This Week in Diabetes News

Diabetes More Effectively Treated With Immediate Sitagliptin, Metformin Combination Therapy

Healio: “Insulin is needed less frequently and HbA1c is lowered more robustly when adults with type 2 diabetes do not delay combination therapy but begin treatment by taking sitagliptin and metformin together, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine…” Click here for full story.

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‘Best-in-Class’ Diabetes Drugs Compared in Head to Head Trial

Medscape: “Oral semaglutide (Rybelsus, Novo Nordisk) lowered hemoglobin A1c more than empagliflozin (Jardiance, Boehringer Ingelheim/Lilly) in a recently published open-label, head-to-head comparison of the type 2 diabetes drugs…” Click here for full story.

Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Silent Killer of Veterans

STAT: “Veterans who survive the horrors of war or the other dangers of military service often die years later from a silent but deadly scourge: diabetic foot ulcers, open sores or lesions that typically start on the bottom of the foot…” Click here for full story.

Bariatric Surgery Complications More Common With Higher Preoperative HbA1c

Healio: “Adults who undergo bariatric surgery may be more likely to be readmitted to the hospital, have more trips to the ICU and have a higher rate of overall morbidity if they have an HbA1c of more than 7% before surgery, according to findings presented at ObesityWeek…” Click here for full story.

WHO Launches First-Ever Insulin Prequalification Programme to Expand Access to Life-Saving Treatment for Diabetes

World Health Organization: “The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the start of a pilot programme to prequalify human insulin to increase treatment for diabetes in low- and middle-income countries. The decision, announced ahead of World Diabetes Day (14 November), is part of a series of steps WHO will take to address the growing diabetes burden in all regions…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes: Why Some Anti-Inflammatories May Increase Risk

Medical News Today: “Doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs long or short term to treat a range of conditions from allergies to arthritis. But could some of these drugs actually increase the risk for another chronic condition — diabetes?” Click here for full story.

Keeping Your Blood Sugar In Check Could Lower Your Alzheimer’s Risk

NPR: “Brain scientists are offering a new reason to control blood sugar levels: It might help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. ‘There’s many reasons to get [blood sugar] under control,’ says David Holtzman, chairman of neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. ‘But this is certainly one…'” Click here for full story.

FDA Advisory Committee to Consider Lower-Dose Empagliflozin for Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “The Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee of the FDA will vote today on whether to recommend approval of a supplemental new drug application for the SGLT2 inhibitor empagliflozin 2.5 mg as an oral medication adjunct to insulin therapy for adults with type 1 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 6, 2019

Avocados May Help Prevent Diabetes

Science Daily: “Researchers have shown for the first time how a compound found only in avocados can inhibit cellular processes in the pancreas that normally lead to diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Group Management With Low-Carb Diet As Effective As Increasing Medication

Healio: “In group medical visits for diabetes, adding intensive weight management with low-carbohydrate diets was as effective in improving blood sugar levels as conventional medication management, according to study results published in JAMA Internal Medicine…” Click here for full story.

‘I Wouldn’t Change It for the World’: Ravens TE Mark Andrews Not Slowed by Type 1 Diabetes in Breakout Season

USA Today: “Every time Mark Andrews jogs off the field between possessions in a game, he slips off his receiving gloves and pricks his finger. Then he does it again. And again. And maybe one more time, just to be sure…” Click here for full story.

‘No Difference Between the Diets’ In Reversing Prediabetes

Medscape: “The PREVIEW project is a multinational diabetes prevention project for which I was fortunate to be one of the principal investigators. It is funded by the European Union and includes six European countries plus Australia and New Zealand. We recruited 2300 people with proven prediabetes…” Click here for full story.

Researchers Engineer Insulin-Producing Cells Activated By Light for Diabetes

Phys.org: “Tufts University researchers have transplanted engineered pancreatic beta cells into diabetic mice, then caused the cells to produce more than two to three times the typical level of insulin by exposing them to light…” Click here for full story.

Nick Jonas Opens Up About Living with Type 1 Diabetes 14 Years After Diagnosis

People: “As Diabetes Awareness month kicks off on Friday, Nick Jonas is opening up about living with type 1 diabetes. The 27-year-old Jonas Brothers member and solo artist shared a candid Instagram post on Friday to discuss how getting diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 14 years ago…” Click here for full story.

