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

MRI for Diagnosing Retinopathy

MRI for Diagnosing Retinopathy

In my last post I discussed some of the more standard ways in which ophthalmologists visualize the retina. Today we are going to discuss how Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is advancing the field. Recently we invited Bruce Berkowitz to give … Read more

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