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

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Maker Suppressed Studies Showing Zetia and Vytorin Can Harm Liver

Page Changed: Dangerous Drugs for People with Diabetes

Added link to New York Times article describing how Merck and Schering-Plough have run studies that show Zetia in combination with a statin drug can damage the liver but has kept them from publication. The article discusses the attempt to delay publication of the study intended to show that Zetia prevented heart attack and attempts to change the endpoint of the study both of which suggest that the study found Zetia ineffective.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

New page: Painless Blood Sugar Testing

Page Added Painless Blood Sugar Testing

A brief discussion of the least painful ways to test your blood sugar which counters some myths spread by medical personnel who do not themselves have any experience testing blood sugar.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Diabetes at the Hospital or Nursing Home

New Page Added: Diabetes at the Hospital or Nursing Home

Described how hospitals and nursing homes often refuse to allow people with diabetes to eat anything but a low fat/high carb diet and prevent them from managing their own insulin doses and offers suggestions as to how to prevent this from happening.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Interesting Site Documents Dangers of Statin Drugs

Page Changed: Dangerous Drugs for People with Diabetes

Added link to a site Talking Statins" which is collecting reports from people who have been damaged by taking statin drugs and collecting signatures for petitions to WHO and UK health authorities requesting impartial investigation of the true side effect profile of these drugs.

The anecdotal information displayed here will give you a good idea of what the more common side effects of statin drugs might be. A study cited on my blog has found that doctors are woefully unaware of the importance of these particular side effects, some of which are irreversible, and that doctors often tell patients who experience these dangerous side effects that they are nothing to worry about when the drug companies' own prescribing information cites them as significant and even occasionally fatal.

The 5% Club - New Member and Changes to Page Order

Page changed: The 5% Club They Normalized Their Blood Sugar and So Can You

Added report from a person who explains how he dropped his A1c from 16.8% to 5.9% in 5 months.

Rearranged the order of the reports on the page so now they run from the most recent to the oldest.

Post-Meal Blood Sugar Spikes Predict Coronary Artery Disease in "Normal" People

Page Changed: A1c Predicts Heart Attack

Put in reference to new study showing that in "normal" women elevated results on a glucose tolerance test correlated strongly with the development of coronary artery disease over a 3-4 year period.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Mechanism by which Avandia and Actos destroy Bone Discovered

Page Changed: Avandia and Actos: Dangerous Diabetes Drugs

Added citation of new Salk Institute study showing that Avandia raises activity of osteoclast cells that destroy bone.

Added information from Actos prescribing information showing that Actos has been shown to cause identical rates of breaking bone as Avandia in relatively short term use.

Conclusions: Both Actos and Avandia, long term, will cause serious bone deterioration.