The links to the new Blood Sugar 101 Website have changed
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Source: Diabetes Update - August 8, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

I am redoing the Blood Sugar 101 site and moving it to a new host: Your Patience Requested
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Source: Diabetes Update - August 2, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

I'm Testing the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System
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Source: Diabetes Update - November 28, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

Jenny Ruhl Just Published a Brand New Diabetes Book
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Source: Diabetes Update - May 8, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

I'm posting news items on our FaceBook page now
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Source: Diabetes Update - April 4, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

A New, Expanded Edition of Blood Sugar 101 Is Coming Very Soon
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Source: Diabetes Update - December 2, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

The Newly Approved Basal Insulin Tresiba's Label is Disappointing
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Source: Diabetes Update - September 29, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

Cutting through the Jardiance Study Hype: Be Cautious with this Drug!
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Source: Diabetes Update - September 18, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

Toujeo, a More Concentrated Version of Lantus Is Now Available
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Source: Diabetes Update - June 23, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

The Latest Study " Proving " that Januvia Does Not Cause Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatitis Does Not Prove This
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Source: Diabetes Update - June 9, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

The Latest Study "Proving" that Januvia Does Not Cause Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatitis Does Not Prove This
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Source: Diabetes Update - June 9, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

The Latests Study "Proving" that Januvia Does Not Cause Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatitis Does Not Prove This
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Source: Diabetes Update - June 9, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

More Evidence that Gastric Bypass is NOT a Cure for Diabetes
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Source: Diabetes Update - May 26, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

Blood Sugar 101 Site May Be Unavailable This Weekend Due to Server Migration
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Source: Diabetes Update - May 22, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

Study Discovers How Avandia and Actos Stimulate Brain to Increase Hunger and Weight Gain
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Source: Diabetes Update - March 27, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

Blood Sugar 101 Site Down Due to Server Migration
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Source: Diabetes Update - March 23, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

Previous buyers of my book, Diet 101, can download the Kindle version for free today
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Source: Diabetes Update - March 4, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

Updates: Inhaled Insulin on Market, Diabetic Mouse Studies Discredited, GI Index too
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Source: Diabetes Update - January 28, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

ACCORD Final Analysis: Lowering Blood Sugar Improves Heart Disease Outcomes
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Source: Diabetes Update - December 3, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

New One Hour Kindle Short Read: Low Carb Problems Solved
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Source: Diabetes Update - November 19, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

New Ebook! Kindle Short Read: How to Lower Your Blood Sugar
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Source: Diabetes Update - September 1, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

New Ebook! $0.99 Kindle Short Read: How to Lower Your Blood Sugar
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Source: Diabetes Update - September 1, 2014 Category: Diabetes Source Type: blogs

Afrezza: The New Fast-Acting Inhaled Insulin Just Approved by the FDA
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Source: Diabetes Update - June 28, 2014 Category: Diabetes Source Type: blogs

Why Insulin Plus Metformin May be Associated with Higher Mortality
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Source: Diabetes Update - June 11, 2014 Category: Diabetes Source Type: blogs

Diet 101 Kindle Version Holiday Sale!
Yes, I know that the last thing most of us  are thinking about this week is dieting. But I also know that will change for many of us on January 2 when we start our annual Holiday Repentance Diet. So to help you get a good start on that fateful day, Technion Books is offering a deep discount on the price of the Kindle version of my low carb diet book, Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets, which is now priced at only $3.99.Read it now and go into this year's diet with a deeper understanding of how the diet works. If you start out with a realistic idea of what you can expect you can avoid the common traps that derail...
Source: Diabetes Update - December 19, 2013 Category: Diabetes Source Type: blogs

The Latest Scare Study: Or Why Eating Meat Does Not Cause Diabetes
This article is summarized here:http://www.medindia.net/news/higher-dietary-acid-load-increases-diabetes-risk-127666-1.htmDr. Weil, who has earned millions promoting his own brand of faddish health advice summarizes it here: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/WBL02378/Surprise-Diabetes-Threat.htmlI went and read the actual study, which you can find in its full form here:Dietary acid load and risk of type 2 diabetes: the E3N-EPICcohort studyHere's my take on it:I am always very suspicious of the findings of any large study that draws its conclusions from questionnaires purporting to measure what people are supposed to have eaten o...
Source: Diabetes Update - November 21, 2013 Category: Diabetes Source Type: blogs

