Diabetes Brings Higher Risk of Suicide, Alcohol-Related Death

A new study looked at the relationship between diabetes and risk of death due to alcohol, suicide, and accidents, and found that people with diabetes were much likelier to die from these causes than people without the disease. The researchers suggest that depression and other mental health issues that may occur in people as a […]

Exercise Can Help Delay Progression of Type 1 Diabetes

After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, more than half of patients have a “honeymoon phase” during which the pancreas continues to make insulin in limited amounts. This phase may last for days, weeks, or even months, until all the insulin- producing beta cells are destroyed. Now a new study has shown that patients who […]

Semaglutide May Provide Significant Weight Loss

A new study has found that the GLP-1 diabetes drug semaglutide, combined with diet and exercise, can help obese patients lose significant amounts of weight. The GLP-1 class of drugs helps weight loss by suppressing appetite and delaying the movement of food into the small intestine. Semaglutide proved more effective than the older drug liraglutide […]

Common Blood Test May Help Detect Risk for Gestational Diabetes Early

The HbA1c test (also called the A1C test) is commonly used to diagnose type 2 diabetes. Researchers have found it could potentially also be used to identify signs of gestational diabetes in the first trimester of pregnancy. The test could be given as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy to help identify women at risk […]

Poor Blood Sugar Control Increases Risk for Dementia

People with type 1 diabetes who go through prolonged periods of uncontrolled blood glucose may have greater risk for dementia, according to a new study. Risk of dementia has often been linked to diabetes; elderly people with type 1 diabetes are over 80% more likely to have the memory loss condition than people who do […]

Can Exercise Help Overcome Pollution?

Many studies have examined the association between type 2 diabetes and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) like those found in pesticides; there’s also evidence that air pollution plays a role in health conditions like type 2 diabetes. Can exercise, which has so many benefits, help people overcome the effects of pollution on the body? Read more

Diabetes May Begin Many Years Before Diagnosis

It’s possible to identify early signs of type 2 diabetes more than 20 years before diagnosis, says a new study. Japanese researchers followed 27,000 adults without diabetes between 2005 and 2016 and found that increased fasting glucose, higher body mass index (BMI) and impaired insulin sensitivity could be detected up to 10 years before diabetes […]

Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking Linked to Diabetes

Quitting smoking has many health benefits, but the weight many ex-smokers gain after quitting can increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The risk was highest in people who had recently quit smoking. The researchers recommend ex-smokers take care to eat a healthful diet and exercise regularly to help diminish […]

Can an Algorithm Manage Your Diabetes Better than You Can?

Would you trust an algorithm to decide your insulin dose? A recent clinical trial found that letting an algorithm decide the amount of insulin a person with type 1 diabetes needs helped keep blood sugar levels under control more effectively than when the participants managed their insulin needs themselves. Read more

Taking Aspirin For Your Heart with Diabetes: Benefits and Risks

Taking aspirin is often recommended for its heart benefits, but do the benefits outweigh the risk for all people with diabetes? A recent study found that for people who do not already have heart disease, the risk of serious bleeding associated with aspirin use may outweigh the cardiovascular benefits. Read more

Bariatric Surgery May Be as Effective as Medication

A new study, Beta Cell Restoration through Fat Mitigation, or BetaFat, followed patients with mild to moderate obesity and either prediabetes or new-onset type 2 diabetes. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either a gastric banding procedure, which places a band around the upper part of the stomach to slow digestion, or the medication metformin. […]

Department of Transportation Allows Insulin Users with Diabetes to Operate Commercial Vehicles

The ADA has been advocating for two decades that the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) should  permit individuals with insulin-treated diabetes to be certified to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, and now the FMCSA has issued a rule allowing it. Read more

Eating Breakfast Before Exercising May Help Blood Sugar Control

There has been a lot of discussion on whether it’s better to exercise before or after eating. A new study says that eating breakfast before you exercise helps control blood sugar. Study participants who ate breakfast before they exercised had lower insulin levels at subsequent meals. Read more

Meal Replacements for Weight Loss

There are many types of meal replacements available, but are they really safe and effective for weight loss? Obesity medicine specialist Dr. Scott Isaacs offers insights into how meal replacements can be used, and why they are most effective when done with medical supervision, particularly for people who are on multiple medications for diabetes. Read […]

Poor Blood Sugar Control Raises Risk of Serious Infections

A new study of over 85,000 people with diabetes has found that those who have the poorest control of their blood sugar are three times more likely to be hospitalized due to serious infections. Their risk was higher with all types of infections, but especially for bacterial infections. Read more

The Links Between PCOS and Diabetes

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder in women. Dr. Rhoda Cobin, a PCOS specialist, shares insights into the association between PCOS and type 2 diabetes, the effects of PCOS, and why it often runs in families — and why men who have family members with PCOS may also be at risk. Read […]

Eating Too Much Gluten in Pregnancy Associated with Child’s Type 1 Risk

A new study found that the more gluten a woman ate during her pregnancy, the higher her child’s risk of developing type 1 diabetes later on. However, researchers say that more studies are needed and this study is not sufficient to determine whether there is an actual cause and effect relationship between gluten and diabetes […]

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

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