San Francisco Biohackers Are Wearing Implants Made For Diabetes In The Pursuit Of 'human Enhancement'

San Francisco biohackers are wearing implants made for diabetes in the pursuit of 'human enhancement'

San Francisco biohackers are wearing implants made for diabetes in the pursuit of 'human enhancement'

Chrissy Ensley, head of operations and supply chain at Nootrobox, shows off her continuous glucose monitor. Melia Robinson/Business Insider
Paul Benigeri, a lead engineer at cognitive enhancement supplement startup Nootrobox, flexes his tricep nervously as his coworkers gather around him, phones set to record the scene. He runs his fingers over the part of the arm where Benigeri's boss, Geoff Woo, will soon stick him with a small implant.
"This is the sweet spot," Woo says.
"Oh, shit," Benigeri says, eyeing the needle.
"Paul's fine," Woo says. "K, ooooone ..."
An instrument no bigger than an inhaler lodges a needle into the back of Benigeri's arm. Woo removes his hand to reveal a white plate sitting just above the implant. Benigeri smiles.
Paul Benigeri breathes a sigh of relief after a mysterious device is implanted under his skin. Melia Robinson/Business Insider
"You are now a tagged elephant," Woo says, admiring his handiwork.
"A bionic human," says Nootrobox cofounder Michael Brandt.
In San Francisco, a growing number of entrepreneurs and biohackers are using a lesser-known medical technology called a continuous glucose monitor, or CGM, in order to learn more about how their bodies work. They wear the device under their skin for weeks at a time.
CGMs, which cropped up on the market less than 10 years ago and became popular in the last few years, are typically prescribed by doctors to patients living with diabetes types 1 and 2. They test glucose levels, or the amount of sugar in a person's blood, and send real-time results to a phone or tablet. Unlike fingerstick tests, Continue reading

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31 Nurses & Experts Answer 3 Important Diabetes T1 & T2 Questions

31 Nurses & Experts Answer 3 Important Diabetes T1 & T2 Questions

We have asked 31 Nurses and Experts to answer the 3 following important diabetes related questions.
Do you think diabetes is on the rise or decline?
What mistakes do you see most newly diagnosed patients with Type 2 diabetes make? What tips would you offer to them?
Lastly, most people talk about the role a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), Registered Dietician (RD), Endocrinologist play when it comes to managing one’s diabetes. In what ways do you believe that specialised nurses play a role in the management and prevention of diabetes in patient cases?
And here are the answers we have got.
1. Keith Carlson RN, BSN, NC-BC
A1: While I don’t currently work in the clinical sphere, the news from the public health sector make it clear: diabetes is on the rise in the United States in 2017, as well as in other countries around the world. A recent article by Kaiser Health News shows that health claims for Type 2 diabetes in children more than doubled between 2011 and 2015. The inherent risks of a life with diabetes is certainly a factor to take into account when it comes to the financial burdens shouldered by the healthcare system.
A2: Newly diagnosed diabetics are likely to feel understandably fearful; some might decide that they simply can’t eat anymore, and will erroneously begin dieting without the guidance of a skilled healthcare professional. My strongest advice is to engage the services of a knowledgeable dietitian, nutritionist, or diabetes educator, and begin to make daily choices and lifestyle modifications that will improve your health and keep your diabetes under Continue reading

Diabetes Mellitus: Part III – Monitoring & Insulin Handling

Diabetes Mellitus: Part III – Monitoring & Insulin Handling

This week I present the third and final installment in our discussion about diabetes mellitus (DM). Previously we reviewed this disease as it relates to both dogs and cats. Now we will chat about proper handling of insulin and taking care of your diabetic pet at home.
Diabetes Mellitus Issue #1: Proper insulin handling
All insulins must be kept in the refrigerator, and should never be frozen or heated. As you learned in the first two posts of this three-part series, dogs and cats can be treated with any number of insulins. Some are of animal origin and some are from humans. Your pet’s primary care veterinarian and/or a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist with help you pick the best insulin for your pet. All insulins have expiration dates, but many of those dates were established specifically for humans and don’t necessarily apply to dogs and cats. Your pet’s medical team should advise you how often you should replace your fur baby’s insulin bottle. Additionally you should obtain a new bottle of insulin if it changes appearance.
Diabetes Mellitus Issue #2: Insulin administration points
All diabetic pet parents should spend a meaningful amount of time with their pet’s veterinarian to learn about diabetes mellitus, particularly how to properly administer insulin to diabetic pets. As a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist, I work with diabetic pet parents essentially on a daily basis. In addition to spending time with me learning about this disease, new diabetic pet parents often spend 60-90 minutes with my licensed veterinary te Continue reading

Top 10 Home Remedies to Control Diabetes

Top 10 Home Remedies to Control Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which presents with increased blood sugar in the body. This may be due to either inadequate production of the insulin by pancreas or inability of body cells to make use of insulin or sometimes both the reasons may contribute to have condition called diabetes. Based on these, diabetes has been divided in to following types-
Type- 1 Diabetes:
Condition where body does not produce insulin at all. Also called as insulin dependent or juvenile diabetes. It takes place at early stages of life.
Type- 11 Diabetes:
It is the condition where human body doesn’t produce enough insulin for proper functioning of body tissues. It is a kind of progressive disease which has got many complications if care is not taken.
Gestational diabetes:
This is diagnosed during pregnancy only with some of women as their body has increased blood sugar and body tissues are not able to utilize it properly.
Diabetes is a type of health problem from which everyone is aware and it is very common among people. Our diet and life style has changed so much in this modern time so that diseases like diabetes, hypertension etc. are non-avoidable.
If care is not taken and it is not in control may damage nerves, blood vessels, other internal organs. Major complications of diabetes include – Nephropathy (damage to kidneys), Neuropathy (damage to nervous system), Retinopathy (eye damage) and Myopathy (damage to muscles). Person may get silent heart attack, heart problems, pregnancy problems, depression, stress, dental caries and so many.
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Cinnamon Diabetes Benefits: How It Can Affect Blood Sugar Level?

Cinnamon Diabetes Benefits: How It Can Affect Blood Sugar Level?

Diabetes is a fast spreading disease and has become a sort of an epidemic across the world. It is very important to understand the meaning and causes of the same.
Diabetes is a disease which is caused either due to the lack of proper production of insulin by the pancreas or due to the improper use of insulin in the human body that affects the blood sugar level or the glucose level in the body.
Hence, in the treatment of diabetes, it is extremely important that there is a regulated control on the blood glucose or sugar level. What makes diabetes worse is the fact that when a person is suffering from this condition, he or she is prone to developing other complications as well, which include heart and kidney-related diseases, diabetic eye, amputations, nerve damage, skin problems, etc.
Experts are always looking for something natural which can treat this extremely complicated disease. One such treatment of diabetes is the use of the readily available spice, cinnamon. The spice is highly beneficial in effectively dealing with diabetes and the other related complications.
Cinnamon and Diabetes
Cinnamon, the spice that has long been used in our kitchen, has been associated with the treatment of diabetes, particularly that of diabetes mellitus. As per a few research, the spice is known to improve the blood sugar levels as well as improve insulin sensitivity.
It is a spice derived from the barks of the cinnamon tree, and it found in areas covering South America, the Caribbean, and also Southeast Asia.
In the following paragraphs, we get into the details and find out more about cinn Continue reading

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