Which Environmental Factors Affect Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

Medical News Today: “New research studies the association between environmental quality in over 3,000 United States counties and finds intriguing differences between rural and urban areas…” Click here for full story.

By Numbers, Cardiologists Well-Positioned for Diabetes Care

Medscape: “Cardiologists are well-placed to provide care for patients with type 2 diabetes, given their numbers and distribution relative to diabetes cases in the United States, new research suggests…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 31, 2019

Type 2 Diabetes Tied to Greater Risk for Vertebral, Nonvertebral Fractures

Healio: “Adults with type 2 diabetes are 55% more likely to sustain an incident vertebral fracture compared with adults without diabetes, with vertebral fracture history further raising the risk for experiencing a nonvertebral fracture, according to findings published in Diabetes Care…” Click here for full story.

Vitamin D Spray as Good as Oral Tablets in Raising Levels

Medscape: “For individuals who cannot or prefer not to take oral capsules, the same increase in vitamin D levels in the blood can be achieved with a sublingual spray, suggest the results of a small UK randomized controlled trial…” Click here for full story.

Increase Benefits of Exercise by Working Out Before Breakfast

Science Daily: “Exercising before eating breakfast burns more fat, improves how the body responds to insulin and lowers people’s risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease…” Click here for full story.

A Trial For Kids At Risk Of Type 1 Diabetes Was Scaled Back, Leaving Families In Limbo

NPR: “At first, 19-year-old Sarah Hornak ignored the tingling in her hands and feet. She also ignored the 20 pounds of weight she shed, the constant hunger and thirst, the time she threw up after a tough workout. She went to her doctor only when she began to see halos everywhere…” Click here for full story.

Parents Speak Out After Son Dies From Type 1 Diabetes

ABC 12: “The parents of a 20-year-old East Carolina University student say a cure needs to be found after their son died from complications due to Type 1 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Diabetics Being Treated with Thiazolidinediones May Be at Lower Risk of Parkinson’s, Study Suggests

Parkinsons News Today: “People with type 2 diabetes being treated with thiazolidinedione compounds, such as Actos (pioglitazone) and Avandia (rosiglitazone), may be at lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, a pilot study suggests. However, more work is needed to confirm a potential to prevent Parkinson’s in an at-risk patient population…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Conference in Naples Brings Slate of Experts in Research and Care

Naples News: “Nine experts in diabetes prevention and treatment, some from leading universities, will be in Naples for an annual diabetes program Sunday. The fifth annual von Arx Family Foundation Southwest Florida Diabetes & Wellness Conference helps families and medical professionals learn what’s new in the disease…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 23, 2019

Diabetes Increases Risks for Certain Infections

Healio: “Adults with diabetes have increased risks for infections, such as influenza, cellulitis and sepsis, compared with adults without diabetes, according to findings published in Diabetes Care…” Click here for full story.

Limiting Mealtimes May Increase Your Motivation for Exercise

Science Daily: “Limiting access to food in mice increases levels of the hormone, ghrelin, which may also increase motivation to exercise, according to a new study. The study suggests that a surge in levels of appetite-promoting hormone, ghrelin, after a period of fasting prompted mice to initiate voluntary exercise…” Click here for full story.

Keeping Your Blood Sugar In Check Could Lower Your Alzheimer’s Risk

NPR: “Brain scientists are offering a new reason to control blood sugar levels: It might help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. ‘There’s many reasons to get [blood sugar] under control,’ says David Holtzman, chairman of neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. ‘But this is certainly one…'” Click here for full story.

FDA Approves Dapagliflozin to Reduce HF Hospitalization in Diabetes

Medscape: “The type 2 diabetes drug dapagliflozin (Farxiga, AstraZeneca) has been approved in the United States for reducing hospitalization for heart failure (HF) in adults with type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular (CV) risk factors, the company has announced…” Click here for full story.

Does the Rotavirus Vaccine Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?

Medical News Today: “Scientists have highlighted a possible link between infection with rotavirus and an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Undergoing vaccination against the pathogen may be an effective way to prevent the condition…” Click here for full story.

