Tips for Managing Diabetes Costs

It’s estimated that in 2017, 1 out of every 7 dollars spent on healthcare in the US was spent on diabetic care, and 45 percent of spending was on medications and supplies. This burden has only increased for many people, as the cost of medications like insulin continue to rise. There are many programs aimed […]

Blood Glucose and Brain Health in Prediabetes

Hyperglycemia has long been associated with risks to cognitive function in people with diabetes. Now a new analysis suggests that patients with prediabetes have a similar risk for declines in brain function to patients already diagnosed with diabetes, making good glucose control important in the prediabetes stage. Read more

Rising Insulin Prices for Many Patients

Several pharma companies withdrew from the US Federal government’s 340B drug pricing program last fall, which has left many patients with diabetes struggling to cope with surging insulin prices, or having to use less effective versions of insulin, says Anne Webster, NP. Read more

How High Glycemic Index Foods Affect the Heart

The “glycemic index” refers to how much 50 grams of carbohydrates raise blood glucose, depending on the specific food eaten. There is plenty of evidence that a low glycemic index diet helps in prevention and treatment of diabetes. However, there has been limited data on how lower and higher glycemic index foods affect risk for […]

Gene Links Muscle Weakness to Diabetes

People who have type 2 diabetes often have reduced muscle strength, with the ability of the muscles to take up glucose impaired. Researchers have found that a particular gene that normally plays an important role in muscle regeneration is “silenced” in people who have type 2 diabetes. The discovery may lead to future new treatments. […]

Impact of Diabetes & High Blood Pressure on the Aging Heart

Heart disease risk increases with age. Researchers examining the impact of diabetes and high blood pressure on heart disease risk as people grow older found that each measured increase in systolic blood pressure was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. The risk was even higher when the patient also had diabetes. Read more

Study: Women Want Post-Gestational Diabetes Support

Women who experienced gestational diabetes during their pregnancies would welcome support in helping them maintain a healthy diet and do more physical activity after pregnancy in order to reduce future diabetes risk, a study in the United Kingdom found. Read more

COVID-19 Increased DKA Rate in Children with Type 1

A study in Germany found that children with a new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes experienced higher rates of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a dangerous complication of diabetes, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

More Support Needed for Patients with Diabetes and Mental Illness

People who have mental illness along with diabetes may struggle when it comes to diabetes self-care and management. The authors of a new study investigating the impact of severe mental illness on adults with diabetes say better interventions and support are needed to help these adults cope with their diabetes needs. Read more

Can a Bacteria Help Treat Diabetes?

Researchers studying gut bacterial were able to isolate four different types of bacteria responsible for either increasing or decreasing the negative impact that can be caused by a typical American diet. The researchers found that patients with diabetes may benefit from adding foods that contain a particular gut bacteria to their diets. Read more

How Diabetes Affects the Cornea

Diabetes patients who are older, who have had the disease for at least 10 years, and/or have high glycated hemoglobin (A1C), are likely to have damage to corneal endothelial cells, researchers say. The results support the need for patients with diabetes to have regularly-scheduled corneal endothelial examinations. Read more

Access to SGLT-2 Medications Varies by Gender, Ethnicity

A recent study says that the access of people with type 2 diabetes to sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor treatment has significant ethnic, gender and socioeconomic disparities, with women, Black or Asian patients less likely to receive SGLT-2 inhibitor treatment. Read more

Lawmakers Seeking Medicare Coverage for Telehealth

Four members of Congress have introduced the Promoting Responsible and Effective Virtual Experiences through Novel Technology to Deliver Improved Access and Better Engagement with Tested and Evidence-Based Strategies (PREVENT DIABETES) Act. This would enable Medicare coverage of connected health services in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program. Read more

Could Higher Vitamin D Dosage Prevent Type 2?

A new analysis of the Vitamin D and Type 2 Diabetes (D2d) study says that a daily supplementation of 100 μg (4,000 units) of vitamin D3, which would increase blood levels of vitamin D to higher levels than those considered adequate for bone health, may decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes in adults with […]

Diabetes Could Worsen Knee Replacement Outcomes

Researchers investigating how diabetes affects the results of total knee arthroplasty, or knee replacement, looked at physical activity, pain, impairments, and quality of life in knee replacement patients with and without diabetes. They found that people with diabetes had poorer outcomes. Read more

Metformin and Kidney Function

The widely used type 2 diabetes drug metformin is often associated with lactic acidosis, especially in patients with kidney disease. However, a new study suggests this may not the case for patients with mild to moderate kidney disease. Read more

Research into One Body Protein May Help Treat Diabetes, Parkinson’s

Researchers are gaining insight into the biochemical pathway around a protein called Parkin, which plays a key role in maintaining cellular energy. When the Parkin protein misfunctions, it can contribute to the development of Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Read more

Benefits of Canagliflozin for Heart Disease

A study of the diabetes drug canagliflozin (Invokana) found that it was able to steadily reduce the risk of death and hospitalizations due to heart failure in patients with both type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Read more

Farxiga Not Effective for COVID-19

A large study that tested whether AstraZeneca’s diabetes drug Farxiga showed benefit in treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and at risk of developing serious complications did not meet its goals. Read more

Insulin Dosing Before Exercise

Exercise is essential for people with diabetes, but it also can contribute to variations in blood sugar levels, depending on the type of exercise, duration, and many other factors. A small pilot study suggests that low insulin with modest hyperglycemia may be better than higher insulin levels when exercising with type 1 diabetes. Read more

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