Type II

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 […]

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

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, […]

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 […]

Type 2 Diabetes is Not a Disease of Obesity Everywhere

In the U.S., obesity is strongly associated with the development of type 2 diabetes; while not all people with type 2 are obese, the majority of them are. But 80 percent of worldwide type 2 diabetes cases are now in the developing world, and the association with obesity in these patients is not nearly so […]

Are Seniors with Type 2 being Overtreated?

Dutch researchers suggest that older people with type 2 diabetes are being overtreated, and guidelines in many countries aren’t taking their frailty, other health issues, and differing needs into account. The researchers found that of participants in their study, almost 40% of those with type 2 and normal HbA1c levels were being given too much […]

Reducing Heart Disease Risk with Diabetes

People with diabetes are more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those without diabetes. To help reduce the risk of heart disease and manage type 2 diabetes, it’s important to eat healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats, along with getting regular exercise. But even […]

UnitedHealth Announces Wearable Glucose Monitoring Program

UnitedHealth Group announced it has partnered with DexCom and will launch a glucose monitoring program. The program will use a wearable device aimed at helping older Americans continuously manage their type 2 diabetes via mobile technology. The program will initially have a pilot period, in which a number of enrollees in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans […]

Friendship Can Help Protect Against Type 2

A new study suggests that having close ties and social interaction with friends and family may help people reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study found that socially isolated women were more than twice as likely to have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than women who were socially active, and 60 […]

Why Winter Can Affect Your Blood Glucose Readings

Keeping your blood sugar under control when you have type 2 diabetes isn’t just about watching what you eat. If your are less active when it’s cold and snowy, that lack of activity can affect your blood glucose, even if your diet hasn’t changed. Taking small steps to boost your activity in winter can have […]

Hypoglycemia in Hospice Patients

A new study found that hospice patients with type 2 diabetes may be treated too aggressively for blood sugar control, leading to a high number of hypoglycemia cases among them. The researchers urge that avoiding hypoglycemia may be more important than strict blood sugar contorl. When it comes to hospice patients with type 2 diabetes, […]

Is Your Doctor Staying Informed on the Latest Treatments?

You may trust your doctor to keep up to date with the latest treatments for diabetes, but a new poll shows that many doctors struggle to stay informed on all the new drugs and devices entering the market. In a recent survey, 149 endocrinologists about a new drug ertugliflozin. (At the time of the survey, […]

Three New Drugs for Type 2 Approved by FDA

The FDA recently approved three new drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, all featuring the new SGLT-2 inhibitor, ertugliflozin. The first, Steglatro, is ertugliflozin available in 5-mg and 15-mg tablets, approved for adults with type 2 as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control. The second, Steglujan, is a tablet […]

Winter Warning: Diabetes & Prediabetes Increase Frostbite Risk

People with diabetes or prediabetes can be at much greater risk of frostbite during the cold winter months, due to complications like neuropathy and poor circulation.The risk was dramatically illustrated a few years ago by the experience of British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who had to pull out of a grueling expedition to cross Antarctica […]

The Complex Relationship of Menopause and Diabetes

The links between menopause and diabetes aren’t fully understood, but there are some definite ways in which they can interact. It’s possible that the hormonal shifts of menopause may increase the risk of developing type 2. For women who already have diabetes, blood sugar highs and lows can be related to fluctuations in estrogen and […]

New Once-Weekly Exenatide Available: BYDUREON® BCise™,

GLP-1 agonists are a class of drugs that are widely used to treat type 2 diabetes. Drugs of this type have been shown to improve glycemic control and also to decrease systolic blood pressure, decrease triglycerides, increase sodium excretion, and promote weight loss. Exenatide is a popular GLP-1 agonist that has been used for over […]

Protein Associated with Anxiety & Depression Linked to Type 2

Researchers have found that a protein associated with anxiety and depression may also contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. The protein, FKBP51, plays a part in the regulation of the stress system. A mutation in the gene that controls the production of FKBP51 can lead to a dysregulation of the stress system. This […]

Loneliness Linked to Diabetes

A new study found that socially isolated people were more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than people with larger social networks. The risk is highest for men living alone. The researchers suggest that people at risk of type 2 should take steps to increase their social networks, such as joining clubs or […]

ADA Issues New 2018 Standards for Diabetes Care

New recommendations in the 2018 edition of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA’s) Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes include advances in cardiovascular disease risk management, including hypertension; an updated care algorithm that is patient-focused; the integration of new technology into diabetes management; and routine screening for type 2 diabetes in high-risk youth. They also provide […]