Enjoying Your Favorite Comfort Foods while Battling Diabetes

Enjoying Your Favorite Comfort Foods while Battling Diabetes Over 100 million American adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes these days, and one of the biggest culprits is the amount of sugar we consume. Sugar is one of the most frequently added ingredients to a plethora of products, and is sometimes ‘hidden’ in foods like […]

Researchers Identify DNA Variations that Affect Where Your Body Gains Fat

A new study that combined data of more than 400,000 individuals from over 70 research institutes around the world identified 24 new genetic variants that are involved in determining where fat is stored on the body, says Dr. Ruth Loos, a lead author of the study. These variants can also affect risk of diabetes and […]

Type 2 Linked to Frailty, Fracture Risk

Type 2 diabetes is associated with significantly increased frailty compared with the general population, according to a new study. Frailty increases the risk for fragility fractures. In people with type 2, bone mineral density and body mass index are often both increased, which should have a protective effect against most fractures, but type 2 has […]

Food Insecurity, Poverty Linked to Worse A1C Management

Diabetes is harder to manage when the patient also has to deal with food insecurity, which is often related to poverty, a recent study concluded. Individuals in this study using free clinics –also often related to poverty– were found to have higher A1C levels than those using fee-for-service clinics. The researchers urge addressing the issue […]

Can Bariatric Surgery Really Lead to Diabetes Remission?

A recent study from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes reports that a type of bariatric surgery, Roux-en-Y (RYGB), may effectively put patients in diabetes remission. The study looked at the effects of the surgery and thee likelihood of relapse, surgical complications, and incidence of microvascular (retinopathy, neuropathy, etc.) and macrovascular (clogged arteries) […]

Could Green Tea Raise Diabetes Risk?

A new study among Chinese people who drink green tea suggests that drinking green tea does put an individual at risk of type 2 diabetes. Caffeine were also linked with the risk of type 2 diabetes. Possible reasons for the association include pesticide residues being in the green tea leaves, poor lifestyles of green tea […]

Swallowing Needles? A Possible New Way to Take Insulin

Researchers at MIT are working on a new way to deliver insulin: by swallowing a small, capsule-like device that can inject insulin directly into the stomach wall. While the technology still needs much more study, the researchers hope this will provide a method of insulin delivery that’s easier on people, especially those who hate injections. […]

Omega 3s Offer Little Benefit for Heart Health in Diabetes

The results of a new study suggest that supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids has little effect on the risk of major cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes. These results are consistent with other studies that focused on general populations rather than specifically on patients with diabetes. The researchers say that omega 3 fatty acid […]

Genetics of Diabetes for Japanese Population

Research has shown there are many genetic factors that can make someone more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, as well as environmental and lifestyle-related causes. Much of this research has been conducted on people of European descent, meaning the results may not apply to people of other ancestries. New research has looked at data […]

Exercise Strategies for Pump Users

Insulin pumps give you the opportunity to reduce basal insulin levels and/or bolus doses in desired amounts and for different durations. This means that pump use may reduce your exercise-induced hypoglycemia risk compared to multiple daily injections. Based on the purpose and timing of your insulin dosing, some strategies using pump features may be helpful. […]

Bariatric Surgery Shows Benefits for Heart, Brain Complications

“Macrovascular disease” is a term used to encompass both cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease, which are among the most dangerous complications of type 2 diabetes. Evidence has shown weight loss can help reduce the risk of these complications; a new study looked at whether weight loss through bariatric surgery was as effective in reducing macrovascular […]

Diabetes is Common Condition in ER Visits for Seniors

Older people go to the emergency room more often than other age groups, new research says. They’re most likely to visit an emergency room for pain or injury, and diabetes is the leading condition afflicting senior ER users, with 25.8% having diabetes, followed by chronic pulmonary disease (21.5%), kidney disease (19.1%), congestive heart failure (16%), […]

Variability in Glycemic Control Linked to Retinopathy in Type 2

New research is suggesting that variability in glycemic levels is strongly linked to many complications in diabetes. Now a study says that glycemic variability is significantly associated with the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy in patients with type 2 diabetes. Read more

Only 1 in 5 with Type 1 Meet Blood Glucose Goals

New data says that only about one in five Americans with type 1 diabetes is achieving optimal glycemic control. This is in spite of the increased use of technologies such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) designed to help with diabetes management. Read more

Obesity in the Family Means More Risk for Type 2

A new study found that someone who lives in a household where at least ¾ of the family members have obesity is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, regardless of whether the family members have diabetes themselves or not. Read more

Rotavirus Vaccine May Help Prevent Type 1

A recent drop in type 1 diabetes rates in Australian children may be linked to the introduction of a routine vaccine against rotavirus. Researchers in Melbourne found that diabetes rates have been declining in infants since the vaccine’s launch in Australia in 2007, which supports previous research that suggested rotavirus infection might be a risk […]

Statins Beneficial in Diabetes Treatment

A large study found that patients taking statins had a significantly lower rate of diabetic retinopathy than patients in the non-statin group. Statin therapy was also associated with reduced risks for major adverse cardiovascular events and new-onset diabetic foot ulcers. Read more

FDA Panel in Disagreement about New Type 1 Drug

Members of an FDA panel assessing whether to approve Sanofi’s new drug, Zynquista, could not agree. On January 17, 2019, the panel was evenly split, 8-8, on whether the drug’s benefits outweighed its risks. The drug will receive its verdict from the FDA by March 22. If it’s approved, Zynquista, a dual inhibitor targeting both […]

Managing Metformin GI Troubles

It’s very common to experience uncomfortable gastrointestinal side effects from metformin, even if you’ve been taking the drug for years and didn’t have problems before. A diabetes educator shares some tips on what steps to take if metformin is causing gastric distress. Read more

Guidelines for Heart Health Can Also Reduce Type 2 Risk

Following the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) “simple 7” guidelines for maintaining heart health can also dramatically reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. AHA’s “Life’s Simple 7” risk factors are “smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure.” New research says keeping at least 4 of these factors at an […]

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