Study: Lower Your Cholesterol and Raise Your Risk of Death Following Mainstream Diet Advice
You've been hearing for decades about how a healthy diet is one that lowers your intake of saturated fats and replaces them with "healthy" unsaturated oils. This, you have been told, will lower your cholesterol and your risk of having a heart attack.What you probably didn't hear is that a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) February of this past year found that though the first claim is true--swapping out saturated fats for vegetable oils will lower your cholesterol--if the oil you use instead of saturated fat is full of omega-6 fatty acid, like safflower oil or corn oil, the second claim is comp...
Source: Diabetes Update - November 14, 2013 Category: Diabetes Source Type: blogs

Study Quantifies Whether Weight Loss Surgery Cures Diabetes
A study recently published in the Annals of Surgery gives much more insight into oft-repeated claims that weight loss surgery cures diabetes.The study can be found here:Can Diabetes Be Surgically Cured? Long-Term Metabolic Effects of Bariatric Surgery in Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.   Brethauer, Stacy A. et al. Annals of Sugery, 10/13/2013. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e3182a5034bThe study followed  217 people with Type 2 Diabetes who had had weight loss surgery for a period lasting between 5 and 9 years. One hundred and sixty-two had the radical Roux-en-Y gastric bypass operation, which irreversib...
Source: Diabetes Update - October 1, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

Generic test strips that work in Ultra meters. Get them before their maker is forced out of business!
I learned about the generic One Touch Ultra strips sold as Genstrips in a tweet from diabetes business analyst Scott Strumello  (@sstrumello).  It turns out that the company that sells them came up with their own strip engineering design that works with the One Touch Ultra meters without violating Johnson & Johnson's patents.The FDA required rigorous testing before allowing them to be sold, and they passed.The company then made a deal with Walmart, which would have sold these cheap but effective strips to people all over the world who can't afford the obscene prices Johnson & Johnson charges for them. But...
Source: Diabetes Update - September 18, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

Onlgyza Appears to Raise Risk of Heart Failure
A two year long study of two DPP-4 inhibitors (one not available in the U.S.) found that these drugs did not, as hoped, lower the risk of heart attack in people with diabetes who took them, and they found a surprising increase in cases of heart failure among people taking Onglyza.UPDATE 2-Doctors get good and bad safety news on diabetes drugshttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/02/heart-diabetes-idUSL6N0GY0S720130902The study also claimed to find no sign of pancreatic disease with Onglyza, but there are several reasons to discount this finding:1.  The study only lasted 2 years, which is far too short a time for the ...
Source: Diabetes Update - September 2, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

September Special. Download Blood Sugar 101 for $3.99
I've just lowered the price of the Kindle version of my book, Blood Sugar 101: What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes to $3.99.This is a special offer that will run through the month of September. My hope is that this price cut it will motivate more people to download the book, read it, and improve their health.The book version of Blood Sugar 101 arranges the information you will find at the main web site in an easy to follow, logical manner. Both Kindle and print versions of this book were completely rewritten in June of 2012 to bring the research cited up-to-date to that point.So if you've been holding off purchasing th...
Source: Diabetes Update - September 2, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

Berberine Works But May Very Well Be Harmful
I have been getting a lot of email of late about the supplement Berberine, which appears to be the latest miracle cure being sold to those people with diabetes who believe that completely unregulated herbs imported from countries with long histories of food and drug adulteration are somehow safer and "more natural" than the tightly regulated pharamceuticals.Berberine does appear to work to lower blood sugar. The problem is that we really know very little about how it does it or what its long term effects are on the body.  I see many mentions on sites promoting berberine supplements of the fact that berberine...
Source: Diabetes Update - August 14, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

