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Poorly Controlled Blood Sugar Increases Risk of Death for COVID-19

Researchers have found that people with diabetes and poorly managed hyperglycemia who are hospitalized for COVID-19 have a death rate, and longer length of hospital stay, four times higher than people without these conditions. Read more

Experts on Recommendations for Managing Diabetes & COVID-19

An international panel of experts on diabetes and endocrinology are working to provide guidance and practical recommendations for the management of diabetes during the pandemic, including practical management recommendations, and the differing needs of several patient groups. Read more

Benefits of Pay-Per-Performance Programs for Diabetes

In pay-per-performance (P4P) payment models, healthcare providers and care organizations are given incentives to achieve performance objectives. Medicare and Medicaid support the value-based purchasing model since it encourages providers to be more efficient and penalizes high costs, poor patient outcomes, and medical errors. Read more

BMI a Factor in Critical Coronavirus Cases

A study in the United Kingdom found sixty-three percent of patients with coronavirus in the Intensive Care Unit in UK hospitals are overweight, have obesity, or morbid obesity, and while the average age of patients suffering severe symptoms due to the virus is 64, 37% of patients are less than 60 years old. Read more

Lilly Caps Insulin Prices in Response to Coronavirus

Drugmaker Eli Lilly has announced it has capped the out-of-pocket cost for insulin to $35 per month to help diabetes patients across the United States, many of whom face increased financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This new co-pay scheme covers most of Lilly’s insulins, including the Humalog injection, and is available to people […]

Air Pollution Increases Diabetes Risk

Exposure to air pollution alters gut microbiome composition, which subsequently increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses, according to a new study which used whole-genome sequencing to examine whether air pollutants affected the gut microbiome of 101 young adults. Read more

Diabetes a Growing Worldwide Issue

Diabetes has become one of the world’s four major non-communicable diseases (NCDs), along with heart disease, cancers and respiratory diseases, and it continues to increase in prevalence. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the number of people with diabetes increased from 108 million 1980 to 422 million in 2014. Read more

COVID-19: People with Diabetes Urged to Use Telemedicine

Professor Partha Kar, National Specialty Advisor for Diabetes at the UK’s National Health Service, is urging people with diabetes to avoid face-to-face doctor appointments during the pandemic and instead use virtual appointments in many circumstances. This can help people with diabetes, whose risk from the coronavirus is greater, to avoid potential exposure at the doctor’s […]

Underlying Conditions Like Diabetes Increase Coronavirus Risks

A Chinese study found that people with heart disease, diabetes and cancer had a 79 per cent chance of being admitted to intensive care or dying from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, due to their weakened immune systems. Read more

Various Drugs, Including Metformin, Studied for COVID-19 Potential

New research is underway in the attempt to find potential treatments for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The widely used diabetes drug metformin is among those being examined. Read more

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