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Our Top 10 Diabetes Stories of 2021

Our Top 10 Diabetes Stories of 2021

Living with diabetes means there are a lot of health-related items to keep track of. To help you stay on top of the latest tips, techniques, and best practices for keeping healthy, here are our top 10 stories from 2021…

Our Top 10 Diabetes News Updates of 2021

Our Top 10 Diabetes News Updates of 2021

With so many researchers focused on making new discoveries about diabetes and how it can be treated, news breaks every day. To help you keep track of it all, here are our top 10 news stories of 2021…

Diabetes Prime Day Deals

Diabetes Prime Day Deals

Amazon Prime Day is here, and if you’re looking for diabetes Prime Day deals, you’re in luck! We’ve rounded up some of the top bargains…

Coffee Stimulates Fat-Burning: Study

Coffee Stimulates Fat-Burning: Study

Drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate “brown fat,” a type of body fat that generates body heat by burning calories, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Nottingham…

ReliOn Insulin for $25 a Vial at Walmart

ReliOn Insulin for $25 a Vial at Walmart

In light of the potentially high price tag for insulin, some are speaking with their doctors about the possibility of using Walmart’s ReliOn insulin brand, which is available for $25 a vial…

Additional Lots of Losartan Recalled

Additional Lots of Losartan Recalled

Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is recalling 36 additional lots of the blood pressure drug losartan potassium and 68 additional lots of losartan-hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets…

JDRF Names New CEO

JDRF Names New CEO

JDRF, the leading organization for funding Type 1 diabetes research, has named Aaron J. Kowalski, PhD, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer…

Game Day Recipes

Game-Day Recipes

What’s the Big Game without game-day recipes? If you’re gearing up for a party — or just want to have a few munchies on hand for a small gathering — you’ve come to the right place!

Blood Sugar Basics: Our Top Five Articles

Blood Sugar Basics: Our Top Five Articles

Twenty-one percent of adults with Type 1 diabetes and 47 percent of Type 2 insulin users never check their blood glucose. Check out these five articles to learn blood sugar basics, including how to monitor your blood sugar — and what to do with the information it provides…

Five Light Lunches

Five Light Lunches

Never a dull lunch again! This scrumptious lunchtime line-up will add spice to your noontime menu. All under 250 calories per serving!

Product Review: Eucerin

Product Review: Eucerin

To help stop skin troubles before they start, Eucerin offers creams, lotions, sunscreens and cleansers designed to moisturize, protect and heal…

Living With Type 1 Diabetes? Get News and Tips From Dexcom!

Living With Type 1 Diabetes? Get News and Tips From Dexcom!

If you’re living with or caring for someone with Type 1 diabetes and looking for information on the best way to successfully manage the condition, then be sure to check out our new section of news and tips from continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) manufacturer Dexcom…

Our Top 7 Low-Carb Recipes for Diabetes

Easy Low-Carb Diabetic Recipes

When it comes to eating low-carb, Diabetes Self-Management has you covered. As chosen by readers, here are our top seven low-carb recipes. From meatloaf to bread pudding to “potato” salad, this list is sure to provide the perfect inspiration for your menu…

Research Investigates Promising Method to Increase Growth of Insulin-Producing Beta Cells

Promising Method to Increase Beta Cells

New JDRF-funded research from Joslin Diabetes Center has identified an important protein in the liver that helps accelerate beta cell growth, pointing toward a possible method for treating all types of diabetes…

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Linked to Lower Cholesterol, Blood Sugar After Meals

Olive Oil Linked to Lower Blood Sugar After Meals

According to a small new study from Sapienza University in Rome, extra virgin olive oil as part of a Mediterranean diet appears to have healthier effects on cholesterol and blood sugar after meals than other types of fat…

New Class of Cholesterol Medicines Approved

New Class of Cholesterol Medicines Approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved alirocumab (brand name Praluent) and evolocumab (Repatha), two injectable medicines from a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs…

Humalog U-200 KwikPen

FDA Approves Concentrated Mealtime Insulin

On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Humalog U-200 KwikPen, containing the first concentrated mealtime insulin analog to receive the green light from the agency…

New Approach for Neuropathy Pain?

Based on the results of a small, ongoing, randomized trial presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators 2014 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, a low-fat, plant-based diet may be able to control the pain caused by neuropathy.

