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At risk for heart problems? A new clinical trial might be right for you

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If you or a loved one have high triglycerides and are at risk for a cardiovascular event, new options may be available. This trial is testing whether an investigational drug, Epanova (omega-3 fatty acids), can reduce the risk of serious heart problems when taken in combination with a statin. Epanova is already FDA-approved to treat […]

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

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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

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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

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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.

How the 21st Century Cures Act Will Change Diabetes Care

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In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress overwhelmingly passed The 21st Century Cures Act, and the president signed the bill into law on December 13th, 2016. This legislation boosts funding to the National Institutes of Health and establishes an innovation grant fund to “accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery” of new treatments and therapies.

Exercise Often Raises Blood Glucose in Type 1 Diabetes

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Regular physical activity and exercise are recommended for the general population for overall improved health. However, exercise of moderate intensity increases the risk of hypoglycemia during and following exertion in those with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Accordingly, exercise guidelines for T1DM focus on prevention of exercise-induced hypoglycemia.

How to Prep for Air Travel with Type 1 Diabetes

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Before you fly somewhere, learn the rules for transporting medications and supplies. If travelling during high-alert times, be aware that regulations may become more stringent. Remember that insulin is a fluid, and syringes, insulin pumps, and CGMS are devices that may cause concern at the gate.

When To Worry About Ketones

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People with diabetes need to be concerned about ketones, though, because they can be a sign of a life-threatening condition. The presence of ketones makes the blood acidic and can result in an illness known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which occurs when blood sugar levels are very high. DKA can be caused by not getting […]

2016: A Pivotal Year for Closed Loop/Automated Insulin Delivery

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In September, the FDA approved the first hybrid closed-loop system for automating insulin delivery to reduce both highs and lows: Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G system including the latest Guardian Sensor 3 CGM. The milestone approval came after an unexpectedly fast three-month FDA review, and just four months after Medtronic reported positive data from its three-month home […]

Exercise could improve memory loss in type 2 diabetes

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A link between moderate aerobic exercise and improving memory loss in people with diabetes has been found in a new study. Researchers from the University of Tsukaba in Japan found four weeks of moderate activity improved memory dysfunction in mouse models of type 2 diabetes.

Bluetooth insulin dose device helps users keep track of their injections

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A new Bluetooth insulin dose tracker, called Insulog, can be fitted onto most existing insulin pens to prevent dose errors in people with type 1 diabetes and insulin-treated type 2 diabetes. The device, created by a Tel Aviv-based startup, is the object of an online crowdfunding campaign recently launched on Indiegogo.

FDA Approves New Diabetes Combo LixiLan and IDegLira for T2 Diabetes

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Both products, known as LixiLan and IDegLira during clinical trials, were delayed by 3 months at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following recommendations for approval from FDA panels back in May. And yet the FDA has approved the two new competing combination products containing fixed doses of glucagonlike-peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists and […]

Joslin Diabetes – What’s Sleep Got To Do With It?

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Over the last couple of years it’s become clear that people who have poor-quality sleep or don’t get enough sleep are more resistant to insulin, says Robert A. Gabbay, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Joslin Diabetes Center. “It’s very clear that sleep loss is a risk factor for the development […]

Device ‘Hassle’ Deters Use in Some Type 1 Diabetes Patients

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Perception of “hassle” is the most common modifiable barrier keeping people with type 1 diabetes from choosing to wear insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), new research indicates.

Long-acting Synjardy gets FDA approval for type 2 diabetes treatment in the US

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the slow release form of Synjardy. Synjardy is a drug used by people with type 2 diabetes in the UK as a twice daily single pill combination therapy to lower blood sugar levels.

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

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One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live. So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, […]

6 New Diabetes Products to Look for in 2017

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We’ve rounded up descriptions of some of the most exciting diabetes products expected to hit the market in 2017, followed by an approximate timeframe of when they’ll become available to the public. Sure, what we really want is a cure in 2017, but we’ll take improved quality of life, thanks to new devices and tech, […]

DiabetesMine – On Pharma and Employers in the Insulin Affordability Crisis

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We reported earlier this week about a landmark roundtable gathering of diabetes advocates and industry leaders in Washington D.C. to address the complex problem of insulin affordability and access here in the U.S.

Medscape: Sitting Less Is Beneficial in Diabetes

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In patients with type 2 diabetes, a “Sit-Less” intervention that breaks up sedentary behavior with standing and light-intensity walking appears to be “more potent” than structured exercise at achieving glycemic control and improving insulin sensitivity, a new study indicates.

Are PBMs Driving Up The Price of Insulin?

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PBMs are organizations commonly understood to be the “middle men” in the chain of distribution of prescription drugs and medical devices from the manufacturers to the places where those products are dispensed or purchased through an insurance carrier or a prescription purchase plan. They are also considered the organizations to which health insurance carriers outsource […]

ADA: New Exercise Recommendation for Diabetes and Prediabetes

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The American Diabetes Association recently released a position statement with new evidence-based recommendations on physical activity and exercise for people with diabetes and prediabetes. A big point is the 3-for-30 recommendation: do three minutes of light physical activity – such as leg extensions or walking – for every half hour spent sitting still.

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