What Helps and Hurts Diabetes Management

Many factors, including mental health issues, cultural factors, and social support or lack thereof, can impact whether or not a person can successful manage their diabetes. But the financial factor has the biggest impact of all. Read more

Diabetes Specialists offer Support via Social Media

Specialist nurses are part of a team that has set up a social media network for people with diabetes. The network is intended to help people who are self-isolating or social distancing feel connected to a community, as well as providing information about Covid19. Read more

Brush Your Teeth to Reduce Diabetes Risk

Tooth brushing as well as good overall oral hygiene can reduce inflammatory reactions due to periodontal disease. This can help reduce diabetes risk as systemic inflammation contributes to developing the disease. Read more

Protecting Your Health During COVID-19 Pandemic

People with diabetes aren’t any more likely to catch the coronavirus (COVID-19) but are at greater risk of complications and serious illness. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Read more

Core Exercises You Can Do at Home

Just in time for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing and closures of gyms and fitness centers in many areas, diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares some important core exercises you can do at home to keep yourself strong and healthy, with an illustrated PDF you can print out. Read more

Does Aspirin Help Prevent Dementia in Type 2?

A large study serves compared and evaluated whether low-dose aspirin is effective when used long-term as the prevention of dementia for both females and males. Read more

Diabetes and COVID-19

People with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they contract the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has guidance on what the coronavirus means for people with diabetes, and some tips on how best to protect yourself during this pandemic. Read more

ACE Inhibitors May Lower Type 2 Risk

New research found a decrease in the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 24%, based on an analysis of six previous randomized controlled studies, among patients using ACE inhibitors. These blood pressure drugs may also be a way to help prevent type 2 diabetes, especially in those with a history of high blood pressure. Read […]

Americans with Diabetes Hit Harder by Medical Bills

Americans with diabetes experience more financial hardship from medical bills than people without diabetes, even when they have health insurance, according to the results from an analysis of data on medical bills from the National Health Interview Survey in 2013-2017. Read more

More Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise

Diabetes exercise expert Sheri R. Colberg provides her full list of 10 ways to get motivated to exercise on those days where you can’t seem to get moving.  Read more

Many with Type 2 Delay Insulin, to their Cost

More than 40% of people with type 2 diabetes initially decline insulin therapy recommended by their doctors, and compared with those who began insulin therapy, those who refused had worse glycemic control, and took longer to achieve healthier blood sugar levels , according to new research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Read more

Many People with Type 2 Would Benefit from Better Sleep

Sleep abnormalities and disorders are not uncommon in type 2 diabetes patients, and can have negative effects on their condition, including contributing to poor glucose levels. Read more

Simple Steps Can Help Your Heart Health with Type 2

In 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA) published “Life’s Simple 7”: seven risk factors that people can improve through lifestyle changes to help their heart health. The Simple 7 included topics like quitting smoking, physical activity, ideal body weight, intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure. Read more

Qualifying for Social Security Disability with Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes doesn’t always qualify for disability benefits, but some people are able to receive monthly disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Your benefits can be used on hospital bills and medical treatments, rent, utility bills, food expenses, and any other daily living needs.  Read more

Weight Loss Can Restore Beta-Cell Function in Type 2

Losing enough weight to enter diabetes remission can also restore normal beta-cell capacity in adults with type 2, according to research published in Diabetes Care. This is hopeful news, as it had previously been thought that beta cell function was irreversibly lost in developing type 2 diabetes. Read more

How to Lower Life Insurance Premiums When You Have Type 2

Many of the same steps you use to manage your diabetes may also help you reduce your premiums, such as taking steps to control your blood sugar and attempting to reach and maintain a healthy weight.  Read more

Undiagnosed Type 2 Increases Risks in Pregnancy

Missing a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes before pregnancy can lead to complications during pregnancy and delivery for mothers and babies, researchers say. Once a woman becomes pregnant, it is harder to distinguish between type 2 and gestational diabetes. Read more

Duodenal Mucosal Resurfacing: A Less-Invasive Take on Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery has been increasingly used in patients with obesity, and is an effective way to help aid glycemic control. It has been suggested that changing how nutrients are presented to the duodenum is one reason why improvements are seen after bariatric surgery. Importantly, this alteration does not appear to lead to malabsorption of nutrients. […]

Dexcom & DreaMed Diabetes to Collaborate on Insulin Delivery Platform

The collaboration enables a seamless data transfer of data from Dexcom’s CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) devices into DreaMed Advisor, a platform designed to assist healthcare professionals in the optimization of patient-specific insulin therapy for people with diabetes by analyzing information from CGM, self-monitoring blood glucose, and insulin delivery devices. Read more

Passive Smoking Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Exposure to passive smoking (secondhand smoke) over a prolonged period can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, and toxic chemicals involved in cigarettes gravely interfere with glucose metabolism, researchers found. Read more

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