Antioxidant ALA Eases Pain From Diabetic Neuropathy


In a new study published in the November issue of the journal Diabetes Care, the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid (or ALA), taken in pill form, lessened pain in people with diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage resulting from diabetes. Previous research has shown that intravenous ALA therapy can help to reduce pain and numbness due to diabetic neuropathy, but treatment with ALA in pill form has not been widely studied. Read More “Antioxidant ALA Eases Pain From Diabetic Neuropathy”

Flying With Sharp Objects


Travel is great, but can be frustrating, especially if you arrive at your destination at 5:45 AM Tuesday, your checked baggage doesn’t catch up with you until 3:45 PM Wednesday, and nobody answers the phone at the local numbers given so you have to call overseas—twice—to get any information regarding the whereabouts of your bag. It’s bad enough when it leaves you with not much more than the clothes on your back—which aren’t warm enough for the
season—but worse when the children of the household you’re visiting have to wait one more day to find out what “Auntie Jan” brought them. Read More “Flying With Sharp Objects”

What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Gum Disease


This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at about the connections between diabetes and gum disease. This blog entry is written by David Mendosa, a medical writer with Type 2 diabetes, and discusses a new study on the subject as well as David’s personal experiences controlling gum disease and diabetes.

Speaking of oral health (and health in general!), today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. Click here for more information about smoking less, quitting for the day, or quitting for good. Read More “What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Gum Disease”

Article of the Week: Avoiding Eye Complications


This article from the Diabetes Self-Management archives lays out prevention strategies and explains how blood glucose control, blood pressure control, and other steps can help a person with diabetes avoid eye complications.

Click here to read the article.

And remember that articles on a wide variety of diabetes topics are always available in our magazine archives section! Read More “Article of the Week: Avoiding Eye Complications”

Joslin Launches Free Online Diabetes Videos


Just in time for American Diabetes Month, Joslin Diabetes Center has added a series of six free, short videos to its Web site. The series, entitled Staying Healthy with Diabetes, features expert physicians from Joslin Clinic and presents information about six important medical tests that people with diabetes should have done regularly to keep tabs on their health. These tests are the HbA1c test (or A1C test, which indicates blood glucose control over time), blood pressure test, eye exam, foot exam, kidney function test, and lipid profile (which includes cholesterol and triglycerides). Read More “Joslin Launches Free Online Diabetes Videos”

Women’s Sexual Health


It’s been a number of weeks since I wrote about sexual health, and I was reminded that my first blog entry on the topic was primarily about men. Someone commented that women have sexual problems too, but often seem to be left out of these discussions. Historically, this has been true, but over the past few years women’s sexual health has started to receive more attention. Read More “Women’s Sexual Health”

Trying to Control the Uncontrollable


“OK,” my endocrinologist—or endo—said at my July visit when he read the results of my HbA1c test, “What do we need to change?”

My HbA1c (a measure of blood glucose control over the past 2–3 months), which had hovered close to 6% seemingly forever, had gone up into the 9th percentile, been wrestled down into the 7th percentile, and had popped back up to 8.4% for that visit. I hadn’t bothered to have my labs done, I hadn’t written down a list of my medicines, and I didn’t have any kind of blood glucose log with me.

“My attitude?” I asked. Read More “Trying to Control the Uncontrollable”

Proposed Trans Fat Ban and Calorie Listing Sparks Debate


The New York City Board of Health and Mental Hygiene has proposed plans to require the phasing out of heart-damaging, artificial trans fats in all of the city’s 24,000 restaurants, and also to require some of those restaurants to post calorie counts for their products on menus and menu boards. The proposals have excited supporters and detractors and triggered national debate. Read More “Proposed Trans Fat Ban and Calorie Listing Sparks Debate”


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