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The Psychological Impact of Diabetes

The physical damage to the body caused by diabetes, and concern about growing rates of diabetes in children and teens, are widely discussed. But there are also some serious psychological effects to consider, and whether these are addressed might make the difference in whether someone is successful in managing their diabetes or not. Read more

Circadian Clocks Disrupted by Glucose, Obesity

The circadian clocks inside the body’s cells that help regulate timing of many body functions and control cardiovascular disease risks within a 24-hour day appear to be affected by high glucose in obesity. “We know that high glucose impairs circadian clock functions, but now we want to know [if] by fixing the clock can we […]

The Complex Relationship Between Type 2 and Alzheimer’s

Researchers may be only beginning to understand how Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes could be linked. Deciphering the connection could lead to earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis and better treatments for both diseases. The connection involves how the brain metabolizes blood sugar and the factors that influence that process, including diet, sleep, and cardiovascular health.   […]

Diabetes is Common Cause of Sexual Problems for Men

Sexual dysfunction is common in patients with diabetes: over half of men with diabetes have erectile dysfunction (ED), which is defined as failure to obtain and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual activity, or decreased erectile turgidity on 75% of sexual occasions, and lasting for at least six months. Read more

Diabetes + Depression Increases Heart Risk

A new study further reinforces that there is an association of type 2 diabetes and depression with heart risk. Patients who have depression and diabetes are at higher risk for all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality compared to diabetes patients who do not have depression. Read more

Abbott and Sanofi to Collaborate on Diabetes Tech

Abbott and Sanofi, two of the largest companies in diabetes treatment, are partnering to develop tools that will integrate Abbott’s blood sugar tracking and Sanofi’s insulin delivery technologies, with the goal of creating a “connected device experience” for patients. Read more

HbA1c Testing for Gestational Diabetes

The Oral Glucose Challenge Test is the current Gold Standard for diagnosing gestational diabetes, but it can be inconvenient for patients due to the need to fast, lengthy exam time, and negative gastrointestinal side effects. HbA1c testing is easier for the patient, but has been considered less reliable. A new review of four studies supports […]

Diabetes Control in U.S. Stalled Since 2005

Adults in the United States who have diabetes are no more likely to meet disease control targets today than they were in 2005, according to a new study that looked at goals like blood sugar control, blood pressure and cholesterol level management, and smoking cessation. The researchers found that one in four adults with diabetes […]

European Guidelines for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has published its guidelines on diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which emphasize the latest information on how to prevent and manage the effects of diabetes on the heart, including current research on new diabetes medications and lifestyle management. Read more

“Scarless Pouch” for Insulin-Producing Cell Transplants

Placing transplanted insulin-producing cells in an insulating pouch removes the need for immunosuppressing drugs, and can provide people with type 1 diabetes with a treatment that removes the need for daily insulin injections. But this approach has encountered a problem: the formation of scar tissue around the implant, which impedes the cells’ work. A startup […]

Tech Companies Look to Enter Diabetes Device Arena

Medical device maker Dexcom is partnering with both Apple and Google in development of new diabetes tech. Verily, a former Google life sciences company, is developing new hardware with Dexcom to continuously monitor blood sugar levels, while Apple is working with the company to build tools for its Watch and iPhone that will integrate with […]

Obesity and Diabetes Increase Risk for Stillbirth

Pregnant women who have diabetes and obesity are more likely to suffer a stillbirth, according to researchers from the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh in the U.K., who studied a large population of mothers with diabetes in Scotland from 1998-2006. Read more

Earlier Age of First Menstruation Tied to Diabetes Risk

A study of 15,000 women in China found that those who began menstruation at an earlier age had higher type 2 diabetes risk than those whose first menstruation occurred later in their teens, with higher BMI likely being a factor. Read more

Gastric Bypass Beneficial for Adolescents

Researchers have found that the benefits of gastric bypass surgery may be even greater for adolescents with diabetes and obesity than they are for adults. The study findings report that adolescents were 27% more likely than adults to have remission of diabetes after the surgery, and also showed greater reduction in hypertension than adults did. […]

Prediabetes Progression is Not Inevitable

Only 13% of participants in a recent study of patients with elevated blood sugar readings at study start went on to develop diabetes. 64% remained in prediabetes or dropped to normal blood glucose levels without medication, through making lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. Read more

Treating Depression Helps Reduce Diabetes Deaths

People with diabetes are up to three times as likely to suffer from depression as people who do not have diabetes. Now, a large study in Taiwan has found that treating depression in people with diabetes is associated with a 35 per cent reduced risk of death. Read more

Apple Now Selling One Drop Diabetes Monitor

Apple retail stores are now carrying One Drop’s blood glucose monitor. The diabetes tracking product requires fingersticks, so is not a continuous monitor, but it connects via Bluetooth to your iPhone and Apple Watch, helping you track blood sugar levels. Read more

Type 1 Diabetes Could Harm Children’s Brain Growth

A recent study found that children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at an early age have slowed growth in areas of the brain linked to mild cognitive deficits. Researchers compared MRIs of children of the same age with and without type 1, and found the areas of slower brain growth were associated with higher average […]

Unauthorized Diabetes Devices Could Be Fatal, FDA Warns

In recent news, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned people with diabetes about using unauthorized DIY devices for diabetes management, warning that they can cause harm or even death in patients with diabetes. Hacked, “DIY”, or otherwise altered technology used within devices could be fatal, according to the FDA. Read more

Diabetes Treatment May Ward off Alzheimer’s

Taking medication for type 2 diabetes may also help deter the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say. USC Dornsife psychologists found that patients with untreated diabetes developed signs of Alzheimer’s disease 1.6 times faster than people who did not have diabetes. The stuy compared the rate of developing the pathology for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia […]