Category Archives: Glucagon

The Link Between Diabetes and Hormones

Diabetes begins as a metabolic syndrome that features a combination of hormonal and nutritional imbalances. If these imbalances aren’t corrected, a pre-diabetic condition can turn into full-fledged diabetes. These hormonal imbalances can result in an inability for your body to produce the insulin that it needs to convert glucose into energy, a condition that is … Continue reading The Link Between Diabetes and Hormones

AskNadia: Why is My Blood Sugar High After Exercise

Hello Nadia, I have type 2 diabetes. Why does my blood sugar run high after I exercise on a treadmill? RB Detroit MI Dear RB, There are many reasons why your blood sugars run high after exercising on a treadmill. My first piece of advice is to speak to your healthcare professional. If you have a … Continue reading AskNadia: Why is My Blood Sugar High After Exercise

Stress-Induced Hormone Imbalances Go Far Beyond Insulin in Diabetes

Stress-Induced Hormone Imbalances Go Far Beyond Insulin in Diabetes virtually anything from the stress of a long checkout line to the first signs of menopause can trigger hormone imbalances, which reveal themselves through mood swings, fatigue, migraines, memory problems, and a lackluster sex drive. Imbalances of the hormone insulin–produced by the pancreas to control blood … Continue reading Stress-Induced Hormone Imbalances Go Far Beyond Insulin in Diabetes

“Bionic Pancreas” Project Sets 4-Year Goal

Could a “bionic pancreas”-a combination of insulin pump, continuous glucose monitor and predictive software-be on the market within four years? That 2017 date is the ambitious goal of a project from researchers at Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital. Biomedical engineer Ed Damiano spilled the details in a talk at the recent Friends For Life … Continue reading “Bionic Pancreas” Project Sets 4-Year Goal

Taiwanese Study Identifies Top Three Drugs for Type 2 Glycemic Control

Researchers in Taipei, Taiwan, report that they have identified the top three drugs for reducing A1C levels in type 2 diabetes: biphasic insulin, GLP-1 analogs, and basal insulin. They hedged a little on their endorsement of GLP-1 analogs, however, by saying that although they are not decisively better at controlling A1Cs than other oral diabetes … Continue reading Taiwanese Study Identifies Top Three Drugs for Type 2 Glycemic Control

FDA OKs Sale of Combo Drug JANUMET

The FDA has approved US sales of JANUMET® XR, a daily oral treatment for type 2 diabetes that combines sitagliptin and extended-release metformin. The drug is the fourth oral type 2 diabetes treatment introduced by Merck, which also sells JANUVIA, JANUMET, and JUVISYNC. Sitagliptin is a DPP-4 (dipeptidyl peptidase-4) inhibitor that reduces the production of … Continue reading FDA OKs Sale of Combo Drug JANUMET

The Night I Needed a Glucagon Injection

The one time I needed a glucagon injection, I didn’t have any. I had never been given a prescription for it, had no idea how to use it, and was absolutely clueless about what it did. I was into my life with type 1 diabetes about two years when it happened. It was bedtime, and … Continue reading The Night I Needed a Glucagon Injection