Issue 18, April 2010
Dear Friends,

    Here is now a new ray of hope for Type 1 Diabetes patients. New study indicates that regeneration of totally destroyed beta cells which generate insulin may be possible, by the conversion of alpha cells present in pancreas. This study, albeit done in mice could pave the way towards methods of producing β-cells for diabetes therapies, either in differentiation settings in vitro or in induced regeneration.

    The second article describes how treatment with sex hormone, testosterone can improve diabetes in addition to an increased sexual function. There is also an article on study proving sleep deprivation leading to an increase in abdominal fat deposit in younger generation. The next article describes hypoglycaemia’s link to mortality rates in critically ill patients. It is common know how that reducing weight increases libido for the obese, but it is surprising to see the actual numbers to see the depth of sexual stamina boost, now that the results are out. Those numbers constitute the 5th article in the newsletter.

    Here comes one more good news to those ardent coffee addicts! Coffee consumption reduces inflammation and increases HDL cholesterol.

    We welcome you to watch the video presentation on ‘Diabetes & Liver disease’, the sixth one in the series presented by Dr.Jothydev, which we have started in our first anniversary issue. We sincerely express our gratitude to the positive and encouraging feedbacks we have been receiving for the video series. The drug update series continues in this issue of GEMS..

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Jothydev's Diabetes and Research Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, INDIA

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Regeneration of insulin cells may be possible for T1DM

The findings from a study at the University of Geneva, co-funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, that is published in the online edition of the scientific journal Nature,.........

Male sex hormone to be useful in diabetes treatment
News from the British Endocrine Society meeting show that giving testosterone can improve T2 diabetes. Low testosterone level is a known risk factor for development of  T2 diabetes. ........


Short Sleep Duration causes Increased Abdominal
Fat in Young Adults

New study results show that short sleep duration causes an increase in abdominal fat in young adults. Abdominal fat is one of the main causes of developing diabetes.........


Hypoglycemia Linked to Mortality Rates in Critically Ill
There is a link between mild to moderate hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and mortality in critically ill patients. Results from NICE-SUGAR trial showed.........


Weight loss better than Viagra
Loss of weight is the best aphrodisiac for overweight and obese men. This is obvious, but now the actual numbers are out!..........


Drink Coffee - reduce inflammation and increase good cholesterol
Some more benefits for coffee lovers. Increased coffee consumption increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and adiponectin concentrations and reduces inflammatory markers..........


Diabetes Medicine Updates
 Results from a new clinical trial show that bile acid sequestrant colestilan improves glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in Type 2 diabetics...........

JDC Updates

Diabscreen Kerala, Kesavadev Trust in association with KBAC, Kairali Brothers Arts Club conducted a free diabetes camp at
Palayam on April 11, 2010. Sri. Sivankutty MLA inaugurated the camp Around 120 subjects were screened for sugar, A1c,cholesterol, BP etc., free of cost by Kesavadev Trust..........

The Newsletter team:
 Chief Editor
Dr. Jothydev Kesavadev
 Managing editor Sunitha Jothydev
 Sub Editor Dr. Arun Shankar
 Editor Neethu Annie Simon
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