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Pharmacists Could Help Improve Medication Adherence

Pharmacist-led medication therapy management (MTM) can have a positive benefit on people managing their medications and keeping up with taking them as prescribed, especially when it comes to managing chronic conditions like diabetes, researchers say. Read more

Minority US Type 1 Diabetes Patients at Greater Risk With COVID-19

Black and Hispanic Americans with type 1 diabetes who get COVID-19 are at much higher risk to develop serious complications or even die, according to a new study. Read more

What are the Long-Term Outcomes for Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery, which consists of (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass [RYGB] or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding [LAGB]), was originally intended as a weight loss treatment. However, the surgery has also been shown to cause significant improvements in type 2 diabetes and reductions in cardiovascular disease and death. But there are still questions about its long-term side effects and outcomes. Read […]

Diabetic Retinopathy Can Reveal Heart Risk

Studies on the onset and management of diabetic retinopathy, a condition that is a frequent complication of diabetes and which can result in blindness, have determined that there is a correlation between the degree of retinopathy and the patient’s risk for cardiac problems. Read more

The “Silent Epidemic”

Diabetes is responsible for 4.2 million deaths around the world every year, nearly three times as many deaths as COVID-19 has now claimed. Some experts predict that one in 10 people will be affected by 2045, making diabetes a deadly “silent epidemic.” Read more

High Blood Sugar Linked to COVID-19 Death, with or without Diabetes

High blood sugar levels are correlated with COVID-19 mortality, even in people with no history of diabetes, according to new research. Because of this, early blood glucose screenings in people who contract COVID-19 are needed, the researchers say. Read more

Screening for Liver Disease in Type 2

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) originates from fat accumulation in the liver and can potentially lead to scarring of the tissue, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. It is known as a component of metabolic syndrome, which is often related to type 2 diabetes. Currently, there are no recommendations for standard NAFLD screenings in people with type […]

Protein Screened in Pregnancy May Also Show Gestational Diabetes Risk

Researchers say that low levels of a protein, pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPPA), that is commonly seen in screening tests for chromosomal disorders in the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with adipose tissue remodeling, glucose resistance and gestational diabetes mellitus in pregnant women. The protein levels could potentially be used as both a diagnostic […]

Do You Know These Diabetes Myths?

As diabetes becomes more prevalent, many myths and misconceptions about it continue to circulate — that eating sugar causes it, that only people with obesity can develop diabetes, and many more. How many of these common myths have you encountered? Read more

COVID-19 Neurological Risks in Diabetes Patients

People with diabetes or high blood pressure who contract COVID-19 may be at greater risk of developing neurological complications such as bleeding in the brain and stroke, according to an ongoing study. Read more

Can Vitamin D Supplementation Fight COVID-19?

Some studies have suggested that low levels of vitamin D, a vitamin which is produced in the body in response to sunlight exposure, might increase the risk of catching coronavirus and then becoming seriously ill from it.However, other studies say vitamin D plays no role in the virus, so experts are divided. Read more

Common Flame Retardant Linked to Diabetes

A recent study has found that flame retardants commonly found in US homes cause mice to give birth to offspring that become diabetic. These retardants, called PBDEs, are added to furniture, upholstery, and electronics to prevent fires, and can be released into the household air. Read more

Prediabetes & Vascular Complications

Estimates say that about 34% of US adults have prediabetes. With prediabetes, glucose metabolism is not impaired to the extent it is with type 2 diabetes, but 30-50% of people with prediabetes develop T2D within five years of impaired metabolism onset. Researchers sought to investigate whether patients with prediabetes have the same risk of vascular […]

Expanding Telehealth Initiatives for Rural Populations

Rates of diabetes have been shown to be higher in rural areas that have less access to diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES). A DSMES program delivered via telehealth could be an important solution to increasing access to DSMES for people in rural areas. Read more

Could a Hormone Infusion Be a Gastric Bypass Alternative?

Roux-en-Y gastric surgery (RYGB) is considered the most effective treatment for obesity and type 2 diabetes, but it is not without risk. Because increased postprandial secretions of certain gut hormones: Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), Oxyntomodulin (OXM), and peptide YY (PYY), are one of the possible mechanisms of weight loss, researchers investigated whether subcutaneous infusion of those hormones […]

Diabetes Care Platform Adds New Remote Tool

The pharma company Roche is adding a new remote-patient-monitoring tool to its Diabetes Care Platform. Doctors and healthcare team members can enroll patients in the program and personalize the tool according to individual patient needs. The tool will allow healthcare professionals to interact with their patients remotely, a particularly valuable thing in the COVID-19 era. […]

Can Diabetes Drugs Fight COVID-19?

Multiple diabetes drugs are undergoing trials to see if they have a role to play in the fight against the novel coronavirus COVID-19. It’s already known that people with diabetes are at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19; one reason may be that COVID-19 attacks the same bodily systems damaged by type 2 diabetes […]

ADA Seeks to Reduce Racial Disparities in Diabetes Care

Following a recent report that found Black Americans with diabetes have a limb amputation rate three times higher than non-Blacks, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has created an initiative to prevent unnecessary amputations as part of a broader campaign to reduce racial disparities in diabetes care. Read more

Mechanical Ventilators, COVID-19, and Diabetes

One of the major concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic is the limited supply of mechanical ventilators. Since people with diabetes are at heightened risk of severe complications from COVID-19, which can sometimes require the use of intubation, a study looked at how to identify which patients are likely to need a ventilator. Read more

Annual Flu Vaccine Has Diabetes Benefits

Getting an annual flu vaccine can lower risk of complications and even death in people with diabetes. People with diabetes are more susceptible to infections like influenza, which in turn puts them at higher risk for serious complications, including cardiovascular problems. Read more