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Medications that can Affect Your Exercise

Many medications can potentially impact your ability to be physically active. Although most drugs do not affect exercise, several common nondiabetes medications do have potential effects on exercise, including statins, beta-blockers, diuretics, vasodilators, and blood thinners. Read more

Making Bariatric Surgery More Accessible

The surprising effect of bariatric surgery on type 2 diabetes has been known about for years. For many patients, it can effectively send diabetes into remission almost immediately. Yet in many countries around the world, including the United States, fewer than 1% of people eligible for surgery have access to the procedure. Experts want to […]

Should People Who Don’t have Diabetes Take Metformin?

There’s been much recent discussion about whether taking the diabetes drug metformin has health benefits for people who don’t have diabetes. Some leading experts in diabetes medicine offer their opinions and recommendations on whether or not more people should be taking metformin. Read more

Early Menopause Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

An analysis of the data of 13 studies shows a link between early menopause — entering menopause in your early 40s or earlier — and developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers say this is likely caused by a number of changes that occur during menopause, such as estrogen level changes. Read more

Diabetes Medications May Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s

Taking diabetes medication to treat type 2 diabetes may also help keep Alzheimer’s disease away. A recent study found that patients with untreated diabetes developed signs of Alzheimer’s disease 1.6 times faster than people who did not have diabetes. Read more

New Oral Drug for Type 2 Submitted to FDA

On March 20, 2019, Novo Nordisk announced the official submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the oral tablet semaglutide, a once-daily glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue. In trials, oral semaglutide caused reductions in both HbA1c and body weight when compared to placebo. Read more

Vegetarian Diet May Reduce Type 2 Risk

A study that followed healthy British adults for almost decades found that those who consumed little or no red meat were 11% to 36% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes vs. a large sample of red meat eaters, according to findings published in Nutrition & Diabetes. Read more

Diabetic Ketoacidosis May Affect Children’s Brain Development

Recent studies have shown that even a single episode of diabetic ketoacidosis in young children with type 1 diabetes is associated with lower cognitive scores and altered brain growth; more research is needed to determine the scope of the problem and how to better prevent it. Read more

Does Mentally Fatiguing Work increase Women’s Diabetes Risk?

A new study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology found that women who find their jobs mentally tiring are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Mentally draining jobs like teaching increase risk, the researchers say, and employers and women should be more aware of the potential health risks associated with mentally tiring work. Read more

Metformin Safety in Chronic Kidney Disease

Metformin has not been well studied in patients with impaired kidney function, as it was considered unsafe for use in individuals with moderate or severe chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, the FDA has revised this position, and they have concluded that metformin can be used safely in patients with mild impairment in kidney function and […]

Schizophrenia and Diabetes

People with schizophrenia have a 20-year shorter lifespan than people without the condition, and diabetes is one cause of this shorter lifespan. Medications for schizophrenia can affect some patient’s with metabolic disturbances: increased weight gain, impaired glucose tolerance and new onset diabetes. Lifestyle risks are also involved, but the direct and indirect effects of the […]

The Future Harms of Untreated Gestational Diabetes

Children of mothers who experienced untreated gestational diabetes during their pregnancies are themselves at risk of insulin resistance and impairment in glucose metabolism, according to a new study. Read more

Probiotics and Insulin Resistance

Study results published in January 2019 examined the effect of probiotic supplements on insulin resistance in pregnant women with diet-controlled gestational diabetes mellitus, and showed potential benefit. Read more

Is Testing Glucose at Home Beneficial for Non-Insulin Using Diabetes Patients?

A new study divided people with type 2 diabetes who don’t use insulin into three groups: were told to check their blood glucose once a day; the second group were told to check their blood glucose once a day, and then were given tailored advice depending on the results; and the third group was told […]

Count Protein, Fat as well as Carbs in Insulin Calculations

People with type 1 diabetes are usually advised only to count the carbohydrate content of their meal when calculating pre-meal insulin dose. While this improves glycemic management, there is growing evidence that protein and fat should also be considered in calculating pre-meal insulin doses. Read more

New Drug Ozempic Helps Lower Blood Sugar in Study

Novo Nordisk’s Ozempic, an injectable GLP-1 receptor agonist drug, achieved its primary goal in a Phase 3b study of type 2 diabetes patients already on treatment with an SGLT-2 inhibitor, proving more effective than placebo in lowering blood sugar. Ozempic also achieved the study’s secondary goal, helping patients lose more weight over 30 weeks than […]

Breast Cancer and Type 2

A new study in a retrospective breast cancer cohort suggests that women with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk to be diagnosed with a more aggressive type of breast cancer. It is still unclear what the associations between diabetes and breast cancer are, and whether improvements in diabetes care can reduce the increased mortality […]

New Version of Humalog at Half Price

Eli Lilly and Co announced that they will sell a half-price version of the popular insulin injection Humalog. The new product will be called Insulin Lispro; Humalog will remain available for those who wish to use it through existing insurance plans. The move comes as many major drugmakers, including Lilly, have received criticism from patients […]

Is There an Ideal Exercise Blood Glucose?

There is no official ideal blood glucose range to start with and maintain during exercise, but we know that being too low or too high negatively impacts performance. What blood glucose target or range most athletes aim for depends on a number of factors, including the type, intensity, and duration of their activity. A reasonable […]

Glooko Mobile Diabetes App Now Free

Glooko has now made its mobile app (for Android or iOS) free for any person with diabetes; previously there was a subscription fee for people not sponsored through their provider, health plan, or employer. The mobile app offers glucose tracking and can help patients manage their condition through correlating food, exercise and medication data to […]



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