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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%), […]

Diet & Exercise May have Little Effect on Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes are seven times more likely to later develop Type 2 diabetes, and their children have a greater lifetime risk of weight problems, obesity, and type 2 diabetes themselves. Women are often advised that diet, exercise, and weight control can help reduce their risk of gestational diabetes, but new research […]

Can Text Messages Help Blood Sugar Control?

Many people with type 2 diabetes regularly miss their diabetes self-management appointments, putting themselves at increased risk for higher HbA1c levels compared to those who do not miss appointments. A study is examining whether text messages composed using a technique called “motivational interviewing” could potentially fill a gap in diabetes care. Read more

New Diabetes Management Handset Presented at CES

A new tool is designed to simplify diabetes management by automatically delivering insulin to patients when it’s needed. The DBLG1 System, by French company Diabeloop, links a continuous glucose monitor and patch insulin pump with a handset resembling cell phone. Every five minutes, a glucose measurement is sent via Bluetooth to the handset. Read more

What is Diabetes Distress?

Most people with diabetes will suffer from diabetes distress at some point, and for some it is an ongoing problem. Diabetes distress refers to the emotional consequences of living with diabetes. While it can be associated with depression, it differs in many ways and requires different treatment. Kathryn Kreider, a professor of nursing and expert […]

Diabetes Leads to Worse Outcomes in PCI Heart Procedure

People with diabetes have worse angiographic and clinical outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) compared with patients without diabetes, according to a new study. The poorer outcomes persist despite advances in stents and other therapeutic technology. Read more

Can Skipping Breakfast Increase Diabetes Risk?

Skipping breakfast might increase your type 2 diabetes risk, according to a new review of six different studies. The researchers looked at the data from the studies, which involved over 96,000 people, 5,000 of whom had already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They found that skipping breakfast for one day of the week was […]

Many Have Negative Attitudes Toward Weight-Loss Surgery

A survey that examined attitudes toward weight-loss surgery among people in the U.S. found that 49.4 and 39.1 percent of respondents thought that most people had weight-loss surgery for cosmetic reasons, and that weight-loss surgery represented choosing the “easy way out.” Women were more likely to think that weight-loss surgery was performed for health reasons, […]

Diabetic Amputations are on the Rise

An increasing number of people with diabetes in the U.S. are losing toes and feet to the disease by the time they reach middle age. This is a disturbing reversal after years of progress in helping people with diabetes. The results suggest many people need more help in maintaining good blood sugar control, and in […]

Diabetes May Be Factor in Life Expectancy Drop

Life expectancy in the U.S. declined last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While many factors, including the “opioid epidemic” may have contributed to this, the increased rate of diabetes may be one of them, according to Dr. Jon Hallberg of the University of Minnesota, as diabetes remains one of the top […]

New Shoe Inserts Could Help Heal Foot Ulcers On-the-Go

Foot ulcers are a common complication of diabetes, and many patients may not even feel or notice an ulcer developing until the sight of blood. Worse, because these ulcers can’t heal on their own, 14 to 24 percent of people with diabetes in the U.S. who develop ulcers end up losing their toes, foot or […]

If You Have Diabetes, It’s Important to Get Your Flu Shot

Health experts say that it’s especially important for people with diabetes to make sure they’re up-to-date with their vaccinations, including the flu shot.People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of contracting seasonal viruses like the flu, and for being hospitalized while fighting the disease. There are also risks for people […]

Treating Gum Disease to Help Manage Diabetes?

Gum disease (periodontitis) is often found in people with diabetes. A new study suggests that treating periodontitis may actually help people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood glucose levels as well as reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications. The researchers say gum disease treatment may lead to a reduction in systemic inflammation, and improvements […]

For Diabetes and GERD, Not All Bariatric Surgery is the Same

Many people with obesity choose bariatric surgery to help them lose weight and treat their diabetes and other health issues like GERD. However, not all forms of surgery have the same effects. For example, sleeve gastrectomy may actually increase GERD, and is not as effective for the treatment of type 2 diabetes or for weight […]