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Hurricane Florence and Disaster Preparedness with Diabetes

With Hurricane Florence and other major tropical storms underway, it’s a good time to review the helpful information the Centers for Disease Control has made available on making preparations for dealing with your diabetes during natural disasters. Read more

Air Pollution Responsible for Quarter Million Diabetes Deaths

A new study found that prolonged exposure to the air pollutant PM2-5 may be responsible for over 200,000 diabetes deaths worldwide. While there have been previous studies that have shown a link between air pollution and chronic diseases like diabetes, this study shows the impact that this association has on peoples’ lives and, more importantly, […]

Cross-Train for Better Fitness with Diabetes

Everyone’s talking about cross-training, but what’s the best way to add cross-training to your fitness regime when you have diabetes? A diabetes educator and exercise specialists shares her advice on why cross-training is an ideal way to improve fitness and help keep boredom out of your exercise routines. Read more

Why Obesity Is a Chronic Disease

Dr. George Bray, an expert in obesity and endocrinology, talks about why obesity is a chronic disease, what medical research is teaching us about the complex medical causes of obesity, and why we must move beyond treating it as an issue of personal responsibility and failure. Read more

Keto Diet Could Increase Type 2 Risk

The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet plan that causes the body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates through a process known as ketosis. Researchers say tests in mice indicate keto diets could lead to developing type 2 diabetes; the diets don’t allow the body to properly use insulin, so blood sugar isn’t properly […]

Blood Test Could ID Gestational Diabetes Earlier

A new blood test that can be conducted as early as the 10th week of pregnancy may help identify women who are at risk for gestational diabetes, say researchers. Gestational diabetes is a pregnancy-related condition that poses potentially serious health risks for mothers and babies. By detecting the risk early, doctors could help mothers make […]

Adding an SGLT-2 Inhibitor Can Mean Less Insulin Needed

For patients with type 2 diabetes who need large doses of insulin, adding an SGLT2 inhibitor to insulin therapy can mean much less insulin is needed according to new research. Patients with daily insulin doses between 101 and 200 units experienced an insulin dose reduction of 17 units/day with the addition of canagliflozin (brand name […]

Not Smoking, Managing Blood Glucose Dramatically Reduce Heart Risk for Diabetes Patients

New research has found that refraining from smoking cigarettes and maintaining good control of key risk factors — blood pressure, long-term blood glucose, lipid status (fats and fat-like substances in the blood), and renal function — could dramatically reduce cardiovascular risk for people with diabetes. The researchers found that smoking was the most important risk […]

Diabetes Can Be Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer

A recent study found that late onset diabetes can be an early sign of pancreatic cancer; African Americans with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are at a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer relative to other ethnic groups. The researchers hope that detecting signs of pancreatic cancer and intervening earlier, physicians may improve the disease’s […]

Type 1 Earlier in Childhood Means Shorter Life

The earlier a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the higher their risk of heart disease and a shorter lifespan, according to research. Researchers had thought the physical burden of more years spent with high glucose levels was the cause of heart problems and earlier death, but now think there may be another factor: […]

The Case for Wider Diabetes Blood Testing

The A1c test is a common blood test used to diagnose diabetes. An A1c of 5.7 to 6.4% is considered prediabetes, and changes to lifestyle and diet can help prevent prediabetes from developing into the disease. Researchers suggest free A1c tests at all check-ups and at drugstores with an advertising campaign would help identify more […]

For Low Carb Diets, Plant-Based is Healthier, Research Says

Low carb diets are often recommended for people with diabetes, but an examination of carbohydrate intake including more than 432,000 people from over 20 countries suggests not only that a moderate-carb diet is best for most people, but  that not all low-carbohydrate diets are created equal. Replacing carbs with animal-based proteins and fats like meat […]

SGLT-2 Inhibitors: What you Need to Know to Prevent Kidney Problems

SGLT-2 inhibitor drugs (brand names include Invokana and Jardience) have many benefits, but have been associated with diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA), a serious kidney problem, in people with type 2. If you are taking an SGLT-2 inhibitor, it’s important to know the signs of DKA and how to protect yourself. Read more

The Importance of Specialized Diabetes Care During Pregnancy

A young woman with type 1 diabetes shared her experience of receiving special diabetes care during her pregnancy. While the care she received was excellent and helped her and her baby stay healthy throughout the pregnancy, a breakdown in communication after her baby was born early nearly led to disaster. Read more

Vitamin D Supplementation Can Help Prevent Diabetes

Low levels of vitamin D are often found in patients with prediabetes and diabetes. Vitamin D supplementation can potentially lower blood glucose levels and insulin resistance, and can be beneficial in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Read more

For Seniors, Inactivity Can Rapidly Lead to Type 2

A study that involved seniors reducing their normal activity levels for just two weeks led to elevated blood sugar levels and sped the onset of type 2 diabetes. Some patients did not fully recover even after resuming normal activity. The study highlights the importance of exercise for older people. Read more

US Lifestyles Lead Asian Indians to Develop Diabetes

A new study found that Asian Indians had an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes after living in the United States for more than 20 years. The risk is linked to their adopting a sedentary American lifestyle and unhealthy diet habits, which lead to increases in blood glucose levels and poor cholesterol. Read more

Does the Keto Diet Increase Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

The ketogenic diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates, is very popular. But new research has raised the possibility that this type of diet may be linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The study was done in mice, so more research is needed, but experts say the research suggests […]

“Diabetes Distress” a Serious Problem, Especially for Ethnic Minorities

“Diabetes distress” refers to the emotional burden, stress, and worry people with diabetes experience about their condition. Although it’s often overlooked by doctors, it can contribute greatly to the burden of managing the chronic disease. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is high in minorities, and diabetes distress is thought to also be frequently experienced […]

Avoiding Weight Gain from Insulin

I’s not unusual to gain weight from using insulin and from treating bouts of low blood sugar. A diabetes exercise expert shares her tips on how to avoid weight gain from insulin use and from treating diabetic lows. Read more



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