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Can Menopause Hormone Therapy Help Prevent Type 2?

Menopausal hormone therapy is not approved for the prevention of type 2 diabetes because its risks may outweigh the benefits in many cases. But according to Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, MD, it should not be withheld from women with increased risk of type 2 diabetes who seek treatment for their menopausal symptoms. Read more

Link Between Severe Low Glucose and Brain Health

Studies have shown that patients who have type 1 diabetes and severe hypoglycemia can experience a decrease in cognitive functions including visual perception, speed of information processing, attention span, psychomotor efficiency, and mental flexibility.  Read more

Study Finds A Potential Way to Reverse Type 2

In a pair of related studies, researchers at Yale have found a potential way to reverse type-2 diabetes and liver fibrosis in mice, and have shown that the underlying processes could also be effective in people. Read more

Does Ultra-Processed Food Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

Ultra-Processed food (UPF) has become widespread in Western cultures in the last century. Ultra-Processed foods include a vast range of food that contains very distinctive nutrient profiles. The French NutriNet-Sante studied 104,707 French adults to assess “the interrelationship between the consumption of Ultra-Processed food and the risk it has on type 2 diabetes.” Read more

Diabetes Drug Can Harm Heart

Rosiglitazone, a drug originally developed to treat type 2 diabetes, was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999 under the name Avandia. The drug has already been suspended in Europe and restricted in use in the US due to concerns about how it may affect heart health, but the strength […]

Telemedicine in Diabetes Care

Telemedicine is the use of information and communication technologies, such as the Internet, to help with patient care, and can include diagnosing or even treating the patient. It has already been put to use in treating some chronic conditions, and studies have found telemedicine showed a benefit in helping patients with their blood sugar control. […]

Department of Veterans Affairs Keto Trial Causes Controversy

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with Silicon Valley startup Virta Health Corp. to test the popular “Keto” diet. Virtua claims the diet provides treatment “clinically-proven to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes” without medication or surgery, but some diabetes experts are skeptical and find the company’s partnership with the federal […]

More About New Triple Therapy Tablet

The FDA recently approved Trijardy XR, a tablet that combines three previously approved medications to treat type 2 diabetes: empagliflozin, a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitor, linagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP4) inhibitor, and metformin hydrochloride, a biguanide. The advantage of combining these agents is that they each have a different mechanism of action, so they lower blood […]

FDA Says Tests Show No Need for Metformin Recall

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted tests of the popular type 2 diabetes drug metformin due to suspected contamination, and found the drug did not show any evidence of contamination with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at levels that would cause concern. Read more

Barbershops May Be New Resource in IDing Diabetes in Black Men

New research suggests that community-based diabetes screening in barbershops owned by black people may help diagnose diabetes in black men, and assist them in coping with a diabetes diagnosis. Data has shown diabetes complications to be disproportionately high among black men compared with other ethnic groups. Read more

The Diabetes-Cancer Link

The link between cancer and diabetes is not entirely understood, but biological mechanisms linking diabetes and cancer include hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, oxidative stress, dysregulations of sex hormones, and chronic inflammation. Although there is a known risk for cancer for people with diabetes, routine checks are still absent, and the potential of early detection and treatment of […]

CVS Health Announces Plan to Eliminate Diabetes Drug Co-Pays

US pharmacy chain CVS has announced a new program, RxZERO, which will provide diabetes medications with no co-pay. According to research by CVS, people with diabetes typically spend around $467 out-of-pocket for brand name prescriptions every year, with some (12%) spend up to $1,000 on diabetes medications. Read more

Benefits of Going Plant-Based for Type 2

Plant-based diets have potential benefits in preventing or managing several major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer by improving insulin sensitivity, blood pressure, and reducing long term weight gain.  Plant foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and consumption of plant foods helps lower the consumption of red and […]

Pennsylvania Researchers Investigate Potential Outpatient Treatment for Type 2

A clinical trial at Penn Medicine (University of Pennsylvania) is testing whether a procedure that involves killing cells on the inner surface of the duodenum (the portion of the small intestine immediately past the stomach) could lead to better control of blood sugar in people with diabetes. While not a cure, it could reduce the […]

If You Follow a Low Carb Diet, Meds May Need Adjustment

Low carb diets are an effective lifestyle modification if you have diabetes. Patients on this diet see improvements in diabetes management and may have a reduced need for hypoglycemic agents, resulting in lower drug costs. But it’s important that health care providers understand medication management for patients on low carb diets. Read more

FDA Approves First Triple-Therapy Pill for Type 2

The FDA has approved the first oral medication that combines three type 2 diabetes treatments into one pill: the SGLT2 inhibitor empagliflozin, the DPP-IV inhibitor linagliptin and metformin hydrochloride extended release. This triple combination therapy, called Trijardy XR, is approved to lower blood glucose for adults with type 2 diabetes along with diet and exercise. […]

Quality of Dietary Fats and Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in patients with diabetes. For that reason, dietary guidelines recommend limiting trans fat intake in patients with diabetes, and replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats to help reduce total and cardiovascular disease mortality. Examples of foods rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids ( PUFAs) include fish, nuts and […]

Freestyle Libre Use Reduces Sick Days, Hospitalizations

New research says that using the FreeStyle Libre, a wearable flash glucose monitoring system, for a year reduces diabetes-related sick days and hospital admissions by a third, according to new research. The Netherlands-based study also found Freestyle Libre users had fewer and less severe hypoglycemic episodes and a significant decrease in HbA1c. Read more

What are the Pros and Cons of Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a popular topic in diet and weight management. It does not focus on the diet, but rather on the pattern of eating. Previous studies have linked intermittent fasting to weight loss, and it may have other benefits for health as well, but are there any negatives associated with it? Read more

How can the High Cost of Insulin in the US be Brought Down?

Reducing the high cost of insulin in the United States will require multiple changes to the current complex drug pricing system, Mayo Clinic hematologist S. Vincent Rajkumar, MD, argues in a new commentary, The High Cost of Insulin in the United States: An Urgent Call to Action. Read more



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