Beyond Insulin:  The Future of Dual Hormone Treatment was written by Lala Jackson for, 25 January 2021.  

While insulin is the hormone without which people would die, as it is required to convert food to fuel in the body, there are other hormones typically not produced or properly used by the body in people with diabetes that make a difference in overall health and quality of life, like amylin and glucagon. As research progresses and we continue to learn more about how a person with diabetes’ body operates, researchers are working hard to determine how to best regulate these hormones in the body, making the overall management of diabetes less burdensome.

To learn more, Bespoke with Emmanuel Dulac, the CEO of Zealand Pharma, a company that does work specifically around peptide hormones like glucagon and better ways to deliver it. On the horizon for Zealand Pharma is the exciting dual hormone pump, containing both insulin and glucagon, which is about to enter Phase 3 clinical trials.

Read the transcript:   The Future of the Dual Hormone Treatment

Almond, hemp, oat, soy, and cow’s milk: Which is best? was reported by Jessica Caporuscio, Pharm.D.,, 21 January 2021.

Research from 2018 (How well do plant-based alternatives fare nutritionally compared to cow’s milk?) says that eating and drinking milk that comes from cows has been falling, with interest in alternative milks rising.  

The following table compares the nutritional values of 240 milliliters (ml) -about 1 cup -of almond, cow, hemp, oat, & soy milk in grams (g), milligrams (mg), or international units (IU):

Read more:  Almond, hemp, oat, soy, and cow’s milk: Which is best?

Not All Sugars Are Created Equal was reported by Nauman Arif Jadooon for, 20 January 2021.  Study sheds light on short-term effects of sucrose consumption on appetite-regulating hormones

We know from previous literature that glucose and fructose are metabolized differently by the body. However, none of the previous studies have examined in detail the short-term effects of sucrose and glucose and the impact of various biological factors on peripheral satiety signalling. There are significant knowledge gaps about the effects of type of sugar on hormonal response affecting satiety. Some of these — including effects on rise in insulin, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), and peptide YY (PYY) suppression of acyl-ghrelin — are addressed in a study by Yunker and colleagues published in The Journal of the Endocrine Society.

Although the study sheds light on the short term effects of sucrose consumption on appetite-regulating hormones, long term differences need further studies. Until that time, the old adage of consuming sugars in moderation, whatever the type, would continue to apply.


Humor is such an important leadership trait we teach it at Stanford’s business school was reported by Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas for, 26 January 2021.  

There is a wealth of research that links high-trust organizations to innovation and performance. The 2016 HOW Report, a comprehensive study of organizational effectiveness, concluded that employees who work in high-trust environments are 32 times more likely to take risks that might benefit the company. They’re also 11 times more likely to see more innovation relative to competition, and 6 times more likely to outperform others in their industry.

So how can today’s leaders inspire trust in their employees? A 2019 survey asked employees what characteristics inspired trust in a leader; the top responses were things like “knowing the obstacles the leader overcame to be successful” and “speaks like regular people.”Today’s employees yearn for leaders who are less mysteriously brilliant and more authentically relatable. Aspirational, yes—but not without flaws.

And what better way to be authentic, relatable, and gently fallible than through humor?

Seriously. Humor has enormous benefits for mental wellbeing, physical health, and even your bottom line.

Read more:  Humor: an important leadership trait we teach it at Stanford

Yale’s most popular course ever teaches the science of being happy. Now you can take it for free online was reported by Lauren Steele for, 25 January 2021.  

The online learning platform Coursera offers “The Science of Well Being“—Yale University’s most popular course ever—for free. Taken by one in four students at Yale, the class teaches participants to “increase your own happiness and build more productive habits,” skills we could all benefit from right now.

The course is taught by Dr. Laurie Santos, professor of psychology and director of Yale’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory. Dr. Santos also hosts the popular podcast, The Happiness Lab. 


Apple Watch blood sugar measurement coming in Series 7 was reported by Ben Lovejoy for, 25 January 2021.  

A Korean report claims that an Apple Watch blood sugar sensor will be included in the Series 7 device, when it is launched later this year.  An ET News reports claims that both the Apple Watch Series 7 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will be able to measure blood sugar when each is released later this year.

Samsung Electronics will be equipped with a blood glucose measurement function in the new smart watch ‘Galaxy Watch 4’ (tentative name) to be introduced in the second half of this year. It is a no-blood sampling method that detects the level of glucose in the blood without blood collection using an optical sensor, and is expected to contribute to the health management of the general public as well as diabetics.

Not only Samsung Electronics, but also Apple is applying the blood glucose measurement function to the Apple Watch 7 to be introduced this year. With the related patent technology secured, it is focusing on ensuring reliability and stability prior to making the technology available.

Let’s just wait and see!

Read more:  Apple / Samsung Watch to measure BG

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