David Broder

Sadly, award winning columnist David Broder has past away due to complications related to diabetes (type 1). Broder was 81.

To most of us, Broder needs no introduction. Since the 1960s he profoundly influenced political journalism to the point that some say he defined the practice. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Watergate and was revered by his colleagues at the Wasington Post.

Few realized Broder struggled with diabetes until a 2009 interview in which he described his experience of losing toes for an untreated foot infection.

Our condolences to David’s friends and family.

Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Approved

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 10, 2005–Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE:MDT) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the Guardian(R) RT Continuous Glucose Monitoring System for improved diabetes management. The system displays real-time glucose values every five minutes and alerts patients when glucose levels become too high or too low. Prior to broad distribution, the company will initiate a limited market release in select U.S. cities to further evaluate training, education and reimbursement needs.

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Adult lifestyle biggest risk factor for diabetes, study finds

Adult lifestyle has more influence on your chances of developing diabetes than childhood experience, according to new research whose findings contradict previously-held beliefs.

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Muraglitazar Lowers Blood Glucose and Helps Dyslipidemia Seen in Diabetes

Results presented at the American Diabetes Association annual conference by David Kendall indicate that a new drug controls glucose levels and improves plasma lipid concentrations.

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HCA may have role in diabetes prevention, suggests animal research

A synthetic version of the plant compound hydroxycitric acid (HCA) strongly delayed glucose absorption in rats suggesting that it could help regulate blood sugar levels in people at risk of diabetes, reports Dominique Patton.
HCA, extracted from a South Asian fruit called Garcinia cambogia, is already a popular food supplement in the US for weight loss and appetite control.
However the new research is thought to be first to show the supplement

Rich with Antioxidants, Thyme Reportedly Helps Prevent Cancer and Diabetes

thyme.gifAccording to a recent report, the spice Thyme has antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, and diabetes and can lower cholesterol.

Erciyes University, Department of Food Engineering Lecturer Osman Sagdıc said that Origanum, Thymus, Thy-mbra, Saturaje, Sideritis and the Salvia species of Thyme intensely cultivated in Turkey, and this type of thymes are very goodfor health. Sagdıc pointed out that research has revealed that thyme can be used to kill vermin and said: “Thyme carries many advantages to health through binding free radicals, which are secreted from cells, via ingredients that it contains. The ingredients of thyme develop cell protecting systems in the body and therefore has antioxidant features, it is has anti-cancer causing and an anti-diabetic abilities as it hinders the formation of cancerous cells and prevents diabetes in body and it reduces cholesterol in the body therefore it carries anti cholesterol features as well. Apart from these health giving properties, thyme also has anti-aging, and prevents tumor from forming, helps diabetes, and hampers and is a natural food preservative.”
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According to Garden Guides, Thyme has a strong piquant or lemony flavor. For fresh use, the flavor is best just before flowering. Enhance the flavor of meat, fish and poultry dishes with thyme. For chicken and fish marinades, bruise fresh sprigs of thyme and tarragon, and combine with red-wine vinegar and olive oil. Use in herb butters and cottage cheese.
The only question is how much thyme must be consumed to actually make a health related difference?