Knowing Impacts of Diabetes, High School Student Raises Money for Friend to Get Diabetes Dog

Channel 3000: “As Diabetes Awareness Month approaches in November, a Darlington student is raising money for a life-changing helper. High school senior Lexi Graham deals with diabetes every day. It’s been a part of her world for nearly eight years, and she knows how it changes everything…” Click here for full story.

Balancing Game: Beau Corrales Excelling While Battling Diabetes

Inside Carolina: “When Beau Corrales was in the seventh grade, he remembers sitting in the back of his classroom trying to read the projector, but it wasn’t as easy as it always had been. His vision began to get blurry, which was confusing because he had always had perfect eyesight. Then, in his first football game of the season, he went to the bathroom before kickoff just like normal. He continued to have to go after warm-ups and again before the start of the second quarter….” Click here for full story.

Week of October 16, 2019

Earlier Introduction of Insulin May Improve Type 2 Diabetes Care for Some Patients

Healio: “Health care providers who treat patients with type 2 diabetes still need to include insulin among therapeutic options, and it may even be prudent to consider it earlier in the treatment process, according to a presenter at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress…” Click here for full story.

Endocrine Society Report Addresses Post-Meal Glucose in Diabetes

Medscape: “A new report from the Endocrine Society highlights the challenge of postprandial glucose management for people with insulin-requiring diabetes, providing some recommendations but also pointing out the major knowledge gaps…” Click here for full story.

Four Strategies to Obtain Affordable Insulin

Healio: “As the cost for insulin continues to rise, clinicians can take several proactive steps to help uninsured and underinsured patients afford their medications today, according to a speaker at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress…” Click here for full story.

Researchers Try A Genetic Diabetes Test To Prevent Emergency Hospitalizations

NPR: “Nearly half of all children who develop Type 1 diabetes don’t know they have the disease until they end up in a coma in the hospital. Researchers in Virginia have set out to see if a genetic test for Type 1 diabetes can eliminate many of those emergencies…” Click here for full story.

Shorter People More Likely to Develop Diabetes, Study Suggests

Chicago Tribune: “A poor diet and lack of exercise can lead to diabetes. But your height could also be a factor, according to a new report. Researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition recently conducted a study, published in the Diabetologia journal, to determine the association between height and Type 2 diabetes risk…” Click here for full story.

Patients With Diabetes Struggle With the Rising Cost of Insulin

The Courier: “Tessa McKenna can’t afford the $5,000 out-of-pocket deductible for the insulin that keeps her alive. A three-month supply of insulin — 10 vials — costs McKenna $2,700. ‘It’s really expensive…. The insurance that I’m on now is a high-deductible. It’s $5,000 for individual and $6,000 for family. Usually pharmacies want you to buy a three-month supply at a time,’ she said…” Click here for full story.

In Helping His Dad With Diabetes, Young Mexican Chemist Pioneers Healthy—and Cheap—Sugar Substitute

Good News Network: “When 18-year old Javier Larragoiti was told his father had been diagnosed with diabetes, the young man, who had just started studying chemical engineering at college in Mexico City, decided to dedicate his studies to finding a safe, sugar-alternative for his father…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 9, 2019

A1c Swings Tied to More Diabetes Complications Long Term

Medscape: “Patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes who had highly variable A1c levels between visits were more likely to have macro- and microvascular complications of diabetes in long-term follow-up, a study shows…” Click here for full story.

Minorities Have Greater Diabetes Risk, Even With Normal and Low BMI

MedPage Today: “Certain racial and ethnic minorities, even at normal or below-normal body weight, were significantly more likely to have diabetes than whites, a large observational study demonstrated…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Advances Poised to Help Manage Blood Sugar After Meals

Science Daily: “Mealtimes can become a difficult experience for individuals with diabetes. After a meal, blood sugar levels may soar as the food digests or unexpectedly plummet if an insulin dose was more than the meal required…” Click here for full story.

Scientists Who Discredited Meat Guidelines Didn’t Report Past Food Industry Ties

The New York Times: “A surprising new study challenged decades of nutrition advice and gave consumers the green light to eat more red and processed meat. But what the study didn’t say is that its lead author has past research ties to the meat and food industry…” Click here for full story.

