This Week in Diabetes News

New Hormone Injection Aids Weight Loss in Obese Patients

Science Daily: “An injection has helped reduce body weight and glucose levels in patients with diabetes and obesity in four weeks.”

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More Nuts Improve Men’s Orgasmic Function, Sexual Desire

Medscape: “Adding nuts to a regular diet significantly improves orgasmic function and sexual desire in healthy young men, according to the FERTINUTS study.”

Video: Nearly a Third of People With Diabetes May Inappropriate Omit Insulin to Lose Weight

Healio: “In this video exclusive, Asha Brown, founder and executive director of We Are Diabetes, speaks with Endocrine Today Diabetes in Real Life columnist Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, FAADE, about eating disorders and how they manifest among people with type 1 diabetes.”

Few At Risk for Diabetes Report Being Informed By Provider

Medical Xpress: “Few patients with undiagnosed prediabetes are told that they are at high risk for diabetes, according to a study published in the July issue of Clinical Diabetes.

Little Progress Seen in Diabetes Care in Past 15 Years

Medscape: “There have been few improvements in diabetes diagnosis, linkage of patients to care, or achievement of treatment targets in the United States since 2005 despite advances in care, new research suggests.”

Vibration, Bacteria Could Be Treatment for Diabetes

Augusta Chronicle: “A surprising result of whole body vibration is a big increase in an uncommon bacteria and a large drop in inflammation in diabetic mice, which researchers at Medical College of Georgia are hoping to try in people.” Click here for full story.” rel=”noopener”>Click here for full story.

Reduced Carbohydrate Intake Improves Type 2 Diabetics’ Ability to Regulate Blood Sugar

Science Daily: “Patients with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to regulate blood sugar levels if they eat food with a reduced carbohydrate content and an increased share of protein and fat. The findings are contrary to the conventional dietary recommendations for type 2 diabetics.” Click here for full story.” rel=”noopener”>Click here for full story.

Thousands at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes to Be Offered Wearable Tech

Healio: “Diabetes care is not a static endeavor. Health care providers and patients alike are inundated with new technology and information about how to best care for diabetes. For Jennifer A. LeBlanc, BSN, RN, CDE, director of professional education and care delivery at the Joslin Diabetes Center of Harvard Medical School in Boston, finding ways to simplify this process is crucial.” Click here for full story.” rel=”noopener”>Click here for full story.

Thousands at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes to Be Offered Wearable Tech

The Guardian: “Thousands of people in England at risk of contracting type 2 diabetes will receive wearable tech to help monitor their exercise level, the NHS has said. Up to 8,000 people could benefit from the digital scheme designed to combat the disease, which has been spreading rapidly on the back of the obesity epidemic.” Click here for full story.

 

Week of August 7, 2019

‘I’m a Survivor: Incoming ADA President Has Type 1 Diabetes

Medscape: “‘I feel fortunate to be alive. Despite aging and related stiffness, I feel wonderful.’ These are the words of Robert H. Eckel, MD, 71, who — when he takes over as co-president of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in January — will bring unique credentials to the position: he has lived nearly his entire life with type 1 diabetes, while spending a 46-year career focused on heart disease in type 2 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Hormone Levels Not Associated With Lower Prostate Cancer Risk Among Older Men With Diabetes

Healio: “Among men aged at least 70 years, type 2 diabetes appeared associated with a 35% reduction in risk for prostate cancer after consideration of standard risk factors, according to findings published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.Click here for full story.

CGM Outperforms Traditional Monitoring for Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes in Control: “Recent study results suggest that insulin pumps with CGM outperforms traditional monitoring in adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes for greater short-term outcomes.” Click here for full story.

Strong Evidence for a Causal Link Between Obesity and Multiple Diseases

Science Daily: “A new study, led by Professor Elina Hyppönen from UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health, presents the strongest evidence yet of a causal relationship between obesity and a wide range of serious conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and neurological, musculoskeletal and respiratory afflictions.” Click here for full story.

