Control Freaks

Control Freaks

I was just scanning through my daily google alerts and noticed a ton of articles from the Los Angeles Times about diabetes, from a basic primer on diabetes to a multimedia illustration of how diabetes affects blood sugar to pieces … Read more

Symlin Update

Symlin Update

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Symlin, the drug that helps smooth out blood sugars after meals. (To find out more about Symlin, check out my primer here.) It’s been nearly two months since I started taking it, … Read more

A different kind of auto-immune attack

A different kind of auto-immune attack

I had an awful diabetic day today, one where my blood sugars veered out of control at around 11 this morning and, to this very moment, have not returned to normal. It started with breakfast: a low-fat, plain greek yogurt … Read more

Jay Cutler Goes Public With Type 1

Jay Cutler Goes Public With Type 1

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is producing a series of videos (as well as running a fundraising effort) about his life with Type 1 diabetes, The New York Times reports. He’s not the first athlete to go public about living with … Read more

The hunt for the first antigen

The hunt for the first antigen

We would like to be able to know who will develop type 1 diabetes long before it happens and have a treatment ready that will stop it from happening. This is a tall order and the path to this goal … Read more

A Genetic Fuse for Diabetes?

A Genetic Fuse for Diabetes?

According to this press release, a team of Australian scientists have discovered a tiny genetic irregularity that boosts the expression of a key gene that might lead to the development of Type 1 Diabetes.  I haven’t seen the actual paper, … Read more

Amylin for Weight Loss

Amylin for Weight Loss

A quick post with some breaking news: next week, Amylin Pharmaceuticals is scheduled to announce results from an obesity trial it’s doing to, as I understand it, try to understand why synthetic amylin (a hormone marketed under the brand name … Read more

The Abbott Freestyle Navigator? Or Alien Tracking Device?

The Abbott Freestyle Navigator? Or Alien Tracking Device?

Ever since I’ve started wearing the Freestyle Navigator — Abbott’s continuous glucometer — I’ve gotten a lot of comments. That’s not surprising — with a transmitter the size of a matchbook, not to mention its accompanying messy layers of lint-covered … Read more

The major genetic risk locus for type 1 diabetes controls the presentation of antigens

The major genetic risk locus for type 1 diabetes controls the presentation of antigens

The MHC presents antigens like a news agency presents news. Spin is everything. Type 1 diabetes – what happens when spin is misinterpreted as truth. Read more

Thymic selection supplies the foundation for type 1 diabetes

Thymic selection supplies the foundation for type 1 diabetes

Today I want to talk about something full of strangeness and beauty which also is fundamental to the onset of type 1 diabetes – namely a process by which baby T cells mature into adult T cells. The process is … Read more

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