FDA Approves New Oral Drug for Type 2 Diabetes

On August 1, the FDA approved the oral diabetes drug Jardiance for use, along with a healthful diet and exercise, in adults with Type 2 diabetes. The medicine joins Invokana and Farxiga as a member of the class of drugs known as sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors…

Metformin More Effective in African-Americans

The oral medicine metformin (brand name Glucophage and others) is more effective at controlling blood glucose levels in African-Americans than in whites, according to new research published in The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism…

FDA Approves Inhalable Insulin

On June 27, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Afrezza, a first-in-class inhalable insulin/inhaler combination, for adults with diabetes…

Remembering Jan Chait

It is with a heavy heart that I’m writing to announce that Jan Chait, beloved Diabetes Self-Management blogger for eight years, passed away on Sunday…

Researchers Successfully Test “Bionic Pancreas”

A “bionic pancreas” successfully managed blood glucose levels over the course of two five-day trials in adults and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes, according to new researcher published in The New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the 74th American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions earlier this month…

Eating White Bread Ups Obesity Risk

Eating two or more daily servings of white bread can increase a person’s risk for obesity by 40%, according to a preliminary study presented at the 2014 European Congress on Obesity in Bulgaria. More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese and roughly another third are overweight, putting them at increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes

FDA Approves New Sugar Substitute

On May 19, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the high-intensity sweetener advantame, developed by Japanese food and chemical corporation Ajinomoto…

Two Large Meals Better for Blood Sugar Control?

A small new study from researchers in the Czech Republic suggests that splitting the daily calorie allotment in two large meals, rather than six small ones, may be better for controlling blood glucose levels and weight…

Many Americans Taking Meds That Work Against Each Other

Roughly 75% of older Americans have multiple chronic conditions, and more than 20% of them are taking medicines that work at cross-purposes — improving one of their conditions while worsening another — according to new a new study in the journal PLoS One…

Even Moderate Weight Loss Can Improve Sleep Apnea

Losing just a moderate amount of weight can prevent the progression of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and in some cases even cure the condition, according to a new study from Finland. People who have sleep apnea are more than twice as likely as those who don’t to have diabetes…

Eating Cooked Meat Can Affect Kidney Test Results

Eating cooked meat can raise a person’s serum creatinine level enough to affect the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) classification and potentially lead to misclassification of chronic kidney disease stage in people with diabetes, according to a new study…

Insulin Pump Cartridge Recall

On January 20, 2014, Tandem Diabetes Care expanded a voluntary recall of insulin cartridges used with its t:slim insulin pump to include additional lot numbers…

Walnuts Improve Blood Vessel Function

If you’ve resolved to improve your diet in 2014, there’s one small step you can take that will reap big rewards, according to new research from the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center…

For PAD Pain, Dual Approach Appears Best

For people dealing with pain and reduced mobility from peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, an approach that combines a vessel-opening procedure and exercise appears to be better than exercise alone…

Good Cholesterol Helps Control Glucose

High-density lipoprotein cholesterol, also known as HDL or “good” cholesterol, helps control blood glucose levels by improving the function of skeletal muscles and reducing fat levels, according to research recently published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.

Metformin and Impaired Thinking

The oral diabetes medicine metformin was linked to impaired brain function, but supplementation with vitamin B12 may reduce some of the cognitive effects, according to new research from Australia…

Exercise to Reduce Stroke Risk

Regular physical activity can decrease the risk of having a stroke, according to a large new study from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death among people with diabetes.

Eating Nuts May Lengthen Life

People who eat nuts, and in particular walnuts, more than three times a week have a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to new research from Spain…

Insulin Infusion Set Recall

On July 7, 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reclassified Medtronic’s voluntary June recall of Medtronic Minimed Paradigm infusion sets as a class I recall…

Hypoglycemia on the Rise

A variety of new diabetes-specific findings were recently unveiled at the 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. Included among the new research were two studies indicating that, despite (and perhaps as an unintended consequence of ) national improvements in glucose control, serious hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) is still prevalent in the United States…

Breakfast and Insulin Resistance

As the old saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And according to new research presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, this may be true, at least as it applies to insulin resistance…

Acupuncture Improves Diabetic Gastroparesis

“Needleless” acupuncture can provide relief for people dealing with diabetic gastroparesis, according to new research recently presented at the 2013 Digestive Disease Week meeting in Orlando, Florida. As many as 50% of people with diabetes will develop gastroparesis…

Statin May Reduce Benefits of Exercise

The generic cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin, previously sold under the brand name Zocor, may diminish the positive effects of exercise in overweight and obese adults, according to a small new study from the University of Missouri…