Whole Body Vibration Shakes Up Microbiome, Reduces Inflammation in Diabetes

Medical Xpress: “In the face of diabetes, a common condition in which glucose and levels of destructive inflammation soar, whole body vibration appears to improve how well our body uses glucose as an energy source and adjust our microbiome and immune cells to deter inflammation, investigators report.” Click here for full story.

Why Alphabet, Amazon and Apple Are All Working on Diabetes Tech

CNBC: “For the largest technology companies, there’s an opportunity in health care that’s too big to ignore. That’s to develop new tools and services for more than 100 million people living with diabetes or at high risk for the disease in the United States.” Click here for full story.

Take Diabetes to Heart: New Subspeciality of Cardiometabolic Medicine?

Medscape: “The epidemic of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes has prompted a call for a new internal medicine subspecialty: cardiometabolic medicine.” Click here for full story.

 

Week of July 31, 2019

“Reassuring”: New Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Not Tied to UTIs

Medscape: “Use of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors for the treatment of type 2 diabetes does not appear to increase the risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs) compared with two other new classes of type 2 diabetes agents, results from of a large population-based study indicate.” Click here for full story.

Routine Blood Tests Could Predict Diabetes

Science Daily: “A study that looked at data on more than 900,000 VA patients showed that elevated blood glucose levels detected in routine outpatient tests, though well below diagnostic thresholds, predicted diabetes within 5 years.” Click here for full story.

Childhood Type 1 Diabetes Risk Unaffected By Autism

Healio: “Children with autism spectrum disorder appeared no more likely to have type 1 diabetes than children without the condition, although they may display some superior diabetes management outcomes, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine.Click here for full story.

Kaapo Kakko, Diabetes, and Celiac Disease

Blueshirt Banter: “There are a lot of reasons to be excited about New York Rangers prospect Kaapo Kakko. After all, he has the potential to be the most exciting homegrown Ranger since Henrik Lundqvist and the most exciting homegrown Rangers forward since Rod Gilbert… Fans want to know all about the young Finn, including what life is like for him as someone who has both Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.” Click here for full story.

Sanders Campaign Drives Diabetes Patients to Canada for Cheaper Insulin

Detroit Free Press: “Rachel Lockwood was on a mission when she drove more than 150 miles from Greenville to Detroit Sunday morning with three of her eight kids. She hopped on a bus to Windsor with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic candidate for president, with the goal of finding insulin in Canada at a fraction of the cost for what she pays for the drug in the United States.” Click here for full story.

For Many Diabetes Patients, Skin Patches and Phones Are Replacing Finger Pricks

The Wall Street Journal: “Diabetes patients are increasingly using electronic skin patches and their phones, instead of pricking their fingers, to do the complex job of managing a disease that affects more than 30 million Americans.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes: Could Vitamin D Supplements Slow Progression?

Medical News Today: “Scientists have yet to prove whether or not vitamin D can treat or slow type 2 diabetes. A new study of people who have recently received a diagnosis of diabetes or are at risk of developing it concludes that the vitamin may be beneficial.” Click here for full story.

 

Week of July 24, 2019

FDA Approves First Generic Alternatives to Lyrica

Healio: “The FDA has approved several generic versions of pregabalin for the treatment of patients with neuropathic pain related to diabetic neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia, partial onset seizures, fibromyalgia and spinal cord injury.” Click here for full story.

Discovering How Diabetes Leads to Vascular Disease

Science Daily: “A team scientists and physicians has identified a cellular connection between diabetes and one of its major complications — blood vessel narrowing that increases risks of several serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke.” Click here for full story.

The Problem With Using HbA1c As the Only Indicator of Diabetes Control

Yahoo Lifestyle: “Hemoglobin A1c is a widely accepted tool for monitoring glycemic control… It’s clear that HbA1c can be a very good indicator of control. I don’t think anyone can debate this. The problem is when it is used as the only indicator of control. How many of your clinicians rely solely on your HbA1c?” Click here for full story.

Turning 26 Is A Potential Death Sentence For People With Type 1 Diabetes In America

BuzzFeed News: “Sticking to a plant-based diet could help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, a new paper suggests… That link between plant-based eating habits and type 2 diabetes is even more beneficial when only healthy plant-based foods…are included in your daily diet, as opposed to refined grains, starches and sugars, according to the study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday.Click here for full story.

