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Are There Some Positives for Diabetes Patients During COVID-19?

Some diabetes patients may be finding an unexpected benefit in glucose management and health during the pandemic. These patients, finding themselves at home, with altered daily routines, and perhaps a decrease in workloads, may be able to start making small positive behavioral changes that can help their diabetes management. Read more

How Diabetes, Depression, and Dementia are Linked

Managing diabetes can be stressful, and lead to depression; in turn, depression can affect eating and exercise habits, and other factors that can change patient glycemic control. Recently, some studies have shown an association in patients with type 2 diabetes who have been diagnosed with depression and the incidence of dementia, and the role of […]

COVID-19 Severity Linked to Hyperglycemia

COVID-19 patients may be at a higher risk for complications and death if their blood glucose is elevated, even if they have not been diagnosed with diabetes, researchers say. Read more

Screen for Gestational Diabetes in Women without Symptoms, Panel Says

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a draft recommendation that pregnant patients who are asymptomatic be screened for gestational diabetes mellitus at or after 24 weeks of pregnancy, as research shows screening reduces risk for some pregnancy and newborn health problems. Read more

People with Down Syndrome at Greater Risk of Severe COVID-19

A large study in the United Kingdom found that people with Down syndrome who contract COVID-19 are four times more likely to be hospitalized for the illness, and 10 times more likely to die, than the general population. Read more

Your Ethnicity Affects Your Risk for Diabetes Complications

Chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease are both common complications of type 2 diabetes. However, your risk of developing these complications can be impacted by various factors, including your ethnic background. Read more 

Diabetes Among Factors that Cause 2/3 of COVID-19 Hospitalizations

About 64% of adults hospitalized with COVID-19 had one or more of four underlying conditions, researchers say: obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart failure. This reinforces other studies which have found these conditions are strongly linked to poor COVID-19 outcomes. Read more

Prediabetes Can Damage Brain

Diabetes has already been linked with dementia and cognitive decline. Now, researchers say people with prediabetes also have a higher risk of cognitive decline and vascular dementia, even in the absence of full-blown diabetes, stressing the importance of glycemic control in preventing these conditions. Read more

Stress, Mood Issues Worse in Younger Patients with Diabetes, Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), insomnia, and diabetes are often linked and can have an impact on quality of life, worsening the risk for stress and depression. New research suggests the impact is worse on people under the age of sixty-five who experience diabetes and OSA. Read more

People with Diabetes Should Be Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine at 40+

People with diabetes are at higher risk of death from the COVID-19 virus at younger ages than people without diabetes, researchers say, and should be prioritized for the vaccine from age 40 and up. Read more

Diabetes & COVID-19 Vaccines

Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine trials included people with diabetes, and found the vaccine does not interact with diabetic medications or cause problems with overall diabetes control, experts say. However, the immune response to the vaccine can cause temporary elevation in blood glucose levels, so people with diabetes should carefully monitor their glucose for […]

Managing Diabetes from a Smartwatch

Checking your blood glucose by glancing at your wrist is becoming a reality for more people with diabetes. Wearing a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that can send data to your smartwatch is helping greater numbers of people managing their diabetes. But making sure a particular CGM is compatible with a specific phone’s and watch’s operating […]

Why People with Diabetes Experience the “COVID Effect”

It’s been known since the early days of the pandemic that having diabetes increases the risk for severe COVID-19 complications. There are multiple factors that make the combination of diabetes and COVID-19 so serious. Some patients experience an increase in insulin resistance that raises blood glucose levels; plus, COVID-19 is sometimes treated with steroids, and […]

Nearly Three-fourths of Americans Have Excess Weight or Obesity

Research says that 73% of Americans now have overweight or obesity. 42% have obesity, and 10% have severe obesity; moreover, nearly 20% of children and teenagers have obesity. The rates of obesity vary between ethnic groups, with non-Hispanic Asian Americans having the lowest rates. Read more

Both Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes Patients Should Be Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccinations

 People with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at similar risk for increased COVID-19 severity, new findings conclude. Therefore, people with either type of diabetes should be prioritized in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, researchers say. Read more

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