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ADA Session Debates whether Digital Diabetes Coaching is Worth the Cost

Digital diabetes coaching refers to the use of digital tools, such as mobile apps, online platforms, or wearable devices, to provide personalized coaching and support to individuals with diabetes. These tools aim to help users manage their condition, make lifestyle changes, monitor blood sugar levels, track physical activity, and more. Benefits of Digital Diabetes Coaching: […]

Disturbed Glucose Metabolism Common in Heart Condition

A recent study of patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) had disturbed glucose metabolism, despite having no history of diabetes diagnosis. This points to the need for careful monitoring of glucose metabolism to identify prediabetes or diabetes, the researchers say. Read more

Can COVID-19 Cause Diabetes?

Many patients with COVID-19 seem to have an increase in blood sugar. There can be many causes, including decreased glucose tolerance and insulin production, which can be caused by inflammation as well as having overweight or obesity. Is the increase in blood sugar a coincidence or something more? Read more

“Gamifying” Helps Diabetes Patients Improve Physical Activity Rate

Creating treatment interventions that made diabetes management more like a game helped patients who had diabetes and overweight or obesity improve their physical activity levels, researchers found, although it did not seem to help them manage their blood glucose or lose weight. Read more

COVID-19 May Damage the Pancreas

Scientists are still investigating ongoing health issues in those who have recovered from COVID-19. Now, new research suggests that COVID-19 may damage the pancreas, and thus cause diabetes. The virus attacks and damages cells within the body, including cells that are critical in preventing diabetes. Read more

ADA Updates Standards of Care with New Clinical Trial Data

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has updated its Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes guidelines with recent data from clinical trials. The trials investigated cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease in type 2 diabetes and delay of type 1 diabetes. Read more

New Guidelines on Diabetes Tech

For the first time, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) has issued official guidelines on the use of advanced technologies in the treatment of people with diabetes. The guidelines include recommendations for the use of technologies such as continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), insulin pumps, connected pens, automated insulin delivery systems, telemedicine, and smartphone apps. […]

Telemedicine and Caring for the Elderly During Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine proved to be a vital channel for supporting patients and reducing the risks of in-person medical care. Telemedicine for elderly diabetes patients had many benefits, but also posed some challenges. Read more

Diabetes Treatment May Treat Bipolar Depression

Treatment-resistant bipolar depression may respond to the diabetes drug metformin, researchers say. A recent trial found that metformin treatment reversed insulin resistance in 50% of patients, which was associated with an improvement of the patients’ bipolar depressive symptoms. Read more

Metformin Use May Reduce Risk for Certain Breast Cancers

Long-term use of the common diabetes drug metformin use may have a protective effect on breast cancer risk for women with type 2 diabetes, researchers say. However, the effect of metformin depends on the breast cancer subtype. Read more

Can Ultrasounds Help Manage Gestational Diabetes?

Uncontrolled gestational diabetes can contribute to poor neonatal outcomes such as increased birth weight, macrosomia, and neonatal hypoglycemia. On the other hand, aggressive glucose control may lead to small-for-gestational-age infants. Fetal size is used to guide the management of gestational diabetes; can using ultrasounds guide more accurate treatment decisions? Read more

Worldwide, Most People With Diabetes Receive Inadequate Care

According to the International Diabetes Federation, almost 80% of the estimated 463 million adults in the world who have diabetes live in low and middle income countries. A study of diabetes treatment in 55 of these low and middle income countries found that many people with diabetes were unaware that they had the condition, and […]

Medtronic Receives 2 New European Approvals for Diabetes Management Devices

Medtronic has received two new European approvals for their diabetes monitoring and management devices: for expanded functionality of the InPen, a connected insulin pen designed for users requiring multiple daily injections, and for the Guardian 4 sensor, which can be used either as a standalone continuous glucose monitor or in tandem with the InPen or […]

Can Pain Increase Risk for Death?

A study that looked at the effect pain associated with diabetic polyneuropathy has on heart-damaging vascular events and mortality found that patients who experience painful are at increased risk. They found that when patients experience pain it can lead to more complications than for patients that are not experiencing pain. Read more

Treating Prediabetes Can Reduce Functional Decline

Functional decline is the loss of mental or physical abilities that often comes with age or various health conditions. It has been established that diabetes is associated with faster physical functional decline. Now, researchers say that prediabetes, too, is associated with faster physical decline, and more aggressive treatment of prediabetes can reduce or delay physical […]

New Online Platform for Diabetes Management

Ascensia Diabetes Care, a company that offers various tools for diabetes management, is adding an online platform that connects to any blood glucose monitoring system and will store, track and analyze the collected data. The platform, called GlucoContro.online, automatically shares the findings with patients, their caregivers and healthcare teams. Read more

People with Diabetes at Higher Risk of Candida Infections

People with diabetes are more susceptible to oral and vulvovaginal candidiasis, fungal infections caused by the Candida yeast. The elevated glucose levels in diabetes help Candida flourish, which makes patients more vulnerable to both oral and vaginal infections than people without diabetes. Read more

CGM Helpful for COVID-19 Patients, Healthcare Workers

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more hospitals moved to using continuous glucose monitors (CGM) for hospitalized diabetes patients. Using CGM rather than fingersticks lessens healthcare workers’ need to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to monitor patients’ blood sugar. Researchers are using this opportunity to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of CGMs used in a hospital setting. […]

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans with Diabetes Missed Medical Appointments Due to Pandemic Fears

The COVID-19 pandemic has made managing their diabetes more difficult for many Americans, new research says. 19% of Americans with diabetes skipped at least one medical appointment due to fear of contracting the virus. Almost a quarter say that managing their diabetes has been difficult due to the pandemic, while 17% say they have developed […]

Managing Stroke Risk in Diabetes

People with diabetes are vulnerable to strokes, which can cause disability or death. Dr. Richard Benson explains some of the links between strokes and diabetes, and how reducing your blood A1C levels, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can help reduce your stroke risk. Read more