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The doctor who’s beating diabetes one patient at a time

BY STACEY MARCUS: A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is a life sentence of finger pricks, insulin shots, and ever-worsening health, right? Not so fast, says this maverick doctor: You can reverse it—here’s how.

I think we all know a friend or family member who has been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes—in most families, more than one. It’s a diagnosis so commonplace we’re inured to what has become a “global epidemic with devastating humanitarian, social, and economic consequences,” according to The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), an alliance of diabetes associations in more than 160 countries.

In the U.S. alone the incidence of diabetes has nearly doubled in the last 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 30 million people have the disease—and 7.2 million don’t even realize it. (read more)

Many diabetics needlessly test blood sugar at home

BY REUTERS: One in 7 people with Type 2 diabetes may be needlessly testing their blood sugar at home several times a day, a U.S. study says.

People with Type 2 diabetes don’t need to test their blood at home if they have well-controlled symptoms and don’t take medications that can cause dangerously low blood sugar, doctors say. For these patients, studies have not found that home blood sugar monitoring makes any difference in blood sugar levels. But still, many of them are pricking their fingers unnecessarily.

The researchers examined data on more than 370,000 people with Type 2 diabetes. Overall, almost 88,000, or about 23 percent, had at least three insurance claims for test strips used to check blood sugar at home. (read more)

Gut microbiome may affect some anti-diabetes drugs

BY WAKE FOREST BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER: According to researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, bacteria that make up the gut microbiome may be the culprit.

In a review of more than 100 current published studies in humans and rodents, the School of Medicine team examined how gut bacteria either enhanced or inhibited a drug’s effectiveness. The review is published in the Dec.11 edition of the journal EBioMedicine.

“For example, certain drugs work fine when given intravenously and go directly to the circulation, but when they are taken orally and pass through the gut, they don’t work,” said Hariom Yadav, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular medicine at the School of Medicine, a part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. (read more)

Health tip: Manage diabetes during the holidays

BY HEALTHDAY NEWS: The holiday season can be difficult to navigate if you have diabetes. But with proper planning you can stay healthy, the American Diabetes Association says.

The ADA offers this advice:

  • Focus on timing. If your meal will be later than usual, eat a snack before to keep your blood sugar where it needs to be.
  • Stay active during the holiday season, to compensate for overeating.
  • Eat healthier versions of holiday foods.
  • Keep portion sizes small.
  • Eat lots of vegetables. (read more)

BY MEGAN KELLY: According to the American Diabetes Association, about 1.25 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes.

One local teacher is making use of technology to manage her diabetes and continue to live her best life.

Jenny Gonsoulin is the family and consumer sciences teacher at Westgate High School.

Gonsoulin lives with Type 1 diabetes, a condition where the body does not produce insulin.

“I’ve played sports, I’ve taught for the last 20 years, I have two new beautiful children, I have an awesome husband,” Gonsoulin said. “So my life is just like most people my age except that I’ve had to deal with diabetes for most of my life.”

Doctors diagnosed Gonsoulin when she was 6 years old. She used to measure her blood sugar levels by testing her urine. (read more)