Successful Food Logging for Diabetes Management

Keeping a food log can be a challenge, but can be extremely helpful both for losing weight and for weight maintenance. A diabetes educator shares her approach to successful food logging for her patients: keep it simple, make sure it’s a type of logging the patient can stick with, and take the patient’s individual needs […]

Bariatric Surgery Better than Medication for Teens with Type 2

New research says that in teenagers who have severe obesity and type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery provides much better weight loss, diabetes remission, and improvement in heart risk factors than medical treatment.  The analysis of data from two large studies suggests a surgical solution to youth-onset type 2 may be preferable, despite the risks of […]

An Analysis of the American College of Physicians Controversial New Recommendations

The American College of Physicians recently issues new guidelines stating that adults with type 2 diabetes can aim for an easier-to-achieve blood sugar target than what’s been used to guide treatment in the past. These recommendations differ from the guidelines from most national and international organizations, such as the American Diabetes Association and American Association […]

Recognition of New Types of Diabetes Could Change Treatment

How many types of diabetes are there? We’re familiar with type 1 and type 2, but is our current understanding too simplistic? In new research published in the medical journal The Lancet, researchers showed they could identify five separate forms of diabetes. The two that correspond to type 1 and type 2 represent about 6 […]

Is Diabetes Still Underdiagnosed?

Despite advances in medicine and diagnosis, diabetes remains poorly detected among adults in United States, according to new research. Mexican-Americans have the highest probability of doctors missing their diagnosis of diabetes. In recent years, there have been improvements in detection rates for  elderly, white individuals, and subjects with the highest poverty-income-ratio. Read more

Does Arsenic Play a Role in Development of Diabetes?

Much recent research has shown that environmental pollutants can play a role in the development of diabetes. Researchers are now looking at one of these pollutants, arsenic, to see exactly what its effects are. Arsenic contaminates the drinking water sources used by more than 100 million people around the world, and more water sources are […]

Microneedle-Array Patches Offer Innovation in Type 2 Treatment

New microneedle-array patches are painless and non-invasive and allow treatment particles to be released iin response to biological stimuli. The patch incorporates a glucose-sensing element and a drug-releasing component This design hopes to serve as a reliable and effective treatment option for glucose management in type 2 diabetes. Read more

Work Your Core! Exercises for Better Health

Complications from diabetes like peripheral neuropathy, vision issues, and heart problems don’t have to prevent you from doing safe and healthy exercise. You can still have a beneficial workout without the risks by exercising your core . You may not be able to get outside for a brisk walk or run, but that doesn’t mean […]

Targeting the Gut to Prevent Type 1

A new study suggests that targeting specific gut microbes may be a way to protect against type 1 diabetes. Australian researchers found gut microbiota alterations in rodents and humans at high risk of type 1 diabetes, and that these gut microbiota alterations were a result of genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes, as well as […]

Vegetarian/Vegan Diet Can Slow Diabetes Progression

A new analysis shows that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and low in fats can help improve glycemic control and slow the progression of diabetes. The study followed participants for eight years and found that these dietary and lifestyle changes, along with adherence to oral medications,  could enable patients to avoid needing to […]

Prediabetes Raises Heart and Kidney Risks

Researchers have found that many people with prediabetes have serious risk for cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease. The researchers based their conclusions on data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys collected from 1988-2014. They found both cardiovascular and kidney issues associated with prediabetes (a term that describes people who have blood […]

ADA and Doctor’s Group Disagree on Blood Sugar Goals

A new recommendation from the American College of Physicians that many people with type 2 should relax their blood sugar goals has drawn strong disagreement from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Based on research analysis, the College has decided that the problems caused by trying for for the lowest blood sugar score outweigh the benefits, […]

Emergency Room Visits for People with Diabetes Increasing

In 2015, the rate of diabetes-related visits to the emergency room was 92 per 1,000 people aged 45 and older, according data provided by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. From 2012 to 2015, the percentage of emergency department visits by patients aged 45 and older with […]

Cognitive Decline is Key Factor in Life Expectancy for Diabetes Patients

On average, diabetes reduces life expectancy by about ten years. One key factor in the lower life expectancy for people with diabetes may be cognitive decline. Diabetes is a strong indicator of early onset cognitive decline. However, other factors such as socioeconomic status and education can play a role in the prevention or delay of […]

Night Shift Work Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

Medical research has found frequent night shift work can have many negative effects on health. Now, increased risk of type 2 diabetes has also been connected to working at night. Healthcare workers, security guards and other frequent night shift workers are significantly more likely to have Type 2 diabetes than workers who work only days, […]

Type 2 Can Begin 20 Years Before Being Diagnosed

The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is associated with subtle elevations of glucose and lipids more than 20 years before diagnosis, according to a new study. This suggests that the process that results in insulin resistance takes years or decades to develop into type 2 diabetes. Earlier screening for these subtle changes may be […]

Kratom Warning: Supplement Not Safe for Experimentation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning against the use of an unregulated supplement called kratom that has addictive and potentially dangerous health effects. The FDA says some people are using the botanical substance for pain relief and to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms. As of February 2018, the FDA had received reports of […]

Apple Watch Detects Diabetes with 85% Accuracy, Says Study

A new study using data from 14,000 Apple Watch users was able to detect that 462 of them had diabetes. The data came from the Watch’s heart rate sensor. The same type of sensor is used by other fitness bands using Android Wear. The study was inspired  by results from the Framingham Heart Study in […]

The Benefits of Having a Local Pharmacy

More and more people are using mail-order or online ordering for their drugs, but there are real benefits to having a relationship with a local pharmacy. A diabetes educator shares the story of how her patient was able to avoid missing her regular medication before she could get a new prescription, thanks to the support […]

SGLT-2 Inhibitors for Patients with Obesity

Many patients with diabetes struggle with weight management, and many drugs used to treat diabetes can further contribute to weight gain. Researchers have found that the SGLT-2 inhibitors, a newer class of drugs, are very effective when combined with diet and exercise in helping patients lose weight. Researchers have found that the amount of weight […]

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