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Putting the ‘D’ in Diabetes

Low levels of vitamin D have long been known to predispose to osteoporosis and rickets in children. It’s for this reason that mothers used to spoon feed cod liver oil, a rich source of vitamin D, to their unwilling children. Nowadays we supplement milk products with extra vitamin D, sparing …

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Exercise Prescription for Diabetes

Despite all the information that has been discussed time and time again regarding the benefits of regular exercise and it’s role in blood glucose management, there are millions of people with diabetes who don’t exercise. Their excuses include having no time, no energy, lack of motivation, and on and on. …

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The Pancreas-The Whole Story

The insidious affects of diabetes can also be seen and best exposed by examining the function of both the endocrine and exocrine sections of the pancreas. The endocrine section of the pancreas houses primarily four types of cells in what are called islets. There are several other types of cells …

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Protein-Based Drugs: A Look Through The Crystal Ball

Traditionally, medications come from any of several classes of small molecules, like amino acids, steroids, or small lipids. Such agents are relatively easy to put into tablets, and generally they are not destroyed by acid in the stomach before they can be absorbed. Proteins, on the other hand, present a …

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Winning the Battle, but Losing the War

A cynical oncologist once told me that his goal was to help patients to live long enough to die of a heart attack. A cardiologist who was there retorted that he was aiming to let his patients live long enough to get hit by a bus Not the most compassionate …

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Reducing High Blood Glucose in the Hospital: An Inside Job

Maintaining glucose levels as close to normal as possible is a good thing. Regular readers of this Viewpoint know that I am a strong advocate of tight blood sugar control because this approach leads to fewer diabetic complications. These complications, such as diabetic retinopathy (eye disease), nephropathy (kidney disease), and …

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The “Zone” Diet

The popular “Zone” program essentially recommends a diet comprised of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fat. Since the majority of calories are derived from carbohydrates it cannot, by definition, be a low-carbohydrate diet. It also can contain less protein than the ADA’s recommendation. Since it is …

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Retinopathy

As we examine characteristics of diabetic retinopathy it shows to have very similar pathologies to that of both nephropathy and neuropathy. Its development seems to be slightly more common in Type II than Type I diabetes, especially at or shortly after the time of the actual diabetic diagnosis. Regardless the …

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