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

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Indications you do not have MODY

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Added a section spelling out indications that would argue against a MODY diagnosis. This is in response to many emails I have received from people wondering if they have MODY.

Restaurant Menu Nutritional Info is Deceptive

Page changed: A Diabetes Diet is Different from a Weight Loss Diet

Added reference to article in the Diabetes in Control newsletter describing how when tested, chain restaurant food items turned out to have as much as 40% more calories and fat than the nutritional information on the menu claimed for them.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Vitamin D Supplementation Greatly Improves Chronic Kidney Disease Outcome

Page Changed: Supplements that Work

Added reference to newly published journal study showing a 26% reduction in mortality and a 20% reduction in progression to dialysis in kidney disease patients taking calcitriol, a form of Vitamin D.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Dr. Goldstein Documents Januvia's Connection with Colon and Prostate Cancer iin Annals of Internal Medicine

Page changed: Januvia

Added citation to the letter from Dr. Mark R. Goldstein published in the September 2007 Annals of Internal Medicine documenting studies showing a connection between colon and prostate cancer and DPP-4 inhibition--the mechanism by which Januvia stimulates insulin release.

If your doctor prescribes Januvia, ask him if he is aware of this research and if not, make him aware of it. With its ability to promote cancer, and the complete ignorance of most doctors of what exactly it is that Januvia does, Januvia may well end up being the Thalidomide of the 2000s.

And if you are taking Januvia and are diagnosed with cancer, insist that your doctor file an aftermarket report with the FDA Medwatch system!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Genetic Study of LADA Finds Genes Associated with Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Page Changed: LADA: Slow Onset Type 1 Diabetes with Some Type 2 Features

Added discussion of a new genetic study that found "LADA shares genetic features with both type 1 (HLA, INS VNTR, and PTPN22) and type 2 (TCF7L2) diabetes, which justifies considering LADA as an admixture of the two major types of diabetes."

ADOPT finds doubled incidence of Fractures in Women Taking Avandia Compared to Those Taking Metformin after Four Years

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The ADOPT study found almost twice as many fractures in women taking Avandia as in those taking metformin and almost three times as many fractures in this group than in those taking glyburide.

Fractures were in the arms and legs mostly. This duplicates a similar finding for Actos in an earlier study.

Folks, please do not take these dangerous TZD drugs, Avandia and Actos, which work by converting bone stem cells to fat cells and hence leaving your body with fewer cells available to repair your bones.