Type1 Diabetes More Lethal For Girls Than Guys, Study Finds News

But, too much insulin can cause low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia), which can quickly cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, such as sweating, nausea, irritability and confusion. Left untreated, hypoglycemia can lead to unconsciousness and even death, according to JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Women may have a harder time controlling blood sugar levels due to a number of factors, such as changing hormone levels -- particularly during puberty -- that can affect the body's sensitivity to insulin and cause fluctuations in blood sugar levels, according to Huxley and her co-authors. The researchers also speculated that high levels of blood sugar may cause more damage to women's blood vessels than to men's. "The findings suggest that young girls and women with type 1 diabetes may need additional monitoring, not only to ensure that they are keeping their blood sugar levels under control, but also to make sure that their levels for other major risk factors, such as blood pressure, are also closely monitored," she said. http://news.healingwell.com/index.php?p=news1&id=696234

Lucentis Approved for Diabetic Retinopathy news

The study found that the risk of albuminuria (too much protein in the urine) and retinopathy (an eye condition) also fell, by 17 percent and 13 percent, respectively. http://news.healingwell.com/index.php?p=news1&id=696299

Blood Pressure Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics: Analysis news

The procedure works, but it essentially destroys a person's peripheral vision. "That's all we have," he said. "It's very effective treatment, but there's a price to be paid. You're also going to leave the eye with some missing areas of vision, because you are destroying retinal tissue." Most common side effects of Lucentis included bleeding in the tissue lining the inner part of the eyelids, eye pain, "floaters" and increased pressure within the eye. http://news.healingwell.com/index.php?p=news1&id=696240

Change in Gut Bacteria May Precede Type 1 Diabetes in Kids news

Lucentis (ranibizumab) has been sanctioned to treat diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness among adults in the United States, the FDA said in a news release. In 2008, one-third of diabetic adults 40 or older had some form of diabetic retinopathy, the agency said. Lucentis, a once-monthly injection, is designed to be used with other therapies to control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, the FDA said. In some people with diabetic retinopathy who also have diabetic macular edema, abnormal blood vessels can grow and rupture on the eye's retina, leading to severe vision loss or blindness. http://news.healingwell.com/index.php?p=news1&id=696311

FDA Approves 1st Drug for Diabetic Retinopathy news

Kostic and his colleagues analyzed stool samples from the children to chart changes in the trillions of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that dwell in the gut -- what scientists call the "microbiome." By age 3 years, four children had developed type 1 diabetes. And those children showed a clear change in gut "bugs" about one year before the onset of the disease. http://news.healingwell.com/index.php?p=news1&id=696231