Hybrid Closed-Loop Systems and Insulin Variability in Children

Young children with type 1 diabetes often have greater insulin variability than do adults, which can lead to more complications and quality of life issues. Researchers investigated whether hybrid closed-loop devices, which deliver insulin automatically by using an algorithm that sensors glucose values in real-time, can help. Read more

Protein Screened in Pregnancy May Also Show Gestational Diabetes Risk

Researchers say that low levels of a protein, pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPPA), that is commonly seen in screening tests for chromosomal disorders in the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with adipose tissue remodeling, glucose resistance and gestational diabetes mellitus in pregnant women. The protein levels could potentially be used as both a diagnostic […]

Type 1 Can Affect Children’s Cognitive Development

Because children’s brains are growing, they are more susceptible to interference with glucose production and metabolic breakdown, which has several adverse effects. Glucose in the brain is essential to its proper functioning, as the brain requires glucose to incite and feed brain cells. Read more

Do You Know These Diabetes Myths?

As diabetes becomes more prevalent, many myths and misconceptions about it continue to circulate — that eating sugar causes it, that only people with obesity can develop diabetes, and many more. How many of these common myths have you encountered? Read more

Should Younger People Be Screened for Type 2 Diabetes?

Current guidelines for type 2 diabetes recommend screening in patients without symptoms of diabetes only if they are older than 40 years of age, and have obesity or overweight. However, a new study urges that screening at-risk patients between 18 and 39 years old would result in better treatment and cost effectiveness. Read more

COVID-19 Neurological Risks in Diabetes Patients

People with diabetes or high blood pressure who contract COVID-19 may be at greater risk of developing neurological complications such as bleeding in the brain and stroke, according to an ongoing study. Read more

Being Physically Active Can Boost Your Immune Response

Physical activity can boost our immune system and response to viruses, lower the stress associated with being in a pandemic, and treat many pre-existing health conditions that are associated with a higher risk of complications or death from COVID-19, according to diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg. Read more

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Diabetes in 2020

Today is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. For many people with diabetes, it can be a challenge to balance good diabetes management and a holiday that centers around abundant food. This is added to the stress this year of the global pandemic. With careful planning, it is still possible to enjoy your favorite […]

Assessing Metformin in the Diabetes Landscape

Metformin is the standard first medication treatment of choice for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. A group of researchers decided to examine whether metformin, which this year celebrates its 63rd anniversary as a type 2 diabetes treatment, continues to earn its spot as a key member of the diabetes medication “All-Star Team.” Read more

Combining a Fitbit Device with Diabetes Management App Yields Benefits

A study in Taiwan found the use of a diabetes management app called Health2Sync in combination with Fitbit wearable devices can help users control and better manage the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Read more

The Consequences of Polypharmacy in the Elderly

Many older patients with type 2 diabetes deal with polypharmacy — taking multiple medications for their diabetes and other conditions. Polypharmacy can be burdensome in various ways, including multiple side effects of the various medications. Researchers investigated whether the use of polypharmacy put elderly patients at increased risk for hospitalization, falls, and death from all […]

Can Vitamin D Supplementation Fight COVID-19?

Some studies have suggested that low levels of vitamin D, a vitamin which is produced in the body in response to sunlight exposure, might increase the risk of catching coronavirus and then becoming seriously ill from it.However, other studies say vitamin D plays no role in the virus, so experts are divided. Read more

Sotagliflozin and Chronic Kidney Disease

A recent phase 3 clinical trial on the diabetes drug sotagliflozin, an SGLT2 inhibitor, found it had favorable results for people living with severe renal impairment / chronic kidney disease.  Read more

Mental Health: Type 1 and “Diabetes Burnout”

Many people who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are overwhelmed by the daily physical and mental challenges of managing the condition. This can result in “diabetes burnout,” a dangerous condition where patients are so overwhelmed they neglect to manage their insulin, glucose testing and food choices adequately. Read more

How Do Metformin and Exercise Affect Glucose?

People who have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes are usually urged to make lifestyle modifications, including diet, exercise, and weight control as the first form of treatment; metformin is typically the first drug prescribed when lifestyle interventions are insufficient. A recent study examined how the interface of physical activity and metformin affects post-meal glucose in […]

Common Flame Retardant Linked to Diabetes

A recent study has found that flame retardants commonly found in US homes cause mice to give birth to offspring that become diabetic. These retardants, called PBDEs, are added to furniture, upholstery, and electronics to prevent fires, and can be released into the household air. Read more

Skim Milk vs Whole Milk: What’s the Healthier Choice?

Researchers investigated whether the fat content of dairy products, such as skim milk vs. whole milk, can play a role in the development of metabolic syndrome (MetS). MetS is characterized by abnormalities such as high triglycerides, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and abdominal obesity, and is often linked to development […]

Drug Combo Could Help Patients Who No Longer Respond to Metformin

Metformin is the first-line drug treatment for type 2 diabetes, but in some patients, the drug’s effectiveness can decline over time. A clinical trial has found that a combination of two newer diabetes drugs, exenatide and dapagliflozin, is effective in patients whose blood glucose levels did not respond to metformin. Read more

Prediabetes & Vascular Complications

Estimates say that about 34% of US adults have prediabetes. With prediabetes, glucose metabolism is not impaired to the extent it is with type 2 diabetes, but 30-50% of people with prediabetes develop T2D within five years of impaired metabolism onset. Researchers sought to investigate whether patients with prediabetes have the same risk of vascular […]

Weight Loss Surgery Could Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Obesity and diabetes are both risk factors for pancreatic cancer. Bariatric surgery, a.k.a. weight loss surgery, significantly reduced the risk for pancreatic cancer in patients with obesity and diabetes, according to a recent study. Read more

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