Cure for Type1 Diabetes?

BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers at Mass General Hospital announced a breakthrough in treating Type 1 Diabetes. In a long-term study released Thursday, patients in a clinical trial had their blood sugar levels restored to near normal, with lasting results. Patients in the trial received two doses of the bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, an inexpensive vaccine that is widely used to prevent tuberculosis. Results were not immediate, but after three years, every patient, “showed an improvement in HbA1c to near normal levels – improvement that persisted for the following five years,” MGH said in a news release. “This is clinical validation of the potential to stably lower blood sugars to near normal levels with a safe vaccine, even in patients with longstanding disease,” said Dr. Denise Faustman, director of the MGH Immunobiology Laboratory, and the study’s senior author. “It’s the first trial showing long-term reversal of diabetes,” Faustman told the Boston […] Read more »

Blood Testing Facilities For Diabetics

I use QUEST diagnostics and they provide great service and customer support. They are a leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. Their services range from routine blood tests — such as total cholesterol, Pap testing and white blood cell count — to complex, gene-based and molecular testing. They perform medical tests that aid in the diagnosis or detection of diseases, measure the progress or recovery from a disease or confirm that an individual is free from disease. We have specialized expertise in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, and neurology. Hemoglobin A1C test. This test measures how much sugar is stuck to your red blood cells, which generally have a lifespan of three months. Therefore, this test gauges how high your blood sugar has been in recent months. Normal result for nondiabetics: 4% to 6%. Normal result for diabetics: 7% […] Read more »

Metformin is the Choice For Me

I have used metformin for 10+ years as part of my daily regiment to keep my blood sugar low. Its free at Publix grocery store as well since its now a generic drug. Why is metformin the choice of many.  My thoughts are its been battle tested.  As more and more drugs are tested and introduced into the market, many don’t have a long track record or they have side affects.  I have used it for many years and have not experienced any side affects.   I read the whys and hows and thought I would share them. How should this Metformin be used? Metformin comes as a liquid, a tablet, and an extended-release (long-acting) tablet to take by mouth. The liquid is usually taken with meals one or two times a day. The regular tablet is usually taken with meals two or three times a day. The extended-release tablet is usually taken […] Read more »