging to your hands. Jyl Steinback's Countertop Magician
Mr. Diabetes® Says
The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both. James Michener - attributed
The “Plate Method” for Meal Planning
You have diabetes. You know you need to eat “right.” (Let’s face it. We ALL need to eat right.)
But it’s summer! Who wants to count carbohydrates on a cruise or measure a serving of potato salad at a family picnic? Can’t we just have some fun? Here is one way to simplify your summer meal planning whether you’re at a formal dinner party or wolfing down a barbeque sandwich with Uncle Harry.
Think of your plate---no platters, please---as a big circle. Draw an imaginary line down the middle, dividing the plate into two equal parts. Read More
Defeat Diabetes® Public Awareness Programs
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Treatments on the Horizon
Gene Variant "Powerful Predictor" of Type 2 Diabetes - But lifestyle changes, such as exercise, counteract effects of this gene, study suggests.
Diabetes Protein Linked to Asthma - A protein previously linked to the development of type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis may also be associated with asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers say it regulates inflammation in airways.
Cystic Fibrosis -- Related to Diabetes - Diabetes in cystic fibrosis stems from a faulty gene that blocks the normal passage of salt and water through the body's cells. It is this gene deficiency that is proposed to cause insulin-producing cells to malfunction.
Investigational Drug Produces Significant Weight Loss for Obese - Investigators reported that — Lorcaserin, an investigational drug for the treatment of obesity, produced weight losses between four and 7.9 pounds (1.8 to 3.6 kg) in a 12-week phase IIb dose-ranging study.
Study Shows New Non-Invasive Device Screens Diabetes Better Than Fasting Plasma Glucose Test - Researchers reported a new non-invasive technology that uses fluorescent light to detect the presence of abnormal concentrations of diabetes-related biological markers found in skin was able to significantly outperform fasting plasma glucose (FPG) as a screening test for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Did you know?
Increased Nighttime Blood Pressure May Be Linked To Higher Risk For Congestive Heart Failure: Having a relatively high blood pressure level at night may increase the risk for congestive heart failure, according to a study in the June 28 issue of JAMA. Diabetes In Control: JAMA
By Kevin McBride
How to protect yourself from spoofed Web sites
A spoofed site is one that appears to belong to a particular organization or individual but really belongs to someone else. Spoofed sites hide their true identities in several ways, including by disguising their URLs. There are ways that you can protect yourself from spoofed sites. Read More
How can I better organize my Outlook messages?
I get lots of email, and Outlook serves as a storage place for all sorts of information that I get in the mail. I've created separate folders for messages from mailing lists or messages from certain people, with rules to send those messages to their folders when they come in. This helps, but I feel as if there's more I could be doing to organize all this information so I can find it better when I need it. Any suggestions? - Cary T. Read More
Did you know?
Pfizer Postpones Exubera Launch: says it will delay the launch of its inhaled insulin
Exubera until September, several weeks later than originally planned. Although Exubera was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in January and made available in Germany and Ireland in May, Pfizer executives said they wanted to make sure U.S. educational programs for doctors, pharmacists, diabetes educators and patients cover all the bases. "We will never get a second chance" to introduce the first inhaled insulin, said Hank McKinnell, Pfizer's chairman and CEO, in a telephone conference call. Diabetes In Control
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