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Silicon Valley Looks for Non-Invasive Way to Monitor Blood Sugar

Many life sciences companies have tried to develop sensors that can monitor blood sugar without drawing blood, but so far none has succeeded. Now, Silicon Valley is taking on the challenge, with Apple looking to solve the problem. The company has a team of about 30 people in an office in Palo Alto working on a project […]

Can Intestinal Bacteria Protect Against Type 2?

A new study from researchers in Finland suggests that a high concentration of indolepropionic acid in the serum protects against type 2 diabetes. Indolepropionic acid is produced by intestinal bacteria, and a diet rich in fiber can help boost its production. According to the researchers, the discovery provides additional insight into the role of intestinal […]

Type 1 Diabetes Risk May Come Down to Gut Bacteria Counts

Diabetes researchers have long noticed that labs have different rates of success breeding mice to have the equivalent of Type 1 diabetes. At first, many scientists attributed this to poor management of genetic drift in some labs, but this theory didn’t hold up. If you transferred a group of mice from a lab with a […]

Dealing with Post-Bariatric Surgery Hypoglycemia

Gastric bypass can result in metabolic changes that cause excess insulin production, says Mary-Elizabeth Patti, M.D., F.A.C.P., Director of the Hypoglycemia Clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center. “People secrete more insulin than they should after eating. Glucose levels spike after a meal and then decline too low. This roller coaster pattern of repeated low blood sugars […]

FreeStyle Libre Use Associated with Better Glucose Control

Researchers found that Libre users checked their glucose readings an average of 16 times a day; that’s about three times the amount of fingerstick checks that medical professionals recommend for people with Type 1 diabetes, according to Tim Dunn, an Abbott associate research fellow connected with the analysis. The Libre differs from a continuous glucose […]

American Diabetes Association Updates on Diabetic Retinopathy

A recent update on diabetic retinopathy by American Diabetes Association (ADA) has considerably improved in terms of diagnosing and treating this complication since the 2002 ‘Position Statement.’ The statement was comprised of natural history of diabetic retinopathy with associated risk factors and different stages categorized by the growth of new blood vessels on the retina […]

Fasting Diet Regenerates Beta Cells in Mice

For years, there has been a vocal minority of Type 1 diabetes activists who have claimed that a low-calorie, low-carb diet is a great, but often ignored, treatment option for maintaining blood glucose levels with Type 1 diabetes. Now, a new study may provide strong scientific evidence that such a diet-focused treatment restores beta cell […]

diaTribe – How to Get More Strips on a Budget

Here are some tips for getting more test strips at a lower cost, either through insurance or by paying cash.

Basal Insulin Tresiba Approved for Teens and Kids as Young as One

Novo Nordisk recently announced FDA approval of an expanded pediatric indication for Tresiba, meaning that the basal insulin can now be used to treat people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes as young as age one. The label update is based on data from the BEGIN YOUNG 1 trial, which showed Tresiba is safe […]

Top 10 Foods that Help Me Manage Type 2 Diabetes

I’ve had Type 2 diabetes for 14 years. Finding the right combination of low-GI foods and living a “normal” life has been really trying. A few months ago, I decided to start eating “clean.” I also don’t eat carbohydrates like potatoes, pasta, rice, bread and sugar of any kind. I eat very little fruit, and […]

Where are all the new diabetes drugs?

So has pharma run out of ideas in diabetes? Not exactly. But whether its ideas will ever get to market is another question. There’s plenty of promising science in the early stages of research. Available drugs, however, work pretty well. Given the cost of development and a high bar for approval, pharma can only afford […]

Diabetes could cause up to 12% of US deaths

The proportion of deaths attributable to diabetes in the US is as high as 12 percent—three times higher than estimates based on death certificates suggest—a new analysis shows.

A New Combination Treatment Could Become the Standard T2 Diabetes

A study in Diabetes Care showed that patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes who received a combination of exenatide and pioglitazone had a threefold lower rate of hypoglycemia, a one-percentage-point greater reduction in A1C and less weight gain than those in the basal-bolus insulin therapy group.

Research on Remission of Prediabetes to Normal Glucose Tolerance in Obese Adults

This study objective was to determine the effect on remission of prediabetes with a high protein (HP) versus high carbohydrate (HC) diet, and effects on metabolic parameters, and lean and fat body mass in prediabetic, obese subjects after 6 months of dietary intervention. They recruited women and men ages 20–50 years with a BMI ≥ […]

Can burnt toast and roasted potatoes cause cancer?

The Food Standards Agency in the UK launched a campaign Monday to warn about cancer risks linked to eating burnt toast, over-roasted potatoes and other starchy foods cooked at high temperatures. The campaign is based on longstanding evidence from animal studies in 2002, but the link is yet to be proved in human studies. Some […]

Insulia, Software by Prescription for Type 2 Diabetes Management

The marriage of apps and software with type 2 diabetes care has been rocky at best because successful management of the condition eludes simple cause-and-effect algorithms. However, because of a lesson learned at a summer camp, a new software system promises to improve that relationship.

How Afrezza Inhaled Insulin Makes My Life Better

Afrezza, invented by MannKind, a Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company, is the only inhalable insulin in existence. It’s actually been on the market once before. When it was first launched, about a decade ago, the apparatus to take the insulin was so giant and ill conceived that some likened it to a bong. The new inhaler is […]

Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet

New research shows that brain shrinkage is less pronounced in older folks whose diets hew closely to the traditional diet of Mediterranean peoples — including lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and olive oil, little red meat and poultry, and regular, moderate consumption of fish and red wine.

20 Questions to Ask a New Endocrinologist

You can, and should, ask to meet an endocrinologist or doctor before you choose to become a patient in their practice. Most often, doctors will give you 15 minutes to meet and ask questions. Think of it as a speed-date. Here are some questions you might want to ask a doctor during this initial visit.

Diabetes Tech ‘Spectations for 2017

We’ve been listening to earnings calls and talking with company execs, industry insiders and PR teams to get a sense of what else is on the horizon, compiled in the following report.



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