I'm Taking a Break from Blogging
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Source: Diabetes Update - July 23, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

I'm Taking a Break from Blogging
I'm taking a break from blogging about diabetes news. If something major occurs, I'll blog about it, but I'm not going to be posting minor tidbits anymore. Almost all the news items I've been highlighting here over the past few months just reiterate some point made in a previous post or add more data to support an argument already fleshed out on the main site. The 500+ posts already to be found here and the hundreds of pages available at the main site http://bloodsugar101.com have covered just about everything you need to know about Type 2 diabetes, diabetes drugs, and diet.   To find information about a diabete...
Source: Diabetes Update - July 23, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

Final June Diabetes News Snippet Post
Jennysaid... The FDA is taking another look at Avandia's relationship to heart disease. http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2013/06/04/battleground-fda-how-tomorrows-avandia-panel-could-help-shape-the-future-of-diabetes/But whatever they conclude about whether or not Avandia causes heart attacks, we know that it, like Actos, also weakens the bones over time and makes them prone to fracture, since it converts that stem cells that should become bone cells into baby fat cells.It, like Actos, also raises the chances of experiencing retinal edema--swelling in the blood vessels in your eye that can contribute to blindn...
Source: Diabetes Update - July 3, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

Big Changes in the Drug Patent World Are Good News for People with Diabetes
Several days ago the Supreme Court of the U.S. issued a decision saying that the FDA could sue drug companies that paid off generic drug makers to keep them from releasing generic versions of drugs that had gone off patent. A second decision that may be just as important for controlling the costs of drugs for people with diabetes occurred on June 18, 2013. A U.S. appeals court found the patent on Novo Nordisk's Prandin diabetes drug Prandimet, a combination of Prandin with metformin to be invalid, paving the way for introduction of a generic version of the medicine.MedCity Newsletter: Novo Nordisk’s diabetes drug pat...
Source: Diabetes Update - June 20, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

Major Breakthrough in Using Stem Cells to Cure A Genetic Form of Diabetes
A study just published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation describes what sounds like a very important advance in the treatment of genetically-caused diabetes.The study is iPSC-derived β cells model diabetes due to glucokinase deficiency.  Haiqing Hua et. al Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2013; DOI: 10.1172/JCI67638To better understand what was done here, read Science Daily: Researchers Demonstrate Use of Stem Cells to Analyze Causes, Treatment of DiabetesThe particular form of diabetes that was studied here was MODY-2. This is a monogentic genetic form of diabetes, which means you need have only on...
Source: Diabetes Update - June 20, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

The ADA's " Investigation " of Incretin Drugs is a Gift to the Drug Companies
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Source: Diabetes Update - June 14, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: blogs

The ADA's "Investigation" of Incretin Drugs is a Gift to the Drug Companies
You may have heard that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) had called for a review of the incretin drugs--Januvia, Onglyza, Byetta, Victoza, etc.--in response to the recent discovery, which I described HERE, that they cause abnormal patterns of growth within the pancreas of a kind that lead to both pancreatitis and cancer. The call for review can be read HERE.Sadly, this call for review has nothing to do with protecting people with diabetes, a group for whom the ADA has never had much concern, save as a source of contributions to pay the inflated salaries of its top executives.The ADA is heavily funded by drug manufac...
Source: Diabetes Update - June 14, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

Phosphate Additives Promote Hardening of the Arteries
In this study subjects who were allowed to eat only the foods supplied by the researchers were, for four weeks, fed a control diet free of any phosphate additives. Then, for the next four weeks, they were fed a diet that contained the identical amount of calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrate as the control diet but this diet was made up of foods containing inorganic phosphate additives, like American cheese, soda, and processed meats.The report explains, "The average phosphorus content of the daily menu was 979 mg during the control period and 2124 mg during the test period." After a month of eating the foods ...
Source: Diabetes Update - June 7, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

June Diabetes News Snippet Post
News items of interest to people with diabetes that arise during June 2013 will be posted in the comment section below. Feel free to comment if you have something substantive to add. (Source: Diabetes Update)
Source: Diabetes Update - June 5, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

