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National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month


I found an article about a new product called Insulow, which contains R-lipoic acid and biotin which are supposed to work together to “ensure a proper balance between insulin production and glucose uptake”

Magnesium and diabetes

Here’s another article about the things we eat and their effect on diabetes…

Magnesium may reduce risk of diabetes

Welcome help, or government interference?

I found an interesting article (Diabetes monitoring reaches new levels) about a new program in New York City that plans to collect A1c test results from all 127 labs in the city that are connected to an electronic lab reporting system run by the state.

They plan to monitor the results to identify patients who have diabetes that is not under control (with an A1c of 8% or higher). Alerts can then be sent to the patient and/or their doctor.

Supplements for Diabetes Control

I’m wondering if it’s just marketing hype, but I found an interesting story about Diachrome (a patented combination of chromium picolinate and biotin): Press release, original article

When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I learned that chromium picolinate could help control my blood sugar. In fact, it is part of my daily regimen, but this is the first I’ve heard of using biotin.

Whey May Curb Effect of Carbs on Blood Sugar

Someone at work mentioned this news recently, but I just remembered it and found this WebMD Article.

In a recent study, drinking a whey supplement mixed with water along with a “high glycemic index” meal prevented the blood sugar spike that normally occurs in people with type 2 diabetes. The research suggests that whey stimulates insulin production.

At first I didn’t make the connection, but as I started typing this I realized that I drank a lot of whey during the first year after I found out I had diabetes. I bought two of the big 5+ pound bottles of protein powder and drank quite a bit of it, but it didn’t taste great so I eventually got tired of it. However, now that I’m not as strict with my diet maybe I’ll check it out again…

Dark Chocolate benefits

I don’t remember where I read it first, but here’s an article about
benefits of dark chocolate. I’ve got an incredible sweet tooth, which can be a problem now that I’ve got diabetes. New research suggests that dark chocolate can improve insulin sensitivity. They don’t suggest that dark chocolate will cure diabetes, but personally, when I need something sweet, the first thing I will reach for is dark chocolate.

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