Diabetes Spotlight: Breakthroughs in 2015

If you’re a person living with diabetes, or know someone who is, you’re aware of this blood glucose disorder and its often devastating health effects. Type 1 Diabetes (also called Juvenile Diabetes) is an autoimmune disease that strikes children as well as adults and occurs when the body’s immune system destroys cells in the pancreas that produce insulin the hormone that helps us obtain energy from food. Type 1 has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle and causes lifelong dependence on injected or pumped insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which insulin is still produced but can’t be used by the body effectively, often as a result of obesity and an unhealthy diet. It can often be treated with diet and lifestyle changes, as well as oral medications and sometimes requires injected or pumped insulin. Last year saw a variety of promising breakthroughs and discoveries that could help people with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes:
  • Researchers at Harvard University developed a new way to quickly convert stem cells into beta cells which produce and store insulin an important step in finding a cure for Type 1.
  • University of Miami doctors completed a minimally invasive transplant of insulin-producing cells into a woman, helping her produce insulin for the first time since she was diagnosed with Type 1, 26 years ago.
  • Clinical trials for a first-ever insulin pill, developed by scientists in the U.S. and Israel, are underway. The pill is being tested initially on Type 2 patients and, if successful, promises to one day replace insulin injections.
  • A recent Ohio State University study suggests a work-based dietary intervention program focused on increasing moderate exercise and reducing calories and fat may be effective at reversing pre-diabetes and preventing diabetes.
Do you have diabetes? Share your stories and suggestions with other members in the Shop Talk Blog community forum!
  Did you know? Pre-diabetes is a real concern While 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, another 86 million or 1 in 3 adults have pre-diabetes. Without weight loss and physical activity, they’re at risk of developing Type 2 within 5 years. Ask your doctor if you’re at risk! (Source)

60 thoughts on “Diabetes Spotlight: Breakthroughs in 2015

  1. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years ago. I probably had it all my life. Before my wife passed, I would go in while she was cooking and grab a few bites of food. I didn’t know what was causing me to get weak, cold sweat, chills etc. All I knew was if I ate a few bites of food it helped until dinner or the next meal. Now, I still have type 2 but it is controlled. The doctors tried several types of medicines which most had too serious side effects for me. Finally, we hit on Glipizide. It is helping keep my glucose levels within reason. Also, I have been taking, Glucobetic, a medicine bought on line. Without it, the 5 mg of Glipizide does not hold the level as required. I try to keep the average around 115. Any lower causes the effects of low blood sugar. My doctor says it is in very good control. My experience has shown that anything below 100 as most doctors shoot for is too low for me. You have to have some glucose in your system to live! Otherwise you have no energy.

  2. Am aware of type 1 diabetes my son having it since age 5. Saw progress made in diet, finger blood tests, urine tests to pumps. Have learned for myself eating as a diabetic would which is a healthy diet for all; exercise, etc. in preventing it. So far, am fortunate.

  3. Reducing fat will not help those of us with type 2 diabetes. Reducing carbs and sugars will. Healthy fats, along with high quality protein, and low carb WHOLE foods, and at least some exercise, will be the saving grace for most everyone with type 2 diabetes. You guys need to quit being politically correct, and beholding to big pharma and big agri, and to out of date dogma concerning low fat anything. This BS of low fat is what’s gotten us into this mess in the first place! Why don’t you stop touting low fat, and begin telling the truth…Proteins and good FATS should be the majority of our normal diets. Get the HFCS out of everything on the supermarket shelves, along with all the toxic, processed salts. And allow us, the consumer to purchase the local foods we choose, without regulating to death all our local, small farmers. How about writing about that for a change? Those of us who actually read the research are baffled at your idiotic articles. Oh, and don’t forget the studies that show ORGANIC CINNAMON, added to meals, will also make a bigger impact with less dangerous side effects than your new, terrible drugs.

  4. I have lived with diabetes and have not been very good at doing a good job. 2016 I hope to understand it much better. I am gradually changing my eating habits, which is so hard to do. Everyone without diabetes can eat and eat and then do it right in front of me. I have a lot of other medical conditions so am finally doing something about it.

  5. My grandmother got diabetes when she was in her late 70 seventies. She checked her urine about twice a week NEVER ONCE CUTTING HER FINGER FOR BLOOD! She lived to be 97 years old. Now, fifty seven years later we can do better with the blood checks.!!!!!!!

  6. My son is 31, diagnosed a type 1, 2 years ago. It was a shock to say the least. He’s still having issues leveling out his daily BSL’s. He’s looked into getting the pump because his doctor thinks it would really help, but his insurance doesn’t cover much of it. So he takes it one day, one meal, at a time. He text me his BSL every morning for my peace of mind to know he’s made it through another night , and he’s up and at um! His days are trying, but we know it could be worst. Daily prayer helps.

  7. I have been living with Type II diabetes for more than 20+ years as a result of breathing Agent Orange in Vietnam. Please help this poor Veteran coupled with millions of others that suffers with this desease. I will be looking for a cure in the near future.

