Type 2 Diabetes is Not a Disease of Obesity Everywhere

In the U.S., obesity is strongly associated with the development of type 2 diabetes; while not all people with type 2 are obese, the majority of them are. But 80 percent of worldwide type 2 diabetes cases are now in the developing world, and the association with obesity in these patients is not nearly so […]

Study Raises Insulin Quality Concerns – But is it Accurate?

A pharmacist recent conducted a study of the quality of insulin. He tested 18 vials, purchased at pharmacies, and found that on average the vials had less than half what was listed on the vial. But were his methods accurate, and does such a small study really mean anything? Insulin makers, advocacy groups and diabetes […]

Major Analysis Looks at Long-Term Safety of SGLT-2 Drugs

SGLT-2 inhibitors are the newest diabetes drug class on the market, and to date research on their long-term safety has been lacking. The American Heart Association has published the results of a major meta analysis which reviewed all the available trials and studies. The researchers found that use of SGLT-2 inhibitors led to a 20% […]

Risk of Cataracts Higher with Diabetes – Especially in Your 40s – 50s

A large study conducted in Great Britain has found that diabetes vastly increases the risk of diabetes. The study compared people, aged 40 and older,  with diabetes to people who didn’t have diabetes but were otherwise comparable in age, gender, and other factors. It found that the incidence rate of cataract diagnoses and surgery cases […]

Do Voice-Operated Apps for Insulin Pumps Really Work?

The VoiceDiab is an Android app that works through voice recognition. Users can speak to the app, giving descriptions of their meals.  The app then calculates needed insulin doses to compensate for the content of the meals. 887 basic foods are programmed into the app with information about their caloric value and amounts of carbs, […]

Will New Once-Daily Pill Replace Insulin Injections?

Novo Nordisk, the world’s largest insulin manufacturer, is looking to transform the diabetes market with a pill. Its oral semaglutide medicine is currently in late-stage trials, with a planned launch date in 2020. Semaglutide, one of the GLP-1 drugs, stimulates insulin production. It’s currently available as a once-weekly injection, and Novo hopes that the pill […]

The Benefits of “SPA” Time

Spontaneous physical activity — “SPA time” — refers to incorporating small amounts of physical activity wherever possible throughout your day.  Taking a dozen extra steps here and there can add up to a lot of calories burned over the course of the day, week, and year. SPA can happen when you get a few more […]

Can the Whole30 Diet Benefit Type 1 Patients?

The Whole30 Diet claims a variety of health benefits for following its rules for 30 days. It requires dieters to eat nothing but whole, unprocessed foods, and excludes alcohol, wheat, dairy, soy, sugar, and even peanuts and chickpeas. A patient with type 1 shares her experience with the diet and its effect on her blood […]

Are Seniors with Type 2 being Overtreated?

Dutch researchers suggest that older people with type 2 diabetes are being overtreated, and guidelines in many countries aren’t taking their frailty, other health issues, and differing needs into account. The researchers found that of participants in their study, almost 40% of those with type 2 and normal HbA1c levels were being given too much […]

Have the Risks of Sweeteners been Overhyped?

A recent study concluded that artificially sweetened soft drink consumption was associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia. The preliminary research did find a link between daily intake and increased risk, but the chain of evidence is not as strong as has been widely reported. When all health and lifestyle factors that could […]

Reducing Heart Disease Risk with Diabetes

People with diabetes are more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those without diabetes. To help reduce the risk of heart disease and manage type 2 diabetes, it’s important to eat healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats, along with getting regular exercise. But even […]

Does Spinal Cord Stimulation Help in Painful Diabetic Neuropathy?

Many patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes suffer from painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDPN). Patients with this complication experience irreversible peripheral nerve damage resulting in severe pain, which is difficult to manage. When medication is not enough to provide pain relief, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is sometimes used as a last-resort therapy. While […]

New Japanese Drug May Help Lipid Profiles

A new drug, Pemafibrate, currently in a phase 3 clinical trial in Japan, may significantly improve lipid profiles and insulin resistance in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertriglyceridemia. The results follow those of several large-scale clinical trials which show that treatment with drugs of the fibrate class can decrease triglyceride levels and increase high-density […]

Can Software Help Make Diabetes Care More Individualized and Affordable?

Every day, doctors and other prescribers write prescriptions for patients with diabetes. But how can they choose the best medication from all the many drugs, and combination drugs, available today? And how can they make sure that the patient will be able to afford the drug they want to prescribe, when there are more than […]

Drugs Play a Role in Weight Management with Diabetes

Obesity and diabetes are often linked, and prescription drugs can have varying effects on weight. Research has found that certain drug types such as sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors (for example, Invokana and Jardiance) and glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) (for example, Victoza and Trulicity) may help with weight loss. On the other hand, […]

How Tech Can Help Patients Get Over Motivation Slumps

People who have been dealing with type 1 since childhood can get “burned out” on dealing with their diabetes every day, and lose the motivation to test numbers regularly and do the other tasks they need to do to manage their diabetes. For some of those patients, new technologies like CGMs can make managing their […]

UnitedHealth Announces Wearable Glucose Monitoring Program

UnitedHealth Group announced it has partnered with DexCom and will launch a glucose monitoring program. The program will use a wearable device aimed at helping older Americans continuously manage their type 2 diabetes via mobile technology. The program will initially have a pilot period, in which a number of enrollees in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans […]

Can AI Do a Better Job than Doctors in Treating Diabetes?

Research from Indiana University says that a new computer program is doing a better job than doctors in diagnosing and treating health conditions using artificial intelligence and robotics. The system uses decision-making processes similar to the Jeopardy-bot, Watson. Researchers had the system analyze and predict health outcomes for 500 real individuals who had conditions like […]

Gene Therapy May Hold Promise for Type 1

Type 1 diabetes researchers have long sought a treatment that would preserve and restore function to insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. In type 1 diabetes, the patient’s own immune system destroys these beta cells. One hurdle researchers have faced is that any new cells created via beta cell replacement therapy might also be destroyed by the […]

New Year, New Meds?

Some diabetes educators find that the holiday and new year seasons are a time when patients want a fresh start — perhaps with a change of medication. A certified diabetes educator (CDE) talks about her experience working with patients around this time of year, and why it’s so important not to make changes to your […]

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