This Week in Diabetes News

Potential Target for Developing Obesity and Diabetes Treatment Identified

Science Daily: “A newly published study has identified a potential therapeutic target for treating obesity and diabetes. The scientists studied the biological function of an epigenetic modifier known as histone deacetylase 11 (HDAC11), and determined that deleting it in mice stimulates the formation of brown adipose tissue.” Click here for full story.

Early Onset Type 1 Diabetes Tied to Heart Disease

WebMD: “People with Type 1 diabetes have a much greater risk of serious heart problems and early death, especially if they were diagnosed before age 10, new research suggests.” Click here for full story.


Working Overtime Could Raise Women’s Diabetes Risk

Health24: “Working overtime at work and at home can be hazardous to women’s health.” Click here for full story.

Sensors, Smartphones Headline Tech That Helps Monitor Diabetes

Health Data Management: “Technology is offering new ways to help those with diabetes, or their loved ones, monitor the disease.” Click here for full story.

Age at type 1 diabetes diagnosis associated with CV, mortality risk

Healio: “Adults diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes before the age of 10 have a 30 times increased risk for heart disease and heart attack as young adults, according to new research in The Lancet.” Click here for full story.

Researchers Develop Wearable Technology for Diabetics

Gulf Times: “A research project has led to the development of wearable devices that could improve the prevention, management, and treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.” Click here for full story.


Week of August 7, 2018


FDA Okays 14-Day Version of Libre Continuous Glucose Monitor

The FDA has approved Abbott’s Freestyle Libre 14-Day Flash Glucose Monitoring System, to replace the current 10-day version, as reported by Medscape. The Libre is now the longest-lasting continuous glucose monitor (CGM) on the US market. Click here for full story.


Saliva test could improve diabetes control and treatment

A simple saliva sample could replace blood tests to assess and monitor diabetes, finds a new study outlined by Science Daily. The most comprehensive analysis of proteins in saliva to date finds that these proteins reflect high blood sugar and associated disease processes in children and adolescents with uncontrolled type 1 diabetes, long before the appearance of clinical symptoms. This could lead to better prediction and prevention of long-term complications of the disease. Click here for full story.


Sugar Spikes Common In People Without Diabetes

A new study from Stanford University School of Medicine shows that blood sugar levels in people without diabetes fluctuate more than they think. DLife reports that the researchers used continuous glucose monitoring devices instead of the traditional finger prick method to gather more accurate blood sugar levels. Click here for full story.


Higher glucose levels may be risk factor for dementia in older adults

A study findings highlighted by Healio, revealed that blood glucose level was the only cardiometabolic factor with consistently elevated mean levels among patients with dementia compared with controls up to 14 years before diagnosis. Click here for full story.


This Man Says a ‘Rare Gene’ Cured His Type 1 Diabetes. Experts Are Skeptical

Live Science reports, about eight years ago, Darkes said, doctors diagnosed him with type 1 diabetes, but early last year, routine finger-prick tests showed his blood-sugar levels were normal, so doctors advised him to stop his insulin injections. Click here for full story.


Week of July 23, 2018


For Anthony Anderson, Living With Diabetes Takes Balance

The diagnosis from Anthony Anderson’s physician came as a bit of a surprise to him reports My San Antonio. “I thought I was healthy, you know,” the 47-year-old actor, comedian and writer said. “And I was healthy until the doctor said, ‘Nope! You have type 2 diabetes.” Click here for full story.


For People With Diabetes, Air Travel Can Present a Host of Challenges

For those with diabetes, air travel can present a variety of challenges. The Chicago Tribune outlines a few precautions and some creative ways you can reach your destination without experiencing a health crisis. Click here for full story.


High Prevalence of Restrictive Lung Disease in People With Type 2 Diabetes

One in four patients in outpatient treatment settings suffers from breathlessness. Acute and chronic lung diseases are usually the main causes, reports Science Daily. New studies have found that breathlessness and conditions of restrictive lung disease may be a late complication of Type 2 diabetes. Click here for full story.


Long Work Hours Tied to Higher Diabetes Risk in Women

Women who work long hours may be at a heightened risk for diabetes, a new study examined by MedPage Today found. Specifically, those who worked ≥45 hours in 1 week reported a significantly higher risk for developing incident diabetes compared with women who worked 35-40 hours each week. Click here for full story.