Eating a Plant-Based Diet Might Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, Study Suggests

CNN: “Sticking to a plant-based diet could help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, a new paper suggests… That link between plant-based eating habits and type 2 diabetes is even more beneficial when only healthy plant-based foods…are included in your daily diet, as opposed to refined grains, starches and sugars, according to the study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday.Click here for full story.

Depression Treatment Lacking In Black, Hispanic Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Fewer black and Hispanic adults with type 2 diabetes receive pharmaceutical treatment for depressive symptoms than their white peers, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications.Click here for full story.

 

Week of July 17, 2019

AstraZeneca’s Farxiga Fails to Get Approval for Type 1 Diabetes

Reuters: “British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its diabetes treatment, Farxiga, for use as a supplement to insulin in adults with Type-1 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Blue Light at Night Increases the Consumption of Sweets in Rats

Science Daily: “A new study demonstrates that just one hour of exposure to blue light at night — the kind of light produced by the screens of our many devices — raises blood sugar levels and increases sugar consumption in male rats.” Click here for full story.

Cut Just 300 Calories a Day to Benefit Heart, Even in the Healthy

Medscape: “Reducing daily food intake by the equivalent of just a couple of cookies, or around 300 calories, over 2 years leads not only to improvements in body composition but a range of cardiometabolic risk factors that could result in reductions in the incidence of cardiovascular disease, the results of an innovative study suggest.” Click here for full story.

‘Double Whammy’: Where do PCSK9 Inhibitors Fit for Diabetes/ACS?

Medscape: “Newly published results indicate that the injectable PCSK9 inhibitor alirocumab (Praluent, Sanofi/Regeneron) was more cost-effective in patients with a recent acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and uncontrolled ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) (despite statins) if they also had diabetes.” Click here for full story.

How to Stop Prediabetes from Turning into Diabetes

Newsmax: “It is widely believed that people with “prediabetes” are on the fast track to developing type 2 diabetes. However, new research now suggests this is not necessarily true. In fact, in a majority of cases in a recent study prediabetes did not turn into diabetes.

Guidance on Medication for Diabetes Patients on Low Carb Diet

Medscape: “Some people with type 2 diabetes who have made significant health progress since adopting a low carbohydrate diet should have their medications adjusted, according to guidance.” Click here for full story.

After Diabetes Diagnosis, Minneapolis Man Sells Water, Urges People to Stop Drinking Soda

Fox 9: “After complications from diabetes caused him to lose his sight, a Minneapolis man has set out to warn others not to make the mistake he made — and has started a company to help with that mission.” Click here for full story.

7 Celebrities Who Spoke Up About Diabetes Misconceptions

Yahoo! Lifestyle: “Despite the fact that 100 million Americans now live with diabetes or pre-diabetes, the condition is still surrounded by confusion, misconceptions and flat-out wrong information. Part of the confusion surrounds the two different types of diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Caution for Using SGLT-2 Inhibitors in Type 1 Diabetes: ADA

Diabetes In Control: “According to the American Diabetes Association, only 20% of patients with type 1 diabetes maintain the recommended A1C target of <7%… This has led to the investigation of SGLT inhibitors in type 1 diabetes, but recent study results raise serious concerns.” Click here for full story.

 

Week of July 10, 2019

Some With Type 1 Diabetes Misdiagnosed; Call for Genetic Screening

Medscape: “About a third of people who have lived with a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes for over 50 years still maintain detectable C-peptide production, and a small proportion have another form of diabetes that could signal their ability to come off insulin altogether, new research suggests.” Click here for full story.

Stress From Food Insecurity Tied to Worse Glycemic Control in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “A cohort of low-income Latino adults with type 2 diabetes and food insecurity had higher insulin resistance than similar adults who were considered food-secure, with the association mediated by stress hormones, according to findings published in The Journal of Nutrition.Click here for full story.

