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Metabolic Syndrome and the Risk for Type 1 Diabetes Complications

Metabolic syndrome encompasses several cardiovascular risk factors, including abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, insulin resistance, and prothrombic and proinflammatory states. Metabolic syndrome has long been associated with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance; however, with rising obesity rates, an association between metabolic syndrome and type 1 diabetes has also developed. Read more

Diabetic Foot Exam Can Detect Heart Problem

Atrial fibrillation can be detected during annual foot assessments in patients with diabetes who had not previously been diagnosed with the heart arrhythmia, according to research presented at EHRA 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The researchers found that one in six patients with diabetes had previously undiagnosed atrial […]

Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

Many patients with chronic kidney disease are at a higher risk for severe kidney and heart health issues. The DAPA-CKD trial was designed to see the impact of Dapagliflozin Propanediol, which is sold under the brand name Farxiga, in patients with and without type 2 diabetes who had chronic kidney disease. Read more

Diabetes and Heart Health: Are Risks Different for Men vs Women?

A recent study examined whether there were differences in the risk of myocardial infarction between men and women. The study included participants with different diabetes statuses and different A1C levels, using data from 471,399 participants in the U.K. Biobank between 2006 and 2010. Read more

Tips for Managing Diabetes Costs

It’s estimated that in 2017, 1 out of every 7 dollars spent on healthcare in the US was spent on diabetic care, and 45 percent of spending was on medications and supplies. This burden has only increased for many people, as the cost of medications like insulin continue to rise. There are many programs aimed […]

Study: Women Want Post-Gestational Diabetes Support

Women who experienced gestational diabetes during their pregnancies would welcome support in helping them maintain a healthy diet and do more physical activity after pregnancy in order to reduce future diabetes risk, a study in the United Kingdom found. Read more

More Support Needed for Patients with Diabetes and Mental Illness

People who have mental illness along with diabetes may struggle when it comes to diabetes self-care and management. The authors of a new study investigating the impact of severe mental illness on adults with diabetes say better interventions and support are needed to help these adults cope with their diabetes needs. Read more

Can a Bacteria Help Treat Diabetes?

Researchers studying gut bacterial were able to isolate four different types of bacteria responsible for either increasing or decreasing the negative impact that can be caused by a typical American diet. The researchers found that patients with diabetes may benefit from adding foods that contain a particular gut bacteria to their diets. Read more

How Diabetes Affects the Cornea

Diabetes patients who are older, who have had the disease for at least 10 years, and/or have high glycated hemoglobin (A1C), are likely to have damage to corneal endothelial cells, researchers say. The results support the need for patients with diabetes to have regularly-scheduled corneal endothelial examinations. Read more

Lawmakers Seeking Medicare Coverage for Telehealth

Four members of Congress have introduced the Promoting Responsible and Effective Virtual Experiences through Novel Technology to Deliver Improved Access and Better Engagement with Tested and Evidence-Based Strategies (PREVENT DIABETES) Act. This would enable Medicare coverage of connected health services in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program. Read more

Diabetes Could Worsen Knee Replacement Outcomes

Researchers investigating how diabetes affects the results of total knee arthroplasty, or knee replacement, looked at physical activity, pain, impairments, and quality of life in knee replacement patients with and without diabetes. They found that people with diabetes had poorer outcomes. Read more

Farxiga Not Effective for COVID-19

A large study that tested whether AstraZeneca’s diabetes drug Farxiga showed benefit in treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and at risk of developing serious complications did not meet its goals. Read more

Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease Risk

People with diabetes are at increased risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD), especially as they grow older, and the prevalence of CKD increases further when people with diabetes also have cardiovascular disease. Medical and lifestyle interventions to reduce cardiovascular risk factors can also help reduce the risk or progression of CKD. Read more

Guide to Heart Impacts of Newer Diabetes Drugs

A recently published expert overview examines the cardiovascular benefits and risks of common diabetes drugs currently available in the United States, and lists which newer drug classes are beneficial for diabetes patients who already have indications of heart or blood vessel disease. Read more

Are There Some Positives for Diabetes Patients During COVID-19?

Some diabetes patients may be finding an unexpected benefit in glucose management and health during the pandemic. These patients, finding themselves at home, with altered daily routines, and perhaps a decrease in workloads, may be able to start making small positive behavioral changes that can help their diabetes management. Read more

How Diabetes, Depression, and Dementia are Linked

Managing diabetes can be stressful, and lead to depression; in turn, depression can affect eating and exercise habits, and other factors that can change patient glycemic control. Recently, some studies have shown an association in patients with type 2 diabetes who have been diagnosed with depression and the incidence of dementia, and the role of […]

COVID-19 Severity Linked to Hyperglycemia

COVID-19 patients may be at a higher risk for complications and death if their blood glucose is elevated, even if they have not been diagnosed with diabetes, researchers say. Read more

Screen for Gestational Diabetes in Women without Symptoms, Panel Says

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a draft recommendation that pregnant patients who are asymptomatic be screened for gestational diabetes mellitus at or after 24 weeks of pregnancy, as research shows screening reduces risk for some pregnancy and newborn health problems. Read more

People with Down Syndrome at Greater Risk of Severe COVID-19

A large study in the United Kingdom found that people with Down syndrome who contract COVID-19 are four times more likely to be hospitalized for the illness, and 10 times more likely to die, than the general population. Read more

Your Ethnicity Affects Your Risk for Diabetes Complications

Chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease are both common complications of type 2 diabetes. However, your risk of developing these complications can be impacted by various factors, including your ethnic background. Read more