Gastric Banding May Help Reverse Type 2

A study published in January in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that gastric banding weight-loss surgery in obese people with Type 2 diabetes led to better blood glucose control and higher rates of diabetes reversal than lifestyle changes meant to help people lose weight. The surgery also helped people lose significantly more weight than lifestyle changes. This was the first randomized study comparing weight-loss surgery to conventional therapy for managing Type 2 diabetes in obese people. Read More “Gastric Banding May Help Reverse Type 2”

What We’re Reading: Inspired by Diabetes Contest

You may remember reading about the Inspired by Diabetes Creative Expression Competition back during National Diabetes Month last November. (Check out the blog entry "National Diabetes Month, Week 3: Around the World."). While the deadline for entries to the contest was originally January 31, 2008, it has now been extended to March 31, so there’s still time to enter. Read More “What We’re Reading: Inspired by Diabetes Contest”

Forbidden Fruit

A week ago, I went to see a dietitian at the endocrinology clinic I go to. The reason for my visit was to get some help figuring out what else I could do on the days I exercise to keep my blood glucose closer to 150 mg/dl during the workout. Read More “Forbidden Fruit”

The Green Triangle

Last week I went to a conference on climate change, a.k.a. global warming, at San Francisco State, my local university. About 1,000 students, teachers, and community members were there. I now understand that we face a terrible threat from the greenhouse effect created by burning oil, coal, and forests and by raising huge numbers of cattle and pigs. Read More “The Green Triangle”

The ACCORD Trial Findings: What You Should Know

In one large, ongoing trial of people with Type 2 diabetes and a high risk of cardiovascular disease, intensive blood glucose control has been linked with a slightly higher risk of death compared with less-intensive, "standard" treatment. Participants in the trial who were receiving intensive treatment will now be switched over to standard treatment. While these findings were unexpected and have raised some concerns about diabetes treatment strategies for specific groups of people, they should not trigger a change in therapy for most people with diabetes. Read More “The ACCORD Trial Findings: What You Should Know”

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