Blood Sugar Swings Tied to Depression in Elderly

A recent study of elderly individuals with type 2 diabetes found swings in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a marker of long-term blood sugar levels, are associated with a higher number of symptoms of depression. People with type 2 are twice as likely as people without diabetes to develop depression, which affects as many as one-third of […]

CDC: Many with Diabetes Skip Medications to Save Money

A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that older patients with diabetes often reduce or delay taking their medications for financial reasons. The CDC’s National Health Interview Survey found that among people 45 to 64 years of age with diabetes, 18 percent put off taking their pills or refilling a new […]

Intestinal Viruses May Affect Children’s Risk of Type 1

Certain intestinal viruses can affect a child’s chances of developing type 1 diabetes, according to researchers. Children with less diverse gut viral communities are more likely to generate self-destructive antibodies that can lead to type 1, while children who carried a specific virus belonging to the Circoviridae family were less likely to develop diabetes than those […]

Why Diabetes Increases Risk of Cognitive Impairment

People with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at greater risk of cognitive impairment, including dementia, than those without diabetes. One of the main reasons is the damage diabetes causes to small blood vessels. Exercise, in addition to being good for physical health, can help brain health. Read more

Abbott, Bigfoot Biomedical to Collaborate on Treatment Tech

Abbott, maker of FreeStyle Libre glucose sensing technology, and Bigfoot Biomedical, provider of insulin delivery solutions,  have agreed to integrate their technologies. Abbott will be the exclusive supplier of sensors for Bigfoot’s U.S. insulin delivery systems, while Bigfoot will commercialize multiple systems using the FreeStyle Libre sensor technology. Read more

Suicide, Drug Use Found in Type 1 Organ Donors

Study of people type 1 who donated organs for research has found high rates of suicide and the use of illegal drugs. While those who chose to donate may not be representative of all people with type 1, researchers argue the findings speak to the need for better emotional and psychological support resources for people coping […]

Why Rural Areas Have Higher Risk of Diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there is a “diabetes belt” in the U.S., ranging across 644 counties in 15 states, in largely rural areas of the Southeast and Midwest, including Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. People in this “belt” are more likely to develop diabetes than those in the rest of the U.S. […]

Diabetes Leads to More Hospital Readmissions

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic investigated why people with diabetes have more frequent hospitalizations and readmissions than people without the disease. They found that regardless of the initial reason for the hospitalization, 11% of patients with diabetes were readmitted within thirty days, often due to high or low blood sugar, and young people were most at risk […]

New Study Sheds Light on Diabetes and Periodontitis

The University of Pennsylvania study shows diabetes can affect the oral microbiome, potentially causing inflammation, periodontitis and bone loss. The researchers stress the importance of oral hygiene and glycemic control to help counteract these potential effects. Read more

Why Does Diabetes Cause Hearing Loss?

When people think of the complications diabetes can cause, often eye problems, heart damage and diabetic neuropathy are the first things that come to mind. But diabetes is also strongly associated with hearing loss. Diabetes can alter metabolic activity in the inner ear making it sensitive to changes. When blood sugar rises, nerve breakdown in the inner ear […]

Growing Up with Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes used to be called “juvenile diabetes” and is often associated with children, while type 2 is more commonly associated with those middle-aged or older. But children with type 1 grow to be adults, and now type 2 is growing more common among the young. What are the differences and similarities in how type 1 […]

Racing to Beat Diabetes

When gifted Irish cyclist Stephen Clancy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, he thought it might mean the end of his racing career. In the hospital, a diabetes consultant told him extreme levels of exercise could complicate his diabetes management and make it more difficult to control the condition. But then he found Team Novo […]

Osteoporosis and Diabetes

When it comes to increased risk of osteoporosis, not all diabetes drugs are the same. A new study looks at the connections between diabetes and osteoporosis, and suggests certain types of drugs should be avoided to reduce risk of bone loss. Read more

Bariatric Surgery: The Best Cure for Diabetes?

Intestinal bypass surgery is used as a treatment for obesity, but also has the effect of improving or even curing diabetes. Surgeon Francesco Rubino is exploring why the surgery is so effective. It’s not because of weight loss, because the surgery has its effect on diabetes even before the patient loses weight. So what is the mechanism? […]

The Link Between Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer

Risk of pancreatic cancer rises dramatically among patients newly diagnosed with diabetes. Researcher Richard Frank is leading a study to examine the connection, in the hope of detecting pancreatic cancer earlier, when chances of a cure are higher. Read on

Can Metformin Really Slow Aging?

The diabetes drug metformin is reputed to have many beneficial effects. Researcher Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, believes it may be able to help us extend our years of healthy, illness-free life. Read more.

“Smart” Insulin Patches Getting Closer

A new “smart” insulin patch may make blood glucose monitoring more accurate and less painful. The patch, worn on the skin, would automatically deliver insulin as needed. It’s under development at The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University. Read more

A New Solution for Monitoring Insulin Temperature

Amin Zayani has had type 1 diabetes for 11 years and relies on daily insulin injections. A couple of years ago he had a bad experience when his insulin suddenly seemed to stop working. He discovered that the cause was that, unknown to him, his insulin had frozen in the refrigerator, ruining its potency. To keep […]

Diabetes Up 40% Worldwide

A new report says diabetes has increased globally by 40% in just the last 2 years. The Middle East and Africa were particularly hard-hit, and the disease is increasing rapidly in lower and middle-income countries. The disease is estimated to cost around $827 billion annually. Read more

Accuracy of Key Diabetes Test Varies by Race

The A1C test is a standard way of diagnosing diabetes, by assessing the average levels of glucose attached to red blood cells. However, various genetic factors can affect the accuracy of the test’s results. Now, a new study in patients with type 1 shows that the tests are likely to overestimate the glucose levels of […]

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