Glucose & Insulin

Swallowing Needles? A Possible New Way to Take Insulin

Researchers at MIT are working on a new way to deliver insulin: by swallowing a small, capsule-like device that can inject insulin directly into the stomach wall. While the technology still needs much more study, the researchers hope this will provide a method of insulin delivery that’s easier on people, especially those who hate injections. […]

Exercise Strategies for Pump Users

Insulin pumps give you the opportunity to reduce basal insulin levels and/or bolus doses in desired amounts and for different durations. This means that pump use may reduce your exercise-induced hypoglycemia risk compared to multiple daily injections. Based on the purpose and timing of your insulin dosing, some strategies using pump features may be helpful. […]

Variability in Glycemic Control Linked to Retinopathy in Type 2

New research is suggesting that variability in glycemic levels is strongly linked to many complications in diabetes. Now a study says that glycemic variability is significantly associated with the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy in patients with type 2 diabetes. Read more

Cost of Insulin Affects Diabetes Management

The cost of insulin has risen dramatically in recent years, leading to higher out-of-pocket costs for patients who use insulin to manage their diabetes. The higher costs of insulin have lead many patients, especially those with lower incomes, to under-use insulin, with negative affects on their diabetes management. Read more

Confusing Insulins is Still Easy to Do

Although confusing different types of insulins has been a long-time issue, which the insulin companies have tried to “fix,” it still happens. When you start insulin treatment, it’s important to learn about the different onset, peak, and duration of action of insulins. If you’re taking more than one type of insulin, a diabetes educator can […]

New Diabetes Management Handset Presented at CES

A new tool is designed to simplify diabetes management by automatically delivering insulin to patients when it’s needed. The DBLG1 System, by French company Diabeloop, links a continuous glucose monitor and patch insulin pump with a handset resembling cell phone. Every five minutes, a glucose measurement is sent via Bluetooth to the handset. Read more

Time In Range an Important Measure of Diabetes Outcomes

“Time in range” is the percentage of time a diabetes patient ‘s blood glucose readings are within the glycemic range of 70 to 180 mg/dL. Evidence suggests that more time spent in range corresponds to lowered risk of developing vascular complications in patients with diabetes. Read more

Millions Will Lack Access to Insulin by 2030, Researchers Warn

The number of people living with diabetes continues to rise, and access to insulin will fail to keep up with the growing demand, a new study says. The researchers predict that 79 million adults with type 2 diabetes will need insulin, but only half that number will be able to get an adequate supply if […]

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