Glucose & Insulin

Good Blood Sugar Control Can Help Reduce Dementia Risk in Type 1

Poor blood sugar control has been implicated in dementia for people with type 2 diabetes. A new study looked at dementia risk for type 1 diabetes, and found that good glycemic management can help maintain cognitive function in people who have type 1 diabetes. Keeping HbA1c under 7.9% for long periods of time was especially […]

When You Have a Healthcare Professional in the Family

If you have a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional in your family, it may be natural for you to take advice about your diabetes treatment from them. But even medical professionals may not be up to speed on all the types of insulin available, their uses, and the complexities of dosing, or on other […]

Long-Acting Insulins Compared

A recent study looked at two long-acting basal insulin analogs, degludec 100 units/mL and glargine 300 units/mL. These insulins were created for an ultralong effect but had not previously been studied in comparison with each other for efficacy. The study concluded that long-acting basal insulin analogs are similar in efficacy and side effects, with comparable […]

Caution Needed when First Using a New Sensor

If you use a CGM, did you know that a new sensor may not be accurate for the first 24 hours after you insert it? For the first 24 hours, it’s wise to use a fingerstick to double-check your glucose reading, rather than assuming you need to change your dosing or behavior based on the […]

Poor Blood Sugar Control Increases Risk for Dementia

People with type 1 diabetes who go through prolonged periods of uncontrolled blood glucose may have greater risk for dementia, according to a new study. Risk of dementia has often been linked to diabetes; elderly people with type 1 diabetes are over 80% more likely to have the memory loss condition than people who do […]

Can an Algorithm Manage Your Diabetes Better than You Can?

Would you trust an algorithm to decide your insulin dose? A recent clinical trial found that letting an algorithm decide the amount of insulin a person with type 1 diabetes needs helped keep blood sugar levels under control more effectively than when the participants managed their insulin needs themselves. Read more

Eating Breakfast Before Exercising May Help Blood Sugar Control

There has been a lot of discussion on whether it’s better to exercise before or after eating. A new study says that eating breakfast before you exercise helps control blood sugar. Study participants who ate breakfast before they exercised had lower insulin levels at subsequent meals. Read more

Adding an SGLT-2 Inhibitor Can Mean Less Insulin Needed

For patients with type 2 diabetes who need large doses of insulin, adding an SGLT2 inhibitor to insulin therapy can mean much less insulin is needed according to new research. Patients with daily insulin doses between 101 and 200 units experienced an insulin dose reduction of 17 units/day with the addition of canagliflozin (brand name […]

The Importance of Specialized Diabetes Care During Pregnancy

A young woman with type 1 diabetes shared her experience of receiving special diabetes care during her pregnancy. While the care she received was excellent and helped her and her baby stay healthy throughout the pregnancy, a breakdown in communication after her baby was born early nearly led to disaster. Read more

Avoiding Weight Gain from Insulin

I’s not unusual to gain weight from using insulin and from treating bouts of low blood sugar. A diabetes exercise expert shares her tips on how to avoid weight gain from insulin use and from treating diabetic lows. Read more

New Omnipod Dash Insulin Delivery Device Approved by FDA

Omnipod® is about half the width of a credit card, and adheres  to the skin.  It does not require any tubing and connects wirelessly to a handheld device. It can be worn in water for up to an hour, which is helpful for people with active lifestyles. Insulet, makers of the Omnipod system, will have a […]

About the New Omnipod Insulin Delivery System

The Omnipod Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System is a hybrid closed-loop (HCL) system: it combines the technology of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and insulin pumps, and a personalized control algorithm to deliver insulin as needed, day and night. Research showed it helped patients stay in their target glucose range. Read more

Is Insulin in Pill Form Finally Here?

Researchers have been working on a way to deliver insulin in pill form instead of via injection for a long time, an innovation that would make the lives of people with type 1 diabetes much easier. However, they have struggled to find a method that would allow insulin to survive the human digestive system. Now […]

Options for More Affordable Insulin

Newer types of insulin can be very hard to afford for people who have no insurance coverage, or poor prescription coverage. Regular and NPH insulin are much more affordable, but you need to learn about the best ways to make use of them. For some guidance, read more

When Weight Loss Isn’t a Good Sign

Weight loss is usually a beneficial thing for people with diabetes. However, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that weight loss is sometimes a sign of a problem — and one problem that can cause unexpected weight loss is high glucose levels. A diabetes educator shares why it’s so important to look […]

A Patch to Replace the Fingerstick

Scientists have created an adhesive skin patch that measures blood glucose levels every 10-15 minutes — a potential replacement for the fingerstick blood tests which many patients find painful. Created by researchers from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, the patch has performed well in tests of its function as a noninvasive strategy […]

Why Checking A1c Before Any Surgery is Essential

Surgery places physical stress on the patient, and patients with diabetes and hyperglycemia are especially vulnerable to complications from surgery. A recent study found that poor glycemic control before surgery (elevated HbA1c levels) was a major risk factor for adverse outcomes after surgery. The research demonstrates the need to assess patients’ glycemic levels prior to […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]