Promising Approach: Prevent Diabetes With Intermittent Fasting

Science Daily: “Intermittent fasting is known to improve sensitivity to the blood glucose-lowering hormone insulin and to protect against fatty liver. Scientists have now discovered that mice on an intermittent fasting regimen also exhibited lower pancreatic fat.The researchers showed the mechanism by which pancreatic fat could contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Utah Family Sues After Son With Diabetes Is Kept From School

The New York Times: “The 8-year-old son of Caly and Wade Watkins is an active and happy Utah boy, they say. He fishes in a pond, sometimes landing a catfish, which he throws back. He rides his dirt bike for miles. He pores over his schoolwork, which in second grade included mastering multiplication tables. But at least four times a day, the Watkinses’s son, who has Type 1 diabetes, needs to test his blood sugar and take injections of insulin.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes: Some Antidepressants Reduce Death Risk

Medical News Today: “Depression and diabetes are two major causes of early death — particularly when they co-occur. Researchers have found that taking certain antidepressants may reduce mortality risk.” Click here for full story.

Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes at Age 8 Meant Growing Up Quickly

The Washington Post: “I still remember that stupid orange. I was 8 and in an intensive care unit. The nurse told me to practice sticking a syringe into the fruit.” Click here for full story.

Working 45+ Hours Weekly May Increase Diabetes Risk In Women — But Not Men

StudyFinds: “Logging no more than seven to eight hours of work each day may be pivotal to women’s health. That’s because a recent study found that women who work more than 45 hours per week are at higher risk of developing diabetes compared to women who work less.” Click here for full story.

Most Older Adults With ‘Prediabetes’ Don’t Develop Diabetes

Reuters Health: “Older adults with slightly elevated blood sugar, sometimes called “prediabetes,” usually don’t develop full-blown diabetes, a Swedish study suggests.” Click here for full story.

Islet Transplant Recipients With Long-Term Insulin Independence Show Near-Normal Glucose Control

Diabetes Research Foundation: “Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) evaluations in islet transplant recipients who have been insulin independent for an average of 10 years show near-normal glycemic profiles and time-in-range metrics, according to data presented by the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.” Click here for full story.

 

Week of July 3, 2019

Statins May Double the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Medical News Today: “New research finds an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes among people who take statins in an effort to lower their cholesterol levels and keep heart disease at bay.” Click here for full story.

Positive Phase 3 Trial Results for Potential First-in-class Oral Diabetes Drug

Healio: “Top-line results from the TIMES 3 study demonstrate the experimental oral diabetes drug imeglimin achieved its primary safety and efficacy endpoints, according to a press release from Poxel and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co.” Click here for full story.

Medtronic Recalls Insulin Pumps Because Hackers Could Hijack Device

CBS News: “Medtronic is recalling several models of its MiniMed insulin pumps because of a cybersecurity risk that could allow hackers to take control of the devices remotely and change their settings, potentially leading to serious health complications.” Click here for full story.

Phenols in Cocoa Bean Shells May Reverse Obesity-Related Problems in Mouse Cells

Science Daily: “A new study suggests that three of the phenolic compounds in cocoa bean shells have powerful effects on the fat and immune cells in mice, potentially reversing the chronic inflammation and insulin resistance associated with obesity.” Click here for full story.

Mothers’ Education Can Matter for Diabetic Kids

Reuters: “Family background can matter for the health of diabetic children, according to researchers in Denmark who found young patients’ blood sugar control was linked with the level of education their mothers had attained.” Click here for full story.

Type 2 Diabetes: Low Carb Diet, Without Weight Loss, May Lower Risk

Medical News Today: “A new study from Ohio State University has found that a low carb diet can help those at a higher risk of developing diabetes — even if they do not actually lose any weight.” Click here for full story.

Apple Starts Selling Diabetes Monitors In its Stores

Medical News Today: “Apple’s health push now includes more tools for diabetics. Apple retail stores have started carrying a diabetes tracking product — in this case, One Drop’s blood glucose monitor. ” Click here for full story.

Utah Family Sues After Son With Diabetes Is Kept From School

The New York Times: “At least four times a day, the Watkinses’s son, who has Type 1 diabetes, needs to test his blood sugar and take injections of insulin, including while in school. Last year, a disagreement over how his medical plan should be administered led the Jordan School District to bar the boy from attending classes, according to a lawsuit filed this month in Federal District Court.” Click here for full story.

