High Glucose Linked to Maternal Mortality

A recent study has found that elevated pre-pregnancy hemoglobin A1c, which measures average blood glucose concentration, is associated with higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, even in women who have not been diagnosed with diabetes. Read more

Statins and Type 1

A recent study conducted a risk assessment of cardiovascular disease, studying adherence to lipid-lowering medications in people with type 1 diabetes, to better understand how decreasing lipids could impact patients with type 1. Read more

Sleep Apnea Increases Diabetes Risk for African-Americans

Researchers have found that African Americans with sleep apnea are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Sleep apnea causes a person’s breathing to stop and start while they sleep and aggravates blood sugar levels. This can lead to type 2 diabetes if untreated. Black men are 1.5 times more likely than white men, and […]

Is Premature Birth Linked to Diabetes Risk?

A new study investigated whether being born prematurely can raise a person’s risks of developing either type 1 or type 2 diabetes from childhood into early to mid-adulthood. Read more

People with Type 2 Produce Excess Glucagon

People who have type 2 diabetes do not only lack the right amount of insulin, they also produce excess glucagon, researchers say. Both these factors contribute to poor blood glucose control, researchers have said. Glucagon, which is produced by alpha cells in the pancreas, helps the body to regulate glucose and fats; both it and […]

The Advantages of CGM

Blood glucose monitors were a breakthrough that helped people with diabetes manage their condition, and dominated glucose monitoring for over 50 years. But they may soon be replaced by continuous glucose monitors (CGM) which offer many advantages, including detecting how much time people spend in glucose control range. Read more

Diabetic Foot Self-Inspections in Different Racial Groups

Daily foot self-inspections are thought to reduce the number of lower limb amputations in people with diabetes. Researchers compared data across different racial groups to see how foot inspections impacted amputations, and found that various other racial groups had a higher incidence of daily foot self-inspections than Caucasians.  Read on

Type 2 Linked to Worse Cognitive Performance After Stroke

Researchers measured blood glucose for patients who had been admitted to the hospital for stroke, and examined their cognitive functions including memory, attention, and speed of processing information, three to six months after the stroke.  They found that patients with type 2 diabetes had significantly lower scores than patients who had normal fasting blood sugar […]

How Gender Impacts Vascular Disease

Both men and women are affected by diabetes, but previous studies have found that women are more affected by macrovascular complications such as coronary artery disease and stroke. It’s not yet known why this is, but the different ways male and female bodies store fat may play a role. Read more

Better Postpartum Follow-up Urged for Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes typically vanishes after the patient gives birth, but a large proportion of women who have had gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes in later life. Researchers have found that women who have had gestational diabetes have a nearly tenfold higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who […]

Earlier Insulin Treatment for Type 2 Patients?

Irl B. Hirsch, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, argues that insulin treatment should begin earlier to improve outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes. While many people with type 2 have early success with standard treatment — including weight loss, diet changes, and various oral medications — the majority […]

Metformin Before Surgery Reduces Risk

Researchers have found that people with type 2 diabetes who were prescribed metformin prior to undergoing a major surgery had reduced risks for mortality and readmission in the 90 days following the procedure, according to a study recently published in JAMA Surgery. Read more

Is Prediabetes Really Diabetes?

Researchers have found that people whose blood glucose readings are classified as prediabetes are already at increased risk for many complications of diabetes, including retinopathy, peripheral neuropathy, and diabetic nephropathy, and some experts suggest that treatment should begin far earlier to prevent these complications. Read more

Diabetes Drug Farxiga Tested as COVID-19 Treatment

A clinical trial is being conducted by the pharma company AstraZeneca and Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City in which hospitalized COVID-19 patients are given the diabetes drug Farxiga. The blood-sugar-lowering effects of the drug cannot combat the coronavirus itself, but researchers are looking for signs it may reduce the risk of some […]

Cortisol Levels May Predict Hypertension, Diabetes

Obesity is a risk factor for many conditions, including type 2 diabetes. Now researchers say obesity may be a result of an alteration in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. A recent study examined cortisol levels in people with obesity to determine if there is an association with diabetes, hypertension, and cortisol. Read more

How Does COVID-19 Affect Those with Type 1?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted that people with diabetes are at increased risk for severe complications if they contract COVID-19, but the agency has not addressed whether people with type 1 face different risk than those with type 2 diabetes. Now researchers are launching a study to look specifically at […]

A1c Levels Can Indicate Coronary Arterial Plaque

The results of a recent study strengthen the theory that HbA1c is associated with coronary atherosclerosis development, a forerunner of heart disease, in people who do not have diabetes. Mixed patterned plaques were found to be more associated with higher HbA1c levels. Read more

Why Diabetes Increases Risk of Severe COVID-19

Having any form of diabetes — type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes — may put people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, according to the CDC. Diabetes increases risk for many other health complications, including kidney disease, which is also a risk factor for COVID-19 complications. Read more

Easy Balance Exercises to Do at Home

Keeping your balance is important for your overall health as you age. It can help keep you mobile and prevent falls. You may not be leaving the house much these days, but since many falls happen at home, it’s important to keep yourself on your feet. Diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares some simple […]

Reversing Diabetes with Gene Editing

Scientists at Washington University announced they have developed a way to use gene editing system CRISPR-Cas9 to edit a mutation certain stem cells and then turn them into beta cells that produce insulin. When transplanted into mice, the cells reversed preexisting diabetes. Read more

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