Glucagon the Sole Focus of a Bionic Pancreas Trial


For the bionic pancreas to win FDA approval, it will need to prove that the novel aspects of the treatment are safe and effective. Recently, a team of researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Center in Boston conducted a trial that focused exclusively on the automated delivery of glucagon to see if the treatment […]

Study Says “Healthy Eating” Means “Healthy Fats”


The results were, to many, surprising: “Among different fats, the most consistent benefits were seen for increasing polyunsaturated fats, in place of either carbohydrates or saturated fat,” said Imamura. In fact, these results revealed that a diet rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help improve blood sugar control.

Health Costs for People with Diabetes is 3.6 Times More than Average

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A new study confirms what many with diabetes have known all along – that staying healthy comes at a steep price. Researchers with the Health Care Cost Institute found that health care costs for people with diabetes on private insurance plans was about 3.6 times more than health care costs for those without diabetes.

Does Flossing Help Or Not? The Evidence Is Mixed At Best


“In large epidemiological studies, the evidence for flossing turns out to be fairly weak,” says Tim Iafolla, a dentist with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.

FDA Panel Recommends Expanded Use of CGMs


If the panel’s recommendations are adopted by the FDA, that would mean that Dexcom G5 users would not need to do a separate fingerstick with a meter to get a blood sugar reading for basal and bolus insulin dosing; they would, however, still need to do daily fingersticks to calibrate the device. European G5 users […]

Insulin Nation – Man Comes Off Insulin Therapy After Undergoing BioHub Islet Cell Transplant


This June, a 41-year-old man became the first European patient with Type 1 to come off insulin therapy after receiving a transplant of pancreatic islet cells using the BioHub technique. This therapy, engineered by the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), protects transplanted islet cells from immune system attack.

10 More Things Not to Say to a Person With Diabetes


Just when you thought it was safe to start talking to people with diabetes, here it is: a new collection of statements that have been known to make people with diabetes cringe, twitch, and fume.

NPR – It’s Tough To Make Good Health Choices, But Science Can Help


Simply reminding yourself that you’re an OK person may increase your readiness to change. In a review published in 2014, Epton and colleagues analyzed existing research and found self-affirmation techniques combined with persuasive health information can help people decide to change — and then actually do it.

A Third of US Teens with Diabetes Don’t Know They Have It


Researchers analyzed information from more than 2,600 adolescents ages 12 to 19 who were tested for diabetes at some point from 2005 to 2014, as part of a national health survey conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participants underwent three tests of their blood glucose levels, and a person was […]

FreeStyle Libre Shines in TI Study: A Decrease of 74 Minutes Per Day Spent in Hypoglycemia

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At the ADA Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, Abbott shared results of the IMPACT study, a randomized six-month trial comparing the FreeStyle Libre “flash glucose monitor” to fingersticks in people with type 1 diabetes

ASweetLife – Bloodless Glucose Testing Moves Closer to Reality


A bloodless way to test blood sugar has long been the stuff of science fiction. But, now, a group of researchers in Wales is moving an innovative idea of drawing blood without puncturing the skin from the conceptual world of Star Trek to perhaps being available at a pharmacy down the street.

Medtronic MiniMed 670G Trial Results: 44% Reduction in Hypoglycemia


At the recent ADA Scientific Sessions, Medtronic presented data from its pivotal trial of the MiniMed 670G/Enlite 3 hybrid closed loop system, designed to provide evidence for regulatory approval.

NPR – After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs


Research published Wednesday found that states that legalized medical marijuana — which is sometimes recommended for symptoms like chronic pain, anxiety or depression — saw declines in the number of Medicare prescriptions for drugs used to treat those conditions and a dip in spending by Medicare Part D, which covers the cost on prescription medications.

Huffpost – Artificial Pancreas Could Be Answer For Diabetes


There’s good news on the horizon for those who suffer from diabetes: a new technology that enables the creation of an artificial pancreas could replace your insulin shots and automatically regulate the body’s levels with nothing for you to worry about on your side.

Invokana Superior As Second Add-on to Metformin


Over a one-year study, glycemic control was improved and body weight and blood pressure were reduced with Invokana® (canagliflozin, Janssen) as add-on therapy to metformin in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a presentation at AACE.

FDA Slower to Approve New Medical Devices Than Drugs


As Medtronic prepares to seek FDA approval for an artificial pancreas, many have wondered why it’s taken so long to get to this point. A recent study suggests that might be because the FDA may be slower to approve medical devices than drugs, according to a report by Mass Device.

Victoza Reduces Cardiovascular Death by 22% in Type 2 Diabetes


GLP-1 Victoza reduces the risk of death from heart disease, kidney disease, hypoglycemia, severe hypoglycemia, and other complications in people with type 2 diabetes at high risk for heart disease.

Type 1, Celiac, and AutoImmune Thyroid Disease Go Together

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Unfortunately, researchers are finding that people with one autoimmune condition are prone to others. For example, a recent study has found that people with celiac disease and Type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of also developing autoimmune thyroid disease.

New link found between diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease

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Drugs used to treat diabetes could also be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, and vice versa, according to new research. This is also the first study of its kind to show that Alzheimer’s disease can lead to diabetes, as opposed to diabetes occurring first as was previously thought.

Diabetes raises risk of heart attack death by 50 percent


Having diabetes increases the risk of dying from the effects of a heart attack by around 50 percent, according to a widespread study. The study’s participants with diabetes were 39 per cent more likely to have died if they had a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) heart attack — in which the artery is partially […]

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