Have Diabetes, Will Travel

Have Diabetes, Will Travel

I’m pleased as punch to be representing ASweetLife this weekend at the Stanford Medicine 2.0 Conference! Besides the fact that Stanford is a beautiful campus and the sun is shining this weekend, the conference draws a fascinating intersection of scientists, … Read more

A Peculiar Affinity: Measuring the Blood Glucose of Mice

A Peculiar Affinity: Measuring the Blood Glucose of Mice

I have now measured the blood glucose of a mouse. Three mice, in fact. These mice were non-diabetic at the time, but they were a strain of mouse– called Non-Obese Diabetic (NOD)– that spontaneously develops diabetes. NOD mice were developed … Read more

Love Your Liver

Love Your Liver

It’s been over 40 years now but I can still remember the plaintive cry of my father,” How can this be?!!?  I ate nothing today. NOTHING!!!” He was talking about his blood sugar, of course. His diagnosis with type 2 … Read more

Injecting Diabetics

Injecting Diabetics

(A warning: this post is not for soft hearts or uneasy stomachs. Please skip if you have either.)     Over the years, I have given myself many shots. A zillion fingersticks, ten years of multiple daily injections, five years … Read more

Old TB Drug Might Reverse Type 1 Diabetes?

Old TB Drug Might Reverse Type 1 Diabetes?

Tell me that an old tuberculosis drug might be able to reverse Type 1 diabetes, and I’ll have the following reaction: a moment of excitement, followed by the inevitable, “Yeah, we’ll see when that actually happens.” But it’s Monday morning, … Read more

Aspirin and the Prevention of Diabetes

Aspirin and the Prevention of Diabetes

Low dose aspirin provides a decreased risk for cancer. How about diabetes? Here we review how aspirin works and some clinical trial data that addresses insulin resistance and diabetes risk. Read more

Aspirin and Diabetes – Good for the Heart?

Aspirin and Diabetes – Good for the Heart?

In my last post I set the stage for talking about aspirin in the context of diabetes. There is quite a lot to talk about. Let’s start with heart disease. People with diabetes are at a much greater risk of … Read more

Drinking the Fish Oil Kool-Aid

Drinking the Fish Oil Kool-Aid

Let’s face it: fish oil is hip. Trendy. I see commercials on TV, every market has its own brand, and I hear the personal trainers at the gym recommending it to everyone they see. But, despite that little part of … Read more

The Birth of a Pancreas

The Birth of a Pancreas

Hey! Will you look at that! I was reading through the table of contents in the February issue of Diabetes, the American Diabetes Association’s research journal, and I saw a familiar name– Maike Sander. Just the other day, I received … Read more

Diabetes and Cancer Share Some Properties

Diabetes and Cancer Share Some Properties

Aspirin, one of the oldest and safest of anti-inflammatory drugs, was in the news lately as a means to reduce cancer risk. We have known for quite some time (several decades) that drugs of this class can slow the progression … Read more

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