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Ten Medications to Discuss with Your Doctor Before Taking if You Have Diabetes

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Diabetes Research, Diabetes supplies, Diabetes testing supplies, Insulin pump supplies, Insulin Pumps, Medication Interactions, Medication News, Tips for People with Diabetes
Learn which commonly prescribed and over-the-counter drugs can cause dangerous interactions if you have diabetes.     If you have diabetes and take other prescription and non-prescription drugs, it’s time to evaluate your medications. It’s very common for those with the condition to take other drugs in addition to their diabetes medications. When certain meds… Continue Reading

Is there a Link between Antibiotic Use and Diabetes?

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Conditions, Diabetes Research, Diabetes supplies, Diabetes testing supplies, Insulin Pumps, Medication News, Tips for People with Diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, Uncategorized
A new study explores whether antibiotic usage increases the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.     A recent study in Denmark regarding antibiotic use and diabetes has created quite a buzz. Researchers found that in the years prior to their diagnosis, people with Type 2 diabetes took more antibiotics than those without it. This,… Continue Reading

Liquid Glucagon: A Step in the Right Direction for People with Diabetes

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Living with type 1 diabetes is a constant battle. Those afflicted with the disease are all too familiar with the painful finger pricks and close monitoring required to help them manage their sugar levels. Type 1 diabetics are extremely susceptible to hypoglycemia – a severe drop in blood sugar. Hypoglycemia has several unfavorable consequences such… Continue Reading

Common Diabetes Medication May Fight Cancer

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In a recently presented study, researchers have found that the commonly used and inexpensive medication Metformin,  inhibited the growth of most tumor cells in a variety of cancers including melanoma, pancreatic, lung, and prostate cancer. Pancreatic patients who were prescribed Metformin had a 32 percent reduced risk for death compared to those not prescribed the drug, according… Continue Reading

New Drug Labels Will State That Statins May Raise Blood Sugar Levels and Cause Memory Loss

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 Soon, health regulators will add warnings to the labels of all "statin" drugs to indicate that they may raise levels of blood sugar and could cause memory loss. Cholesterol lowering drugs such as Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor will see changes to the safety information found on their labels. "The value of statins in preventing heart… Continue Reading

Clinical Trials Show Lucentis Injections Improve Diabetic Macular Edema

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Patients with Diabetic Macular Edema, a swelling of the retina that occurs in people  who suffer from diabetes retinopathy, have experienced significant  and prolonged sight improvement with injections of Roche’s Lucentis. In fact,  better than 50% of the patients with DME who received monthly injections of Lucentis over 2 years improved so significantly that they would… Continue Reading

Taking Diabetes Drug Actos Could Lead to a Higher Risk of Developing Bladder Cancer

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  More research is needed but over a period of five years, 138 instances of bladder cancer were reported from patients taking diabetes medications. Over 28 of these patients were taking Actos (pioglitazone). This suggests a "disproportionate risk" in comparison with other anti-diabetics, said study author Dr. Elisabetta Poluzzi of the University of Bologna in… Continue Reading

HDAC Enzyme Suppression May Lead to New Drug for Diabetes

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Researchers at the Salk Institute have recently discovered that the liver enzyme HDAC stimulates the production of glucose. In a series of trials performed on four different types of mice, scientists have found a way to suppress liver HDAC (histone deacetylases) which will hopefully lead to trials on humans. "The discovery of HDAC (histone deacetylases) in the liver could have… Continue Reading

Diabetes Drug Avandia Now Under Harsher FDA Restrictions

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  New FDA mandates will make it far more difficult for doctors to prescribe the diabetes drug Avandia. Although the European Medicines Agency has suspended European sales of Avandia-containing drugs, the FDA has NOT banned Avandia in the United States. Regulators say the heart attack risks associated with the drug are ju great a safety concern  Avandia will… Continue Reading

AFREZZA is the New and Improved Inhalable Insulin for Diabetes

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    Coming soon to a pharmacy near you: AFREZZA, a new fast-acting form of inhaled insulin. According to recent studies, AFREZZA , will provide "glycemic control similar to standard insulin treatments with less risk of hypoglycemia and weight gain." Still waiting for FDA approval,  it also appears that AFREZZA will have a  lower risk of causing lung… Continue Reading

DrugWatch.com is a Great Reference for People with Diabetes and other Chronic Illnesses.

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    DrugWatch.com features a comprehensive list of drugs and medications that are currently on the market, or were previously available worldwide.   According to Sean McCahill, the National Awareness Coordinator for DrugWatch.com, the website is dedicated to educating the public about the details of prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as aiding in the protection… Continue Reading

New I-Phone Applications For Pharmacists

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      Two weeks ago I upgraded my cellphone to an I-phone. Learning all of the different functions has been a slow process but I’m getting there and I’m loving it more every day. My son Andrew has been very helpful in this process and he has shown me how to download the"applications" that I would use everyday such as CNN,… Continue Reading

Popular Diabetes Medication May Also Be Used to Fight Cancer

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            A recent study has demonstrated that giving mice a combination of low doses of Metformin (brand name Gluophage)  with the common chemotherapy medication Doxorubicin (brand name Adriamycin) shrank breast-cancer tumors and prevented their recurrence more effectively than chemotherapy alone. Chemotherapy is effective against many tumors, said Kevin Struhl, a Harvard Medical School researcher and principal investigator of the study. "The problem… Continue Reading

New Diabetes Drug ONGLYZA is Now Available

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  A newly approved diabetes drug, Onglyza, is now available in U.S. pharmacies, effective Friday August 14, 2009. Bristol Myers-Squibb and AstraZeneca PLC, which co-developed and will co-market the drug, said that Onglyza was approved as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood-sugar control in adults for the treatment of type 2 diabetes… Continue Reading

High Levels of Insulin Increases Risk for Breast Cancer

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Insulin, a  hormone that is produced by the pancreas in the body, helps the body utilize glucose properly. Proper amounts of insulin prevent  hyperglycemia and the complications of diabetes. However, new research has shown that high amounts of insulin may be harmful. Researchers  have found that women with the highest levels of insulin were 50 percent more likely to develop… Continue Reading