Guidelines for Heart Health Can Also Reduce Type 2 Risk

Following the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) “simple 7” guidelines for maintaining heart health can also dramatically reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. AHA’s “Life’s Simple 7” risk factors are “smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure.” New research says keeping at least 4 of these factors at an […]

Cost of Insulin Affects Diabetes Management

The cost of insulin has risen dramatically in recent years, leading to higher out-of-pocket costs for patients who use insulin to manage their diabetes. The higher costs of insulin have lead many patients, especially those with lower incomes, to under-use insulin, with negative affects on their diabetes management. Read more

Diet Soda Linked to Diabetic Blindness?

A new study suggests that drinking more than 1.5 liters (4 cans) of diet soda per week may raise the risk for proliferative diabetic retinopathy, a severe type of diabetic eye disease that can lead to blindness. The study did not find the same risks for those who drank regular, sugar-sweetened soft drinks. Read more

Parents Who Skip Breakfast May Increase Kids’ Obesity Risk

A recent study found that children who often skip breakfast are more likely to have excess weight or  obesity than kids who eat breakfast — and the children studied were found to be more likely to skip breakfast if one or both of their parents regularly skip breakfast as well. While whether skipping breakfast actually […]

Diet & Exercise May have Little Effect on Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes are seven times more likely to later develop Type 2 diabetes, and their children have a greater lifetime risk of weight problems, obesity, and type 2 diabetes themselves. Women are often advised that diet, exercise, and weight control can help reduce their risk of gestational diabetes, but new research […]

Can Text Messages Help Blood Sugar Control?

Many people with type 2 diabetes regularly miss their diabetes self-management appointments, putting themselves at increased risk for higher HbA1c levels compared to those who do not miss appointments. A study is examining whether text messages composed using a technique called “motivational interviewing” could potentially fill a gap in diabetes care. Read more

Cells May “Change Identity” to Treat Diabetes

Researchers say they have discovered a way for cells to alter their “identities” so that healthy cells can more easily make up for lack of production from damaged insulin cells. They made the discovery while analyzing cells in the pancreas, the organ where cells that regulate blood sugar are produced. They found that approximately two […]

Confusing Insulins is Still Easy to Do

Although confusing different types of insulins has been a long-time issue, which the insulin companies have tried to “fix,” it still happens. When you start insulin treatment, it’s important to learn about the different onset, peak, and duration of action of insulins. If you’re taking more than one type of insulin, a diabetes educator can […]

New Diabetes Management Handset Presented at CES

A new tool is designed to simplify diabetes management by automatically delivering insulin to patients when it’s needed. The DBLG1 System, by French company Diabeloop, links a continuous glucose monitor and patch insulin pump with a handset resembling cell phone. Every five minutes, a glucose measurement is sent via Bluetooth to the handset. Read more

What is Diabetes Distress?

Most people with diabetes will suffer from diabetes distress at some point, and for some it is an ongoing problem. Diabetes distress refers to the emotional consequences of living with diabetes. While it can be associated with depression, it differs in many ways and requires different treatment. Kathryn Kreider, a professor of nursing and expert […]

New Info about “Apple Shapes” and Diabetes

People who tend to accumulate excess fat in their bellies, rather than carrying excess fat around their hips, due to their genes are at higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart attacks, a new study says. While the association of “apple shaped” bodies with these conditions is not new, this research gives new insight […]

Diabetes Leads to Worse Outcomes in PCI Heart Procedure

People with diabetes have worse angiographic and clinical outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) compared with patients without diabetes, according to a new study. The poorer outcomes persist despite advances in stents and other therapeutic technology. Read more

Can Skipping Breakfast Increase Diabetes Risk?

Skipping breakfast might increase your type 2 diabetes risk, according to a new review of six different studies. The researchers looked at the data from the studies, which involved over 96,000 people, 5,000 of whom had already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They found that skipping breakfast for one day of the week was […]

Time In Range an Important Measure of Diabetes Outcomes

“Time in range” is the percentage of time a diabetes patient ‘s blood glucose readings are within the glycemic range of 70 to 180 mg/dL. Evidence suggests that more time spent in range corresponds to lowered risk of developing vascular complications in patients with diabetes. Read more

Saliva-Testing Sensors May Become Another Fingerstick Alternative

Scientists may soon develop another alternative to the painful finger-prick blood glucose tests many people with diabetes have to endure. The new invention is a paper-strip sensor that gauges blood glucose via a patient’s saliva. When saliva is applied to the sensor, glucose  in the body fluid reacts with glucose oxidase on the strip, creating […]

A New Drug Combination May Offer Hope for Beta Cell Growth

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have discovered a new combination of two classes of drugs that induces the highest rate of proliferation ever observed in adult human beta cells—the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. The result is an important step toward a diabetes treatment that can restore the […]

Two Common Diabetes Drugs Linked to Heart Disease

Two types of drugs widely prescribed for  type 2 diabetes in order to lower blood sugar levels may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, according to new research. The first, sulfonylureas, are oral medications that cause the body to release more insulin; they have been in use since the 1950s. The […]

Many Have Negative Attitudes Toward Weight-Loss Surgery

A survey that examined attitudes toward weight-loss surgery among people in the U.S. found that 49.4 and 39.1 percent of respondents thought that most people had weight-loss surgery for cosmetic reasons, and that weight-loss surgery represented choosing the “easy way out.” Women were more likely to think that weight-loss surgery was performed for health reasons, […]

Most US Adults Not Metabolically Healthy

A recent study that examined the proportion of American adults with optimal cardiometabolic health according to different guidelines. Researchers found that women, youth, those with more education, who never smoked, practiced vigorous physical activity, and had low body mass index were more likely to be metabolically healthy. Metabolic health was seen in fewer than one-third […]

Holiday Leftovers Can Be a Health Hazard

Once a holiday is over, all those tempting leftovers lying around the house can be very hard to resist. How can you keep your eating habits on track around the holidays and deal with the leftover temptations? A diabetes educator gives her advice. Read more

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