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“Diabetes Distress” a Serious Problem, Especially for Ethnic Minorities

“Diabetes distress” refers to the emotional burden, stress, and worry people with diabetes experience about their condition. Although it’s often overlooked by doctors, it can contribute greatly to the burden of managing the chronic disease. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is high in minorities, and diabetes distress is thought to also be frequently experienced […]

Are Migraines Associated with Diabetes?

Some studies have suggested that migraines and diabetes may be linked, but the idea remains controversial. A new study found that people with diabetes seemed to be at no greater risk of migraines than people without diabetes. Read more

Pancreas Transplants Growing as Option for Severe Diabetes Cases

Transplants of the pancreas have been an option to diabetes for many years, but were seldom used due to their high failure rate. Today,  advancements in treating rejection and a better understanding of the procedure have led to more frequent use of the procedure for people suffering from severe cases of diabetes.  While still a […]

Air Travel with Diabetes: Be Prepared

If you plan to travel by commercial airplane and have diabetes, it’s a good idea to prepare in advance for how to travel with the supplies you need. In the USA, the TSA allows diabetes-related supplies and medication through security checkpoints once they’ve been screened; they advise you to declare these items and separate them […]

Watson Artificial Intelligence App for Diabetes

A new mobile app from Medtronic called Sugar.IQ™, applies AI technology from IBM Watson Health to help people with diabetes make more informed decisions. In studies the app has shown that it can help people with diabetes in normal ranges more of the time. Read more

Maternal Diabetes Linked to Autism Risk

A new study found that pregnant women who have any type of diabetes have increased risk that their child could develop autism. While the risk level varied depending on whether a woman had type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes, all forms of diabetes showed some increase in risk. The researchers say this does not […]

Should Bariatric Surgery Be Standard Treatment for Diabetes?

Bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypasses can have a dramatic impact on diabetes, even reversing the disease. However, it’s widely considered a treatment of last resort. Now many doctors and surgeons are starting to agree that surgery should be seen as a crucial aspect of diabetes care — perhaps even the best tool we have […]

The Mental Health Impact of Diabetes

A new study found that more than half of adult diabetes patients will seek treatment for stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health problems each year, compared to about one in four people without diabetes. The researchers urge that mental health be considered an integral part of diabetes management. Read more

What You Need to Know about the Trump Drug Pricing Reform Plan

Whatever your political views, it’s important to understand the implications of the new information issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) describing how the Trump administration plans to drop the prices for prescription drugs for all Americans. The first part of this plan will be implemented right away, while the second part […]

New High-Tech Contact Lens May Help with Diabetic Eye Problems

Vision problems are a common complication of diabetes. A new high-tech contact lens, developed by researchers from the California Institute of Technology and Caltech, may offer new hope to those at risk of retinal damage from diabetes. The “glowing” contact lens is designed to prevent further damage to the blood vessels of the retina. The […]

Diabetes Self-Care Courses May Have High Price Tags

Many people with diabetes are encouraged to undergo self-care education. These courses can teach patients about blood sugar control and how to manage their diet and exercise, and can be extremely helpful. But they are also a revenue source for hospitals, and many patients are shocked to find out how expensive the courses are. Read […]

How to Choose Between CGMS?

How can you decide which Continuous Glucose Monitor is best for you? Advice from Dr. Stephen W. Ponder, MD, FAAP, CDE-AADE Educator of the Year, Board Certified Pediatric Endocrinologist, Pediatric Residency Program Director at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Hospital and 50 year Joslin Medalist, on the difference between the Freestyle Libre and the […]

Are the ACP’s “Brand New” Guidelines Already Outdated?

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently issued a set of guidelines for glycated hemoglobin (A1c) treatment targets in patients with type 2 diabetes. These guidelines generated immediate controversy. An endocrinologist reviews the new guidelines and explains exactly why she disagrees with several of their key points: setting most A1c targets between 7% and 8%, […]

Why Checking A1c Before Any Surgery is Essential

Surgery places physical stress on the patient, and patients with diabetes and hyperglycemia are especially vulnerable to complications from surgery. A recent study found that poor glycemic control before surgery (elevated HbA1c levels) was a major risk factor for adverse outcomes after surgery. The research demonstrates the need to assess patients’ glycemic levels prior to […]

Type 1 Increases Risk of Other Autoimmune Diseases

New research finds people with type 1 have higher risk of developing additional autoimmune conditions. The risk is highest for those who develop type 1 diabetes after the age of 40, especially women. Thyroid disease, vitigilio, alopecia, Crohn’s disease and psoriasis are all conditions which can be associated with type 1. Read more

Doctors and Patients Protest Insulin Costs

Diabetes activists, including both physicians and patients, joined together in Washington, DC this past weekend to protest the high cost of insulin in the U.S. The protest was held on April 8 and organized by  the Right Care Alliance, an activist group that states their mission is to hold “health care institutions accountable to communities […]

23 Million American Adults Now Have Diabetes

Nearly one in ten American adults now have diabetes, according to the latest CDC research. 21 million of these cases are due to type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes accounts for a much smaller number, at 1.3 million cases. Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors all seem to play a role in who develops diabetes, and […]

Missing Teeth May Predict Diabetes Risk

Dental exams may be an earlier predictor of disease than even blood tests, according the authors of a new study. They found a progressive increase in the number of patients with missing teeth as glucose tolerance declined, and conclude that patients with at least 3 or more missing teeth should be tested for diabetes. Read […]

Why a High-Fiber Diet is Good for Type 2

Previous research has shown that eating a diet high in fiber can benefit patients with type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study may have determined why. A certain type of gut bacteria has been identified as the reason for the benefits of high-fiber diets. Eating the right dietary fibers can help rebalance the gut microbiome, […]

How Patients and Doctors Really Feel about Continuous Glucose Monitors

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (CGMS) are considered the next big thing in diabetes care. Both patients with diabetes and health care professionals expect wider adoption of CGMS in the future for patients with type 2 as well as type 1 — but feel that costs coming down is a key factor in this. The results […]