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Diabetes on the Rise In Sub-Saharan Africa

Diabetes used to be considered a disease that afflicted primarily people in wealthy countries. Now it’s on the rise worldwide, partly as a result of economic changes and the more sedentary lifestyles brought by increased urbanization. Its rapid increase in Africa is of particular concern to researchers. Read more

CDC: Many with Diabetes Skip Medications to Save Money

A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that older patients with diabetes often reduce or delay taking their medications for financial reasons. The CDC’s National Health Interview Survey found that among people 45 to 64 years of age with diabetes, 18 percent put off taking their pills or refilling a new […]

Abbott, Bigfoot Biomedical to Collaborate on Treatment Tech

Abbott, maker of FreeStyle Libre glucose sensing technology, and Bigfoot Biomedical, provider of insulin delivery solutions,  have agreed to integrate their technologies. Abbott will be the exclusive supplier of sensors for Bigfoot’s U.S. insulin delivery systems, while Bigfoot will commercialize multiple systems using the FreeStyle Libre sensor technology. Read more

Diabetes Leads to More Hospital Readmissions

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic investigated why people with diabetes have more frequent hospitalizations and readmissions than people without the disease. They found that regardless of the initial reason for the hospitalization, 11% of patients with diabetes were readmitted within thirty days, often due to high or low blood sugar, and young people were most at risk […]

Why Does Diabetes Cause Hearing Loss?

When people think of the complications diabetes can cause, often eye problems, heart damage and diabetic neuropathy are the first things that come to mind. But diabetes is also strongly associated with hearing loss. Diabetes can alter metabolic activity in the inner ear making it sensitive to changes. When blood sugar rises, nerve breakdown in the inner ear […]

A New Solution for Monitoring Insulin Temperature

Amin Zayani has had type 1 diabetes for 11 years and relies on daily insulin injections. A couple of years ago he had a bad experience when his insulin suddenly seemed to stop working. He discovered that the cause was that, unknown to him, his insulin had frozen in the refrigerator, ruining its potency. To keep […]

Diabetes Up 40% Worldwide

A new report says diabetes has increased globally by 40% in just the last 2 years. The Middle East and Africa were particularly hard-hit, and the disease is increasing rapidly in lower and middle-income countries. The disease is estimated to cost around $827 billion annually. Read more

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, […]