Glucose & Insulin

It’s Easy to Miss a Pump Setting Change

Accidentally changing an insulin pump setting to add a second basal program is easy to do, and reverting to the “home” screen won’t necessarily undo the change. If you’ve been using one setting for a long time, you may need a refresher on how to correctly change to a new setting. Read more

Is Testing Glucose at Home Beneficial for Non-Insulin Using Diabetes Patients?

A new study divided people with type 2 diabetes who don’t use insulin into three groups: were told to check their blood glucose once a day; the second group were told to check their blood glucose once a day, and then were given tailored advice depending on the results; and the third group was told […]

Count Protein, Fat as well as Carbs in Insulin Calculations

People with type 1 diabetes are usually advised only to count the carbohydrate content of their meal when calculating pre-meal insulin dose. While this improves glycemic management, there is growing evidence that protein and fat should also be considered in calculating pre-meal insulin doses. Read more

New Version of Humalog at Half Price

Eli Lilly and Co announced that they will sell a half-price version of the popular insulin injection Humalog. The new product will be called Insulin Lispro; Humalog will remain available for those who wish to use it through existing insurance plans. The move comes as many major drugmakers, including Lilly, have received criticism from patients […]

Is There an Ideal Exercise Blood Glucose?

There is no official ideal blood glucose range to start with and maintain during exercise, but we know that being too low or too high negatively impacts performance. What blood glucose target or range most athletes aim for depends on a number of factors, including the type, intensity, and duration of their activity. A reasonable […]

Glooko Mobile Diabetes App Now Free

Glooko has now made its mobile app (for Android or iOS) free for any person with diabetes; previously there was a subscription fee for people not sponsored through their provider, health plan, or employer. The mobile app offers glucose tracking and can help patients manage their condition through correlating food, exercise and medication data to […]

Diabetes Risk with Cystic Fibrosis Shown in A1c

People who have cystic fibrosis are at greater risk for dysglycemia and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes if they have HbA1c levels of 37 mmol/mol or more, compared to those who have lower HbA1c levels, according to nre research findings, Read more

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 […]