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Pioglitazone link to Bladder Cancer?

January 23, 2012 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Question: I’ve been on pioglitazone for 3 years and heard it might be link to bladder cancer. Should I stop taking it?

Last June 15, 2011, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed the public that use of the diabetes medication Pioglitazone for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.

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Diabetes, Obesity and Asthma

January 18, 2012 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

“I am overweight Doc, can I develop asthma?”

A question I hear almost everyday, the answer still surprises me to this day.

Asthma (az-muh, as-) is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Its primary cause is inflamed airways in the lungs. This inflammation makes the airways smaller, which makes it more difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs. Asthma is the most common serious disease among children and a growing problem in adults.

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Herbal Weight Loss Supplements Safe and Effective?

December 15, 2011 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Question: “Are herbal weight loss supplements safe and effective?”

Answer: This question is important because there are many herbal weight-loss products available to patients over-the-counter without a prescription. Some can even be bought in supermarkets and “health food” stores rather than pharmacies. Products may include single components or combinations of ingredients, such as ephedrine, caffeine, chromium, psyllium, chitosan, L-carnitine, teas and various herbal preparations. They are very attractive to many who struggle with their diet because of the desire for a “magic bullet” which could possibly make them lose weight effortlessly with the daily intake of one or two pills. Many people who take these drugs also have the idea that because these are so-called “natural” products derived from leaves, seeds, or fruits of various plants, they are automatically safe.

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Chelation Therapy good for Diabetics?

November 17, 2011 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Question: Is chelation therapy advisable for people with diabetes?

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First of all, before giving any expert advice on this “alternative treatment” let us try to define chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is a series of intravenous infusions containing the organic and water soluble chemical disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), the same material used as an anticoagulant (anti-clotting) in blood count tubes. The term chelate, from the Greek chele for claw, refers to the “claw-like” structure of the EDTA. With this claw, EDTA binds metallic charged ions to form a stable ring structure. EDTA is also negatively charged, and therefore attracts and binds positively charged chemicals or ions.

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New Diabetic Treatment via Brain, Approved

November 12, 2011 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the drug Cycloset that could control blood sugar through the brain.

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Does Menopause Increase the Risk of Diabetes?

October 29, 2011 Category :Diabetes Facts| Healthy News 0

Women may dread menopause for the mood swings, hot flushes and its attendant discomforts, but did you know that menopause may also herald an increase in the risk for diabetes?

Menopausal women often gain weight, but fat also tends to get redistributed. Take a look in the mirror—are you pear-shaped or apple-shaped? Pear-shaped women have more fat in their hips and thighs. Apple-shaped women have more fat in the abdomen or what has been termed as central obesity.

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How did I acquire Diabetes?

October 20, 2011 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Question: “No one in my family has diabetes, so how did i get it?”

While diabetes does tend to run in families, there are also many patients with this disease with no known relatives who have it.

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Experiencing Hypoglycemia?

October 9, 2011 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

I would just like to ask if it is normal for a non-diabetic to experience hypoglycemic attacks? When I was young, I used to have bouts of hypoglycemia, and in order for me to get relieved from the attack, my mom would let me eat sweets, or a teaspoon of sugar, or let me drink Coke. When I asked her why I was experiencing those attacks, she answered that it may be due to my low blood sugar in the body, and that it may be sometimes triggered by a non conducive environment where I’m at, or because of too much exhaustion. What is the scientific truth behind hypoglycemia? Is it really likely to happen to normal people, or is it a sign that an individual has to visit a doctor or endocrinologist to check on his or her risk for diabetes?

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