Childhood Infections Can Lead to Development of Type 1

Type 1 diabetes has both genetic and environmental components. New research suggests that children with certain disease markers are at greater risk of developing type 1 diabetes if they have respiratory infections at an early age. Read more

Pharma Companies Work on Predictive Model for Diabetes

Boehringer and Eli Lilly and Co. are working together to develop a risk model using anonymized patient data. The model will predict how likely patients are to develop three health issues associated with type 2 diabetes: cardiovascular death, kidney failure and hospitalization for heart failure. The goal is to create a model that will help […]

Why Does the Way We Talk About Diabetes Matter?

Many of the words we use to talk about people with diabetes carry a lot of baggage. Words like “diabetic” when applied to a person, “noncompliant,” and even “prevention” can convey judgements on people with diabetes. These judgements can affect the way people think about patients with diabetes – and can be extremely harmful when […]

Learning to Exercise Without Fear

Exercise is important for everyone’s health, but it’s especially vital for patients with diabetes. However, exercising with diabetes offers unique challenges for many patients. The impact and challenges of exercising with type 1 are particularly under-studied. This video examines two papers that go in-depth on the issue of exercise and diabetes, especially type one diabetes. […]

Type 1 on the Rise in Kids

A new study in Philadelphia shows a concerning increase in the number of children being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. During the four year study period, the incidence rate of type 1 diabetes  increased by 29% among kids under 14 years of age in Philadelphia. Read more

Genetic Research May Help Pinpoint Type 1 Risk

Genetic testing may soon play a larger role in diagnosing type 1 diabetes in children and adults, and helping doctors predict who will develop it in the future. While type 1 was long known as “juvenile diabetes,” in fact half of patients develop it after age 30. Genetic researchers believe they will one day be […]

The Order in Which You Eat Your Carbs Matters

Most people with diabetes know they need to control the amount of carbohydrates in their diet to help manage their blood sugar levels. But did you know it also may matter when you eat those carbs as part of your meal? New research has found that eating proteins and vegetable portions before you eat the […]

Animas to Stop Making Insulin Pumps

Johnson & Johnson has decided to discontinue its insulin pump products. The Animas, Animas Vibe, and OneTouch Ping pumps will no longer be available. The company announced it has  partnered with Medtronic to transition its existing customers to Medtronic’s pump line. Johnson & Johnson representatives have said the decision to shut down the pump division […]

Why a Flu Shot is Even More Important if You Have Diabetes

With the 2017 flu season expected to be a bad one, doctors urge everyone — especially people with diabetes — to get vaccinated. According to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), many people with diabetes do not realize that they are more likely to develop serious flu-related health problems if they catch the virus. […]

Kids with Type 1 at Higher Risk of Eating Disorders

Children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes are at risk of having disordered eating symptoms or full-blown eating disorders, according to new research. An analysis of six studies on disordered eating found that approximately 7% of adolescents with type 1 diabetes were diagnosed with EDs, compared to just 2.8% of the control group. Read more

Insulin Patch Offers Alternative to Shots

The V-Go insulin patch offers people with diabetes an alternative to insulin injections. After you load the patch with insulin, it is applied to the arm, leg or abdomen, much like a Band-Aid. There’s a tiny needle inside the patch. With a push of a button, the needle goes into the skin. It delivers a […]

New Alternative to Gastric Bypass May Debut in U.K.

A new device called the EndoBarrier was recently announced at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). It’s a tube-like liner that can be inserted into the intestines as a barrier to food absorption. According to researchers, it performs a similar function to gastric bypass surgery, but it’s reversible and less invasive and risky. […]

First CGM that Doesn’t Require Fingersticks Approved in U.S.

The FDA has approved the Libre Flash System for sale to adults in the U.S. It’s the first continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that does not require fingersticks in order to check glucose levels. It’s already been approved in multiple other countries. It uses small sensor wire inserted below the skin’s surface that continuously measures and […]

Novo Nordisk Continues Support for All-Diabetes Cycling Team

Global healthcare company Novo Nordisk has renewed its partnership with Team Novo Nordisk for an additional two years. This extends the company’s commitment to the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team to a total of seven years. Novo Nordisk partnered with the professional cycling team Team Type 1 in 2012 to create Team Novo Nordisk, based […]

Sanofi & Innovation Health Partner on New Digital Diabetes Program

Sanofi and Innovation Health (an insurance company run by Inova and Aetna) are collaborating on a pilot program that will look at how digital health strategies can improve care for patients with type 2 diabetes. The program will use the diabetes self-management app One Drop along with Gocap, an insulin dose management platform that emphasizes […]

Diabetes Medications Reduce Parkinson’s Risk

Taking diabetes medications can reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease by 35%, according to a new study by Norwegian researchers. Researchers plan follow-up studies to determine how and why the medication protects against Parkinson’s. Read more

New Study Shows SGLT-2 Inhibitors Have Heart Benefits for Elderly

New research led by the American insurance company Anthem Inc. looked at how the SGLT-2 inhibitor drug class, which includes drugs like Invokana and Jardiance, compares to the drugs in the DPP-4 inhibitor class (such as Januvia and Tradjenta). The study found a significant reduction in heart failure hospitalizations among older patients at risk of […]

Standard Test May Not Detect Diabetes in African-Americans

A common test used to diagnose type 2 diabetes is influenced by 60 genetic variants, according to a study by an international team of scientists. One genetic variant which is found only in African Americans significantly reduces the accuracy of the HbA1c blood test used to diagnose and monitor type 2. As a result, as […]

Continuous Glucose Monitors Beneficial for Type 1

New research shows that use of real-time continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) produces significant long-term improvement in HbA1c in adult patients with type 1 diabetes. The benefit is present whether the patients  use insulin pumps or multiple daily insulin injections (MDI). In the study, patients had HbA1c reductions from 8.2% to 7.1% in the pump/CGM group […]

One Small Benefit for Type 2: Reduced Aortic Aneurysm Risk

Patients with type 2 diabetes were less likely to develop a serious aortic aneurysm, and had better short-term survival after an aortic aneurysm rupture than those without the disease, according to a large study. The new study supports older, smaller studies that suggest diabetes makes the aortic wall stronger. Unfortunately, patients with type 2 still […]

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