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Lawsuit claims woman developed diabetes after taking cholesterol-lowering statin Lipitor

A Louisiana woman is suing drug maker Pfizer alleging the company’s cholesterol lowering statin Lipitor caused her to develop type 2 diabetes. Mary Hoover claims she was very healthy before taking the cholesterol medication. Her doctor prescribed the drug “in keeping with her healthy and proactive lifestyle” to lower her low-density lipoprotein (LDL) while decreasing her risk of developing cardiovascular disease. She took the widely prescribed Lipitor from 2006 through 2012, but in 2013, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. As a result of her diagnosis, the once-healthy Hoover claims she must undergo regular blood glucose checks, follow a strict ... Read More

Woman files lawsuit claiming Pfizer’s Lipitor caused her to develop type 2 diabetes

Gladys Board didn’t know when she started taking Pfizer’s cholesterol-lowering statin medication Lipitor in the late 1990s that it could increase her blood sugar levels and put her at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Pfizer did not alert anyone of this risk until 2011, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the company to place a warning on its safety label. The FDA’s action was based on studies that showed the widely prescribed Lipitor could increase blood sugar levels and put users at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Those at greatest risk were postmenopausal women, especially those ... Read More

Study shows high-fat, low-carb diets are better for type 2 diabetics

High-fat, low-carb diets help control blood sugar levels better than low-fat diets and are ultimately better for type 2 diabetics, according to a new study published in the journal Diabetologia. The findings buck the long-held recommendation that people with diabetes should follow a diet low in fat. The study randomly assigned 61 people with type 2 diabetes to either a low-fat diet or a low-carbohydrate/high-fat diet. For people in the low-fat group, proteins made up only 10 to 15 percent of the energy supply, while the high fat diet group consumed nearly 30 percent protein. While both groups recorded an ... Read More

New therapy could one day provide better treatment options for diabetics

A novel new therapy to treat type 2 diabetes that lowers blood sugar, decreases insulin resistance, lowers cholesterol and helps keep fatty deposits from settling in the liver is in the works at Columbia University Medical Center, and researchers hope to eventually test it on humans. So far, studies on mice show promising results with no side effects. The treatment targets the hormone glucagon instead of insulin. Glucagon is a hormone whose main purpose is to protect the body and brain from low blood sugar levels during period of fasting, such as overnight. When certain cells in the pancreas sense ... Read More

Poor sleep leads to pre-diabetes condition in some people, new study finds

It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep has a tremendous restorative effect on the human body, affecting just about every mental and physical function. But just how crucial proper sleep is to one’s health isn’t often quantified as clearly and strikingly as it was in one recent U.S. study, which found that shift workers who suffer interruptions in normal sleeping patterns are at high risk of developing obesity and diabetes. The study, conducted by doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital in Boston, controlled the daily routines of 21 people for several weeks, mainly regulating the ... Read More

Night shift workers at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes

Changes in normal sleep patterns make the body struggle to control blood sugar levels, suggesting that people who work the late shift are at greater risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine. For the study, researchers followed the eating and bedtime habits of 21 people. Each started with 10 hours of sleep at night followed by three weeks of disruption to their sleep and body clocks. The length of the day was extended to 28 hours, creating a “jet-lagged” effect. During this 28-hour day, participants were only allowed 6.5 hours of ... Read More

Weight loss surgery can reduce, eliminate need for diabetes drugs

Obese people who undergo bariatric surgery to lose weight can reverse the signs of diabetes by quickly lowering blood sugar levels, and as a result reduce or eliminate their need for insulin or other medications, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. The study involved 150 people with type 2 diabetes who agreed to have bariatric surgery to lose weight. Researchers found that 42 percent had blood sugar levels that returned to normal after surgery. Some improved so quickly that they went off their diabetes medications before leaving the hospital. Keeping ... Read More

Bacterium may increase risk for type 2 diabetes

A type of ulcer-causing bacterium may be linked to the development of type 2 diabetes in overweight and obese adults, and may offer clues on how to prevent the development of diabetes in these individuals in the future, according to a NYU Langone Medical Center study. The bacterium, known as Helicobacter pylori, is an organism that can affect both children and adults, yet in entirely different ways. In children, it has been found to protect against asthma and allergy. Infections beginning in childhood have also been linked decades later to stomach and small intestine ulcers, as well as an increased ... Read More

Deen drops two pant sizes after announcing diabetes diagnosis

Television celebrity chef Paula Deen told People magazine that she has dropped two pant sizes since she admitted to viewers last month that she had type 2 diabetes. Deen was diagnosed with the chronic disease three years ago but opted to keep mum and continue featuring high-fat, sugar-loaded recipes on her Food Network television program. She didn’t choose to go public with her diagnosis until she signed on to be a paid spokesperson for the new diabetes treatment Victoza. Deen has received criticism for not coming clean about her diagnosis sooner while continuing to cook up frightfully fattening fare. Type ... Read More

Diabetes drugs linked to pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer

Type 2 diabetics who take Januvia (sitagliptin) or Byetta (exenatide) to control their blood sugar levels may be at greater risk for developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, and users of Byetta may also be at risk for thyroid cancer, a preliminary study suggests. The study, conducted by researchers at the Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, involved data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adverse event database for the years 2004-2009. When compared to other treatments, a six-fold increase of pancreatitis was found in patients who took either Januvia or Byetta. A ... Read More