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Diabetes Update 108: Pigs

July 1, 2007

By David Mendosa

My most recent articles are:


    Remember Being Young?

  • “A Pig for Every Pancreas” reports on the latest developments in transplanting pig beta cells into people who have diabetes. For this article I interviewed the world’s leaders in this field, New Zealand’s Dr. Bob Elliott, the medical director and cofounder of Living Cell Technologies Ltd.; Dr. Bernard Hering, the scientific director of the Diabetes Institute for Immunology and Transplanation at the University of Minnesota; Dr. David K.C. Cooper, professor of surgery at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; and others. You can read this article in the July 2007 issue of “Diabetes Wellness News” or online here at

  • My Diabetes Articles at Health Central
    The Health Central Network hosts my articles about diabetes at This is where you can find most of my new articles.

    The HealthCentral Network continues to get better and better. It will now notified you by email of new articles (SharePosts) by me or anyone who posts at Just click on "Subscribe" wherever you see that button there. The new software also now permits threaded replies to comments. So you will see more replies from me than I have posted since the major site revamp on March 1.

    Each month I describe and link my new Health Central articles here. But you can also use a blog reader to keep up with my articles more quickly. I use Bloglines, as I describe in my article, “Reading Health Blogs.” Go to, click on feeds, click on add, (both in left pane), then in center pane enter at “Blog or Feed URL” click on Alternatively, you can subscribe to my new articles at HealthCentral by taking your browser to

  • My New Diabetes Articles for Health Central
    So far I have written more than 180 articles for Health Central about all aspects of diabetes. In June they published 12 of my new diabetes articles:
    1. I is for Insulin. Someday soon we may have generic insulin. But it will still lead to hypos and weight gain.

    2. Avandia and Actos Both Get Black Box Warnings . Taking either Avandia or Actos may be dangerous to your heart, the FDA says now.

    3. J is for Januvia. It may be safe to use Januvia in 2014. But Public Citizen says that it isn’t now.

    4. K is for Ketones. Ketones may be good for you or bad for you. But ketoacidosis is unquestionably bad.

    5. L is for Lazy. Do you give priority to taking care of your body? If you do, you aren’t lazy by my standards.

    6. M is for Mentoring. You can be a mentor about diabetes. All of us is that we can give back to the virtual diabetes community of the Internet. All of us have so much to share. We can be both mentor and mentee as we support each other and make our community so much stronger.

    7. ADA Chicago. As a professional organization the American Diabetes Association does a great service for all of us. The centerpiece of its professional outreach is its annual scientific sessions, which I just returned from in Chicago. The amount of information that came out of this convention is almost overwhelming, including more than 2,000 papers and 1,600 more posters.

    8. Day 2 ADA Chicago: A1C. More than 4,000 exhibitors turned out for this year’s scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Chicago to show off 231 exhibits.The most exciting for me is the exhibit of A1C testing. The booth for the Metrika home A1C test, called the A1CNow, offered us immediate A1C results, and I took advantage of the offer during the second day of the convention.

    9. Day 3 ADA Chicago: Incretins . Novo Nordisk hosted the most powerful presentation of the third day of the American Diabetes Association convention in Chicago, an interactive discussion about the incretins, which include the GLP-1 mimetics and the DPP-4 inhibitors. These are the two newest classes of diabetes drugs. Only one drug in each class is available yet: Byetta is the first GLP-1, and Januvia is the first DPP-4.

    10. Day 4 ADA Chicago: Oral GLP-1. A late breaking abstract at the American Diabetes Association’s annual convention made the exciting announcement that a pill form of GLP-1 (like Byetta) may be coming.

    11. Byetta for the Heart . Taking Byetta can reduce our risk of heart attacks and strokes, the most common and deadly complications of diabetes.This was the main conclusion of a presentation at the American Diabetes Association’s scientific sessions in Chicago.

    12. Short-Acting Insulin Isn’t Short for Most Type 2s . If you take large doses of one of the rapid-acting insulins, it may take three times longer to work for you than the pharmaceutical companies say that it does. That could lead to a serious mismatch in your insulin and glucose peaks. This is the conclusion of a late-breaking abstract presented at the American Diabetes Association’s scientific sessions in Chicago.

Glycemic for diabetes

The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes
The latest and most relevant glycemic index book


  • For a dozen years I have been writing about the glycemic index. Now, here is finally a book about the GI specifically for those of us who need it the most  —  people with diabetes. We need to know about it more than anyone else. With The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes, Jennie Brand-Miller and her associate give us here what we must have to control our diabetes, rather than letting it control our lives.

    This new book is a worthy addition to the short list of valuable books for people diagnosed with diabetes. Those are the books are Gretchen Becker, The First Year Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, and Alan L. Rubin, Diabetes for Dummies.

    Marlowe and Company, the largest independent publisher of books about diabetes, just published this 490 page book in softcover for $16.95. Marlowe is an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group. The ISBN-13 is 978-1-56924-307-7; the ISBN-10 is 1-56924-307-7.

