Life with Diabetes

Herb Alert!

Those taking any diabetes medications, oral pills or insulin, should check with their doctors if they use the herbs glucosomine or gymnema sylvestre. Mixing these two herbs with diabetes meds could alter the dosage requirements resulting in a loss of blood sugar control.

Fiber can help treat diabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes

According to recent studies, a high-fiber diet can reduce high blood sugar and thus reduce levels of insulin, the hormone that takes sugar from the blood and welcomes it into to your cells. It improves the body’s utilization of insulin (insulin sensitivity, thought to be one cause of type 2 diabetes) and reduces stress on the pancreas, the organ that generates insulin. It also causes lower levels of high triglycerides. Arterial damage caused by these blood fats leads to three circulatory complications of diabetes-heart disease, blindness and severe foot problems.

Whole grains are the best types of fiber to help prevent diabetes. Psyllium fiber substitutes are the best types of fiber to help control already present diabetes.

Cutting the Risk of Diabetic Heart Disease

Diabetics should aim to have diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) below the usual target of 90. In a recent eight-year study on 1501 diabetics by Dr. George Carruthers, MD, professor and chair of medicine, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, diabetics whose diastolic pressure was targeted to 80 (and averaged 81) cut their cardiovascular risk in half.

Diabetes and Viagra

Little blue pill may do more than revise a flaccid love life, Viagra could restore natural digestions to millions who suffer from gastrapararesis, an affliction that causes bloating, loss of appetite, vomiting and dehydration. The drug eases a clenched stomach muscle to facilitate passage of food (much as it relaxes a muscle in the penis to allow drug flow) — at least in mice, Study results were so uplifting that researchers plan to start human trials as early as next month.

Male Smokers increase risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

A five-year Japanese study has linked cigarette smoking to a risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that the more and longer their 1,266 middle-aged male subjects smoked the worse the effect. For example, men who smoked more than 31 cigarettes a day were four times likely as non-smokers to develop diabetes.

FDA Approves Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Glucovance for Type 2 Diabetes

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced Wednesday it has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Glucovance as initial drug therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes, in conjunction with diet and exercise. The article this links to incorrectly identified the drug’s makeup. Glucovance is a combination of another diabetes drug made by the company, Glucophage, and the generic diabetes pill glyburide.

The story incorrectly said it was Glucophage and metformin, which is the generic name of Glucophage.

However, since this drug is simply a combination of two already available drugs, it really isn’t anything new. It is nice for those already taking both drugs to reduce the amount of meds, but it doesn’t offer anything else new to the diabetes world.