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95 Years of Insulin & Embracing the Tech Era

Announcements,Living With Diabetes,News & Media,Research,Technology

Today marks the 95th anniversary of the first use of the word insulin by its Canadian discovers Dr. Frederick Banting and medical student Charles Best.  Four months earlier they had saved the life of 14 year old Leonard Thompson by injecting him with a pancreatic extract (containing insulin) taken from a dog.  A year later Banting […]

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Anti-ageing protein injection

Announcements,News & Media,Research,Technology

No, this is not an advertisement for a skin or beauty product. A study published last week in Cell demonstrated that injections of a special fOXO4 peptide rejuvenated old mice – it restored their stamina, thickened their fur coat and improved kidney function.  Human studies are being planned.  This is intriguing stuff and may be […]

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The Feast and Famine diet, a cure for diabetes?

Announcements,Food & Nutrition,Living With Diabetes,News & Media,Research,Uncategorized

  Yesterday, (2017-02-23) a study of diabetic mice was published in the journal “Cell” showing that a special “fasting mimicking diet” (FMD) for 4 days every month caused regeneration of pancreatic insulin-secreting beta cells.  As such, in mice at least, this diet has the potential to reverse both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. No […]

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The Dexcom G5: State-of-the-art sensor technology

Announcements,Living With Diabetes,News & Media,Technology,Uncategorized

Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) or “sensors” have been around for more than a decade.  With the arrival in Canada last week of the Dexcom G5 everything has changed: the G5 is more accurate than its predecessor the G4 allowing for ever more reliable low and high sugar alarms, it sends results straight to your smartphone […]

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Continuous glucose monitors (sensors)

Announcements,Living With Diabetes,News & Media,Technology,Uncategorized

Sensors (or continuous glucose monitors) are devices that measure the sugar/glucose in body water (known medically as “interstitial fluid”). A small teflon needle is inserted into the skin and is usually changed every 7-14 days. The needle is connected to a sensor which either automatically sends/pushes the Interstitial fluid glucose level via bluetooth to a […]

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Dexcom G5 Hack – Extending sensor life up to 28 days

Living With Diabetes,Technology,Uncategorized

First: purchase two accessories from Amazon.ca GrifGrips (package of 20 for CAD$20) Skin Tac (either wipes or the liquid, 50 wipes for CAD$14.84) Technique Place the sensor like you usually would, but put in on the back of the arm (as you would for a Freestyle Libre) – much better numbers. Then soak the white […]

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There is no insulin pill…. yet.

Living With Diabetes,Research

The search for a pill formulation of insulin has been long-standing.  Yesterday Novo Nordisk, the world’s biggest insulin manufacturer abandoned its efforts to make an oral form of insulin.  The obstacle was not technological it was price pressure. The pharmaceutical industry has figured out how to protect insulin from digestive juices in the stomach – […]

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Two shots in one

Living With Diabetes,Research

Yesterday the US Food and Drug Administration approved two new medications – both are shots & each is a combination of two different classes of medication in one shot: a basal long-acting insulin and a GLP-1 receptor agonist. The Novo Nordisk product combines Tresiba, an insulin not yet available in Canada and Victoza while the Sanofi product […]

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Petition: Lobby BC Pharmacare to cover lifesaving SGLT2 inhibitor diabetes treatment

Living With Diabetes

BCDiabetes Medical Director, Dr. Tom Elliott, has launched a petition to lobby BC Pharmacare to cover SGLT2 inhibitors. As many as 50,000 British Columbians would likely benefit from SGLT2 inhibitors, but many do not have funds or coverage. This class of drug has been shown to reduce mortality for those at high risk of heart […]

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BC is a third-world country when it comes to covering life-saving medication for diabetes

Research

A life saving class of diabetes oral medication, SGLT2 inhibitors, costing less than $3/day, is not covered in British Columbia, but is covered in the rest of Canada.  I asked Dr. Elliott, Medical Director of BCDiabetes.ca for his comments.  Dr. Elliott has already blogged twice on this class of medication (see https://www.bcdiabetes.ca/third-sglt2-inhibitor-in-canada/ & https://www.bcdiabetes.ca/empa-reg-outcome-renal/ Dr. […]

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