Why Checking A1c Before Any Surgery is Essential

Surgery places physical stress on the patient, and patients with diabetes and hyperglycemia are especially vulnerable to complications from surgery. A recent study found that poor glycemic control before surgery (elevated HbA1c levels) was a major risk factor for adverse outcomes after surgery. The research demonstrates the need to assess patients’ glycemic levels prior to […]

Type 1 Increases Risk of Other Autoimmune Diseases

New research finds people with type 1 have higher risk of developing additional autoimmune conditions. The risk is highest for those who develop type 1 diabetes after the age of 40, especially women. Thyroid disease, vitigilio, alopecia, Crohn’s disease and psoriasis are all conditions which can be associated with type 1. Read more

Doctors and Patients Protest Insulin Costs

Diabetes activists, including both physicians and patients, joined together in Washington, DC this past weekend to protest the high cost of insulin in the U.S. The protest was held on April 8 and organized by  the Right Care Alliance, an activist group that states their mission is to hold “health care institutions accountable to communities […]

How to Motivate Yourself to Get and Stay Fit

Exercising has benefits for all of us, but it’s particularly important for people with diabetes. But getting started with fitness, and finding the motivation to stay with the fitness program, is tough for everyone – and for people with diabetes it can be even tougher due to the various health issues that come along with […]

Researchers Target New Treatment for Type 2

Researchers at Yale University believe targeting a protein called islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), a hormone made by the same cells that produce insulin, may lead to a new treatment for type 2 diabetes. The researchers say that when IAPP develops the wrong shape, it pokes holes in the membranes of pancreatic islets that are large […]

Losing Excess Weight Before Adolescence May Help Avoid Type 2

Excess weight is a risk factor in developing type 2 diabetes at any age. A new study has found that adolescence may be a vital cutoff point for weight management to reduce type 2 risk. The researchers found that overweight children who were able to achieve a healthy weight by age 13 had the no […]

More about the Importance of Dental Care with Diabetes

Treating periodontitis (gum disease) is beneficial not only to prevent tooth loss – it’s helpful for blood sugar control in diabetes. A new study found that following non-surgical procedures for treating chronic peritonitis helped patients improve their fasting plasma glucose and HbA1c levels. The researchers note that proper periodontal evaluation is essential for patients with […]

23 Million American Adults Now Have Diabetes

Nearly one in ten American adults now have diabetes, according to the latest CDC research. 21 million of these cases are due to type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes accounts for a much smaller number, at 1.3 million cases. Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors all seem to play a role in who develops diabetes, and […]

Missing Teeth May Predict Diabetes Risk

Dental exams may be an earlier predictor of disease than even blood tests, according the authors of a new study. They found a progressive increase in the number of patients with missing teeth as glucose tolerance declined, and conclude that patients with at least 3 or more missing teeth should be tested for diabetes. Read […]

Why a High-Fiber Diet is Good for Type 2

Previous research has shown that eating a diet high in fiber can benefit patients with type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study may have determined why. A certain type of gut bacteria has been identified as the reason for the benefits of high-fiber diets. Eating the right dietary fibers can help rebalance the gut microbiome, […]

How Patients and Doctors Really Feel about Continuous Glucose Monitors

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (CGMS) are considered the next big thing in diabetes care. Both patients with diabetes and health care professionals expect wider adoption of CGMS in the future for patients with type 2 as well as type 1 — but feel that costs coming down is a key factor in this. The results […]

Successful Food Logging for Diabetes Management

Keeping a food log can be a challenge, but can be extremely helpful both for losing weight and for weight maintenance. A diabetes educator shares her approach to successful food logging for her patients: keep it simple, make sure it’s a type of logging the patient can stick with, and take the patient’s individual needs […]

Bariatric Surgery Better than Medication for Teens with Type 2

New research says that in teenagers who have severe obesity and type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery provides much better weight loss, diabetes remission, and improvement in heart risk factors than medical treatment.  The analysis of data from two large studies suggests a surgical solution to youth-onset type 2 may be preferable, despite the risks of […]

An Analysis of the American College of Physicians Controversial New Recommendations

The American College of Physicians recently issues new guidelines stating that adults with type 2 diabetes can aim for an easier-to-achieve blood sugar target than what’s been used to guide treatment in the past. These recommendations differ from the guidelines from most national and international organizations, such as the American Diabetes Association and American Association […]

Recognition of New Types of Diabetes Could Change Treatment

How many types of diabetes are there? We’re familiar with type 1 and type 2, but is our current understanding too simplistic? In new research published in the medical journal The Lancet, researchers showed they could identify five separate forms of diabetes. The two that correspond to type 1 and type 2 represent about 6 […]

Is Diabetes Still Underdiagnosed?

Despite advances in medicine and diagnosis, diabetes remains poorly detected among adults in United States, according to new research. Mexican-Americans have the highest probability of doctors missing their diagnosis of diabetes. In recent years, there have been improvements in detection rates for  elderly, white individuals, and subjects with the highest poverty-income-ratio. Read more

Does Arsenic Play a Role in Development of Diabetes?

Much recent research has shown that environmental pollutants can play a role in the development of diabetes. Researchers are now looking at one of these pollutants, arsenic, to see exactly what its effects are. Arsenic contaminates the drinking water sources used by more than 100 million people around the world, and more water sources are […]

Microneedle-Array Patches Offer Innovation in Type 2 Treatment

New microneedle-array patches are painless and non-invasive and allow treatment particles to be released iin response to biological stimuli. The patch incorporates a glucose-sensing element and a drug-releasing component This design hopes to serve as a reliable and effective treatment option for glucose management in type 2 diabetes. Read more

Work Your Core! Exercises for Better Health

Complications from diabetes like peripheral neuropathy, vision issues, and heart problems don’t have to prevent you from doing safe and healthy exercise. You can still have a beneficial workout without the risks by exercising your core . You may not be able to get outside for a brisk walk or run, but that doesn’t mean […]

Targeting the Gut to Prevent Type 1

A new study suggests that targeting specific gut microbes may be a way to protect against type 1 diabetes. Australian researchers found gut microbiota alterations in rodents and humans at high risk of type 1 diabetes, and that these gut microbiota alterations were a result of genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes, as well as […]

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