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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

Can Smartphones Detect Diabetes?

California researchers have developed a “digital biomarker” that they say can use a smartphone’s built-in camera to detect type 2 diabetes. This could potentially an inexpensive and easy to use alternative to blood draws, and could be done at home. Read more

What Predicts COVID-19 Outcomes?

A Chinese study found that high glucose levels were a predictor of increased risk for serious complications of COVID-19, including in-hospital death, in people with diabetes. Read more

New Kind of Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Long-term chronic wounds reduce quality of life and can increase risk for death in diabetes patients.  A recent trial found that there was a significant reduction in the size of diabetic foot ulcers (73.1%) with Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (sNPWT). Read more

Diabetes Increases Parkinson’s Risk

Researchers say they have found evidence that having diabetes may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s. Diabetes can contribute to the loss of brain cells in Parkinson’s by activating oxidative stress, which is caused by buildup of toxic byproducts of cellular reactions, known as free radicals. Read more

Gout + Diabetes Increases Amputation Risk

Diabetes and gout are among the most common metabolic disorders in industrialized nations. While heart disease, kidney disease, and amputations are well known complications of diabetes, researchers are finding that gout also plays a significant role in these problems. Read more

New Research Network to Study Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Six U.S. research institutions are launching a multicenter network, the Diabetic Foot Consortium (DFC), funded by the National Institutes of Health, to study diabetic foot ulcers. Foot ulcers are a common diabetes complication and the leading cause of lower limb amputations in the U.S., and this is the first research network dedicated to studying how […]

Flu Vaccine May Lower Your Cardiovascular Risk

A study in Denmark has found that people with diabetes who get the flu vaccine are significantly less likely to have a fatal cardiovascular event or die from any cause than those who do not get vaccinated. The researchers say that this might be due the inflammatory response to coming down with the flu, which […]

Technology Can Help Manage Depression

A high percentage of people with diabetes also suffer from depression. Cellphone apps can help to track symptoms of depression and help people with diabetes & depression and their caregivers manage the condition. Read more

Which Dietary Supplements are Effective for Diabetes?

In the United States, the dietary supplement industry is regulated very differently from pharmaceutical drugs. The FDA does not require evidence of efficacy and safety before a supplement can be sold in the marketplace. As a result, while thousands of dietary supplements are available for diabetes treatment, there is little evidence for their effectiveness. Now […]

COVID-19 Drives Increase in Deaths from Cardiovascular Disease

During the first months of the coronavirus epidemic in the US, thousands more deaths occurred from heart disease and some other medical conditions than usual, according to an analysis of federal data by The Washington Post. The analysis found that over three months in five hard-hit states and in New York City, there were 8,300 […]

ACE Inhibitor Captopril May Cause Problems in COVID-19

Captopril, an ACE inhibitor drug, seems to be associated with a higher rate of adverse pulmonary reactions in patients with diabetes than other ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). ACE inhibitors are commonly used to treat heart and kidney conditions, which are often comorbid with diabetes. A different ACE inhibitor may be a better […]

Is COVID-19 Quarantine Affecting Glucose Management?

Many countries have enacted lockdowns in order to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). These stay-at-home orders have disrupted daily routines for many diabetes patients, which has created concerns over the possible consequences of added stress, isolation, and elevated blood sugars on glucose management. Read more

Will People with Prediabetes Use CGM?

Dexcom’s G6 Pro CGM seeks to increase use in people with prediabetes through its “blinded” mode. The G6 Pro, which consists of a sensor and transmitter unit, can store up to 10 days of glucose readings on the transmitter. These readings can then be read and analyzed retrospectively by a health care professional. Read more

Tandem Acquires Sugarmate App

Tandem Diabetes has announced it has acquired Sugarmate, a popular app for people with diabetes who use insulin. The app allows patients to track of glucose levels and health/nutrition information, and notifies users and care providers about any fluctuation. For now, Sugarmate will continue to operate as a standalone entity and continue to provide services […]

COVID-19 May Trigger Diabetes

It’s been well documented since the coronavirus pandemic began that people who have diabetes are at greater risk of severe complications and death from COVID-19. However, some researchers now say the relationship goes both ways: people who have been infected with COVID-19 are at risk of developing stress-related diabetes. Read more

Vitamin A Analog May Help Treat Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy, a common complication of diabetes, is a major cause of blindness in adults. A new study found that visual function in diabetic mice was significantly improved after treatment with a single dose of visual chromophore 9-cis-retinal, a vitamin A analog that can form a visual pigment in the retina cells, thereby producing a […]