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Archive for the ‘Scott’s Opinion’ Category
April 30th, 2012
The personal glucose meter is the most important advance in diabetes care in my thirty-five years of living with type 1. What if this humble machine is the killer app that will reform health care? Personal electronic devices are transforming commerce through disintermediation, meaning that the internet and high-speed computing give you direct access to [...]
April 16th, 2012
The algorithms that fill my computer and iPhone screens long ago figured out that I have diabetes, or at least I am very interested in it. Aside from diabetes books and blood sugar supplies, it seems the next level of ads are promoting foods that help diabetics. Some ads imply that a new herb from [...]
February 19th, 2012
I spend time studying developments in diabetes research, and when possible I like to help other diabetes decision makers with my analysis. Today I am sharing a letter I sent to the president of Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF), Jeffrey Brewer, explaining why I think their Glucose Responsive Insulin program is highly unlikely to produce [...]
January 2nd, 2012
Question: Hi Scott – my name is Paul B***** from Oxford, Michigan. I am a type 1 diabetic, diagnosed at age six. I am now studying Cell and Molecular Biology as an undergrad at Grand Valley State University. I was reading your work, and I’ve become fascinated with the idea of bioengineering and immunology. It’s [...]
March 15th, 2011
Related Documents Mammalian Hibernation: Cellular and Molecular Responses to Depressed Metabolism and Low Temperature HANNAH V. CAREY, MATTHEW T. ANDREWS, AND SANDRA L. MARTIN Read the PDF I received from France: Question: Mr, quel est le rapport de l hybernation chez les animaux et le deficit de la secretion de l insuline subite ou a [...]
November 7th, 2010
Ireceive many questions through this web site. Most are personal, often related to a family member with diabetes, but sometimes I use the email to inspire a column (see for example Back to Basics). This week I received my first question from a medical student. Question: Hello Dr. King! As a Type-1 diabetic of over [...]
September 26th, 2010
I sometimes think those of us advocating for type 1 (juvenile) diabetics would be better off if our disease had a different name.
The vast majority of diabetics are type 2 diabetics. Genetic and metabolic studies have revealed that type 2 diabetes is a large group of diseases that range from seemingly healthy people with high glucose after meals to people with declining insulin secretion that require insulin. Type 2 diabetes has a strong inherited component, with identical twin concordance of 90%. Most type 2 diabetics are never diagnosed, going through life unaware of their diabetes. Many can control their diabetes with diet and exercise alone. Many take pills of various sorts and some require insulin.
July 18th, 2010
Question: I was wondering if you can explain your project in layman’s terms. I don’t understand what islets are; I do get that the sheets will hold something to help with blood sugars, but will that be human- or pig-based? What type of freedom will diabetics have? Will they be able to eat whatever they want, or not worry about lows? Will there be side effects? What makes your ideas better than other companies experimenting with islets? How will it work? What about the hormone Amylin: will that be present? Sorry for the stupid questions.
June 7th, 2010
One of the pleasures of writing for solvingdiabetes.org is I get feedback on the thoughts of a group of interested diabetics in the world. It lets me know what is less than clear on our web sites. I recently received the following questions from MK.
May 23rd, 2010
Newsweek Magazine states on its cover: “Desperately Seeking Cures: Medical research isn’t making progress rapidly enough.” Their key observation is that the academic medical research world is structured with incentives that perversely favor glamourous discoveries, not cures. The article does not cover diabetes research. I decided that today I would apply it to my area of interest, juvenile diabetes. So this is today’s question: Why is there no cure for type 1 diabetes?