10 More Things Not to Say to a Person With Diabetes


Just when you thought it was safe to start talking to people with diabetes, here it is: a new collection of statements that have been known to make people with diabetes cringe, twitch, and fume.

NPR – It’s Tough To Make Good Health Choices, But Science Can Help


Simply reminding yourself that you’re an OK person may increase your readiness to change. In a review published in 2014, Epton and colleagues analyzed existing research and found self-affirmation techniques combined with persuasive health information can help people decide to change — and then actually do it.

A Third of US Teens with Diabetes Don’t Know They Have It


Researchers analyzed information from more than 2,600 adolescents ages 12 to 19 who were tested for diabetes at some point from 2005 to 2014, as part of a national health survey conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participants underwent three tests of their blood glucose levels, and a person was […]

FreeStyle Libre Shines in TI Study: A Decrease of 74 Minutes Per Day Spent in Hypoglycemia

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At the ADA Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, Abbott shared results of the IMPACT study, a randomized six-month trial comparing the FreeStyle Libre “flash glucose monitor” to fingersticks in people with type 1 diabetes

ASweetLife – Bloodless Glucose Testing Moves Closer to Reality


A bloodless way to test blood sugar has long been the stuff of science fiction. But, now, a group of researchers in Wales is moving an innovative idea of drawing blood without puncturing the skin from the conceptual world of Star Trek to perhaps being available at a pharmacy down the street.

Medtronic MiniMed 670G Trial Results: 44% Reduction in Hypoglycemia


At the recent ADA Scientific Sessions, Medtronic presented data from its pivotal trial of the MiniMed 670G/Enlite 3 hybrid closed loop system, designed to provide evidence for regulatory approval.

NPR – After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs


Research published Wednesday found that states that legalized medical marijuana — which is sometimes recommended for symptoms like chronic pain, anxiety or depression — saw declines in the number of Medicare prescriptions for drugs used to treat those conditions and a dip in spending by Medicare Part D, which covers the cost on prescription medications.

Huffpost – Artificial Pancreas Could Be Answer For Diabetes


There’s good news on the horizon for those who suffer from diabetes: a new technology that enables the creation of an artificial pancreas could replace your insulin shots and automatically regulate the body’s levels with nothing for you to worry about on your side.

Invokana Superior As Second Add-on to Metformin


Over a one-year study, glycemic control was improved and body weight and blood pressure were reduced with Invokana® (canagliflozin, Janssen) as add-on therapy to metformin in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a presentation at AACE.

FDA Slower to Approve New Medical Devices Than Drugs


As Medtronic prepares to seek FDA approval for an artificial pancreas, many have wondered why it’s taken so long to get to this point. A recent study suggests that might be because the FDA may be slower to approve medical devices than drugs, according to a report by Mass Device.

Victoza Reduces Cardiovascular Death by 22% in Type 2 Diabetes


GLP-1 Victoza reduces the risk of death from heart disease, kidney disease, hypoglycemia, severe hypoglycemia, and other complications in people with type 2 diabetes at high risk for heart disease.

Type 1, Celiac, and AutoImmune Thyroid Disease Go Together

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Unfortunately, researchers are finding that people with one autoimmune condition are prone to others. For example, a recent study has found that people with celiac disease and Type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of also developing autoimmune thyroid disease.

New link found between diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease

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Drugs used to treat diabetes could also be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, and vice versa, according to new research. This is also the first study of its kind to show that Alzheimer’s disease can lead to diabetes, as opposed to diabetes occurring first as was previously thought.

Diabetes raises risk of heart attack death by 50 percent


Having diabetes increases the risk of dying from the effects of a heart attack by around 50 percent, according to a widespread study. The study’s participants with diabetes were 39 per cent more likely to have died if they had a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) heart attack — in which the artery is partially […]

Your Android Diabetes App is Probably Selling Your Health Info

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In a new study, researchers found that Android-based diabetes apps sometimes collect private health data and share it with outside third parties without warning users. Researchers with the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law found that 81 percent of the 211 Android-based diabetes apps reviewed did not have privacy policies. Only four of […]

Specific diet plan works better than drugs for type 2 diabetes, study shows


While general advice on how to improve diet to reduce diabetes symptoms and obesity can work, researchers in a recent study found a personalized, specific nutrition plan was far more effective for achieving health goals. Researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center found structured nutrition therapy helped patients reach health goals similar to those of medications […]

Tell the FDA Your Opinions on Using CGM For Insulin Dosing


The FDA just released details on the July 21 Advisory Panel hearing on whether Dexcom’s G5 CGM should be officially approved for dosing insulin. The meeting is open to the public, and anyone interested can (i) submit a written comment to the FDA; (ii) attend the meeting; and (iii) request to give an oral presentation […]

New Implantable CGM Receives Approval in Europe

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The Eversense CGM uses a 90-day implanted sensor that is placed in the upper arm in a 5-10 minute in-office procedure. A rechargeable transmitter device is worn on top of the skin, directly over the sensor, which powers the implant and sends the current glucose value and trend arrow to a smartphone. The transmitter is […]

Eye study underscores the long-lasting benefits of controlling diabetes


People with type 2 diabetes who intensively controlled their blood sugar level during the landmark ACCORD Trial Eye Study were found to have cut their risk of diabetic retinopathy in half in a follow-up analysis conducted four years after stopping intensive therapy.

Researchers Testing SGLT2 Drugs for Type 1 Use


Pharma companies are testing whether drugs designed for combatting Type 2 diabetes can be used to also treat Type 1 diabetes. The latest attempt involves a class of of oral antidiabetics called SGLT2 inhibitors, first cleared by the Food and Drug Administration on March 29, 2013.

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