Friday, December 6, 2013

Should People With Diabetes Drink Coffee?

Posted Dec. 6, 2013 

by Michael O’Leary

Sometimes it seems as if scientific research is a little like the childhood daisy rhyme, “she loves me, she loves me not,” repeated as petals of the daisy are picked off. So many things are first thought to be good for you, then a new study shows not so much.

That has been the history of research into coffee and health, some studies show health benefits of coffee consumption and just as you pour that second cup, another study shows the opposite. Part of the reason for this, as Harvard nutrition researcher Dr. Rob van Dam explains, is that a simple cup of coffee is anything but simple. (published site)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Is Skipping Breakfast a Good Idea for Type 2 Diabetes?

written by Michael O’Leary

Could you skip breakfast and eat a large midday meal instead to get better control of your blood sugar?

That’s what a group of Swedish researchers wanted to know. They compared consuming a large Mediterranean style lunch with low-fat and low-carb meals among people with type 2 diabetes. 

The Mediterranean diet, which the International Diabetes Federation says emphasizes fruit, vegetables, beans, legumes, and nuts, has been credited with lowering heart disease, improving mental function and increasing life span among the obese, according to the Mayo Clinic. (published archive)

Monday, October 14, 2013

CONQUERing Type 2 Diabetes: The SEQUEL

Posted at 14th October 2013 by Ryan Luce

Written by Michael O'Leary
If you are overweight and your doctor has told you that you are at risk for type-2 diabetes, you might avoid getting the disease with the help of a new drug, and of course diet and exercise, or at least, you might have a better chance of avoiding the disease than if you do nothing. (published site)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Does Metformin Help Decrease Chances of Prostate Cancer?

Posted at 8th September 2013 by Ryan Luce

written by Michael O’Leary
Metformin may be the aspirin of type 2 diabetes. It just seems as if the benefits of metformin therapy seem to grow the more researchers study it.
A case in point is new study published online last week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  It showed that men with type 2 diabetes and prostate cancer lived longer and were much less likely to die of prostate cancer when treated with metformin.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Do anti-psychotics and antidepressants cause diabetes?

Posted at 28th August 2013 by Ryan Luce

written by Michael O’Leary
The headlines about anti-psychotic drugs tripling the risk of type 2 diabetes is bad enough, but coupled with a seven-fold increase in the number of kids being prescribed these anti-psychotic drugs leaves one to wonder.
What are we doing to our kids?
Dr. Wayne Ray of Vanderbilt University

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Are GLP-1 Drugs Such as Januvia and Byetta Worth It?

Posted at 26th March 2013 by Ryan Luce

written by Michael O’Leary
Good news, bad news for people taking new class of type 2 diabetes drugs…
People with type 2 diabetes who take one of the newer add-on drugs have been whipsawed by the news this past week that on the one hand their drugs might lower their risk of being hospitalized for heart failure, while on the other the drugs might increase their risk of pancreatitis.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Is Oral Insulin on the Way?

Posted at 25th February 2013 by Ryan Luce

written by Michael O’Leary
Two companies announced clinical trials in the last three weeks aimed at bringing insulin taken by mouth to market.
Generex Biotechnology Corporation announced at the end of January results of a phase III clinical trial showing that its oral insulin spray Oral-lyn™ is as effective as subcutaneously injected regular insulin. The 12-week study conducted by an Indian licensee of Generex involved 209 men and women with type 2 diabetes at 14 clinics in India who did not have well controlled blood sugar levels with oral diabetic drugs.