June 7, 2004
Re "Low-Carb Dieters Knew It All Along" (May 24): To me, the big news is no news, i.e., if a person weighing 288 pounds loses 11 to 19 pounds on one diet or 7 to 19 pounds on the other, he or she is still very fat! While a small weight loss can have some effects on blood pressure, lipid and glucose levels, the person needs to engage in serious calorie reduction and exercise increase over several years to attain a normal body mass. Daniel Fink Los Angeles
September 27, 2004 |
Now diabetics have one more reason to keep their blood sugar tightly controlled: Excessive blood sugar contributes to heart disease. Researchers already knew that diabetes doubles the risk of heart disease -- 70% to 80% of diabetics die from heart attacks, strokes and coronary artery disease -- but they were unsure whether glucose was a culprit or if other risk factors, such as cholesterol or high blood pressure, were to blame.
October 15, 2012 |
Just a few nights of bad sleep is enough to throw the body's metabolism into disarray, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The study shows that getting four hours of sleep a night for four nights made healthy people's bodies resistant to insulin - a condition that is a common precursor of weight gain, diabetes and other serious health problems. In a healthy body, when you take in sugar, insulin is released from the pancreas and travels throughout the body, signaling to cells that they should absorb some of that new glucose.
June 25, 2007 |
Diabetes is dangerous even before the disease becomes full-blown, boosting the risk of death from heart disease in its earliest form, Australian researchers said last week. Before most people develop Type 2 diabetes, they have trouble metabolizing sugar, a problem known as pre-diabetes that affects 56 million people in the United States. Elizabeth Barr of the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia and colleagues studied 10,429 Australians 25 or older for about five years.
April 4, 1998 |
Johnson & Johnson Co.'s LifeScan plant in Milpitas, Calif., was searched by investigators for the Justice Department and the Food and Drug Administration for evidence of possible criminal violations, the company and a law enforcement official said. The U.S.
December 23, 1997
MiniMed Inc. has submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval of a glucose sensor that is inserted into the skin, an easier way of testing diabetes patients. Physicians must now draw blood from a patient several times a day to track glucose levels using traditional glucose meters and test strips. MiniMed's new system has a sensor that is inserted in the abdominal area and worn by patients for three days.
August 6, 2001
Israeli researchers have succeeded in coaxing human embryonic stem cells into producing the hormone insulin in a key step toward creating a revolutionary treatment for juvenile diabetes. The findings, reported in the August issue of Diabetes, represent a major stride toward using embryonic stem cells to treat Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes.
February 2, 2011 |
A team of European doctors has tested an “artificial pancreas” aimed at helping pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes control their blood sugar. The goal? To lower their risk of having an abnormal birth or a fatal episode of hypoglycemia. Funded by the charitable foundation Diabetes UK , the research explores the during-pregnancy potential of a device the size of a cellphone. This "pancreas" has a continuous glucose monitor and an insulin pump that maintains a reliable level of blood sugar.
September 22, 2011 |
Liposuction patients are usually after one thing: a better-looking body. But a new study suggests the cosmetic procedure that removes fat from well-padded areas of the body may also reduce harmful fat circulating in the blood. Research to be presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Denver was aimed at measuring triglyceride levels in 229 people having liposuction. In people with normal triglyceride levels, cosmetic surgery made no difference.
May 19, 2011 |
Smart phones have already supplemented the doctor’s office and personal computers as sources of health advice — and now it appears car companies are driving into the on-the-go consumer health market. Ford is developing a way to display pollen counts and other allergen levels to drivers using its existing link to smart phone apps, the car company announced Wednesday. Ford has also made a prototype to synchronize glucose monitoring devices via Bluetooth. The car displays glucose levels and sounds an alert if they fall too low. A statement from Ford explains how this technology can help diabetics and allergy sufferers: “For people with diabetes and their caregivers, constant knowledge and control of glucose levels is critical to avoiding hypoglycemia or low glucose, which can cause confusion, lightheadedness, blurry vision and a host of other symptoms that could be dangerous while driving.