Category Archives: Notes From The Research Lab

Foot Fungus: Easy to Catch, Hard to Cure

Podiatrists are increasingly concerned with the spread of fungal nail infection. “In New York alone, an estimated 620,000 people – one in every 25 – already have fungal nail infections and are at risk of spreading them to others,” says Hiram Chirel, DPM, executive director of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. Considered a … Continue reading Foot Fungus: Easy to Catch, Hard to Cure

Suicide Rate in Men with Type 1

The National Institute for Health (NIH) reports that people with diabetes who suffer from depression, are at a higher risk, in experiencing extreme symptoms from their diabetes. The suicide rate for men with type1 diabetes was published in June of 1994. In the last few days, we have had 4 people comment on suicide from … Continue reading Suicide Rate in Men with Type 1

Stop Right Where You Are! Finns Testing Kids at Birth for Diabetes.

A push to screen children for diabetes at birth in Finland has identified about 75 percent of those who later developed diabetes at an early age. Finland has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes in the world, with 36.5 of every 100,000 children in the country developing the disease, according to the … Continue reading Stop Right Where You Are! Finns Testing Kids at Birth for Diabetes.

Diuretics Better for Blood Pressure than More Expensive Drugs

What’s the best drug to combat high blood pressure and lower the incidence of heart failure and hospitalization for heart failure? Good old-fashioned, inexpensive “water pills,” say researchers. In the eight-year Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT) study – funded by the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute – 33,357 subjects … Continue reading Diuretics Better for Blood Pressure than More Expensive Drugs

Planned Care Enhances Quality of Both Diabetes Care and Control

When a “planned care” system of healthcare delivery was instituted in three primary-care practices in Wisconsin and Minnesota, it resulted in better care by physicians and in better diabetes control for their patients, according to researchers from the Mayo Health System Diabetes Translation Project. Planned care includes implementation of guidelines for diabetes care, support for … Continue reading Planned Care Enhances Quality of Both Diabetes Care and Control

Significant Increase in Type 1 Reported in Denmark

Children born in Denmark after 1985 are at increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, say researchers involved in the Danish Study Group of Diabetes in Childhood, who evaluated trends in age-specific incidence rates between 1970 and 2000. Overall, the type 1 incidence rate for ages 0-14 years between 1996 and 2000 was 19.5 per … Continue reading Significant Increase in Type 1 Reported in Denmark

Are Rapid-Acting Insulin Analogs Created Equal?

German researchers who compared insulin lispro (Humalog) and insulin aspart (NovoLog) report that the two insulins are equally effective in controlling after-meal blood glucose in people with type 1 diabetes. In a study funded by Novo Nordisk—the maker of NovoLog—24 people with type 1 diabetes were observed in a single-center, randomized, double-blind trial. The participants … Continue reading Are Rapid-Acting Insulin Analogs Created Equal?

Inflammation Marker More Likely to Predict Diabetes in Women

C-reactive protein (CRP) is an inflammation marker that has been implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes in Caucasians (see “A New Buzzword,” November 2002, p. 66). However, a new study has found that, among Mexicans, CRP is likely to predict type 2 diabetes in women but not in men. Researchers in the United … Continue reading Inflammation Marker More Likely to Predict Diabetes in Women

Urinary Tract Infections: Postmenopausal Women Who Take Diabetes Medications are at Greater Risk

Postmenopausal women who have diabetes and take oral diabetes medications or insulin are more likely to have acute, symptomatic urinary tract infections (UTIs) than women who don’t have diabetes, women who manage their diabetes by lifestyle changes – or even women with untreated diabetes. Washington state researchers studied 901 postmenopausal women who had reported UTIs … Continue reading Urinary Tract Infections: Postmenopausal Women Who Take Diabetes Medications are at Greater Risk