Will heat-generating clothes save diabetes patients?

Korea Times

A South Korean fabric manufacturer has launched a clinical trial of its heat-generating clothes to help diabetic patients keep their blood sugar levels under control, company officials and doctors said Tuesday.

ReTend Co., the fabric maker, developed its own heat-generating clothes with a high-tech fabric named “TempUp” and let two diabetic patients wear the clothes for about three months.

The results showed that their amounts of glycated hemoglobin dropped by an average 1.2 percent, according to Cecil Internal Medicine, a Seoul-based hospital which conducted the test.

For people who don’t have diabetes, their amount of glycated hemoglobin stands at between 4 and 6 percent. People who have diabetes are advised to keep their amount of glycated hemoglobin below 6.5 percent.

Hong Kwan-soo, director of Cecil Internal Medicine who conducted the test, said he was confident that the heat-generating clothes would help diabetic patients better control their blood sugar levels, although the test was conducted for only two patients.

“The patients say that their overall conditions get better when their bodies get warm,” Hong said.

Lee Kyu-sang, chief executive of ReTend, said the company will carry out more clinical trials.

Lee said the “TempUp” fabric has proved to help patients better treat their diabetes, endocrine and cardiovascular diseases throughout its own tests over the past two years.

“We will prove the efficacy (of the fabric) throughout clinical trials,” Lee said.

Korea University Anam Hospital is conducting a clinical trial using the heat-generating clothes for people who suffer from backaches.

Lee Sang-heon, vice director of the hospital, said it is difficult to comment about the efficacy because the clinical trial is not finished. (Yonhap)

TW’s PS:
The so-called clothes if at all it hit the shelves would surely inflict dangerous and untreatable side-effects doubling the suffering of the patient-TW

Want a can of Beijing air?

By Lee Han-soo

Ever thought of buying a can of smog so contaminated that a day of inhaling and exhaling can give you the same experience as smoking 30 cigarettes?

If you have, it is now possible.

Dominic Johnson-Hill, a creative clothes shop owner in Beijing, is selling cans of “Beijing Air” that offers an authentic dust-inhaling experience for $4 worldwide.

“Now you can take Beijing with you wherever you go. Conveniently canned for your use, each can contains a unique blend of oxygen, nitrogen and some other stuff,” the product’s website says.

Johnson-Hill said he got the idea after he saw Chinese consumers buying cans of clean air from other less-polluted countries.

Beijing Air has sold hundreds of cans online daily.

Johnson-Hill says the product is “made out of love for the city,” where the air pollution is improving every day.

A former city resident, who lives abroad, said he opens the can whenever he really misses Beijing.