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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

Diabulemia in Type 1

Diabulemia is a term used to describe an eating disorder in diabetes patients in which the patient deliberately restricts insulin in order to lose weight; medical professionals may also use the term ED-DMT1, Eating Disorder-Diabetes Mellitus Type 1, which is used to refer to any type of eating disorder in combination with with type 1 […]

Premature Babies May Be at Greater Risk for Diabetes

A new trial has found that premature babies may be more likely to develop diabetes at some point in their life than other babies. The researchers found that babies born before 37 weeks are 21% more likely to develop type 1 diabetes and 26% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes within the study time […]

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