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Diabetic Digest - September 2, 2015

Readers:


For the last few weeks I've been weighing myself every Sunday morning to see if cutting back on my insulin and the amount of food I've been eating has been having any effect on my weight.

There has been a little change, but then again I haven't been exercising too much lately. That's because the heel of my left foot has been killing me for a few weeks now. I want to go and get back to taking long walks after dinner, but the pain is crazy. I think that I need to consult my podiatrist so that I can get back to a healthier look and feel.

It's always something, isn't it? I've got to get all my ducks in a row if I'm going to get to in some sort of shape other than pear.

Wish me luck.

Regards,
Steve


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*-- Diabetic News --*

FDA: Severe joint pain possible with DPP-4 diabetes drugs

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Friday that a group of drugs used to treat diabetes can cause severe and persistent joint pain.

A warning is being added to the labels of all types of dipeptidyl peptidase-4, or DPP-4, inhibitors, including sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin, about the risk for joint pain.

DPP-4 inhibitors are used to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes as part of treatment programs that also include changes to diet and exercise.

"Patients should not stop taking their DPP-4 inhibitor medicine, but should contact their health care professional right away if they experience severe and persistent joint pain," the agency said in a press release. "Health care professionals should consider DPP-4 inhibitors as a possible cause of severe joint pain and discontinue the drug if appropriate."

FDA researchers reviewed cases of severe joint pain due to the drugs as listed in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System database, finding that patients developed persistent pain in their joints anywhere from one day to years after beginning the treatment.

Most patients' pain went away within a month of discontinuing their use of the drugs, however those who either restarted the same drug or another found their pain returned.

The agency is asking patients and caregivers to report pain connected with DPP-4 inhibitors to their MedWatch program.


*- Diabetic Recipe -*

GRILLED CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY

INGREDIENTS:
2 broiler chickens (3 lbs ea, split), backbones removed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup dry white wine or 1/3 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:
1. Prepare the grill by placing an oiled rack 4 to 6 inches over medium-hot coals.
2. Combine the oil, butter, wine or lemon juice, rosemary, garlic and salt.
3. Brush the chicken halves inside and out with 1/4 cup of the seasoned butter.
4. Place the chickens bone side down on the grill.
5. Baste them frequently with the remaining seasoned butter and turn the pieces every 10 minutes for a total of 30 to 40 minutes in all.
5. Sprinkle well with pepper and serve.

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