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April 23, 2016

dave

This week we find research on two old drugs for hypertension and  diabetes, but the interesting thing is that they may be changing places as to why we are using them. It seems that the old calcium channel blocker, verapamil, may actually be able to save beta cells. Taking an ...

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dave

Many of you know that although Metformin was first introduced in Europe in 1958, it was actually the second drug in the biguanide class. The first was Phenformin, which was introduced in the U.S. at about the same time. In 1975 Phenformin was withdrawn from the U.S. market due to ...

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dave

Last week I had my physical. When they checked my blood pressure, it was 141/81 and my doctor was a little concerned that it was elevated. He asked me if it was like this most of the time and I told him it was not. I asked him to check ...

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April 16, 2016

This past week I got to catch up with our good pal Phil Sutherland. Many of you know that Phil has worked hard to grab worldwide attention for athletes with diabetes. He is the founder of Team NovoNordisk, a Tour de France quality professional cycling team. All of the team ...

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dave

I was watching a commercial for a new whitening tooth paste and the whole focus of the commercial was that it made your teeth whiter and everyone liked you better. There was not a single thing mentioned about cavity prevention or gum care. At first I felt the whole premise ...

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April 9, 2016

From time to time we check out some kind of fitness equipment that might help our patients increase their activity and reduce the risk of diabetes. For the past couple of months I have been using the Misfit Flash Cyclist edition. As many of you know, I road bike whenever ...

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dave

For those of you trying to enrich your vocabulary and understand the biological side of diabetes, you may want to look up the word mesenchyme. I was totally in the dark as to the meaning, and when I first read this week’s Clinical Text from International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus, I found ...

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April 2, 2016

dave

This week we focus on some different ideas on controlling obesity and weight in our patients. Although many of the studies we read about sound good, they don’t work for everybody. In addition, individual life schedules make doing the right things, once they find them, difficult as well. Next, we ...

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If you are old enough to remember the original Mission Impossible shows, then you probably remember the small cassette player that had a self-destructing tape that gave Mr. Phelps (played by Peter Graves) his mission. Each time, the show started with Phelps going to a private location and finding the tape ...

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March 26, 2016

dave

Now that the political parties have narrowed the field on both sides of the aisle, they are finally starting to talk about issues instead of throwing barbs at each other. This in no way means that there won’t be a whole lot of mudslinging in the next eight months, but ...

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