New Treatment Could Put Type 2 in Remission for Some

A new treatment may have the potential to put diabetes into remission in some type 2 diabetes patients, researchers say. The treatment involves regrowing the cells on the surface of a patient’s small intestine; the new cells spur the pancreas to produce adequate amounts of insulin again. Read more

Make an Exercise Backup Plan

Exercise is so important when you have diabetes, but many factors can interfere with your planned exercise routines. It’s a big help to always have a “Plan B” that accounts for issues like weather and access to exercise facilities. A diabetes educator can help you make a backup plan that can work for you.  Read […]

Cannabis May Be Dangerous to People with Type 1 Diabetes

There has been little research to date on how cannabis use might affect people with type 1 diabetes. A new study of people with type 1 in Colorado, where cannabis use is legal,  says they may be more likely to develop potentially fatal complications when they use cannabis. Researchers surveyed 450 patients, about 30 percent […]

Oral Semaglutide Helps Glucose Control, Weight Loss

The GLP-1 agonist class of diabetes drugs is known to be effective in helping patients reduce weight and HbA1c. Oral semaglutide, currently in phase 3 trials, would be the first non-injectable drug in this class. Compared with placebo, the trial found people with type 2 diabetes had significant reductions in HbA1c and weight loss while […]

Smoking and DIabetes Increase Heart Risk More for Women Than Men

While men are more likely to have heart attacks than women, women who smoke, have diabetes or high blood pressure increase their risk of heart attack more than men who smoke, have diabetes or high blood pressure, a new study found. The researchers say women should receive the same treatments as men for diabetes or […]

Good Blood Sugar Control Can Help Reduce Dementia Risk in Type 1

Poor blood sugar control has been implicated in dementia for people with type 2 diabetes. A new study looked at dementia risk for type 1 diabetes, and found that good glycemic management can help maintain cognitive function in people who have type 1 diabetes. Keeping HbA1c under 7.9% for long periods of time was especially […]

Some Types of Obesity May Protect Against Diabetes

Many experts believe that where you store fat on your body is determined by your genes, and that where extra fat is stored matters more than the amount of extra fat where insulin resistance and risk of diabetes are concerned. Now new research has defined 14 genetic variants that dictate where the body stores surplus […]

When You Have a Healthcare Professional in the Family

If you have a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional in your family, it may be natural for you to take advice about your diabetes treatment from them. But even medical professionals may not be up to speed on all the types of insulin available, their uses, and the complexities of dosing, or on other […]

Sotagliflozin for Type 1 Diabetes

A new drug called sotagliflozin is a dual inhibitor of SGLT-1 and SGLT-2, which means it helps limits the body’s absorption of excess glucose through both the intestines and the kidneys. A new study looked at the safety and efficacy of the drug as an add-on to insulin therapy in people with type 1 diabetes, […]

Gut Microbiota May Contribute to Diabetes

A new study has found that gut microbiota has the ability to affect how cells respond to insulin, and can thus contribute to type 2 diabetes. Over the past few years the gut microbiota has been associated with health and with various diseases; however, few studies have investigated whether an altered gut microbiota can directly […]

Long-Acting Insulins Compared

A recent study looked at two long-acting basal insulin analogs, degludec 100 units/mL and glargine 300 units/mL. These insulins were created for an ultralong effect but had not previously been studied in comparison with each other for efficacy. The study concluded that long-acting basal insulin analogs are similar in efficacy and side effects, with comparable […]

Metformin Can Reduce Macular Degeneration Risk

Patients with diabetes who were treated with metformin had almost a 50% lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new study.  The protective effect increased with longer duration of metformin use and with the cumulative dose of metformin, according to the researchers. Read more

Statins in Older People? It’s Complicated

A recent study looked at whether statin use helps prevent heart issues in older people, with and without diabetes. In participants with diabetes, statins did significantly reduce the incidence of atherosclerotic CVD by 24% and all-cause mortality by 16% in those age 75–84 years. However, no benefit was seen in people with type 2 diabetes […]

How Diabetes Causes Heart Failure

Men with diabetes are more than twice as likely, and women five times more likely, to suffer heart failure than people who don’t have the disease. New research looks at how, on a cellular level, diabetes can cause heart failure. The study findings may one day lead to medications to treat or even prevent heart […]

If You Have Diabetes, It’s Important to Get Your Flu Shot

Health experts say that it’s especially important for people with diabetes to make sure they’re up-to-date with their vaccinations, including the flu shot.People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of contracting seasonal viruses like the flu, and for being hospitalized while fighting the disease. There are also risks for people […]

Treating Gum Disease to Help Manage Diabetes?

Gum disease (periodontitis) is often found in people with diabetes. A new study suggests that treating periodontitis may actually help people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood glucose levels as well as reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications. The researchers say gum disease treatment may lead to a reduction in systemic inflammation, and improvements […]

Caution Needed when First Using a New Sensor

If you use a CGM, did you know that a new sensor may not be accurate for the first 24 hours after you insert it? For the first 24 hours, it’s wise to use a fingerstick to double-check your glucose reading, rather than assuming you need to change your dosing or behavior based on the […]

New Insights into Old Diabetes Drug

Metformin has been used for decades as a first-line drug for treating type 2 diabetes. It lowers blood glucose levels by inhibiting glucose production in the liver, and also improves glucose uptake and use by muscle tissue. Yet until now, exactly how the drug works to increase glucose uptake in muscle tissue has been unknown. […]

For Diabetes and GERD, Not All Bariatric Surgery is the Same

Many people with obesity choose bariatric surgery to help them lose weight and treat their diabetes and other health issues like GERD. However, not all forms of surgery have the same effects. For example, sleeve gastrectomy may actually increase GERD, and is not as effective for the treatment of type 2 diabetes or for weight […]

Weight Loss Drug Belviq May Help Prevent Diabetes

New research supports earlier findings that the weight loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin) may play a role in helping delay or manage the progression of type 2 diabetes. In the study, Belviq performed better than a placebo in helping people with prediabetes and diabetes lower their A1C, effectively helping those with prediabetes avoid full-blown diabetes.  Read […]

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