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Why Does the Way We Talk About Diabetes Matter?

Many of the words we use to talk about people with diabetes carry a lot of baggage. Words like “diabetic” when applied to a person, “noncompliant,” and even “prevention” can convey judgements on people with diabetes. These judgements can affect the way people think about patients with diabetes – and can be extremely harmful when […]

The Order in Which You Eat Your Carbs Matters

Most people with diabetes know they need to control the amount of carbohydrates in their diet to help manage their blood sugar levels. But did you know it also may matter when you eat those carbs as part of your meal? New research has found that eating proteins and vegetable portions before you eat the […]

Animas to Stop Making Insulin Pumps

Johnson & Johnson has decided to discontinue its insulin pump products. The Animas, Animas Vibe, and OneTouch Ping pumps will no longer be available. The company announced it has  partnered with Medtronic to transition its existing customers to Medtronic’s pump line. Johnson & Johnson representatives have said the decision to shut down the pump division […]

Why a Flu Shot is Even More Important if You Have Diabetes

With the 2017 flu season expected to be a bad one, doctors urge everyone — especially people with diabetes — to get vaccinated. According to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), many people with diabetes do not realize that they are more likely to develop serious flu-related health problems if they catch the virus. […]

New Alternative to Gastric Bypass May Debut in U.K.

A new device called the EndoBarrier was recently announced at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). It’s a tube-like liner that can be inserted into the intestines as a barrier to food absorption. According to researchers, it performs a similar function to gastric bypass surgery, but it’s reversible and less invasive and risky. […]

Novo Nordisk Continues Support for All-Diabetes Cycling Team

Global healthcare company Novo Nordisk has renewed its partnership with Team Novo Nordisk for an additional two years. This extends the company’s commitment to the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team to a total of seven years. Novo Nordisk partnered with the professional cycling team Team Type 1 in 2012 to create Team Novo Nordisk, based […]

Diabetes Medications Reduce Parkinson’s Risk

Taking diabetes medications can reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease by 35%, according to a new study by Norwegian researchers. Researchers plan follow-up studies to determine how and why the medication protects against Parkinson’s. Read more

Seniors with Type 2 at Higher Risk of Fractures

According to researchers, seniors with type 2 diabetes have a higher fracture risk, even if they have normal or higher bone density than their peers. Most concerningly, they have a 40 percent to 50 percent increased risk of hip fracture. Researchers believe type 2 contributes to bone weaknesses that are not visible on standard bone […]

Insulin for Life Helps Those in Need

International organization Insulin for Life works to provide people with diabetes in need of assistance with life-saving insulin. It works with disadvantaged people with diabetes, and with victims of natural disasters, worldwide. Recently it has been helping victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Read more

Caffeine May Help Women with Diabetes

A new study showed  benefits of caffeine consumption for women with diabetes. In the 11-year study, women with diabetes who had at least one cup of coffee per day were 51 percent less likely to die than women who consumed no caffeine. The benefits of caffeine, however, did not apply to men. It’s too early […]

Could Tattoos That Change Color Someday Replace Fingersticks?

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Harvard Medical School,  have developed a new kind of tattoo ink that changes color in response to changes in the body. So far they’ve developed three different inks, which change in response to changing pH levels, sodium levels, and blood sugar levels. The project is called […]

The Rights of Patients with Diabetes in the Workplace

In the United States, many people have health insurance through their employers. It’s important for any patient with diabetes to know their rights pertaining to that insurance. Companies offer different options of healthcare coverage plans and are required to provide a summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) to their employees.  It is illegal under federal […]

Help for People with Diabetes Affected by Hurricane Harvey or Irma

The American Diabetes Association is working to help patients with diabetes and diabetes caregivers who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma. Visit diabetes.org/hurricanerelief for information on the latest shelter locations; information for people with diabetes and caregivers; information for emergency responders and relief personnel; how to donate unexpired and unopened diabetes supplies; and […]

Google’s AI Research Could Help Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

One of the principal causes of blindness is Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), a condition in which damage ocurs to the retina due to diabetes, is a leading cause of blindness. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 415 million patients with diabetes worldwide have the risk of DR. Google Brain, the Google research team that works on […]

Why Are Diabetes Rates High Among Farmers?

A new report looking at diabetes in the United States breaks down diabetes rates by occupation. Transportation workers had the highest rates, with lifestyle factors being the likely culprit. However, farmers came in second, even though their diet and exercise profiles did not seem to indicate particular risk. Some prior studies suggest pesticide use could […]

Hospital Study Finds Nearly One Fourth of Patients Have Diabetes

A recent study of patients at a hospital in Germany found that 22 percent of the patients had diabetes, while 24 percent had prediabetes. The study also found that patients with diabetes had longer hospital stays and a higher risk of complications. With the number of people with diabetes growing worldwide, this study helps illustrate […]

Which Countries Have the Highest Diabetes Rates?

Diabetes is a growing problem worldwide, but which countries have the highest levels of people with diabetes? Data based on a report from the International Diabetes Federation shows where the problem is greatest, and how the United States compares to other nations. Read more

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