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'Lending Hand' Model Shows 5 Necessary Interventions For Diabetes Treatment

'Lending hand' model shows 5 necessary interventions for diabetes treatment

'Lending hand' model shows 5 necessary interventions for diabetes treatment

In a new editorial published in American Family Physician, a team of researchers outline why glycemic control should no longer be considered the primary intervention when it comes to diabetes management.
The "lending a hand" model outlined in the paper suggests there are five major forms of diabetes treatment, descending in importance from the thumb to the pinky: smoking cessation, blood pressure control, metformin therapy, lipid reduction and glucose control.
The illustration offers a simple way for physicians to communicate with patients about a treatment plan, and it also proposes that blood sugar control isn't the main thing to be worried about.
"Glycemic control is stuck in people's minds as the primary goal of treatment, but evidence has existed since the 1970s that other interventions are of greater benefit," said senior author Allen Shaughnessy, Pharm.D., M.Med.Ed., professor of family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and fellowship director of the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency Program at Cambridge Health Alliance.
Length and quality of life most important
The authors stress that there is a paradigm shift happening in diabetes treatment priorities. Interventions must focus on improving the length and quality of life, according to new guidelines from the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
Adopting a new mindset about diabetes treatment may require shedding old ideas, the authors said, but there will be a better "return on investment" if doctors can learn to encourage other strategies along Continue reading

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TOP 7 Natural Herbs For Diabetes

TOP 7 Natural Herbs For Diabetes

List Of Herbs That Helps Manage Diabetes
All my life I have met so many people suffering from diabetes. As you well know, prescription drugs (hypoglycemic) simply mask symptoms. They actually worsen the problem as they weaken your immune system, and what is meant to help you out only make matters worse! So I have researched the way to manage diabetes in a natural way.
Top 7 Natural Herbs For DIABETES
1. Cinnamon
A 2013 study published in the Annals of Family Medicine and Diabetes Care shows that cinnamon is beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
Based on this study, it may have a beneficial effect on fasting plasma glucose, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes.
You can take 1 to 2 grams of cinnamon daily in the form of tea. You can also sprinkle it on your oatmeal, smoothies or use it in cooking and baking.
Another option is to take cinnamon supplements. However, always consult a doctor for the proper dosage suitable for your condition.
Note: If you take a blood-thinning medication, avoid taking cinnamon.
2. Fenugreek
Fenugreek is an herb that diabetic people should include in their diets. Due to its hypoglycemic activity, it can improve glucose tolerance and lower blood sugar levels. In addition, its fiber content slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and sugars.
In a 2009 study published in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, researchers concluded there is a positive effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and lipid profiles in Type 2 diabetic patients.
Soak 1 to 2 tablespoons of f Continue reading

Insulin Vaccine May Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Insulin Vaccine May Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Children

A vaccination for type 1 diabetes may soon be a reality for children, according to a new study from the German Research Centre for Environmental Health.
The Pre-POINT study is a continuation of a previous study that found powdered insulin could trigger a positive immune response in children who have a first-degree relative with type 1 diabetes. Now, researchers will test whether this effect can be achieved with oral insulin.
"The [study] will treat children between the ages of six months and two years who carry a genetic risk of developing type 1 diabetes or have a family history of the disease, but who have not yet developed an autoimmune response," a press release on the study stated.
Children in the study will take the insulin every day with their food for 12 months.
Oral insulin acts like a vaccine
Oral insulin has no effect on blood sugar levels because it is absorbed through the digestive tract, researchers explained. Therefore, it acts like a vaccine that triggers the immune system.
"The autoimmune response that causes type 1 diabetes in childhood is often initially directed at the insulin," said Professor Anette-Gabriele Ziegler, Director of the Institute of Diabetes Research.
By building up immune tolerance to the insulin, the hope is that the children's bodies can block the autoimmune process that causes type 1 diabetes by stimulating the growth of protective immune cells.
"Medical examinations will be conducted at three-month intervals in order to monitor the general health of the participants," the report stated.
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Cancer and diabetes: Often more than a chance encounter

Cancer and diabetes: Often more than a chance encounter

Like familiar faces in a crowd, cancer and diabetes seem to bump into each other often. At first blush, the two diseases appear to be strangers, but scientists have found they have multiple connections and often are found together in the same patients. The results of a new study, conducted at the University of Toronto and published this summer in the American Cancer Society's Cancer magazine, conclude that patients with diabetes have an increased chance of being diagnosed with cancer just months later.
Although most research supports a link between cancer and diabetes, finding the root of that connection has proven elusive. The Toronto study offers no direct physiological connection between the two diseases, but it suggests the dual diagnosis may be explained by "increased health care visits and screening tests following a diagnosis of diabetes," says co-author Dr. Iliana Lega, in an interview with medicalxpress.com.
Cancer and diabetes are two of the most damaging and prevalent diseases in the United States, and the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 million Americans—more than 9 percent of the population—have diabetes. The CDC also estimates that 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), nearly 14 million Americans have a history of cancer and 1.6 million new cases will be diagnosed each year.
The numbers alone suggest it's inevitable that some patients will develop both diseases. But research shows the connection is more than just happenstance. In 2010, the American Diabete Continue reading

Statins linked to 46-percent increased diabetes risk for men

Statins linked to 46-percent increased diabetes risk for men

The use of statins can increase diabetes risk by 46 percent in men, according to new research published in Diabetologia.
Even after accounting for various factors like age, body mass index, waist circumference or physical activity, the study revealed that patients treated with statins were more likely to develop diabetes, especially if they were taking higher doses of these medications.
The statins mentioned in the study were simvastatin (Zocor) and atorvastatin (Lipitor).
Insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion decreased
The study included 8,749 non-diabetic men between the ages of 45 and 73 who were tracked for a period of 5.9 years.
Overall, statin treatment was associated with a 24 percent decrease in insulin sensitivity and a 12 percent decrease in insulin secretion.
"Statin therapy was associated with a 46% increased risk of type 2 diabetes after adjustment for confounding factors, suggesting a higher risk of diabetes in the general population than previously reported," the researchers wrote.
Type 2 diabetes is different from type 1 diabetes in many ways. As its alternate name of adult-onset diabetes implies, it is usually only found in adults. However, the rate of children acquiring the disease is going up.
Type 2 diabetes is also known as non-insulin dependent diabetes due to the fact that, unlike type 1, insulin injections are not always required for treatment.
In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas either doesn't produce any insulin, or the insulin that is produced is not properly utilized. This is due to a condition known as insulin resistance, which prevents key par Continue reading

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