 

Week of June 26, 2019

Market in Pre-Owned Diabetic Strips Worries Experts

Medscape: “The small yellow yard signs began to appear this spring, seemingly overnight and without fanfare. They’re peppered across the parking lots of shopping centers and along the stretch of U.S. Route 78 that runs through downtown Athens. ‘WE BUY DIABETIC TEST STRIPS,’ reads one sign.” Click here for full story.

As Price of Insulin Soars, Americans Caravan to Canada for Lifesaving Medicine

The Washington Post: “As their minivan rolled north, they felt their nerves kick in — but they kept on driving. At the wheel: Lija Greenseid, a rule-abiding Minnesota mom steering her Mazda5 on a cross-border drug run. Her daughter, who is 13, has Type 1 diabetes and needs insulin. In the United States, it can cost hundreds of dollars per vial. In Canada, you can buy it without a prescription for a tenth of that price.” Click here for full story.

How Strength Training May Help People With Diabetes

Medical News Today: “Brazilian scientists conducted a study on mice and found that strength training can reduce liver fat and improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.” Click here for full story.

What Is the Best Milk for Diabetes?

Greatist: “Milk is a must-have for topping off your morning cereal, making clouds in your coffee, or washing down a spoonful of peanut butter. But if you have diabetes, don’t forget that this traditional beverage also contains carbs, which can affect your blood sugar levels.” Click here for full story.

Endocrinologists Must Screen for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease as a Complication of Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “For the first time in 2019, the ADA began recommending screening for liver fibrosis in patients with type 2 diabetes suspected of having nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.” Click here for full story.

NHL Prospect Kaapo Kakko Is Turning Issues With Diabetes, Celiac Disease Into Positives

The Star: “This year, the difference between American centre Jack Hughes, favoured to go No. 1 overall to the New Jersey Devils, and Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko, expected to go second to the New York Rangers, could be razor thin… There is one thing that sets Kakko apart. He was diagnosed with both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.” Click here for full story.

Type 2 Diabetes Medications Don’t Prevent the Disease in People With Prediabetes, Study Suggests

Everyday Health: “Researchers hypothesized that stronger diabetes medications could restore beta cell function or lower glucose levels in those with prediabetes, but after 12 months of treatment and three months off, the benefits disappeared.” Click here for full story.

Researchers Find Protein That Might Prevent, Reverse Diabetes

Medical News Today: “A recent study finds that targeting a specific protein within the fat cells of mice reverses type 2 diabetes. The results also show that the protein can prevent the disease from developing.” Click here for full story.

 

Week of June 19, 2019

Lower Risk of Type 1 Diabetes Seen In Children Vaccinated Against “Stomach Flu” Virus

Science Daily: “Vaccinating babies against a virus that causes childhood ‘stomach flu’ greatly reduces their chance of getting so sick that they need hospital care, a new study shows. But the study also reveals a surprise: Getting fully vaccinated against rotavirus in the first months of life is associated with a lower risk of developing Type 1 diabetes later on.” Click here for full story.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Patients with untreated moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea were at higher risk for incident type 2 diabetes that was nonlinear along the continuum of apnea-hypopnea index, according to study results published in Chest.Click here for full story.

CV Benefit of Newer Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Not Seen in Blacks

Medscape: “New study results raise concern as to whether the cardiovascular (CV) benefits seen in trials of type 2 diabetes drug classes, such as the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, extend to black and African American patients.” Click here for full story.

Vitamin D Supplements May Not Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Medical News Today: “A large new study has examined the effects of vitamin D on a diverse group of adults and found no evidence that this supplement can prevent type 2 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Type 1 Diabetes Might Hurt Young Kids’ Brain Growth

WebMD: “Children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at an early age have slowed growth in brain areas linked to mild cognitive deficits, new research suggests. The study compared MRIs of the brain in kids with type 1 diabetes to age-matched children without the condition. Researchers also saw that areas of slower brain growth were associated with higher average blood sugar levels.” Click here for full story.

 

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