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What Helps and Hurts Diabetes Management

Many factors, including mental health issues, cultural factors, and social support or lack thereof, can impact whether or not a person can successful manage their diabetes. But the financial factor has the biggest impact of all. Read more

Diabetes Specialists offer Support via Social Media

Specialist nurses are part of a team that has set up a social media network for people with diabetes. The network is intended to help people who are self-isolating or social distancing feel connected to a community, as well as providing information about Covid19. Read more

Protecting Your Health During COVID-19 Pandemic

People with diabetes aren’t any more likely to catch the coronavirus (COVID-19) but are at greater risk of complications and serious illness. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Read more

Does Aspirin Help Prevent Dementia in Type 2?

A large study serves compared and evaluated whether low-dose aspirin is effective when used long-term as the prevention of dementia for both females and males. Read more

Diabetes and COVID-19

People with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they contract the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has guidance on what the coronavirus means for people with diabetes, and some tips on how best to protect yourself during this pandemic. Read more

Americans with Diabetes Hit Harder by Medical Bills

Americans with diabetes experience more financial hardship from medical bills than people without diabetes, even when they have health insurance, according to the results from an analysis of data on medical bills from the National Health Interview Survey in 2013-2017. Read more

Qualifying for Social Security Disability with Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes doesn’t always qualify for disability benefits, but some people are able to receive monthly disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Your benefits can be used on hospital bills and medical treatments, rent, utility bills, food expenses, and any other daily living needs.  Read more

How to Lower Life Insurance Premiums When You Have Type 2

Many of the same steps you use to manage your diabetes may also help you reduce your premiums, such as taking steps to control your blood sugar and attempting to reach and maintain a healthy weight.  Read more

Duodenal Mucosal Resurfacing: A Less-Invasive Take on Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery has been increasingly used in patients with obesity, and is an effective way to help aid glycemic control. It has been suggested that changing how nutrients are presented to the duodenum is one reason why improvements are seen after bariatric surgery. Importantly, this alteration does not appear to lead to malabsorption of nutrients. […]

Dexcom & DreaMed Diabetes to Collaborate on Insulin Delivery Platform

The collaboration enables a seamless data transfer of data from Dexcom’s CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) devices into DreaMed Advisor, a platform designed to assist healthcare professionals in the optimization of patient-specific insulin therapy for people with diabetes by analyzing information from CGM, self-monitoring blood glucose, and insulin delivery devices. Read more

Telemedicine in Diabetes Care

Telemedicine is the use of information and communication technologies, such as the Internet, to help with patient care, and can include diagnosing or even treating the patient. It has already been put to use in treating some chronic conditions, and studies have found telemedicine showed a benefit in helping patients with their blood sugar control. […]

Department of Veterans Affairs Keto Trial Causes Controversy

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with Silicon Valley startup Virta Health Corp. to test the popular “Keto” diet. Virtua claims the diet provides treatment “clinically-proven to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes” without medication or surgery, but some diabetes experts are skeptical and find the company’s partnership with the federal […]

Barbershops May Be New Resource in IDing Diabetes in Black Men

New research suggests that community-based diabetes screening in barbershops owned by black people may help diagnose diabetes in black men, and assist them in coping with a diabetes diagnosis. Data has shown diabetes complications to be disproportionately high among black men compared with other ethnic groups. Read more

The Diabetes-Cancer Link

The link between cancer and diabetes is not entirely understood, but biological mechanisms linking diabetes and cancer include hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, oxidative stress, dysregulations of sex hormones, and chronic inflammation. Although there is a known risk for cancer for people with diabetes, routine checks are still absent, and the potential of early detection and treatment of […]

CVS Health Announces Plan to Eliminate Diabetes Drug Co-Pays

US pharmacy chain CVS has announced a new program, RxZERO, which will provide diabetes medications with no co-pay. According to research by CVS, people with diabetes typically spend around $467 out-of-pocket for brand name prescriptions every year, with some (12%) spend up to $1,000 on diabetes medications. Read more

How can the High Cost of Insulin in the US be Brought Down?

Reducing the high cost of insulin in the United States will require multiple changes to the current complex drug pricing system, Mayo Clinic hematologist S. Vincent Rajkumar, MD, argues in a new commentary, The High Cost of Insulin in the United States: An Urgent Call to Action. Read more

FDA Approves Faster-Acting Insulin for Children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Fiasp (insulin aspart injection; Novo Nordisk), a rapid-acting human insulin analog, for use in children with diabetes. Fiasp has an additional ingredient, niacinamide, which increases absorption speed, and was previously approved for use in adults and in insulin pumps. Read more

Tattoo Safety with Diabetes

If you have diabetes and are considering getting a tattoo, there are some things to be aware of to ensure you have a positive experience. Blood pressure and blood sugar levels can both rise while a tattoo is being applied, and high blood sugar levels can also complicate the healing process, increasing the risk of […]

The Worldwide Diabetes Epidemic

According to the International Diabetes Foundation, an estimated 425 million people currently have diabetes, a number that is expected to increase to more than 600 million within a generation, and annual diabetes deaths now outnumber those from HIV/AIDS and breast cancer, combined. Read more

The Connection of Diabetes and Anxiety

Researchers report that anxiety affects about 40% of Americans with diabetes, a prevalence more than twice as high as in the general U.S. population. The stress and complexity of managing diabetes, as well as fear of hypoglycemia, may play a role. Read more