Good News About Diabetes Control

More people with diabetes are meeting the recommended targets for three key areas of diabetes control than in previous decades, according to recent research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

Another Blood Glucose Meter Recalled

On April 15, 2013, Abbott, voluntarily issued a recall of all FreeStyle Insulinx blood glucose meters in the United States because the meter malfunctions at extremely high blood glucose levels…

Insulin Pump Recall

On April 5, 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a class I recall of the Animas 2020 insulin pump because of a defect that may cause the pumps to sound false alarms, potentially leading to serious medical events…

First-in-Class Drug for Type 2

On March 29, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the diabetes drug Invokana (generic name canagliflozin) for use, in conjunction with a healthful diet and physical activity, in adults with Type 2 diabetes. It is the first drug in a new class of medicines known as sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors…

Blood Glucose Meter Recall

On March 25, 2013, LifeScan, Inc., voluntarily issued a recall of all OneTouch VerioIQ blood glucose meters in the United States because the meter malfunctions at extremely high blood glucose levels…

Sit Less to Reduce Diabetes Risk

Simply sitting less and moving more may be even more helpful for preventing Type 2 diabetes in at-risk individuals than engaging in vigorous physical activity, according to new research from the University of Leicester…

A Warning About Calcium Supplements

Women who take calcium supplements in addition to having a high-calcium diet may be at increased risk of death from all causes, and particularly from cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease, according to research recently published in the journal BMJ…

Three New Drugs for Type 2 Diabetes Approved

On January 26, pharmaceutical manufacturer Takeda announced the approval of its Type 2 diabetes drug, Nesina (generic name alogliptin) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is the fourth drug to join a class of medicines known as DPP-4 inhibitors…

Simple Steps Can Reduce Amputation Rate by Half

Foot complications that lead to amputation are among the most feared consequences of uncontrolled diabetes. But according to researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, shoe inserts, podiatry (foot treatment), regular foot checkups, and information can reduce the number of amputations due to diabetes by 50%…

Pear-Shaped Bodies Not So Healthy After All

It has often been repeated that having a “pear-shaped” body has health advantages over having an “apple-shaped” body. But recent research conducted by the UC Davis Health System indicates that people with both body shapes are at increased risk of metabolic syndrome…

Fasting May Not Be Necessary for Cholesterol Tests

Conventional wisdom has long held that fasting for 9–12 hours before a routine cholesterol test is necessary to ensure an accurate result, but new research from the University of Calgary in Alberta shows that this may not be the case…

Diabetes Care Must Remain a Priority During Cancer Treatment

When people who have Type 2 are diagnosed with cancer, their focus on diabetes is often moved to the back burner while they concentrate on cancer treatment. But ignoring blood glucose levels can create a dangerous set of circumstances for both conditions, according to new research from Northwestern University…

Multivitamins Do Not Reduce Heart Risk in Men

As we’ve previously reported on DiabetesSelfManagement.com, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in people with diabetes, with approximately 68% dying from a heart attack or stroke. But as new research in The Journal of the Medical American Association indicates, taking a daily multivitamin may not provide heart protection..

Airport Scans Can Cause Diabetes Device Malfunctions

The holidays are just around the corner, and for many people, that means traveling, and more specifically, traveling through airport security. A recent report in the journal Diabetes Technologies & Therapeutics outlines some information regarding airport full-body scanners that people using insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitors will want to know…

Heart Risk Factors and Peripheral Arterial Disease

Men with certain cardiovascular risk factors may be at increased risk of developing peripheral arterial disease (PAD), according to new research from researchers Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School…

Largest Study Yet Links Low Vitamin D to Heart Risk

We’ve previously discussed the role of vitamin D in diabetes. Now, a large new study from scientists at Copenhagen University Hospital has provided strong evidence that there is a link between low levels of vitamin D and cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease, heart attack, and early death…

Metformin May Be Useful for More People Than Previously Thought

Metformin (brand names Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Fortamet, Riomet, Glumetza, and others) is believed to be the most commonly prescribed diabetes medicine in the world, with more than 48 prescriptions written in 2010 the United States alone. Now, new research from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden suggests that this drug may be useful for treating even more people than previously thought…

Obesity Itself Not a Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factor

The link between obesity and Type 2 diabetes is well established in most people’s minds, but it is excess visceral fat (fat that surrounds the internal organs) and insulin resistance — not obesity in and of itself — that puts people at increased risk for Type 2, according to new research….

