IBC Diabetes Support Group

IBC Diabetes Support Group

Join the Diabetes Support Group Teleconference | Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

Conference Call Number:  712-770-5505 | Access Code:  456764#



Definition of Diabetes Mellitus:

Diabetes mellitus is a group disease that occurs because of abnormal insulin and glucagon action.  Both insulin and glucagon are made by the pancreas and determine how the body cell uses food.  Abnormal insulin action causes all foods (i.e. carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, water and salt, etc.), to be handled poorly by the body’s cells.  If a person has normal red blood cells, an A1C greater than 5.7% is abnormal; greater than 6.4 is Diabetes.



For both pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes, recent studies show that eating less and exercising (resistance better than aerobic), 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week or any equivalent time can improve the heart, arterial blood vessels, lungs, brain and kidney function.


In addition, if Metformin is added to eating less and exercising, both blood sugar and blood pressure are reduced and stay down for long periods when Metformin is not taken.  Recent findings show that Metformin not only lowers the blood sugar by stopping the liver from making so much sugar, but it also makes the pancreas produce insulin better.


New Medicines:

Advances in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes include the following groups:

  • Medicines that work on enzymes in the small intestines to enhance insulin secretion by the pancreas.
  • Medicines that work on the kidney to enhance the loss of sugar.
  • New and better insulins and better methods of delivering insulin.