  8. I have diabetes. But since my gastric bypass I am on a sliding scale for my insulin. It is much better and I still test four times a day.

  9. Type 2 diabetes is a very serious and dangerous health issue if not managed properly. It requires strong personal discipline 1) to lose weight 2) eat proper diet ie less sugar in food we eat 3) exercise to burn calories in our blood stream 4) oral medication such as glocouphage (Methformin).. Very manageable disease.

  10. Berberine is a good blood sugar regulator, 1,000 or 1,500 mg daily. Also when you eat carbohydrates, I suggest taking 1 Tbl Bob’s Red Mill Unmodified Potato Starch in 8 oz water. This will keep your blood sugar from rising too high. Dr. Sears recently let out the bag on a new information about a cure for all disease. All disease is caused by inflammation. He suggests about 1,000 mg of Longvida curcumin or BCM-95 curcumin. He said that Baylor, UCLA and M.D. Anderson in Houston are using these to treat cancer, diabetes, alzheimer’s and essentially all disease.

  11. I have been a type 2 diabetic since 1983. This is one of the most difficult diseases I have ever had to tackle. I live in Louisiana and the food here is delicious and hard not to eat. My a1c is low and then sometimes it is very high. I am 69yrs. old and you would think that I have it under control, but I don’t. if scientist can create something that can help, then I am all for it. Too many are dying from this disease
    and a lot of donations have been given. it’s time for a cure.

  12. I am pre-diabetes. I am trying to get on a diet that will help me out and get my A1c get lower. My husband has type 2 diabetes. He is every small men. I can’t get his A1c to get lower if anyone can help me out let me now. Email me mcelheniem@gmail.com

  13. I moved from Arizona to Reno, Nevada in July. I have hypothyroid take medication daily and have a yearly check-up with blood drawn for my thyroid and for diabetes since diabetes runs in my family. In September I noticed I was losing weight even when I ate something I knew I should have gained a pound or two. By the end of October I had lost almost 30 pounds. I had the following symptoms: dry cotton mouth; food tasted different and began tasting sour; craved ice cold water, soda, orange juice; was depressed; lethargic and taking naps throughout the day; crying for no reason; leg pain that woke me up during the night; eyes hurt. I looked up these symptoms and found that they described diabetes. I called the list of doctors that specialize in endocrinology and heard the same response: the earliest appointment for new patients is in 6 months. I explained the above symptoms and was told to go to ER if I wasnt feeling well. I then called my doctor in Arizona and explained my symptoms and I was able to get an appointment the following week.
    My symptoms came on rather fast. I had my yearly 5 months previous and blood work came back normal. The morning of my appointment my husband helped me walk into the doctors office as everything was becoming blurry and fuzzy. My doctor of 15 years asked if I was a new patient, she didnt recognize me. When I explained symptoms to my doctor she tried and couldnt get a reading on my blood sugar. She said she was going to call for transport to ER but my husband grabbed me and drove me to the hospital. They were waiting for me at ER and immediately hooked me up to an IV and everything was blurry after that but I was still awake. I remember hearing blood sugar in the 1700s and she is still awake. By the time I went up to ICU my blood sugar was 1473. I spent 4 days in ICU and the nurse said in her 37 years she has never seen a patient come in with blood sugar that high and still be awake. I should have been in a coma, cardiac arrest, or stroked out. I left the hospital after 5 days and learning how to inject insulin. I injected Lantus morning and night, and Humalog before each meal. I now just inject Lantus once and take pills twice a day. I am so lucky I have a second chance in life.
    Every day is a learning experience for me. I get frustrated because I cant eat what I ate before. I love fruits and vegetables but now I have to watch the portion of fruit I eat. Sometimes I feel that I cant eat anything. I like bread and pasta. I cant believe how high pasta causes blood sugar to go.

  14. Many people in my family are dealing with diabetes. This goes back three generations.

  15. I have Hypoglycemia the exact opposite
    Of Diebetes. (Hyperglycemia).
    I try to be careful of eating too much
    sugar. Because I know if my Glucose level gets to high, I may need insulin shots. While at HealthSouth Rehabilitation, I started drinking
    2 Ensures a day before Dinner.
    I had to recieve Insulin injections for
    2 weeks. I stopped drinking so many
    Ensures and was able to stop recieving
    Insulin injections.

    Cynthia Taylor

  16. I have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. However, I am not taking any drugs for it yet. I am trying to control it with exercise and diet. I do attend a class once a month to learn more about Diabetes. I do not have a history in my family that I am aware of.

  17. I am having a problem with diabetic neuropathy. Lately my arthritis has flared up big time , keeping me from sleeping at night. Is there a connection with arthritis and diabetes?
    I question if maybe the meds are not getting along.

    1. Hello Marianne. Reading your post reminds me of myself. Have you gotten any replies to your issues.. I’m asking only because I think I need to get the same answers.
      God Bless! Sincerely, Carol Merchant

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