Low HDL Cholesterol Linked to Diabetic Kidney Disease

Having a low level of HDL, or “good,” cholesterol, is a risk factor for diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease), according to new research published in the journal Diabetes Care. Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease in the United States…

Chronic Stress Linked to Stroke Risk

Chronic stress is linked with an increased risk of stroke, according to research recently published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in people with diabetes…

Statins May Increase Cataract Risk

A new study in the journal Optometry and Vision Science suggests that statins may also increase the risk of age-related (AR) cataract, or a clouding of the lens of the eye…

Simple Step to Increase Physical Activity

The benefits of physical activity for preventing Type 2 diabetes and helping manage blood glucose levels in both Type 1 and Type 2 are well known, but working up and sustaining the motivation to exercise is easier said than done. So you may be interested in new research showing that there’s a simple trick for working more movement into your day…

More Headlines From the ADA Scientific Sessions

Last week we gave a rundown of some recent research presented at the America Diabetes Association’s 72nd Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia. This week we’d like to continue that theme with a few more notable headlines from those sessions…

Exercise Improves Vessel Health in Prediabetes

People with prediabetes have similar dysfunction in their small blood vessels as people with Type 2 diabetes, but exercise can help improve the health of these vessels, according to a small study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists…

Low-Carb Diet Improves Glucose Control in Small Study

People with diabetes are generally encouraged to eat a nutritionally balanced, low-fat diet. But now, a small new study out of Sweden is lending support to the idea that a higher-fat, low-carbohydrate diet may work best for some people with diabetes…

New Erectile Dysfunction Drug Approved

On April 27, pharmaceutical manufacturer Vivus announced the approval of its erectile dysfunction (ED) drug, Stendra (generic name avanafil) by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is the first ED medicine to be approved in over a decade…

Simple Step for Controlling Glucose

We’ve all heard how important physical activity is for managing diabetes, but a new series of studies show just how vital exercise is to blood glucose control and just how little of it is necessary for benefiting health…

Peer Mentoring Leads to Large A1C Reductions

One of the main goals of diabetes management is to maintain blood glucose at a healthy level. Now, a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that peer mentoring can help people with diabetes lower their A1C — a marker of blood glucose control — by up to a full point…

Adequate Sleep Vital for Heart Health

We have previously written about the link between sleep and health. Now a new study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session establishes the importance of sleep for yet another aspect of well-being: heart health…

Peripheral Arterial Disease Underrecognized in Women

Although PAD affects at least as many women as men, there is insufficient research looking at how the condition manifests, is diagnosed, and is treated in women, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association…

Decaf Coffee May Improve Memory in Type 2s

Preliminary research conducted in mice adds another piece to the coffee and diabetes puzzle, indicating that decaffeinated coffee may help improve the metabolism of glucose in the brain, potentially enhancing memory function in people with Type 2

FDA Approves Combo Type 2 Medicine

On the heels of its recent approval of the injectable drug Bydureon, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved linagliptin/metformin hydrochloride (brand name Jentadueto) an oral medicine for Type 2 diabetes..

Effective Neuropathy Screening Tool Often Overlooked

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, is one of the most common diabetic complications, affecting up to 70% of people who have diabetes. Now, new research from the University of Michigan shows that many people with the condition are receiving a less effective — and more expensive — test to diagnose the condition, instead of a more accurate diagnostic test…

Remote Continuous Glucose Monitor Approved

On January 4, Medtronic, Inc., announced the approval of its novel mySentry Remote Glucose Monitor, a first-of-its-kind device that allows parents and other caregivers to monitor a person’s glucose trends and insulin pump functions from another room…

Metformin and B12 Supplementation

Research has shown that people who take the oral Type 2 diabetes medicine metformin may be at risk for developing vitamin B12 deficiency. Now, a new study indicates that supplementation of this vitamin at the recommended levels may not be enough to address the deficiency…

Pistachios May Blunt Blood Sugar Spikes

New evidence presented at the International Diabetes Federation World Congress 2011 suggests that eating pistachios along with a high-glycemic meal may help to dampen the post-meal blood sugar response, particularly in people with metabolic syndrome…

Rotating Shift Work Linked to Increased Type 2 Risk

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found that rotating night shift work can increase women’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by almost 60%. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 15 million Americans work permanent or rotating night shifts…

End-of-Year Book Giveaway!