  • Sue Ganz-Schmitt’s new book, Even Superheroes Get Diabetes focuses on the gift within the illness. Sue searched for a children’s book about diabetes but found none that matched a path of empowerment. So she sat down and wrote this book.

    Dog Ear Publishing in Indianapolis, Indiana just published this book, and it is available at and other online retailers. This 36-page perfect bound softcover book is available for $16.95. The ISBN-13 is 978-1-59858-302-1.

Glycemic Density:

  • Rich Price has developed an interesting extension of the glycemic index. He calls it the “The Glycemic Density.” It is a listing of foods that provide the most hunger satisfaction with the least glycemic impact. He offers it at no charge, and his 23-page PDF is online at http://www.mendosa/glycemic_density.pdf
Colors Coming:
  • LifeScan now offers its OneTouch UltraMini blood glucose meter in four colors —  silver moon, limelight, pink glow, and black. I think that it’s the first meter company to use color. And it could be because of the prompting of one of my correspondents, a teacher named Marcia Boone. I passed on her suggestion to the company last year, and now they have acted on it. “I hope that a lot of teens will be encouraged to test more often,” Marcia writes me now. “Perhaps they will not slink around at school to test. A bright color might mean they will test as needed.”

Face of Change:

  • You can be a “face of change.” And Novo Nordisk wants a famous photographer to shoot you. Novo is soliciting submissions from people with type 2 diabetes. You can send in your own photos and share your personal diabetes success story via the exhibit website. The deadline for submissions is August 30.


  • This Newsletter
    Diabetes Update keeps you up-to-date with new articles, Web pages, and books that I have written about diabetes.

    I list and link most of these on my at Diabetes Directory and in the site’s menu at the upper left of all my Web pages.

    From time to time Diabetes Update may also include links to other Web pages of special interest.

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    I now send out Diabetes Update once a month. Previous issues are online:

