This blog tracks updates to the Blood Sugar 101 Web site.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Low Vitamin D Levels Associated with Developing Type 2

Page Changed: Supplements for Diabetes.

Added new section reporting a 17 year study that linked low blood levels of Vitamin D with a significantly increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and put in link to a 2007 review that examined earlier studies linking Vitamin D levels to diabetes and insulin sensitivity.

Vitamin E Effective in Preventing Heart Attack in People with Specific Gene

Page Changed: Supplements for Diabetes.

Added report of study showing that people taking Vitamin E for 18 months who had a specific gene had 40% fewer heart attacks.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Antidepressants Cause Obesity and May Cause Type 2 Diabetes

Page Changed: You Did not Eat Your Way to Type 2 Diabetes

Pointer to research linking antidepressant use with development of Type 2 diabetes and a Mayo Clinic article stating "weight gain is a reported side effect of nearly all antidepressant medications currently available."

Am I the only one who has wondered why no one has flagged the huge increase in the use of prescription antidepressant--with their known effect on weight gain--with the emergence of the so-called "Diabetes Epidemic?"

Beta Blockers Raise Risk of Getting Type 2 Diabetes

Page Changed: Dangerous Drugs for People with Diabetes

Added link to metastudy showing beta blockers significantly increase incidence of both Type 2 diabetes and stroke without lowering incidence of heart attack or death.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New 5% Club Report

Page Changed: The 5% Club They Normalized their Blood Sugar and So Can You

Added report from someone who dropped his A1c from 13% to 5.4% in 3 months.

Note: I get a lot more reports from people who make it into the 5% club than you see posted on the page. I only post the ones that have some data included in the report, like this one.

Study: Lowering LDL Raises Incidence of Blood Cancer and Sepsis

Page Changed: Dangerous Drugs for People with Diabetes

Added link to study that found "Each 1 mg/dl increase in LDL was associated with a relative reduction of 2.4% in the odds of hematological cancer (OR 0.976, 95% CI 0.956–0.997, p = 0.026). Low LDL levels also increased the odds of fever and sepsis."

Friday, November 9, 2007

Added information about Lyrica and Neurontin for Neuropathy

Page changed: Neuropathy

Added section discussing Lyrica and Neurontin with citations to serious side effects of both drugs, including new FDA warnings on Lyrica.