Drugs Play a Role in Weight Management with Diabetes

Obesity and diabetes are often linked, and prescription drugs can have varying effects on weight. Research has found that certain drug types such as sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors (for example, Invokana and Jardiance) and glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) (for example, Victoza and Trulicity) may help with weight loss. On the other hand, […]

How Tech Can Help Patients Get Over Motivation Slumps

People who have been dealing with type 1 since childhood can get “burned out” on dealing with their diabetes every day, and lose the motivation to test numbers regularly and do the other tasks they need to do to manage their diabetes. For some of those patients, new technologies like CGMs can make managing their […]

UnitedHealth Announces Wearable Glucose Monitoring Program

UnitedHealth Group announced it has partnered with DexCom and will launch a glucose monitoring program. The program will use a wearable device aimed at helping older Americans continuously manage their type 2 diabetes via mobile technology. The program will initially have a pilot period, in which a number of enrollees in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans […]

Can AI Do a Better Job than Doctors in Treating Diabetes?

Research from Indiana University says that a new computer program is doing a better job than doctors in diagnosing and treating health conditions using artificial intelligence and robotics. The system uses decision-making processes similar to the Jeopardy-bot, Watson. Researchers had the system analyze and predict health outcomes for 500 real individuals who had conditions like […]

Gene Therapy May Hold Promise for Type 1

Type 1 diabetes researchers have long sought a treatment that would preserve and restore function to insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. In type 1 diabetes, the patient’s own immune system destroys these beta cells. One hurdle researchers have faced is that any new cells created via beta cell replacement therapy might also be destroyed by the […]

New Year, New Meds?

Some diabetes educators find that the holiday and new year seasons are a time when patients want a fresh start — perhaps with a change of medication. A certified diabetes educator (CDE) talks about her experience working with patients around this time of year, and why it’s so important not to make changes to your […]

An Insider’s View of Mobile Health Apps

Emily Seto, a researcher who works on developing mobile health (mHealth) apps and wearables and studying their performance, discusses the future role of these devices in helping patients manage their diabetes. Read more

Friendship Can Help Protect Against Type 2

A new study suggests that having close ties and social interaction with friends and family may help people reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study found that socially isolated women were more than twice as likely to have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than women who were socially active, and 60 […]

Diabetes Strong Website Offers Health and Fitness Info

Diabetes Strong, a new health and fitness website for people living with diabetes, offers information and advice on everything from exercise and nutrition to the latest diabetes products and tech. It’s run by Christel Oerum, a fitness professional with type 1 diabetes. The mission and design of the website is centered around the founders’ belief […]

Freestyle Libre Now Covered by Medicare

Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre, a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) has received Medicare coverage. This CGM is the first in the market that does not require diabetes patients to prick their finger to draw blood. The Medicare coverage and ease of use of the system are expected to make it an attractive option for senior citizens […]

New Nutrition Facts Label Boon for Diabetes Patients

The new Nutrition Facts label was finalized by the U.S Food and Drug Administration in 2017. It will make it easier for you to identify and compare products with added sugar and help you to make healthier food choices. Most food manufacturers have until 2019 to change their labels, but many have already done so. The […]

Cow’s Milk Likely Not to Blame in Type 1

There’s been speculation that the consumption of cow’s milk proteins in infant formula may play a role in the increasing rates of type 1 diabetes in children. However, a new study suggests that’s not the case. An earlier, very small study had suggested that whole proteins from cow’s milk could trigger the immune reaction that […]

Why Winter Can Affect Your Blood Glucose Readings

Keeping your blood sugar under control when you have type 2 diabetes isn’t just about watching what you eat. If your are less active when it’s cold and snowy, that lack of activity can affect your blood glucose, even if your diet hasn’t changed. Taking small steps to boost your activity in winter can have […]

To Reduce Number of Black Diabetes Patients, Reduce Poverty, Obesity

Black adults in the U.S. are more likely to develop diabetes than white adults, and new research suggests that major factors in their increased risk are obesity and poverty. The researchers looked at over 4,000 men and women, both black and white, who were 18-30 years old and free of diabetes when the study started, […]

Why “Nonadherence” is an Epidemic

“Nonadherence” is what doctors call it when patients don’t take their prescription medications as prescribed — or at all. This is such a widespread problem that some experts consider it an “epidemic” in itself, in that the failure to take medication as prescribed can cause serious health problems, or make illnesses like diabetes worse. Some […]

Hypoglycemia in Hospice Patients

A new study found that hospice patients with type 2 diabetes may be treated too aggressively for blood sugar control, leading to a high number of hypoglycemia cases among them. The researchers urge that avoiding hypoglycemia may be more important than strict blood sugar contorl. When it comes to hospice patients with type 2 diabetes, […]

Is Your Doctor Staying Informed on the Latest Treatments?

You may trust your doctor to keep up to date with the latest treatments for diabetes, but a new poll shows that many doctors struggle to stay informed on all the new drugs and devices entering the market. In a recent survey, 149 endocrinologists about a new drug ertugliflozin. (At the time of the survey, […]

Three New Drugs for Type 2 Approved by FDA

The FDA recently approved three new drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, all featuring the new SGLT-2 inhibitor, ertugliflozin. The first, Steglatro, is ertugliflozin available in 5-mg and 15-mg tablets, approved for adults with type 2 as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control. The second, Steglujan, is a tablet […]

Winter Warning: Diabetes & Prediabetes Increase Frostbite Risk

People with diabetes or prediabetes can be at much greater risk of frostbite during the cold winter months, due to complications like neuropathy and poor circulation.The risk was dramatically illustrated a few years ago by the experience of British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who had to pull out of a grueling expedition to cross Antarctica […]

Obesity in Pregnancy Increases Type 1 Risk for Kids

A new study has found that mothers with obesity are more likely to have children who develop type 1 diabetes. While the risk is highest in children whose mothers also had diabetes themselves, maternal obesity alone increased the risk to children. Children of obese mothers also tended to be diagnosed with type 1 at earlier […]

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