Diabetes News

  • Is the new 'fasting' diet trend healthy?
    Tipping the scales at 233 pounds, Charles Joy realized he needed to make some changes. Read more »
  • Patients with diabetes at increased risk for sleep apnea
    (HealthDay)—Patients with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), independent of other factors, according to a study published online March 12 in Diabetes Care. Read more »
  • Bluetooth technology enables insulin adherence monitoring
    (HealthDay)—Adherence to timing and dosing of insulin injections can be objectively measured using Bluetooth-enabled pen caps, according to a study published online March 12 in Diabetes Care. Read more »
  • Strength training may reduce the risk of diabetes in obesity
    Strength training over a short time period can reduce fat stores in the liver and improve blood glucose control in obese mice, according to a study published in the Journal of Endocrinology. The study reports that strength training over a short time-period, less than would be enough to change body fat composition in humans, was sufficient to reduce the accumulation of liver fat and improve regulation of blood glucose in obese mice, even without overall loss of body weight. These findings suggest that strength training may be a fast and effective strategy for reducing the risk of fatty liver disease and diabetes in obese people. Read more »
  • Diabetics more likely to experience high blood sugar after joint surgery
    People with diabetes who undergo joint replacement surgery are at sharply higher risk of experiencing elevated blood sugar after the operation, increasing their chances of developing infections and other complications, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City and The Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. Read more »
  • Testosterone therapy in hypogonadism can prevent progression to T2DM
    (HealthDay)—Testosterone therapy (TTh) can prevent progression to type 2 diabetes (T2D) in men with prediabetes and hypogonadism, according to a study published online March 12 in Diabetes Care. Read more »
  • Cardiovascular screenings uncover diabetes, high cholesterol in middle schoolers
    A pilot study of 45 middle school kids shows that more than a third of those screened had abnormal levels of blood sugar or high cholesterol. Two had blood sugar levels (HbA1c) in the diabetes range. Read more »
  • How much difference will Eli Lilly's half-price insulin make?
    When Erin Gilmer filled her insulin prescription at a Denver-area Walgreens in January, she paid $8.50. U.S. taxpayers paid another $280.51. Read more »
  • Mentally tiring work may increase diabetes risk in women
    Women who find their jobs mentally tiring are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology. The study findings suggest that mentally draining work, such as teaching, may increase the risk of diabetes in women. This suggests that employers and women should be more aware of the potential health risks associated with mentally tiring work. Read more »
  • Can a genetic test predict if you will develop type 2 diabetes?
    When I got home after work I was surprised to find my husband and three children sitting by the television and watching the news. They had just learned that the direct to consumer genetic testing company 23andMe was now offering a report that assessed the customers' risk of developing type 2 diabetes. "Is it true?" my husband asked. "Can they now study my genes and predict whether I will get type 2 diabetes?" Read more »
  • Moderate muscle strength may lower risk for type 2 diabetes
    Of the 30 million Americans with diabetes, 90 to 95 percent have type 2, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more »
  • Photoplethysmography signal can detect diabetes
    (HealthDay)—An application using the photoplethysmography (PPG) signal, which is readily obtained from smartphones and wearable devices, can detect diabetes, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, held from March 16 to 18 in New Orleans. Read more »
  • Implantable 'tea bag' in development releases insulin for children with diabetes
    Children with Type 1 diabetes have only one option to control their blood sugar: insulin treatment. Ravaged by an autoimmune disease that attacks their own pancreas and islets—microscopic clusters of cells that sense blood sugar and produce insulin—patients are forced to rely on insulin from an external source. Read more »
  • Effective medical treatment of gestational diabetes could reduce long-term complications for the child
    Researchers at Cardiff University have found that women taking metformin and/or insulin during gestational diabetes could reduce the risk of long-term complications for their child. Read more »
  • Is prediabetes really a medical condition that needs attention?
    Charles Piller, a contributing correspondent for Science, has published a news article in the journal questioning the medical soundness of referring to prediabetes as a condition that needs treatment. In his article, he points out that there is little to no scientific evidence linking prediabetes to diabetes. He also notes that prediabetes has not been found to cause health problems in people who have been so diagnosed. Read more »
  • Study reveals elevated risk of cardiovascular disease in young
    New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that, in women who develop gestational diabetes (GDM) during pregnancy, the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the years following childbirth is doubled compared to women who do not develop GDM. This increased risk remains even if women who had GDM do not go on to develop full blown type 2 diabetes, concludes the study by Dr. Caroline Kramer, Dr. Sara Campbell and Dr. Ravi Retnakaran, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, and University of Toronto, ON, Canada. Read more »
  • Raspberries may aid glucose control with prediabetes
    (HealthDay)—Eating red raspberries may help with glucose control in people with prediabetes, according to a small study published online Feb. 14 in Obesity. Read more »
  • First steps after a diabetes diagnosis
    (HealthDay)—When you're diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor is likely to start you on a program to lower blood sugar and help insulin work more efficiently—a regimen that may include a modified diet, exercise and possibly medication. Read more »
  • Simple, cheap C-peptide helps patients get the right diabetes diagnosis and treatment
    A simple and inexpensive test to measure the body's insulin levels is helping clinicians to determine what type of diabetes a patient has, meaning many people with diabetes can change treatment. Read more »
  • SGLT-2 inhibitors work by inducing a fasting state that triggers metabolic benefits
    SGLT-2 inhibitors are a relatively new class of diabetes drugs that have shown many benefits for people with type 2 diabetes who have not responded well to previous interventions, including diet changes and metformin. Patients who take this medication see benefits that include weight loss, reduction in fatty liver disease, and a decreased risk for cardiovascular disease. Read more »
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