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Telemedicine and Caring for the Elderly During Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine proved to be a vital channel for supporting patients and reducing the risks of in-person medical care. Telemedicine for elderly diabetes patients had many benefits, but also posed some challenges. Read more

Diabetes Treatment May Treat Bipolar Depression

Treatment-resistant bipolar depression may respond to the diabetes drug metformin, researchers say. A recent trial found that metformin treatment reversed insulin resistance in 50% of patients, which was associated with an improvement of the patients’ bipolar depressive symptoms. Read more

Metformin Use May Reduce Risk for Certain Breast Cancers

Long-term use of the common diabetes drug metformin use may have a protective effect on breast cancer risk for women with type 2 diabetes, researchers say. However, the effect of metformin depends on the breast cancer subtype. Read more

Can Ultrasounds Help Manage Gestational Diabetes?

Uncontrolled gestational diabetes can contribute to poor neonatal outcomes such as increased birth weight, macrosomia, and neonatal hypoglycemia. On the other hand, aggressive glucose control may lead to small-for-gestational-age infants. Fetal size is used to guide the management of gestational diabetes; can using ultrasounds guide more accurate treatment decisions? Read more

Worldwide, Most People With Diabetes Receive Inadequate Care

According to the International Diabetes Federation, almost 80% of the estimated 463 million adults in the world who have diabetes live in low and middle income countries. A study of diabetes treatment in 55 of these low and middle income countries found that many people with diabetes were unaware that they had the condition, and […]

Medtronic Receives 2 New European Approvals for Diabetes Management Devices

Medtronic has received two new European approvals for their diabetes monitoring and management devices: for expanded functionality of the InPen, a connected insulin pen designed for users requiring multiple daily injections, and for the Guardian 4 sensor, which can be used either as a standalone continuous glucose monitor or in tandem with the InPen or […]

Can Pain Increase Risk for Death?

A study that looked at the effect pain associated with diabetic polyneuropathy has on heart-damaging vascular events and mortality found that patients who experience painful are at increased risk. They found that when patients experience pain it can lead to more complications than for patients that are not experiencing pain. Read more

Treating Prediabetes Can Reduce Functional Decline

Functional decline is the loss of mental or physical abilities that often comes with age or various health conditions. It has been established that diabetes is associated with faster physical functional decline. Now, researchers say that prediabetes, too, is associated with faster physical decline, and more aggressive treatment of prediabetes can reduce or delay physical […]

New Online Platform for Diabetes Management

Ascensia Diabetes Care, a company that offers various tools for diabetes management, is adding an online platform that connects to any blood glucose monitoring system and will store, track and analyze the collected data. The platform, called GlucoContro.online, automatically shares the findings with patients, their caregivers and healthcare teams. Read more

People with Diabetes at Higher Risk of Candida Infections

People with diabetes are more susceptible to oral and vulvovaginal candidiasis, fungal infections caused by the Candida yeast. The elevated glucose levels in diabetes help Candida flourish, which makes patients more vulnerable to both oral and vaginal infections than people without diabetes. Read more

CGM Helpful for COVID-19 Patients, Healthcare Workers

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more hospitals moved to using continuous glucose monitors (CGM) for hospitalized diabetes patients. Using CGM rather than fingersticks lessens healthcare workers’ need to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to monitor patients’ blood sugar. Researchers are using this opportunity to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of CGMs used in a hospital setting. […]

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans with Diabetes Missed Medical Appointments Due to Pandemic Fears

The COVID-19 pandemic has made managing their diabetes more difficult for many Americans, new research says. 19% of Americans with diabetes skipped at least one medical appointment due to fear of contracting the virus. Almost a quarter say that managing their diabetes has been difficult due to the pandemic, while 17% say they have developed […]

Managing Stroke Risk in Diabetes

People with diabetes are vulnerable to strokes, which can cause disability or death. Dr. Richard Benson explains some of the links between strokes and diabetes, and how reducing your blood A1C levels, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can help reduce your stroke risk. Read more

Metabolic Syndrome and the Risk for Type 1 Diabetes Complications

Metabolic syndrome encompasses several cardiovascular risk factors, including abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, insulin resistance, and prothrombic and proinflammatory states. Metabolic syndrome has long been associated with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance; however, with rising obesity rates, an association between metabolic syndrome and type 1 diabetes has also developed. Read more

Diabetic Foot Exam Can Detect Heart Problem

Atrial fibrillation can be detected during annual foot assessments in patients with diabetes who had not previously been diagnosed with the heart arrhythmia, according to research presented at EHRA 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The researchers found that one in six patients with diabetes had previously undiagnosed atrial […]

Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

Many patients with chronic kidney disease are at a higher risk for severe kidney and heart health issues. The DAPA-CKD trial was designed to see the impact of Dapagliflozin Propanediol, which is sold under the brand name Farxiga, in patients with and without type 2 diabetes who had chronic kidney disease. Read more

Diabetes and Heart Health: Are Risks Different for Men vs Women?

A recent study examined whether there were differences in the risk of myocardial infarction between men and women. The study included participants with different diabetes statuses and different A1C levels, using data from 471,399 participants in the U.K. Biobank between 2006 and 2010. Read more

Tips for Managing Diabetes Costs

It’s estimated that in 2017, 1 out of every 7 dollars spent on healthcare in the US was spent on diabetic care, and 45 percent of spending was on medications and supplies. This burden has only increased for many people, as the cost of medications like insulin continue to rise. There are many programs aimed […]

Study: Women Want Post-Gestational Diabetes Support

Women who experienced gestational diabetes during their pregnancies would welcome support in helping them maintain a healthy diet and do more physical activity after pregnancy in order to reduce future diabetes risk, a study in the United Kingdom found. Read more

More Support Needed for Patients with Diabetes and Mental Illness

People who have mental illness along with diabetes may struggle when it comes to diabetes self-care and management. The authors of a new study investigating the impact of severe mental illness on adults with diabetes say better interventions and support are needed to help these adults cope with their diabetes needs. Read more