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Almost four years ago in my “Diabetes Update” newsletter I wrote about an ancient remedy that is being used again to treat stubborn wounds and ulcers. These ulcers are a major threat to anybody with diabetes who has neuropathy.
On first blush, that treatment, using so-called sterile maggots, sounded pretty sour. I wondered then whether blood letting or leeches would be the next wound treatment to resurface.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. The newly rediscovered ancient treatment is much sweeter – honey. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activity.
Until one of my correspondents, Kit Emory, brought this old-new treatment to my attention, all that I knew about honey was that it was a wonderful natural sweetener with an average glycemic index of 55, which puts it in the low glycemic range. But that average masks a wide range of different types of honey, all the way from 32 for Romanian locust honey to 87 for an unspecified variety of honey tested in Canada.
The range o...
The effect of a gene that increases the risk of heat disease is even stronger in people with diabetes who have poor blood glucose (BG) control, according to a new study.
Previous studies had shown that nondiabetic people with two copies of this gene, located on chromosome 9p21, had higher rates of coronary artery disease than those who didn't. So the researchers wondered what this would mean for people with diabetes.
They found that the level of BG control was crucial. People with diabetes who had two copies of the gene along with poor BG control had a fourfold increased risk of heart disease compared with diabetic people without the gene and with "better BG control." Those who had two copies of the risky gene with better glucose control had an increase of only twofold.
People without the gene had no increase in heart disease even with poor BG control.
"We are entering the age of personalized medicine, in which the genetic profile will help doctors decide the best therapy for each pa...
Sorry to hear that you have joined us! Type 2 diabetes is a lot to live with, but it is really manageable! And if you are depressed, I can understand. Being depressed is pretty common with us, especially right after a diagnosis. In fact, if you take care of yourself, you will be healthier and happier than you ever were. That paradox is something many of us experience. Controlling diabetes may not be easy, but the list of things that you need to do is a short one: 1. Exercise daily. Most of us prefer to walk. But for people with leg problems, swimming may be the best alternative. You almost certainly have a nearby health club that you can join. 2. Eat less. Eating fewer calories improves our blood glucose even before we have any weight loss. And losing weight is usually a beneficial side effect of eating less. Almost everyone with type 2 diabetes (myself included) is overweight. I know how hard it is to get down to the right weight, but every pound you take off gives you better contro...
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