BY HEALTH FIX: As the temperature climbs outside, it becomes more of a danger to stay in the heat without taking necessary precautions. If you have diabetes, the heat can affect you more than others, so it’s important to keep a few things in mind in order to help you properly manage your diabetes and stay safe outside. (read more)
BY DAVID TENENBAUM: Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new measurement for the volume and activity of beta cells, the source of the sugar-regulating hormone insulin.
In a study published in the August edition of the journal Diabetes, Weibo Cai and colleagues used a PET scanner to detect minute levels of a radioactive chemical in the mouse pancreas. Cai, the senior author of the study and an associate professor of radiology, says that unlike previous methods for measuring the quantity of beta cells, the new test also measures how actively these cells are making insulin. (read more)
BY JOSEPH HOOPER: We need a collective wake-up call. Diabetes is a nasty disease that, over decades, can age virtually every system in the body before you arrive at grim late-stage symptoms like numbness, pain, and infections in the extremities. That’s why it’s imperative that all of us know exactly how well — or how poorly — our bodies handle the sugar and carbs we consume. (read more)