  1. Diabetes Update Number 1: Diabetes Genes of December 10, 2000
  2. Diabetes Update Number 2: DiabetesWATCH of December 18, 2000
  3. Diabetes Update Number 3: Starlix of January 3, 2001
  4. Diabetes Update Number 4: Native Seeds/SEARCH, Tepary Beans of January 17, 2001
  5. Diabetes Update Number 5: Insulin Makes You Fat of January 31, 2001
  6. Diabetes Update Number 6: Available and Unavailable Carbohydrates of February 15, 2001
  7. Diabetes Update Number 7: Dates of March 1, 2001
  8. Diabetes Update Number 8: Quackwatch of March 15, 2001
  9. Diabetes Update Number 9: The Cost of Insulin of March 30, 2001
  10. Diabetes Update Number 10: Sof-Tact Meter of April 2, 2001
  11. Diabetes Update Number 11: iControlDiabetes of April 16, 2001
  12. Diabetes Update Number 12: Cinnamon, Tagatose of May 2, 2001
  13. Diabetes Update Number 13: Glycemic Index of May 15, 2001
  14. Diabetes Update Number 14: Eat Your Carrots! of May 31, 2001
  15. Diabetes Update Number 15: Glycemic Load of June 21, 2001
  16. Diabetes Update Number 16: Homocysteine of July 2, 2001
  17. Diabetes Update Number 17: Chana Dal Tips of July 15, 2001
  18. Diabetes Update Number 18: Lag Time in AlternativeLand of August 2, 2001
  19. Diabetes Update Number 19: Fiber of August 15, 2001
  20. Diabetes Update Number 20: How Diabetes Works of August 30, 2001
  21. Diabetes Update Number 21: Insulin Resistance of September 14, 2001
  22. Diabetes Update Number 22: Trans Fats, Honey, CU of October 1, 2001
  23. Diabetes Update Number 23: Pedometer Power of October 15, 2001
  24. Diabetes Update Number 24: Is Glycerin a Carbohydrate? of October 31, 2001
  25. Diabetes Update Number 25: Kill the Meter to Save It of November 15, 2001
  26. Diabetes Update Number 26: Protein, Fat, and the GI of December 1, 2001
  27. Diabetes Update Number 27: Insulin Index of December 14, 2001
  28. Diabetes Update Number 28: Fructose of January 4, 2002
  29. Diabetes Update Number 29: Aspirin of January 14, 2002
  30. Diabetes Update Number 30: Stevia of January 31, 2002
  31. Diabetes Update Number 31: Gretchen Becker’s Book of February 19, 2002
  32. Diabetes Update Number 32: The UKPDS of March 4, 2002
  33. Diabetes Update Number 33: Financial Aid of March 18, 2002
  34. Diabetes Update Number 34: Pre-Diabetes of April 1, 2002
  35. Diabetes Update Number 35: More Glycemic Indexes of April 15, 2002
  36. Diabetes Update Number 36: Gila Monsters of April 30, 2002
  37. Diabetes Update Number 37: Is INGAP a Cure? of May 15, 2002
  38. Diabetes Update Number 38: Native American Diabetes of June 3, 2002
  39. Diabetes Update Number 39: FDA Diabetes of June 19, 2002
  40. Diabetes Update Number 40: Diabetes Support Groups of July 1, 2002
  41. Diabetes Update Number 41: New GI and GL Table of July 15, 2002
  42. Diabetes Update Number 42: Diabetes Sight of August 1, 2002
  43. Diabetes Update Number 43: DrugDigest of August 18, 2002
  44. Diabetes Update Number 44: Hanuman Garden of September 3, 2002
  45. Diabetes Update Number 45: Guidelines of September 16, 2002
  46. Diabetes Update Number 46: Trans Fat of October 4, 2002
  47. Diabetes Update Number 47: Nutrition.Gov of October 16, 2002
  48. Diabetes Update Number 48: Our Hearts of October 31, 2002
  49. Diabetes Update Number 49: Our Kidneys of November 15, 2002
  50. Diabetes Update Number 50: A1C<7 of December 2, 2002
  51. Diabetes Update Number 51: Diabetes Searches with Google of December 16, 2002
  52. Diabetes Update Number 52: e-Patients of January 2, 2003
  53. Diabetes Update Number 53: Email News of January 16, 2003
  54. Diabetes Update Number 54: Third Generation Meters of January 31, 2003
  55. Diabetes Update Number 55: Hypoglycemic Supplies of February 14, 2003
  56. Diabetes Update Number 56: Food Police of March 1, 2003
  57. Diabetes Update Number 57: Vitamins of April 1, 2003
  58. Diabetes Update Number 58: Lancets of May 1, 2003
  59. Diabetes Update Number 59: Accurate Meters of June 1, 2003
  60. Diabetes Update Number 60: Chromium of July 1, 2003
  61. Diabetes Update Number 61: Traveling of August 1, 2003
  62. Diabetes Update Number 62: My Book of September 1, 2003
  63. Diabetes Update Number 63: Hot Tubs of October 1, 2003
  64. Diabetes Update Number 64: Home A1C Testing of November 1, 2003
  65. Diabetes Update Number 65: Detemir of December 1, 2003
  66. Diabetes Update Number 66: Erectile Dysfunction of January 1, 2004
  67. Diabetes Update Number 67: Acidic Foods of February 1, 2004
  68. Diabetes Update Number 68: Net Carbs of March 1, 2004
  69. Diabetes Update Number 69: Glycemic Index of April 1, 2004
  70. Diabetes Update Number 70: Dreamfields Pasta of May 1, 2004
  71. Diabetes Update Number 71: Cholesterol of June 1, 2004
  72. Diabetes Update Number 72: Meter News of July 1, 2004
  73. Diabetes Update Number 73: Pill Splitting of August 1, 2004
  74. Diabetes Update Number 74: GlucoMON of September 1, 2004
  75. Diabetes Update Number 75: Coding of October 1, 2004
  76. Diabetes Update Number 76: Sleep Apnea of November 1, 2004
  77. Diabetes Update Number 77: Keynote Address of December 1, 2004
  78. Diabetes Update Number 78: Mangosteen of January 1, 2005
  79. Diabetes Update Number 79: Noninvasive Dream of February 1, 2005
  80. Diabetes Update Number 80: Pelikan Sun of March 1, 2005
  81. Diabetes Update Number 81: Medtronic Monitors of April 1, 2005
  82. Diabetes Update Number 82: ExtendBars of May 1, 2005
  83. Diabetes Update Number 83: GlycoMark of June 1, 2005
  84. Diabetes Update Number 84: My British Book of July 1, 2005
  85. Diabetes Update Number 85: Disintegrating of August 1, 2005
  86. Diabetes Update Number 86: Meter Research of September 1, 2005
  87. Diabetes Update Number 87: Evaluating Meters of October 1, 2005
  88. Diabetes Update Number 88: When to Test of November 1, 2005
  89. Diabetes Update Number 89: Blogging of December 1, 2005
  90. Diabetes Update Number 90: RSS Feed of January 1, 2006
  91. Diabetes Update Number 91: An Uncommon Doctor of February 1, 2006
  92. Diabetes Update Number 92: More Blog Entries of March 1, 2006
  93. Diabetes Update Number 93: Talking Meters of April 1, 2006
  94. Diabetes Update Number 94: Navigating of May 1, 2006
  95. Diabetes Update Number 95: Measuring Sweat of June 1, 2006
  96. Diabetes Update Number 96: The Future of Pumps of July 1, 2006
  97. Diabetes Update Number 97: Pumping in Real Time of August 1, 2006
  98. Diabetes Update Number 98: The DexCom Sensor of September 1, 2006
  99. Diabetes Update Number 99: GlucoTel of October 1, 2006
  100. Diabetes Update Number 100: Discovery of Byetta of November 1, 2006
  101. Diabetes Update Number 101: My Diabetes Blog of December 1, 2006
  102. Diabetes Update Number 102: Stress of January 1, 2007
  103. Diabetes Update Number 103: UltraMini of February 1, 2007
  104. Diabetes Update Number 104: Salt of March 1, 2007
  105. Diabetes Update Number 105: In Memoriam Catherine of April 1, 2007
  106. Diabetes Update Number 106: Eating Locally of May 1, 2007
  107. Diabetes Update Number 107: Avandia Anxiety of June 1, 2007

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