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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

Gastric Bypass Beneficial for Adolescents

Researchers have found that the benefits of gastric bypass surgery may be even greater for adolescents with diabetes and obesity than they are for adults. The study findings report that adolescents were 27% more likely than adults to have remission of diabetes after the surgery, and also showed greater reduction in hypertension than adults did. […]

Prediabetes Progression is Not Inevitable

Only 13% of participants in a recent study of patients with elevated blood sugar readings at study start went on to develop diabetes. 64% remained in prediabetes or dropped to normal blood glucose levels without medication, through making lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. Read more

Treating Depression Helps Reduce Diabetes Deaths

People with diabetes are up to three times as likely to suffer from depression as people who do not have diabetes. Now, a large study in Taiwan has found that treating depression in people with diabetes is associated with a 35 per cent reduced risk of death. Read more

Apple Now Selling One Drop Diabetes Monitor

Apple retail stores are now carrying One Drop’s blood glucose monitor. The diabetes tracking product requires fingersticks, so is not a continuous monitor, but it connects via Bluetooth to your iPhone and Apple Watch, helping you track blood sugar levels. Read more

Type 1 Diabetes Could Harm Children’s Brain Growth

A recent study found that children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at an early age have slowed growth in areas of the brain linked to mild cognitive deficits. Researchers compared MRIs of children of the same age with and without type 1, and found the areas of slower brain growth were associated with higher average […]

Unauthorized Diabetes Devices Could Be Fatal, FDA Warns

In recent news, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned people with diabetes about using unauthorized DIY devices for diabetes management, warning that they can cause harm or even death in patients with diabetes. Hacked, “DIY”, or otherwise altered technology used within devices could be fatal, according to the FDA. Read more

Diabetes Treatment May Ward off Alzheimer’s

Taking medication for type 2 diabetes may also help deter the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say. USC Dornsife psychologists found that patients with untreated diabetes developed signs of Alzheimer’s disease 1.6 times faster than people who did not have diabetes. The stuy compared the rate of developing the pathology for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia […]

Making Bariatric Surgery More Accessible

The surprising effect of bariatric surgery on type 2 diabetes has been known about for years. For many patients, it can effectively send diabetes into remission almost immediately. Yet in many countries around the world, including the United States, fewer than 1% of people eligible for surgery have access to the procedure. Experts want to […]

Schizophrenia and Diabetes

People with schizophrenia have a 20-year shorter lifespan than people without the condition, and diabetes is one cause of this shorter lifespan. Medications for schizophrenia can affect some patient’s with metabolic disturbances: increased weight gain, impaired glucose tolerance and new onset diabetes. Lifestyle risks are also involved, but the direct and indirect effects of the […]

The Future Harms of Untreated Gestational Diabetes

Children of mothers who experienced untreated gestational diabetes during their pregnancies are themselves at risk of insulin resistance and impairment in glucose metabolism, according to a new study. Read more

Probiotics and Insulin Resistance

Study results published in January 2019 examined the effect of probiotic supplements on insulin resistance in pregnant women with diet-controlled gestational diabetes mellitus, and showed potential benefit. Read more

Glooko Mobile Diabetes App Now Free

Glooko has now made its mobile app (for Android or iOS) free for any person with diabetes; previously there was a subscription fee for people not sponsored through their provider, health plan, or employer. The mobile app offers glucose tracking and can help patients manage their condition through correlating food, exercise and medication data to […]

Resistance Training Shows Benefits for Diabetes Risk

According to a recent study, short periods of resistance exercise through the week can have substantial effects on improving insulin sensitivity, and therefore reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, if done regularly; resistance training can also improve quality of life issues. Read more

Debate Continues on Artificial Sweeteners

Some studies of sugar substitutes have reported an association between the use of non-sugar sweeteners and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, excess weight, and obesity. However, other studies have found that non-sugar sweeteners can increase the risk of excess weight, diabetes, and cancer. Read more

Early Screening for Gestational Diabetes in Women with Obesity May Not Be Helpful

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends earlier screening for gestational diabetes in women with certain risk factors, including obesity, but study data to support this recommendation has been lacking. Findings presented Feb. 14, 2019 at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual Pregnancy Meeting™ suggest there is no improvement in pregnancy outcomes for women […]

Can Bariatric Surgery Really Lead to Diabetes Remission?

A recent study from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes reports that a type of bariatric surgery, Roux-en-Y (RYGB), may effectively put patients in diabetes remission. The study looked at the effects of the surgery and thee likelihood of relapse, surgical complications, and incidence of microvascular (retinopathy, neuropathy, etc.) and macrovascular (clogged arteries) […]

Diabetes is Common Condition in ER Visits for Seniors

Older people go to the emergency room more often than other age groups, new research says. They’re most likely to visit an emergency room for pain or injury, and diabetes is the leading condition afflicting senior ER users, with 25.8% having diabetes, followed by chronic pulmonary disease (21.5%), kidney disease (19.1%), congestive heart failure (16%), […]