Diabetes News and Research

As a patient, it’s so important to understand your condition. This is especially true for people with diabetes. Though diabetes has no known cure right now, you should be aware of the recent medical advances and discoveries as researchers work on finding a cure and improving treatments.

Having access to up-to-date news about diabetes research is one of the best ways to become an educated patient. That’s why we’ll update you with weekly research and treatment information, so that you can take the best care of your diabetes, whether it’s type 1, type 2, or gestational.

The goal is to make you an informed person who can talk with ease about diabetes, not just with relatives and friends but also with your doctor. The more you know, the more involved you can be in your healthcare decisions.

Dental Treatment Helps Lower Your Hemoglobin A1c
02/12/2018 - Regular and aggressive treatment for periodontal disease will improve hemoglobin A1c (blood sugar levels) in people with type 2 diabetes.
World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease
02/09/2018 - During the World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease, experts presented a new reason for shortness of breath, and the benefits of omega 3 to reduce triglycerides.
Green Tea and Aged Garlic Might Help Prevent Diabetes, PreDiabetes
02/09/2018 - Extracts of green tea and aged garlic may offer some benefits to individuals who have diabetes or who are at risk for the disorder.
Faced with Severe Hypoglycemia: What Should You Do in an Emergency?
01/29/2018 - Since EMTs answer 911 calls 4 out of 5 times yet they cannot administer glucagon to someone with diabetes experiences severe hypoglycemia; so here's what you need to know.
Advances in Diabetes Technology: Will It Change Your Life?
01/16/2018 - New devices promise to make managing diabetes much better.  but you should discuss with your health provider which devices and apps are best for you.
12 Weeks on a Strict Liquid Diet Program Reverses Diabetes
12/14/2017 - People who follow a limited calorie liquid meal replacement program for 12 weeks can reverse the diabetes, and stop the diabetes-related meds.
Why Your Fat Cells May Not Love Breakfast
12/05/2017 - What's in your bowl at breakfast can increase the amount of sugar your fat cells take up, depending upon whether you are at a healthy weight or are overweight.
Severity of Diabetes Does Not Predict Usual Complications
12/05/2017 - Researchers confirmed that the severity of a person's diabetes appears unlikely to predict or dictate the rate or risk of developing commons complications such as heart disease, kidney problems, or neuropathy.
FDA Approves Abbott Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System
10/08/2017 - 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.
Chronic Insomnia Raises Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
09/11/2017 - 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
08/22/2017 - 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?
06/26/2017 - 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
06/14/2017 - 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
05/25/2017 - 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
05/18/2017 - 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.
New Extreme Risk Category for Cardiovascular Disease & New, Lower LDL Target
05/10/2017 - 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.    
Prompt PCOS Diagnosis and Early Weight Control Critical to Reducing Risk for Diabetes, Infertility, and More
05/04/2017 - 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).  
Paleo Diet for Disease Prevention, Weight Loss?
04/05/2017 - 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.   
Medicare to Cover Therapeutic CGM, Sets Criteria
03/28/2017 - 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?
03/20/2017 - 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. 
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.
 

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