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FDA Approves Abbott Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System
10/09/2017 - The FDA approved the Abbott FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System for people with diabetes, eliminating the need for routine finger sticks to check blood glucose levels.
Intragastric Balloon Deaths: What the FDA Wants You to Know
09/13/2017 - The recent FDA alert about deaths related to the intragastric balloons for weight loss has triggered concern and questions. This update outlines which balloon systems are associated with the recall, and what to do if you already have one inserted. 
Chronic Insomnia Raises Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
09/12/2017 - Insomnia raises the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a new study confirms, and that risk increases with the duration of insomnia.
Diabetes & Depression: Managing Depressive Symptoms Can Improve Blood Sugar Numbers
08/23/2017 - German researchers have found that reducing depressive symptoms does indeed translate to better blood glucose control, even increasing the chances of getting to the goal of a hemoglobin A1C under 7.5.
Type 2 Diabetes: Will Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Help?
06/27/2017 - Two doctors speaking at the recent American Diabetes Association annual meeting faced off to debate whether continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) could help those with type 2 diabetes better manage their blood sugar. 
Insulin Sticker Shock? Here's Why
06/15/2017 - If you're on insulin, it's not news to you that the prices have gone through the roof. In fact, costs have risen a whopping 700% in the past 20 years. These higher insulin costs have priced some people out, forcing some to the dangerous decision of having do with less insulin.
Ramadan Fasting Can Be Dangerous for Muslim Diabetics…But a New Website Helps
05/26/2017 - As Muslims head into Ramadan—a month-long period of religious fasting that begins Friday, May 26th —medical experts caution diabetics and their doctors to be aware of the dangers of fasting and to utilize a Web-based tool that helps them follow fasting rituals safely.
FDA Orders Stronger Warning About Canagliflozin (Invokana) & Amputation Risk
05/19/2017 - The FDA is calling attention to the risk of amputation if you're on the drug canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) and is requiring the drug to carry stronger warnings about the risk. The drug's label will have the so-called  ''black box'' warning, designed to call attention to serious or life-threatening risks.
Estrogen Therapy Is Underused in Women in Their 40s and 50s, Due to Outdated Thinking
05/15/2017 - Many women, and even some doctors, are basing fears of estrogen therapy (ET) on outdated research and are underutilizing estrogen when it’s safely indicated to ease menopausal symptoms in women in their 40s, 50s, according to research presented at the 26th Annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.  
New Extreme Risk Category for Cardiovascular Disease & New, Lower LDL Target
05/11/2017 - A new “extreme risk” category for cardiovascular disease—and a new target threshold of less than 55 mg/dL for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) for those in this category — is part of the new 2017 American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and American College of Endocrinology practice guidelines for management of dyslipidemia.    
Hypothyroid and Older? You May Not Need Treatment
05/09/2017 - If you've been diagnosed with mildly low thyroid function and you're an older adult, you may not get symptom relief from the commonly prescribed medication, according to new study published in New England Journal of Medicine.  
Prompt PCOS Diagnosis and Early Weight Control Critical to Reducing Risk for Diabetes, Infertility, and More
05/05/2017 - Doctors in a range of specialties—dermatologists, primary care doctors, ob-gyns—should be more aware of symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women and help those patients maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI).  
Vitamin D and DHEA Help Men Avoid Frailty: Study
04/12/2017 - New research suggests that men with sufficient Vitamin D levels are more apt to avoid frailty. In older men, over 70, having enough male hormones may also help. Findings were reported at ENDO2017.   
Paleo Diet for Disease Prevention, Weight Loss?
04/06/2017 - Can the Paleo Diet offer protection to people with type 2 diabetes? A review of research looks at the diet's impact on weight, blood sugar and more.   
Noninvasive Brain Stimulation for Weight Loss?
04/04/2017 - Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) can help to manage cravings and overeating, studies have found. Now, Italian researchers have found that it improves the composition of the gut bacteria, thought to be involved in obesity, and also produces weight loss.
Medicare To Cover Therapeutic CGM, Sets Criteria
03/29/2017 - For Medicare patients on continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), the news is good. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will now cover therapeutic continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), and have set the criteria that must be met. 
Caloric Restriction: Key to Better Health, Longer Life?
03/21/2017 - A long-awaited study has found that limiting caloric intake not only preserves health but also increases longevity. The paper, which was published in Nature Communications, involved decades of study of rhesus monkeys, is said to resolve the debate over whether caloric restriction (CR) extends lifespan. 
Fringe Benefit of Weight Loss Surgery: Bye, Bye Incontinence?
02/22/2017 - Obese women with urinary incontinence often find improvement or relief after bariatric surgery, new research finds.  
Intra-Gastric Balloons: FDA Cites Trouble with Pain, Pancreatitis
02/15/2017 - The FDA issued a warning about intra-gastric balloon implants citing the risk of balloon overinflation, potentially causing abdominal pain, swelling, breathing difficulties and vomiting. 
Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Worth Considering If You Inject Insulin
02/13/2017 - Continuous Glucose Monitoring helps those with type 1 diabetes who inject insulin with blood sugar control, better A1C, research shows.
Black Tea Improves Glucose Levels, May Help Prevent Diabetes
02/10/2017 - A new study has found that black tea significantly reduces rises in blood glucose levels among both healthy and pre-diabetic adults, in this case after consuming a sugary drink. 
Some Pregnant Women Should Be Treated for Subclinical Hypothyroidism
02/03/2017 - Women treated for subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) during pregnancy are less likely to experience pregnancy loss, a new study shows, but they face a greater risk of complications such as preterm delivery, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
FDA Approves Jardiance to Treat Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetes Patients
01/30/2017 - The diabetes drug empagliflozin (Jardiance) is now a ''double duty'' drug. It can be prescribed not only to help treat diabetes, but also to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults diagnosed with both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Gestational Diabetes & Postpartum Depression Link
01/23/2017 - If you're diagnosed with gestational diabetes, the type that occurs during pregnancy, you may also be at an increased risk for developing postpartum depression, according to a new study that tracked more than 700,000 women.
FDA Approves Dexcom G5 for Insulin Dosing
12/22/2016 - Users of the Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (Dexcom G5) can now use the device to make diabetes treatment decisions with two finger pricks daily, not multiple ones, following .
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