Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Diabetes and your period: Is skipping periods a good idea?

There was an article recently on NPR about whether women need periods.  The article was largely about how there is no point to having a period if you're not trying to get pregnant, and discussing different birth controls that suppress periods.

At the bottom of the article, however, was one lone dissenter:

Monday, June 13, 2016

Promising study results for oral insulin

All of us diabetics who take insulin, whether we are type 1 or type 2, have to inject the insulin.  That's because taken orally, our bodies would just digest the insulin.

But it seems that at least one pharmaceutical company may have figured out a way around that.

Oramed Announces Positive Top-Line Results from Phase IIb Oral Insulin Study

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sleep issues increase diabetes risk

We know sleep is important for your health, but did you know just how important?  Turns out insomnia increases your diabetes risk.  Women who have trouble going to sleep, or tend not to stay asleep, are 22 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes (after accounting for other risks).  Women who get less than six hours of sleep a night are a whopping 47 percent more likely.

The worst offenders, women who had difficulty sleeping plus three other problems (choosing between snoring, sleep apnea, less than six hours a night, and working a night shift) were a mind-boggling 400 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Metformin as a breast cancer drug?

Remember some other recent studies that showed metformin had protective qualities against aging?  Well, now the drug has been linked to better breast cancer survival rates in women who took metformin after their diagnosis.

The catch?  If you took metformin before your diagnosis, you were actually twice as likely to die.  Holy shit!