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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 […]

Why Exercise Does You So Much Good

Being physically active is good for everyone, but it’s even better for people with diabetes. Exercise may “cancel out” some of your blood glucose mistakes; it acts like an extra dose of insulin by getting the glucose out of your blood and into your muscles. Regular activity can also make your muscles more sensitive to any […]

Diabetes Self-Care Courses May Have High Price Tags

Many people with diabetes are encouraged to undergo self-care education. These courses can teach patients about blood sugar control and how to manage their diet and exercise, and can be extremely helpful. But they are also a revenue source for hospitals, and many patients are shocked to find out how expensive the courses are. Read […]

Things to Consider When Changing from Daily to Weekly GLP-1

Changing from a once-a-day dose to a once-a-week dose of a GLP-1 medication can sometimes be confusing. It’s important to get the timing right when you stop the daily dose and start the weekly dose. And it doesn’t help that the pens for a daily medication like Victoza look very similar to the pens for […]

A Patch to Replace the Fingerstick

Scientists have created an adhesive skin patch that measures blood glucose levels every 10-15 minutes — a potential replacement for the fingerstick blood tests which many patients find painful. Created by researchers from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, the patch has performed well in tests of its function as a noninvasive strategy […]

How to Choose Between CGMS?

How can you decide which Continuous Glucose Monitor is best for you? Advice from Dr. Stephen W. Ponder, MD, FAAP, CDE-AADE Educator of the Year, Board Certified Pediatric Endocrinologist, Pediatric Residency Program Director at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Hospital and 50 year Joslin Medalist, on the difference between the Freestyle Libre and the […]

Are the ACP’s “Brand New” Guidelines Already Outdated?

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently issued a set of guidelines for glycated hemoglobin (A1c) treatment targets in patients with type 2 diabetes. These guidelines generated immediate controversy. An endocrinologist reviews the new guidelines and explains exactly why she disagrees with several of their key points: setting most A1c targets between 7% and 8%, […]

Why Checking A1c Before Any Surgery is Essential

Surgery places physical stress on the patient, and patients with diabetes and hyperglycemia are especially vulnerable to complications from surgery. A recent study found that poor glycemic control before surgery (elevated HbA1c levels) was a major risk factor for adverse outcomes after surgery. The research demonstrates the need to assess patients’ glycemic levels prior to […]

Type 1 Increases Risk of Other Autoimmune Diseases

New research finds people with type 1 have higher risk of developing additional autoimmune conditions. The risk is highest for those who develop type 1 diabetes after the age of 40, especially women. Thyroid disease, vitigilio, alopecia, Crohn’s disease and psoriasis are all conditions which can be associated with type 1. Read more

Doctors and Patients Protest Insulin Costs

Diabetes activists, including both physicians and patients, joined together in Washington, DC this past weekend to protest the high cost of insulin in the U.S. The protest was held on April 8 and organized by  the Right Care Alliance, an activist group that states their mission is to hold “health care institutions accountable to communities […]

How to Motivate Yourself to Get and Stay Fit

Exercising has benefits for all of us, but it’s particularly important for people with diabetes. But getting started with fitness, and finding the motivation to stay with the fitness program, is tough for everyone – and for people with diabetes it can be even tougher due to the various health issues that come along with […]

Researchers Target New Treatment for Type 2

Researchers at Yale University believe targeting a protein called islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), a hormone made by the same cells that produce insulin, may lead to a new treatment for type 2 diabetes. The researchers say that when IAPP develops the wrong shape, it pokes holes in the membranes of pancreatic islets that are large […]

Losing Excess Weight Before Adolescence May Help Avoid Type 2

Excess weight is a risk factor in developing type 2 diabetes at any age. A new study has found that adolescence may be a vital cutoff point for weight management to reduce type 2 risk. The researchers found that overweight children who were able to achieve a healthy weight by age 13 had the no […]

More about the Importance of Dental Care with Diabetes

Treating periodontitis (gum disease) is beneficial not only to prevent tooth loss – it’s helpful for blood sugar control in diabetes. A new study found that following non-surgical procedures for treating chronic peritonitis helped patients improve their fasting plasma glucose and HbA1c levels. The researchers note that proper periodontal evaluation is essential for patients with […]

23 Million American Adults Now Have Diabetes

Nearly one in ten American adults now have diabetes, according to the latest CDC research. 21 million of these cases are due to type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes accounts for a much smaller number, at 1.3 million cases. Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors all seem to play a role in who develops diabetes, and […]

Missing Teeth May Predict Diabetes Risk

Dental exams may be an earlier predictor of disease than even blood tests, according the authors of a new study. They found a progressive increase in the number of patients with missing teeth as glucose tolerance declined, and conclude that patients with at least 3 or more missing teeth should be tested for diabetes. Read […]



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