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Friday, December 25, 2009

Oral Insulin Capsule Created

Oral insulin, that’s a new way for taking the medication that‘s sorely needed. This is certainly good news for the millions of people who have diabetes. This method imitates the way the hormone is dealt with naturally by the body so it could become the first treatment option to take.

The treatment option for type 1 diabetes which is sometimes called juvenile diabetes is injection of insulin every day. It is different for type 2 diabetes which is the more common of the two types. Sometimes type 2 diabetes can be treated by diet and exercise. At times medication taken orally or insulin is needed.

Diabetes comes with serious complications so treating it is an option that should be taken seriously. Some of the complications that are linked to diabetes are blindness, kidney disease, heart disease and stroke but these can be avoided or at least delayed with diligent and persistent treatment of the condition.

CEO of Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc., Nadav Kidron, said that the treatment option of taking a capsule would be top in the list for the diabetics so this biotechnology company that is based in Israel produced and patented this oral insulin capsule to mostly treat type 2 diabetes.

The delivery of new innovation has been in the minds of those connected with diabetes. Patients who have an aversion to needles will welcome this and of course this is also good for the developers of drugs because the insulin market is huge. So many have insulin resistance.

This capsule created by Oramed imitates the way the body processes this hormone in the way it is produced, regulated and distributed. What the capsule does is that it makes the insulin enter the liver from the gastrointestinal track. The liver then processes the hormone intake before passing it to the circulatory system.

Alas, the latest I could find on the result of the research on this issue was that the clinical trial was finished three months ago. I went to their website but nowhere could I find the result. They just displayed what they did, the inclusions along with the exclusions. Don't you worry; I won't stop looking until they find the best oral insulin.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blood Glucose Lowering Agent Approved by FDA

Blood glucose can be lowered by Welchol so the Food and Drug Administration approved its use. It would thus improve the glycemic control in adults who have type 2 diabetes. Mind you this will either have to be combined with sulfonylureas, metformin, insulin or alone or combined with other anti-diabetic agents.

This approval made Welchol the only and first medication to lower both LDL cholesterol and glucose levels. This is good news for there are about 20.8 million people who have diabetes, 90% of whom have type 2 and 40% of these people have high LDL cholesterol. This will give the doctors a distinctive way to treat their patients.

The result of the study was presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Sessions of ADA in Chicago. They said that patients who were unable to control their condition on metformin were divided into two groups. One group was given Welchol in addition to their metformin treatment while the other group received a placebo.

When they compared the two groups, the ones treated with metformin and Welchol significantly lowered their A1C levels than the ones on metformin alone. In addition the Welchol group also lowered their LDL levels considerably when compared to the placebo group.

There were two other studies that produced the same results when Welchol was added to the treatment based on sulfonylurea or insulin. This gives the doctors the option to treat both risk factors in cardiovascular events which are high cholesterol and high blood glucose.

Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami, Ronald B. Goldberg, MD who is also the Diabetes Research Institute's Associate Director at the aforementioned university said that the risk factors are a problem with type 2 diabetics because they have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Dr. Goldberg was one of the investigators of the studies.

The diabetics have to test their blood glucose level regularly. If the blood glucose levels are not within target level then something has got to change. Find out what it is, change and implement the strategy, check the level again and keep doing it until you find what works for you. You almost have to work like a detective.

It is important to monitor the blood glucose level because doing so can help in staying away from the complications. Studies after studies have shown that the risks for diabetes complications are significantly reduced when maintaining within the near normal level the blood glucose.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Eye Sight Threatened By Diabetes Awarded Grant For Research

Research to Prevent Blindness awarded $110,000.00 to Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Department of Ophthalmology. Research to Prevent Blindness is the top voluntary group that supports research pertaining to the eyes.

The Department of Ophthalmology under the leadership of Jonathan H. Lass, MD, has been awarded grants of over $1.6 million during the past eleven years. Dr. Jonathan Lass said they are delighted that the Research to Prevent Blindness has continued to support and acknowledge their effort to keep on with the research.

It is essential to continue on with the research as the science of vision is constantly changing. The award will help them go on with the research to recognize why blindness happens and the ways to prevent and treat it. Among the conditions they are researching are macular degeneration, corneal cataracts, scarring, ocular inflammation, genetic eye diseases and retinopathy in diabetes.

The Research to Prevent Blindness was founded in 1960. Since its founding, it has awarded hundred of millions of dollars for research on eye diseases that lead to blindness. The grants have been awarded to medical organizations all over the United States.

If you want more information on Research to Prevent Blindness and the researches being funded, along with eye disorders and their grant program, you can go to

The leading cause of blindness among most adults is diabetes. A comprehensive eye exam can detect this but only 38% of those who do not wear glasses have been to see their eye doctor in the last two years. To think that almost 21 millions in the US have diabetes and more than six millions are not diagnosed.

Those who are at high risk for diabetes should have dilated eye exams regularly and those who are already diagnosed with diabetes should have this examination every year. This should be the first line of detection. In fact, sometimes diabetic retinopathy is the first sign of diabetes seen when drops are put in the eyes during a dilated eye exam.

Conditions that threaten health are sometimes discovered during the eye exam. This discovery may even save the lives of those concerned. The effects of both high blood cholesterol and blood pressure can be seen during the dilated eye exam because the only place in the body where the natural state of the blood vessels can be seen is in the eyes.

I am glad the researches are continuing for this is really a big help in the prevention of eye complications for diabetes. They are already finding ways to help prevent this condition and so the world will only be brighter for those who are at risk for diabetic retinopathy.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Introduction to Type 2 Diabetes Provided By Iowa Health

Diabetes Express is introduced by Iowa Health - Des Moines. What is it? It is a free program that will help present Type 2 diabetes. The schedule of the first event of the Diabetes Express was held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The location of the presentation was 4114 Allison Ave., Des Moines which is the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

I am sure there will be future events where essential information and education will be made available regarding the importance of maintaining a healthy blood glucose control. And Diabetes Express will not stop there. It will offer strategies and ideas on how to maintain the blood sugar level.

Those who will participate in this program will learn a number of things. They will learn how to describe type 2 diabetes which is great because it is not easy to know the language that goes with this condition. Learning the importance of maintaining a healthy blood glucose level will protect future health.

The basic means of treating diabetes will be explained. And this includes planning healthy meals, doing more physical activity, losing weight and medication. The participants will be helped in identifying the goal in this regard and the strategies to reach the goal.

Planning healthy meals, for instance, is a must to help control the blood sugar. There’s help to get started from planning the meals to counting carbohydrates to exchanging lists. It does not mean it has to be complicated. Nor does it mean you have to have special foods. It just means eating a variety of real food.

So what does it mean then? It just means eating an assortment of foods in moderate quantity. The diet has to emphasize whole grains and fruits and vegetables. There has got to be consistency too. Why? Because the body responds to extra calories and fats by a rise in blood sugar level. So also, stick to regular meal schedule.

Sounds good, doesn't it? So every time there is a program like this, we should try to register especially if the venue is right in our backyard. If we can’t attend, at least they might provide some information where there is a presentation like this. So remember to try to find out if there are similar events in your community. This is a good example of community involvement.