Gout + Diabetes Increases Amputation Risk

Diabetes and gout are among the most common metabolic disorders in industrialized nations. While heart disease, kidney disease, and amputations are well known complications of diabetes, researchers are finding that gout also plays a significant role in these problems. Read more

FDA “Fast-Tracks” Farxiga for Heart Failure Benefits

Research has shown that diabetes drugs in the SGLT2 inhibitor class can have cardiovascular benefits. Now the FDA has given a Fast Track Designation to accelerate study of how one of these drugs, Farxiga (dapagliflozin) may help reduce death and heart failure after a heart attack. Read more

Insulin Challenges for Many Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

People with diabetes are at higher risk for complications of COVID-19, and good diabetes management is key for maximizing health and reducing risk. But for many with type 1, obtaining insulin is a challenge due to job and health insurance losses in the pandemic. Read more

Glucose Management Helps Reduce Cognitive Decline Risk

As people age, obesity and diabetes put them at higher risk for cognitive conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease. Type 2 diabetes damages the brain regions that govern memory, movement, and visual processing, but maintaining good glucose levels can help reduce the risk. Read more

Eating Whole Grains Reduces Type 2 Risk

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said that eating one to two portions of brown rice, bulgur, millet or buckwheat reduced people’s risk of type 2 diabetes by 29 per cent compared to those who ate few whole grains. The researchers also found that eating at least one serving of oatmeal […]

CGM for Pregnant Women with Type 1

For pregnant women with type 1 diabetes, their maternal glucose levels play a large role in determining fetal growth. Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) allows expecting mothers to assess the changes in their blood glucose levels. Read more

Activating Brown Fat Cells to Fight Diabetes & Obesity

Canadian researchers say they have achieved a scientific breakthrough that could improve the treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity. They have discovered how to activate brown fat (a tissue responsible for burning calories in excess sugar and fat in the body) in humans. Read more

Intermittent Fasting May Have Risks for Type 2 Patients

Intermittent fasting, which involves not eating any food during scheduled periods that could range from hours to a full day, is growing in popularity. It can have positive effects on blood pressure, cognitive function, cholesterol levels, inflammation, and weight, but it may pose problems for people with type 2 diabetes. Read more

Testosterone Therapy May Reverse Type 2 in Men

Research conducted over 11 years in Bremerhaven, Germany, found that treating male type 2 diabetes patients with testosterone therapy caused remission of their diabetes in one-third of the participants. Read more

Statins Reduce Mortality Risk in Older Patients

Heart disease is more life-threatening in older patients than younger population or middle-aged patients. Prevention strategies, including using lifestyle modification and statins, are gaining increasing importance among physicians. A study on statin use in veterans 75 years or older found that statins were associated with overall reduced risk of disease and death. Read more

New-Onset Diabetes After Kidney Transplant

New-onset diabetes after transplantation (NODAT) is a common complication after kidney transplantation, but its mechanism is not fully understood. Researchers in South Korea conducted a study that suggests gut microbiota play a role in the development of NODAT in kidney transplant recipients. Read more

Oral Semaglutide Effective Paired with Insulin

Multiple studies have been conducted to evaluate the performance of oral semaglutide, which is the first oral medication in the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist drug class. The PIONEER 8 trial found reductions in A1c and body weight when oral semaglutide is paired with various insulin regimens. Read more

New Research Network to Study Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Six U.S. research institutions are launching a multicenter network, the Diabetic Foot Consortium (DFC), funded by the National Institutes of Health, to study diabetic foot ulcers. Foot ulcers are a common diabetes complication and the leading cause of lower limb amputations in the U.S., and this is the first research network dedicated to studying how […]

A “Do-It-Yourself” Artificial Pancreas

Do-it-yourself artificial pancreas systems (DIYAPS) were developed by members of the diabetes community to offer a solution to type 1 diabetes patients who can’t access or afford other tech systems. Read more

Flu Vaccine May Lower Your Cardiovascular Risk

A study in Denmark has found that people with diabetes who get the flu vaccine are significantly less likely to have a fatal cardiovascular event or die from any cause than those who do not get vaccinated. The researchers say that this might be due the inflammatory response to coming down with the flu, which […]

Technology Can Help Manage Depression

A high percentage of people with diabetes also suffer from depression. Cellphone apps can help to track symptoms of depression and help people with diabetes & depression and their caregivers manage the condition. Read more

Cinnamon May Slow Diabetes Progression

New research suggests supplemental cinnamon could improve fasting blood glucose and glucose tolerance among patients with prediabetes. Results of the 12-week study, which was conducted by an international team of investigators, indicate cinnamon could be a cost-effective approach to reducing progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. Read more

Which Dietary Supplements are Effective for Diabetes?

In the United States, the dietary supplement industry is regulated very differently from pharmaceutical drugs. The FDA does not require evidence of efficacy and safety before a supplement can be sold in the marketplace. As a result, while thousands of dietary supplements are available for diabetes treatment, there is little evidence for their effectiveness. Now […]

A Micro Artificial Pancreas to Begin Trials

Betalin Therapeutics says that it will submit a request next month for human clinical trials in the UK for its tiny micro-pancreas that can “cure” diabetes for millions of people and eliminate the need for insulin injections. The device is designed for people with type 1 diabetes, and those with type 2 diabetes who require […]

How BMI in Childhood vs Adulthood Affects Diabetes Risk

High body mass index (BMI) in early life has been thought to increase the risk of developing chronic conditions like diabetes as an adult. It is challenging to study, as many people who have larger body sizes are also larger in adulthood; it is unclear whether adulthood lifestyle changes can lessen the risks from childhood […]

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