Even Naturally Sweet Drinks May Increase Diabetes Risk

Medical News Today: “While researchers already knew that drinks with added sugar could increase a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests that the same may be true for naturally sweet drinks, such as 100% fruit juices, as well as artificially sweetened beverages, such as “diet” soft drinks…” Click here for full story.

Weight Loss May Put Diabetes Into Remission

WebMD: “British researchers have good news for people with type 2 diabetes — you don’t need to lose a ton of weight to make a difference in your health…” Click here for full story.

Science Finds Simple Way to Lower Diabetes, High Blood Pressure Risk: Fiber

Healthline: “Fighting back against rising rates of type 2 diabetes and hypertension has been a losing battle for the medical community in the United States. Now, new research finds that adding fiber to your diet may help stave off these serious health conditions…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Advances Poised to Help Manage Blood Sugar After Meals

Medical Xpress: “Mealtimes can become a difficult experience for individuals with diabetes. After a meal, blood sugar levels may soar as the food digests or unexpectedly plummet if an insulin dose was more than the meal required…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 2, 2019

FDA Approves Canagliflozin to Treat Diabetic Kidney Disease, Heart Failure Hospitalization

Healio: “The FDA approved a new indication for the SGLT2 inhibitor canagliflozin to reduce the risk for end-stage renal disease, worsening of kidney function, cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure among adults with type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease, according to a press release from Janssen…” Click here for full story.

Insulet’s Omnipod Dash Gets FDA Clearance As Integrated Insulin Pump

Smart Brief: “The FDA has cleared Insulet’s Omnipod Dash alternate controller-enabled infusion pump as an integrated insulin pump. The system can hold up to 200 units of U-100 insulin and features a touch-screen personal diabetes manager for control of the pod…” Click here for full story.

Child’s Gluten Intake During Infancy, Rather Than Mother’s During Pregnancy, Linked to Increased Risk of Developing Type 1 Diabetes

Science Daily: “New research shows that a child’s intake of gluten at age 18 months is associated with a 46% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes for each extra 10g of gluten consumed…” Click here for full story.

‘A Bad Result’: A1C Targets Missed in Most With Type 1 Diabetes

Medscape: “Worldwide, only a small proportion of adults with type 1 diabetes are achieving optimal glucose control, new research indicates. Findings from the multinational, observational Study of Adults’ Glycemia in TID (SAGE) were presented September 17 here at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 2019 Annual Meeting…” Click here for full story.

Nick Jonas Says He Was Close To A Coma Before Diabetes Diagnosis

Refinery29: “Nick Jonas isn’t afraid to get real about his battle with type 1 diabetes. In an interview with Cigar Aficionado, he opened up about a close call he had when he was first diagnosed with the disease…” Click here for full story.

How Neuroscience Could Explain the Rise of Addictions, Heart Disease and Diabetes in 21st Century America

Time: “The conditions of human life began to improve with the Enlightenment of the 18th century, and we are better off now by many measures: food access, health, lifespan, and so on. But it hasn’t been an unbroken line of advancement…” Click here for full story.

Antidepressants Are Linked to a Higher Gestational Diabetes Risk in a New Study

CNN: “Taking antidepressants while pregnant may be associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes, a new study suggests. It turned out that the increased risk appeared to be greatest for the two antidepressant drugs venlafaxine and amitriptyline, according to the study published in the journal BMJ Open on Tuesday. The study suggests a correlation but not causation…” Click here for full story.

Week of September 25, 2019

Gluten consumption during infancy tied to type 1 diabetes risk

healio: “Each 10 g of gluten consumed daily during infancy is associated with a 46% increased risk for developing type 1 diabetes during the next 12 years, whereas maternal gluten intake during pregnancy was not associated with future diabetes risk, according to study data presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting.” Click here for the full story.

FDA OKs New Pill for Type 2 Diabetes

WebMD: “A new pill to lower blood sugar for people with type 2 diabetes was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday.” Click here for the full story.

In People With Diabetes, What Really Matters Is Fat Mass Index, Not BMI

SciTech Daily: “In people with diabetes, fat mass index, not body mass index (BMI), is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).” Click here for the full story.

Vitamin D deficiency linked with increased risk of death, particularly from diabetes: study

Yahoo!: “New European research has found that individuals with low levels of vitamin D may have a higher risk of an early death, particularly if they have diabetes.” Click here for the full story.

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