The True Cost of Diabetes

“Diabetes and its related complications account for $245 billion in total medical costs to include lost work and wages. This number is up from the reported $174 billion in 2010. In addition, over $500 billion of an estimated $3 trillion spent on healthcare last year was spent on conditions related to three chronic diseases: diabetes, heart disease and obesity.”

Diabetes In Control News publisher, Steve Freed offers this thought-provoking discussion of how better diabetes control can impact cost, quality of life and mortality.

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Nobel Laureate Dr. Otto Warburg, M.D., Ph.D. makes NYTimes.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Otto Warburg, M.D., Ph.D. makes NYTimes. | AthensTalks.com.

Cancer research strategies for the last decade have focused on “targeted therapies”, drugs intended to influence cancer metabolism and interfere with the signals that feed cancer cell growth. In this article in the NYTimes Health section, Dr. Otto Warburg’s work in this area is finally acknowledged.

Dr. Otto Warburg was a genius level scientist in Germany from 1883-1970. He made a number of seminal discoveries in cancer, cell respiration and photosynthesis. He was nominated for no less than three Nobel Prizes in Medicine and Physiology

Otto Warburg invented a special machine to measure intercellular oxygen pressure called the Warburg Manometer. Using this ingenious device, he observed what happened to living tissue when oxygen pressure was reduced. He found that when it is reduced by about one third, the tissue switches from running on oxygen for energy, to running on glucose primarily in the absence of oxygen, or fermentation, published about 1923. The cells either die for lack of energy, or become cancerous. Hundreds of different tissues from different animal organs were exhaustively tested and later checked by others around the world. A book “The Metabolism of Tumours” was published in 1930.

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