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FMCSA Removes Major Hurdles For Diabetic Commercial Drivers

U.S. trucking regulators have rolled back a rule that barred individuals with insulin-treated diabetes from driving commercial vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that commercial drivers with properly treated diabetes mellitus can now seek a clearance to drive from a certified medical examiner. Previously, drivers with insulin-treated diabetes were prohibited from driving commercial motor vehicles unless they received a special exemption from the FMCSA, which can take up to six months to obtain. The FMCSA’s final rule enables a certified medical examiner to grant an individual with insulin-treated diabetes a certificate, MCSA-5876, which is valid for up ... Read More

Diet-to-Go launches meal delivery product designed for people with Type 2 diabetes

Most Americans suffering from illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure are aware of the huge impact diet and exercise can have on their health. But for many, their schedules leave them feeling overwhelmed with the perceived rigors of meal planning, shopping and cooking, not to mention simply slowing down to sit and eat. Often the easier solution seems to be medication, but medications can carry with them serious health risks. For example, studies have shown that using statins like Lipitor, one of the most common medicines on the market prescribed for lowering and controlling cholesterol, which is linked ... Read More

In State of the Union address Obama vows to fund research to treat devastating diseases

President Obama in his State of the Union address vowed to fund more research into cures and treatments for devastating diseases including cancer and diabetes. “I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine – one that delivers the right treatment at the right time,” he said Tuesday night in his prepared remarks. The approach is known as the precision medicine initiative and is designed to deliver new and more effective treatments for diseases. While Obama offered only sparse details on the initiative and didn’t say how much it would ... Read More

UAB researchers to test hypertension drug as a cure for type 1 diabetes

Researchers with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will begin testing whether a drug used to treat high blood pressure could be effective in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Two years ago, researchers tested the drug verapamil, known by the brand names Calan, Verelan and Covera-HS, on laboratory mice and found that it could lower blood sugar levels but in some cases could even reverse the disease. Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker indicated for the treatment of hypertension, severe chest pain and arrhythmia. It is the only drug on the market that works to keep the pancreas’ ... Read More

Researchers work to develop diabetes drugs with fewer side effects

Researchers with the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London and LMU Munich in Germany are developing a type 2 diabetes drug that can be switched off and on with a blue light, potentially improving treatment. Many type 2 diabetes drugs encourage the pancreas to release insulin to control blood sugar levels, but they can also cause side effects to other organs. Other drugs encourage too much insulin release, causing blood sugar levels to drop to dangerously low levels. The prototype drug, called JB253, is designed to stimulate insulin release from pancreatic cells only when it is exposed to blue ... Read More

Statins increase diabetes risk, but may protect against diabetes-related blood vessel damage

Cholesterol-lowering statin medications, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, may protect diabetics against diabetes-related damage to small blood vessels that can cause to blindness and neuropathy, which can lead to amputations, a new study suggests. However, the drugs may cause non-diabetics to develop the disease. Statins are used to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people with elevated cholesterol levels. Statin side effects, which include muscle injury and liver damage, also include increased blood sugar levels, which can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes. It is this adverse event, however, that researchers focused in on for ... Read More

Documentary shows stark reality of kidney disease, particularly for high-risk African Americans

African Americans are at an increased risk of kidney disease, and retired videographer Ron Minor wants people to know that lifestyle changes can literally help save lives. Minor, who had a kidney transplant five years ago, created a documentary titled, “I Didn’t Know,” that takes a stark look at the challenges a person with kidney disease faces, from dialysis to kidney transplants, with many people dying while waiting on a kidney. Minor draws a line between the obesity epidemic in America and high rates of related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease among African Americans – all factors ... Read More

Artificial sweeteners may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes

Using artificial sweeteners may disrupt the way the body handles sugar, increasing the risk of diabetes for some people, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The research, conducted primarily on laboratory animals, suggests that artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, Equal and NutraSweet, can change the bacteria that normally resides in the gut. When this happens, it disrupts how the body handles sugar in the diet, which can lead to increased blood sugar levels, a condition called glucose intolerance, which is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. Researchers say that it is too early to caution people ... Read More

FDA approves new diet pill Contrave

A new prescription diet pill has been given clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for marketing in the United States. Contrave, made by Orexigen Therapeutics, is a combination of bupropion, an antidepressant that is also used for smoking cessation, and naltrexone, a drug used to treat drug and alcohol dependence. Contrave is approved for overweight or obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, as well as people with a BMI of 27 or higher with at least one other health issue such as diabetes. Patients treated with Contrave lost an average of 4.2 ... Read More

Niacin with statin medications linked to serious side effects

Niacin offers no benefits to patients with heart disease and can cause serious side effects including diabetes, infections, and stomach ulcers, new research has found. Niacin is a type of B vitamin that has long been prescribed to increase HDL, or “good,” cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular risk. It is often prescribed in combination with cholesterol-lowering statin medications such as Lipitor or Crestor. Recent studies have questioned the safety and effectiveness of the drug, resulting in fewer prescriptions. The new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, raises serious safety concerns with the drug. The four-year study involved more ... Read More