We’re raffling off another free copy of our very popular Best-Ever Tips book, which features 1,001 useful tips from 70 top doctors, researchers, and diabetes experts, as well as over 100 of the most popular Diabetes Self-Management articles from the past decade…

Byetta Approved as Lantus Add-On

On October 19, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Type 2 diabetes medicine Byetta (exenatide) as an add-on treatment to Lantus (insulin glargine) in people who have not achieved blood glucose control with Lantus, diet, and exercise alone…

Seven Steps for a Long Life

Taking seven lifestyle steps can add ten years or more of healthy living to the average lifespan and save billions of dollars in reduced health-care costs, according to cardiologist and past president of the American Heart Association Clyde W. Yancy, MD…

Reminder: Diabetes Self-Management Book Giveaway!

As a reminder, we’re raffling off a free copy of our very popular Best-Ever Tips book, which features 1,001 useful tips from 70 top doctors, researchers, and diabetes experts, as well as over 100 of the most popular Diabetes Self-Management articles from the past decade…

Diabetes Self-Management Book Giveaway!

We’re raffling off a free copy of our very popular Best-Ever Tips book, which features 1,001 useful tips from 70 top doctors, researchers, and diabetes experts, as well as over 100 of the most popular Diabetes Self-Management articles from the past decade…

A Culprit Behind High Blood Sugar Identified

In research funded by the National Institutes of Health, scientists have discovered an important protein that regulates the liver’s management of insulin and glucose production, potentially opening the door for new diabetes treatments that target the liver…

A Weight-Loss Rule Debunked

If you’ve ever looked up information on weight loss, you have no doubt come across the commonly cited rule that cutting 500 calories a day will lead to a loss of one pound each week (a pound equals 3,500 calories). But if you’ve ever tried to put this maxim into effect, you may have found that your weight loss did not progress as smoothly as you’d hoped or expected…

Yoga for Blood Glucose Control

Last week, we reported on new research showing that just 15 minutes of exercise a day can increase life span by years. Now a small study published in the journal Diabetes Care has uncovered even more health benefits of physical activity, or more specifically, the benefits of gentle yoga on Type 2 diabetes

FDA Panel Rejects Novel Diabetes Drug

On July 19, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted by a margin of nine to six to recommend against approval of the novel Type 2 diabetes drug dapagliflozin. The panel expressed reservations over potential safety concerns, including a possible increased risk of breast and bladder cancer…

Detecting Diabetes at the Dentist

As the headlines often announce, diabetes is epidemic in the United States, and diagnosed cases of the condition are only the tip of the iceberg: An estimated 7 million people in the country have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, while a majority of the suspected 67 million Americans with prediabetes are undiagnosed. But now, researchers have identified a useful — and perhaps surprising — resource that can help in the battle to detect untreated cases of diabetes: the dentist…

Getting By With a Little Help From Your Friends

To paraphrase the classic Beatles tune, we all get by with a little help from our friends. And now, preliminary research presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 71st Scientific Sessions in San Diego lends this lyric some scientific support…

Cutting Cravings; Life Expectancy on the Rise

If you find yourself frequently craving an unhealthy food, there may be a surprising way to cut down on those cravings; also, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health have found that the life expectancy of people with Type 1 diabetes dramatically increased over the course of a 30-year, long-term study…

Lower-Carb Diet Reduces Dangerous Fat in Some

A slight reduction in carbohydrate intake may help decrease a person’s level of dangerous visceral fat, or deep abdominal fat, even if there is no weight loss, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visceral fat, which surrounds abdominal organs, increases the risk of developing insulin resistance (a component of Type 2 diabetes), heart disease, and various other conditions…

Boost Your Health With the World’s Most Nutritious Nut

Nuts are well known for their nutritional benefits, including their high levels of heart-healthy fats, high-quality protein, antioxidants (substances that help protect cells from oxidative damage), plant sterols (natural substances found in plants that can help lower cholesterol), fiber, and minerals. But which nut is king when it comes to health?

Common Drug Combo Raises Blood Glucose

Researchers have discovered that the commonly used combination of two drugs — the antidepressant paroxetine (brand name Paxil) and the cholesterol-lowering medicine pravastatin (Pravachol) — can cause unexpected increases in blood glucose levels, even though neither medicine has this effect when taken alone…

New Guidelines for Treating Neuropathy Pain

The American Academy of Neurology, in collaboration with the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has issued new guidelines on the best treatments for pain from diabetic neuropathy