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Untreated Sleep Apnea and Diabetes Risk

Measures of blood sugar, as well as of heart health, worsen when sleep apnea is not treated, researchers have found. Sleep apnea has long been associated with these health issues, but cause and effect have not been established. This study found patients’ blood sugar and heart markers worsened when they did not use their CPAP […]

Nevada Bill Would Track Insulin Profits

Nevada is considering legislation that would track the profits pharmaceutical companies make on sales of insulin. It’s a move hailed by many patients with diabetes – yet patient advocacy groups have had little to say on the subject. Read more

Roche Offers New Discount Program

Major pharma company Roche has made changes to its blood glucose monitoring system and introduced a new discounting offer, which is says could save uninsured diabetes patients thousands of dollars per year. This may be aimed to address the scrutiny drug companies are receiving over pricing, including the cost of insulin. Read more

How Education is Linked to Diabetes

A study in Germany found those with lower levels of formal education scored higher in most risk factors for diabetes, including obesity, lack of exercise, and poor diet. Read more

Black Children are More Likely to Die from Diabetes

Death rates for black children with diabetes are more than twice as high as those for white children with the disease, and more than three times higher than those for Hispanic children, according to data released in in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on May 19, 2017. The researchers suggest differences in access to healthcare […]

Will Apple Watch Soon be Tracking Your Glucose?

It looks like Apple’s attempt to integrate glucose-tracking technology into the Apple Watch may be getting closer to reality. CEO Tim Cook appears to be personally testing the device, which could make staying on top of blood sugar levels much easier for many diabetes patients. Read more

ReviStim™ — Natural Neuropathy Treatment

The most frequent cause of neuropathy is diabetes. If you have diabetes and experience neuropathic pain the best natural way to reverse your symptoms is to reduce your blood sugar levels through a low carb high protein diet but this can take a long time to achieve. If you need to reduce your pain within […]

A “Smart” Contact Lens to Detect Diabetes

Researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea may have gotten a step ahead of Google’s efforts to develop a contact lens that can detect diabetes and glaucoma. Using a hybrid film made from graphene and silver nanowires, the UNIST researchers have made contact lenses for detecting multiple biomarkers that are […]

American Diabetes Association Updates on Diabetic Retinopathy

A recent update on diabetic retinopathy by American Diabetes Association (ADA) has considerably improved in terms of diagnosing and treating this complication since the 2002 ‘Position Statement.’ The statement was comprised of natural history of diabetic retinopathy with associated risk factors and different stages categorized by the growth of new blood vessels on the retina […]

20 Questions to Ask a New Endocrinologist

You can, and should, ask to meet an endocrinologist or doctor before you choose to become a patient in their practice. Most often, doctors will give you 15 minutes to meet and ask questions. Think of it as a speed-date. Here are some questions you might want to ask a doctor during this initial visit.

How the 21st Century Cures Act Will Change Diabetes Care

In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress overwhelmingly passed The 21st Century Cures Act, and the president signed the bill into law on December 13th, 2016. This legislation boosts funding to the National Institutes of Health and establishes an innovation grant fund to “accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery” of new treatments and therapies.

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live. So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, […]

6 New Diabetes Products to Look for in 2017

We’ve rounded up descriptions of some of the most exciting diabetes products expected to hit the market in 2017, followed by an approximate timeframe of when they’ll become available to the public. Sure, what we really want is a cure in 2017, but we’ll take improved quality of life, thanks to new devices and tech, […]

At risk for heart problems? A new clinical trial might be right for you

If you or a loved one have high triglycerides and are at risk for a cardiovascular event, new options may be available. This trial is testing whether an investigational drug, Epanova (omega-3 fatty acids), can reduce the risk of serious heart problems when taken in combination with a statin. Epanova is already FDA-approved to treat […]

DiaTribe Test Drive: Medtronic/BD MiniMed Pro-set with FlowSmart

We recently received an order of Medtronic/BD’s new MiniMed Pro-Set with FlowSmart technology, a little over a week after the initial limited launch began in the US (At this time, Medtronic is no longer accepting new participation in the limited launch; a full rollout is expected in early 2017, according to BD’s recent company update).

NPR – How The Brain Powers Placebos, False Memories And Healing

Erik Vance didn’t go to a doctor until he was 18; he grew up in California in a family that practiced Christian Science. “For the first half of my life, I never questioned the power of God to heal me,” Vance writes in his new book, Suggestible You: Placebos, False Memories, Hypnosis, and the Power […]

ASweetLife – Until There’s a Diabetes Cure, We Need Better Tools

With the surprising announcement this month that the FDA had cleared the way for Medtronic’s 670G hybrid system, sometimes referred to as an artificial pancreas, most people with diabetes were swinging their pump tubing with glee or juggling their (safety-capped) syringes in delight. And with good reason. We are on the cusp of a flood […]

Donald Trump and Diabetes Policy: What We Know Right Now

Donald Trump’s electoral college win has already had a ripple effect within diabetes care circles. As he’s been putting together an administration, it’s still been hard to predict where his administration will land on issues that affect people with diabetes. Less than a week after the election, already his positions on health care and health […]

How Your Body Temperature Can Affect Your Metabolism

As humans, we need to generate body heat to keep all of the chemical processes that run our bodies functioning. “Maintaining proper body temperature is crucial,” says Yu Hua Tseng, Ph.D., Principal Investigator in the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism at Joslin Diabetes Center.

Medical Xpress – Could apps be the answer to self-managing TII diabetes?

A systematic review of 14 previous studies found that all had reported a reduction in average blood glucose levels in patients that used an app, compared to those who did not, with an approximate reduction in HbA1c (glycated haemoglobin) of about 0.5%. The analysis also found that younger patients were more likely to report a […]