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Is Exposure to a Common Pigment Linked to Diabetes?

Titanium dioxide is a common white pigment found in a range of ordinary items including paint and candy. Now a pilot study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has found crystalline particles of titanium dioxide in pancreas specimens with type 2 diabetes, suggesting that exposure to the white pigment is associated with […]

New SGLT-2 Inhibitor May be Helpful for Type 1 Diabetes

Sotagliflozin (brand name Zynquista), will be reviewed by the FDA as a possible adjunct treatment, along with insulin, for type 1 diabetes. If approved, it will be the first oral antidiabetes medication used in combination with insulin in patients diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  Read more

Should Bariatric Surgery Be Standard Treatment for Diabetes?

Bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypasses can have a dramatic impact on diabetes, even reversing the disease. However, it’s widely considered a treatment of last resort. Now many doctors and surgeons are starting to agree that surgery should be seen as a crucial aspect of diabetes care — perhaps even the best tool we have […]

Blood Glucose and Stroke Risk

Diabetes is a known risk factor for strokes. New research suggests that increased HbA1C levels are a key cause of first-time strokes, and researchers are now wondering if more stringent glycemic management at earlier stages may help in stroke prevention. Read more

Can Diabetes Drugs Fight Alzheimer’s?

Many recent clinical trials of new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease have ending in failure, and now some scientists are reconsidering whether we’ve been looking at the wrong things in our attempts to understand and treat the disease. Some researchers are now looking at the relationship between diabetes and Alzheimer’s, and how insulin may be the […]

Half of Prediabetes & Diabetes Missed with Current Screening

The current US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) screening criteria use just age and weight alone to screen for diabetes, which means that half of prediabetes and diabetes cases may be missed, according to a new study. Broadening the screening criteria could lead to earlier detection, enabling patients to make medical and lifestyle changes that […]

“Surgery in a Pill” May Mimic Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Researchers have conducted a study to examine whether it is possible to create a less invasive alternative to bariatric surgery that would be equally effective in reversing type 2 diabetes, and offer the same benefits as surgery. The treatment would be in the form of an oral agent that would temporarily coat the intestine to […]

The Mental Health Impact of Diabetes

A new study found that more than half of adult diabetes patients will seek treatment for stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health problems each year, compared to about one in four people without diabetes. The researchers urge that mental health be considered an integral part of diabetes management. Read more

Can Intermittent Fasting Prevent Diabetes?

Intermittent fasting – eating only within an eight-hour window every day, and fasting for the remaining sixteen hours — showed to improve insulin sensitivity and pancreatic response to blood glucose and to enhance weight loss in a recent study. Read more

Options for More Affordable Insulin

Newer types of insulin can be very hard to afford for people who have no insurance coverage, or poor prescription coverage. Regular and NPH insulin are much more affordable, but you need to learn about the best ways to make use of them. For some guidance, read more

Poor Sleep Can Lead to Poor Eating, Diabetes?

New research suggests that sleep deprivation can trigger unhealthy eating via late night snacking, and that this behavior can lead to increased risk of obesity and diabetes. Read more

Low Carb Diets for Athletes with Diabetes

With low carbs very much in the news, diabetes educator and exercise expert Sheri Colberg looks at low carb diets for athletes with type 1 diabetes. How low should an athlete with diabetes go? Read more

Very Low Carb Diets Provide Better Diabetes Control

Many diabetes experts have been fans of low carb diets for a while now. New research adds support to the idea, showing that patients with type 1 who followed a very low carb diet achieved better glucose control. Read more

The Link Between Food Insecurity and Type 2 Risk

A new health study conducted in Canada found that people who cannot afford to eat regularly or to eat a healthy diet have a two-times greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Household food insecurity, which is defined as having uncertain or inadequate food access due to financial limitations. A possible factor in the link […]

What You Need to Know about the Trump Drug Pricing Reform Plan

Whatever your political views, it’s important to understand the implications of the new information issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) describing how the Trump administration plans to drop the prices for prescription drugs for all Americans. The first part of this plan will be implemented right away, while the second part […]

Four Exciting New Diabetes Drugs in Development

Four new drugs now in development could change the way diabetes is treated. Novo Nordisk’s oral GLP-1 Semaglutide could offer an easier-to-take option and help delay the need for direct insulin treatment. Opko’s Oxyntomodulin (OPK-88003) is a leader in a new class of dual GLP-1 and glucagon receptor agonist drugs. Oramed just started a Phase 2 […]

Medicare Launches New Diabetes Program

Medicare, which provides insurance coverage to millions of U.S. seniors, has announced a new program designed to prevent prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes. Nearly have of U.S. seniors have prediabetes, and many have not been diagnosed. Prediabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 and also increases risk of heart disease and stroke. […]

What Your Doctor Needs to Know about Prescribing SGLT-2s

In the last two years, the FDA has approved four drugs in the SGLT-2 inhibitors class: canagliflozin (brand name Invokana, Jansssen), dapagliflozin (brand name Farxiga, AstraZeneca), empagliflozin (brand name Jardiance, Boehringer Ingelheim), and ertugliflozin (brand name Steglatro, Merck/Pfizer). What is important for doctors to know about these new drugs, and how they should be prescribed? […]

When Weight Loss Isn’t a Good Sign

Weight loss is usually a beneficial thing for people with diabetes. However, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that weight loss is sometimes a sign of a problem — and one problem that can cause unexpected weight loss is high glucose levels. A diabetes educator shares why it’s so important to look […]

New High-Tech Contact Lens May Help with Diabetic Eye Problems

Vision problems are a common complication of diabetes. A new high-tech contact lens, developed by researchers from the California Institute of Technology and Caltech, may offer new hope to those at risk of retinal damage from diabetes. The “glowing” contact lens is designed to prevent further damage to the blood vessels of the retina. The […]



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