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.

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.
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.    
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).  
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.   
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. 
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 .
Sugar Guidelines Have Flimsy Evidence, Reports New Study
12/19/2016 - A review of various dietary sugar guidelines has found that recommendations on how much sugar one should consume in a day vary widely and are based on low to very low quality evidence, according to new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  
Pancreatic Fat: Lifestyle Habits Count More Than Genetics
12/05/2016 - A new study finds that lifestyle habits, not genetics, is the bigger driver affecting how much fat you can accumulate in the pancreas. 
Being Overweight Increases Risk of Liver Cancer
10/28/2016 - A new study published in the journal Cancer Research found that high body mass index (BMI) and a large waist circumference were associated with an increased risk for liver cancer.
Low Thyroid Hormone Raises Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
10/11/2016 - People with prediabetes and low thyroid function were more than twice as likely to progress to full-blown type 2 diabetes compared to those with normal thyroid-hormone levels in a new study published September 30 in the journal BMC Medicine.
How Hackable is the One Touch Ping Pump?
10/07/2016 - More than 100,000 U.S. and Canadian users of the OneTouch Ping Insulin pump learned this week that the pump's technology was hackable and could lead to an insulin overdose. A perspective on the real risk.     
FDA Approves the First Hybrid Artificial Pancreas
09/29/2016 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved the MiniMed 670G, the first so-called “artificial pancreas” – a device that monitors blood sugar and automatically delivers personalized insulin doses to people with type 1 diabetes. 
Liraglutide Cuts Risk of Cardiovascular Deaths
06/13/2016 - Liraglutide (Victoza), a drug used to help control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes, also reduces the risk of dying from heart disease, new research suggests.
Silent Heart Attacks and Type 2 Diabetes
06/01/2016 - When researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, checked the hearts and medical records of 9,498 people over nine years, they found nearly equal numbers of untreated, silent heart attacks and recognized heart attacks that had received medical attention.
Targeting Brain Signaling Can Reduce Blood Glucose in Diabetic Mice
05/23/2016 - An animal study found that injecting a hormone directly into the brain of rodents put type 2 diabetes in remission for several months, reports the journal Nature Medicine. 
Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Cut Risk for Amputations
05/06/2016 - People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) – including many with diabetes – who took cholesterol-lowering statin drugs had a 22-33 percent lower risk of losing a leg or other limb to amputation in a new Emory University study.
 
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