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Diabetes Update 130: Drug Dancers

May 1, 2009

By David Mendosa


Colorado's State Flower

A columbine in Golden Gate Canyon State Park near Boulder

  • My New Diabetes Articles for Health Central:

    So far I have written 375 articles for the Health Central Network about all aspects of diabetes. In April this great website published nine more of my new diabetes articles:

  • Keeping Our Legs. Dr. Mark Hinkes, a podiatrist and amputation prevention specialist, wrote Keep the Legs You Stand On and sent me a copy. This big book -- 537 pages -- is the definitive guide for those of us with diabetes who want to keep both of our legs.

  • Comparing Insulins for Type 2s. A branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published a great pair of guides. They compare the efficacy, effectiveness, and side effects of newer premixed insulin analogues to conventional human and other insulins used to control type 2 diabetes.

  • Drinking Less to Lose Weight. A big new study shows that when we cut back on the amount of liquid calories that we consume, we do lose weight. This study found only one liquid culprit: sugar-sweetened beverages.

  • Affordable Medical Care. If you don't have health insurance and need medical treatment, here are some tips about where to start looking.

  • Drink Your Veggies. Drinking our veggies is an easy way to get enough of the nutrients that we need from our food. And now I've discovered a great tasting greens drink.

  • Diabetes Drug Dangers. Three new separate studies have found serious side effects from all our major drugs. The time is right for us to reconsider how we control our blood glucose levels.

  • Efficient Exercise for Glucose Control. Just a few minutes of exercise can have a big effect on the action of insulin that keeps our glucose levels in balance. The trick is to go all out.

  • Baby Soybeans aka Edamame. This powerful vegetable is both delicious as well as healthy. And now is seems to be available in all the supermarkets and natural food stores.

  • Customized Trail Mix. Whether you are on a hike or a long car trip, only one food is better than trail mix. It's customized trail mix. It just became available.
  • Bariatric Surgery

    David Kliff calls bariatric surgery "the ultimate failure." I heartily agree. The publisher of "Diabetic Investor" newsletter authorized me to reproduce his article here.

  • Dr. Bernstein's Webcast

    If you have any interest in controlling your diabetes by low-carb eating, one of the best resources is Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's monthly webcast. It's an hour of excellent diabetes education.

    Dr. Bernstein's next live Tele-Seminar is Wednesday, May 27, at 8:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM CST, 6:00 PM MST, and 5:00 PM PST. He designed it to answer your most important questions concerning diabetes and to offer his thoughts on the latest developments in this area. The seminar is free. You can click here to register: It's also available as a live webcast both on the Internet and by phone.

  • At the beginning of the call Dr. Bernstein will provide new information that is not in his books.

  • Type 1 Clinical Trial Recruitment

    DEFEND-1 stands for Durable-response therapy Evaluation For Early or New-onset type 1 Diabetes. DEFEND-1 is a Phase 3 clinical study evaluating a new investigational agent called otelixizumab (oh' te lix iz' oo mab).
    They are currently recruiting for DEFEND-1. In type 1 diabetes, beta cells (the cells that make insulin) are destroyed by the body's immune system. If this destruction could be slowed or stopped, a person could continue to make some of his or her own insulin. This would result in better control of blood sugar levels while using less exogenous insulin.
    Otelixizumab is now being tested in a Phase 3 clinical study to see if it can reduce the destruction of beta cells in people with type 1 diabetes. It is an investigational agent, which means it has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for marketing. It is not yet known whether otelixizumab will be effective against type 1 diabetes.
    Please visit the website:; and feel free to contact them with any questions at 1-866-954-0024 or email them at [email protected].


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