Smart Patch Micro Needles ‘to Revolutionise’ Care

Smart patches fitted with micro needles to deliver insulin could “revolutionise” treatment for diabetes sufferers, reports BBC News. The 0.7mm hollow needles would be less intrusive than standard needles by only perforating the surface of the skin. The patch would monitor insulin levels and the micro needles deliver the dose. Click here for full story.


‘Really Good’ New Guidelines for T2 Diabetes

Dr. Anne Peters talks about the new ASA/EASD treatment guidelines for managing patients with Type 2 diabetes for Medscape. Although guiding people is difficult, these guidelines actually begin to guide us in the treatment of our patients with type 2 diabetes. Click here for full story.


Week of July 9, 2018


Diabetes Diagnosis ‘Silver Lining’? Other Family Members’ Health May Improve

When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, other family members seem more likely to adopt healthy lifestyle changes, too. As reported by HealthDay. A new study found that partners of people newly diagnosed with diabetes were 50 percent more likely to attend weight management classes and 25 percent more likely to get medication to help quit smoking. Click here for full story.


New Glucose Monitors Taking The Pain, Unpredictability Out Of Diabetes

As reported by CBS News New York, a new generation of continuous glucose monitors (CGM) are so good that many doctors say everyone with diabetes should be using it. The new Dexcom G6 is taking the pain, and unpredictability out of monitoring your diabetes. Click here for full story.


Cheap Blood Pressure Drug Might Slow Diabetes

A new study shows the blood pressure drug, verapamil, appears to protect some of the pancreatic cells that are damaged, allowing them to continue producing a little insulin. As outlined by NBC News, this cheap blood sugar drug might slow the worsening of Type 1 diabetes. Click here for full story.


Strong Link Found Between Air Pollution and Diabetes

A new study, designed to estimate the harmful effects of poor air quality, revealed a significant correlation between diabetes and pollution levels. Medical News Today outlines this strong link between air pollution and diabetes. Click here for full story.


Vegetarian Diet Improves HbA1c, Reduces CV Risk in Diabetes

Vegan and vegetarian diets help lower HbA1c and cholesterol levels and improve other cardiometabolic risk factors in middle-aged, overweight people controlling their type 2 diabetes with medications according to a study highlighted by Medscape. This level of reduction suggests that patients could consider moving toward a plant-based diet that is primarily vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, perhaps even before they move to diabetes medications. Click here for full story.


Week of July 2, 2018


The Insulin Pill May Finally be Here

Currently, individuals with Type 1 diabetes must inject themselves with the required dose of insulin daily to manage their condition. As reported by Medical News Today, scientists are developing a viable way of delivering insulin in pill form, in hopes of making injections no longer necessary. Click here for full story.


Diabetes Defeated by Diet: How New Fresh-Food Prescriptions Are Beating Pricey Drugs

Spending on diabetes drugs in the United States broke $50 billion last year, more than double what it was in 2013. CNBC reports that the Geisinger Health Systems in Pennsylvania is testing a new program called Fresh Food Farmacy which includes education and free nutritious meals that can lower diabetes treatment costs by 80 percent. Click here for full story.


A Diabetes Diagnosis After Age 50 May be an Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer in Black, Latino People

According to Everyday Health, a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis after age 50 is a known risk factor for pancreatic cancer, and in Latino and African-American people with diabetes who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within three years, pancreatic cancer itself may manifest as diabetes. The findings may help doctors identify more people at risk for the potentially deadly cancer. Click here for full story.


Daily Fasting Works For Weight Loss, Finds Report on 16:8 Diet

A new study by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago found that Daily fasting is an effective tool to reduce weight and lower blood pressure. The study outlined by Science Daily found that those who fasted 16 hours a day consumed about 350 fewer calories, lost about 3 percent of their body weight and saw their systolic blood pressure decreased by about 7 mm Hg in a 12-week trial. Click here for full story.


Lentils Significantly Reduce Blood Glucose Levels, U of G Study Reveals

The University of Guelph found that replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 percent in a new study. The study found that swapping out half of a portion of these starchy side dishes for lentils can significantly improve your body’s response to the carbohydrates. Click here for full story.