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May 2, 2005 | Elena Conis
Banaba is the Tagalog name for the tree dubbed "pride of India" (more scientifically known as Lagerstroemia speciosa). The purple-flowered tree grows in tropical parts of the Americas, India and the Philippines, where it's used in traditional medicine to treat diabetes. The tree's glossy leaves contain high levels of colosolic acid, a plant chemical that reputedly lowers blood sugar levels.
April 1, 1997
MiniMed Inc. in Sylmar has reached agreement with German-based Boehringer Mannheim Corp. to develop and market a new device to be used in hospitals to manage glucose levels in patients. The device will be submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval. MiniMed is a maker of infusion systems used primarily in the treatment of diabetes.
December 22, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac, Washington Bureau
Abbott Laboratories announced a recall Wednesday of as many as 359 million glucose test strips used to monitor diabetics' blood sugar because the strips may give false low readings. The strips may not absorb enough blood quickly enough to give a proper reading, which can lead users to try to raise sugar levels unnecessarily, or to fail to treat elevated glucose levels, the company said in a statement. The chemically treated paper strips were manufactured at an Abbott facility in the United Kingdom between January and May 2010, according to company spokesman Scott Davies.
July 1, 2011 | By Daniela Hernandez, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Sweet potatoes are often regarded as a healthier alternative to the white potato, which has been recently maligned as “Public Enemy No. 1” in America’s battle of the bulge. Some would even say that sweet potatoes are to white potatoes what brown rice is to white. But in a head-to-head comparison, these two tubers are seemingly very similar. In a 100-gram portion, the white potato has 92 calories, 21 grams of carbs, 2.3 grams of dietary fiber, 2.3 g of protein and 17% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. The same amount of sweet potato, on the other hand, has 90 calories, 21 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 35% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C and 380% of the daily recommended value of vitamin A. Importantly, both have won Vegetable of the Month designations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you've just returned from a day at the beach or an afternoon bicycle ride, stop in the kitchen. Even though you may not feel hungry, it's important to replenish your body after all that sweating and activity. "Even though we tend not to feel hungry during the summer months, sound nutrition is more important than ever," says registered dietitian Becky Posada of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. Sweating causes losses in potassium and sodium and can deplete glucose stores, which give us energy.
December 30, 2002 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
Many diabetics check their blood glucose levels several times a day, but they've had to visit a doctor for a test to determine whether the disease is under control. Now, they'll be able to buy that test without a prescription for use at home. The test, approved for over-the-counter sale earlier this month, measures glycated hemoglobin. The substance is produced when sugar levels rise and interact with the hemoglobin in red blood cells.
December 6, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
The first major head-to-head study comparing the newer diabetes drug Avandia with the older medicines metformin and glyburide shows that Avandia provides better glucose control than metformin, but carries more serious side effects and a higher cost, researchers said Monday. "Metformin is still the first drug of choice" for newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetics, said Dr. Steven E. Kahn of the University of Washington and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, who led the study.
May 24, 2013 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
In the war against pests, the lowly cockroach makes for a fearsome adversary. It can go weeks without water, survive decapitation for a time - and, like any proper super-villain, can send humans screaming from a room. Now researchers have discovered how some roaches have eluded humans' once-infallible traps: They have evolved so that glucose-sweetened bait tastes bitter. The discovery, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, solves a 20-year mystery and sheds light on the cockroach's powerful ability to adapt.
October 26, 2009 | By Jill U Adams
Medications for Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes are very effective at controlling blood sugar levels. You'd think, then, that the drugs would also be very effective at controlling complications of the disease related to those spikes in blood sugar: cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage and amputation of limbs. Surprisingly, though, that has not turned out to be the case for cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes. One study, in fact, hints that too-tight control may even cause patients harm.
In today's weight room, you're as likely to see a grandmother working her glutes as a quarterback working his quads, now that resistance exercise is recognized as vital to building strong muscles and bones. But the American Heart Assn. says pumping iron is also good for that most important of muscles--the heart.
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