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Diabetes in Top 3 Coronavirus Comorbidities

As researchers seek more knowledge of COVID-19 and why it is so deadly for some patients, studies have found that hypertension, obesity, and diabetes are among the most prevalent comorbidities (that is, conditions that co-exist with the primary disease) in patients with COVID-19. Read more

“Treatment Inertia” a Problem for UK Ethnic Minorities

A new study of diabetes treatment in the United Kingdom has found treatment inertia is greater for black and South Asian type 2 diabetes patients than it is for white people with type 2. The term “treatment inertia” means health professionals are slow to increase the intensity of treatment (such as a raising the medication […]

Metabolic Syndrome Associated with Lower Extremity Arterial Disease in Women

Metabolic syndrome, which refers to a person having at least three inflammation risk factors such as hyperlipidemia, insulin resistance, and obesity, is common in people with diabetes. Lower extremity arterial disease, which involves the narrowing or clogging of the arteries leading to a gradual reduction of blood supply to the lower limbs, can result in increased […]

Blood Test Could Predict Women’s Risk for Type 2 Years in Advance

Researchers have identified metabolites in the blood that accurately predict whether a woman who has gestational diabetes during her pregnancy will go on to develop type 2 diabetes years later. This means a test could potentially be developed to help doctors identify those patients at greatest risk and possibly avert the disease through lifestyle interventions. […]

Risk for Earlier Vascular Disease in Younger People with Diabetes

Adults who have diabetes are twice as likely to die from heart disease and stroke than people without diabetes,  and younger people with diabetes will develop heart disease earlier than people without diabetes if they do not take steps to manage their risk.  Read more

High Glucose Linked to Maternal Mortality

A recent study has found that elevated pre-pregnancy hemoglobin A1c, which measures average blood glucose concentration, is associated with higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, even in women who have not been diagnosed with diabetes. Read more

Is Premature Birth Linked to Diabetes Risk?

A new study investigated whether being born prematurely can raise a person’s risks of developing either type 1 or type 2 diabetes from childhood into early to mid-adulthood. Read more

The Advantages of CGM

Blood glucose monitors were a breakthrough that helped people with diabetes manage their condition, and dominated glucose monitoring for over 50 years. But they may soon be replaced by continuous glucose monitors (CGM) which offer many advantages, including detecting how much time people spend in glucose control range. Read more

Diabetic Foot Self-Inspections in Different Racial Groups

Daily foot self-inspections are thought to reduce the number of lower limb amputations in people with diabetes. Researchers compared data across different racial groups to see how foot inspections impacted amputations, and found that various other racial groups had a higher incidence of daily foot self-inspections than Caucasians.  Read on

How Gender Impacts Vascular Disease

Both men and women are affected by diabetes, but previous studies have found that women are more affected by macrovascular complications such as coronary artery disease and stroke. It’s not yet known why this is, but the different ways male and female bodies store fat may play a role. Read more

Diabetes Drug Farxiga Tested as COVID-19 Treatment

A clinical trial is being conducted by the pharma company AstraZeneca and Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City in which hospitalized COVID-19 patients are given the diabetes drug Farxiga. The blood-sugar-lowering effects of the drug cannot combat the coronavirus itself, but researchers are looking for signs it may reduce the risk of some […]

How Does COVID-19 Affect Those with Type 1?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted that people with diabetes are at increased risk for severe complications if they contract COVID-19, but the agency has not addressed whether people with type 1 face different risk than those with type 2 diabetes. Now researchers are launching a study to look specifically at […]

A1c Levels Can Indicate Coronary Arterial Plaque

The results of a recent study strengthen the theory that HbA1c is associated with coronary atherosclerosis development, a forerunner of heart disease, in people who do not have diabetes. Mixed patterned plaques were found to be more associated with higher HbA1c levels. Read more

Why Diabetes Increases Risk of Severe COVID-19

Having any form of diabetes — type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes — may put people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, according to the CDC. Diabetes increases risk for many other health complications, including kidney disease, which is also a risk factor for COVID-19 complications. Read more

Easy Balance Exercises to Do at Home

Keeping your balance is important for your overall health as you age. It can help keep you mobile and prevent falls. You may not be leaving the house much these days, but since many falls happen at home, it’s important to keep yourself on your feet. Diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares some simple […]

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 […]