May Diabetes-Related News Snippets
Conclusion: "Compared with pravastatin, treatment with higher potency statins, especially atorvastatin and simvastatin, might be associated with an increased risk of new onset diabetes."22% higher risk with Lipitor (atorvastatin) and 18 percent higher with Crestor (rosuvastatin).In mainstream press coverage, Drug company shills,, a.k.a. well known cardiologists, bend over backward to ignore this latest confirmation of a phenomenon that has been public knowledge for more than a year. The reason that statins cause diabetes may have to do with the fact that they impair the operation mitochondria--the part of the cel...
Source: Diabetes Update - June 3, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

The Ten Companies That Profit Most Heavily From Selling You Junk Carbs
I found this remarkable graphic on a web site devoted to investment strategies. The article it illustrates pointed out that investors could earn excellent returns their entire lives by investing in these companies because their products saturate the world. The graphic shows you how many brands these 10 companies control. I bet you thought many of them were separate companies. When you realize how fully junk food is controlled by a few companies, you have to ask yourself how much money these super-sized international corporations pour into making sure that the public never learns the price they pay for loading up on the cra...
Source: Diabetes Update - May 15, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

May Diabetes News Snippet Post
News items of interest to people with diabetes that come up during May 2013 will be posted in the comment section of this post. Click on "comments" Feel free to comment or point out items that you feel need discussion. All the April news snippets have now been collected and posted here: http://diabetesupdate.blogspot.com/2013/05/diabetes-news-items-posted-during-april.html (Source: Diabetes Update)
Source: Diabetes Update - May 4, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

Diabetes News Items Posted During April
This article might interest you: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3580884/ It interests me because my husband has autonomic system failure from other causes (multiple system atrophy)10:22 AM, April 19, 2013 Jennysaid... Pem,Thanks! That article is very interesting indeed. It is Diabetic cardiac autonomic neuropathy, inflammation and cardiovascular disease. Aaron I Vinik, et al., J Diabetes Investig. 2013 January; 4(1): 4–18.Dr. Bernstein has been writing about the impact of autonomic neuropathy on people with diabetes since the 1990s. Good to see that someone else has picked up on it.Most important takeawa...
Source: Diabetes Update - May 1, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

When You Cut Carbs, Don't Raise Phosphate Levels
Recently I've been reading up on the role of phosphates in heart disease, and what I am learning has some troubling implications for people who eat low carb diets. I already knew that people who have been diagnosed with kidney disease must avoid phosphates, as they can further damage the kideny's filtration units. I'd also discovered, and blogged about, the fact that and a person's lifetime intake of the phosphates present in brown-colored sodas, both diet and regular, have been found to correlate with their likelihood of developing kidney disease. (Details HERE)But until recently, I had not realized that blood levels of ...
Source: Diabetes Update - April 21, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

April Diabetes News Snippet Post
The news items collected during April are posted in the comment section of this post. You can read them and add your comments by clicking on the "Comments" link at the bottom of this post. At the end of the month all comments will be copied into this post.If you missed any of the March Diabetes News Snippets, you can find them at:http://diabetesupdate.blogspot.com/2013/03/march-diabetes-news-snippet-post.html (Source: Diabetes Update)
Source: Diabetes Update - April 1, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs

FDA Approves a Highly Questionable New Diabetes Drug, Invokana
The FDA just gave its approval to the first drug in a new class of diabetes drugs, Johnson & Johnson's canagliflozin, which will be marketed in the U.S. as Invokana.New York Times: FDA Approves a New Diabetes Drug From J.&J. (May require subscription)Reuters: U.S. FDA approves Johnson & Johnson diabetes drug, canagliflozinThis class of drugs, the sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, lowers blood sugar by blocking reabsorption of glucose by the kidney and increasing its excretion in urine. The manufacturer also claims that it causes weight loss--always a potent selling point for a diabetes drug.As...
Source: Diabetes Update - March 31, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Jenny Source Type: blogs