This Week in Diabetes News

Majority of Patients With Type 2 Diabetes May Use Test Strips Inappropriately

Healio: “More than half of patients with type 2 diabetes being managed with treatments other than insulin who filled three or more claims for test strips may have used those supplies inappropriately, according to a report recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. ” Click here for full story.

Statins Have Low Risk of Side Effects

Science Daily: “The cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins have demonstrated substantial benefits in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes caused by blood clots (ischemic strokes) in at-risk patients. Since statins are associated with a low risk of side effects, the benefits of taking them outweigh the risks, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association that reviewed multiple studies evaluating the safety and potential side effects of these drugs.” Click here for full story.

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Can Cannabis Treat, Or Event Prevent Diabetes?

Forbes: “The legalization of recreational marijuana has dominated the news, recently, but medical marijuana research continues to advance apace… One of the most promising—and pressing—areas of research has to do with the effects of medical marijuana on people with diabetes. Millions of people suffering from the disease are looking for relief from both the symptoms and the high costs healthcare associated with treating the disease.” Click here for full story.

 

Week of December 5, 2018

Metformin’s Effect in Diabetes Linked to Gut Microbiota Changes

Medscape: “The glucose-lowering effects of the first-line treatment for Type 2 diabetes, metformin, have long been thought to be mediated through effects on liver cells, but new research suggests the drug may also significantly affect the gut microbiota and that this may independently contribute to glucose control.” Click here for full story.

Is Being a Night Owl Bad for Your Health?

Science Daily: “In the first ever international review of studies analyzing whether being an early riser or a night owl can influence your health, researchers have uncovered a growing body of evidence indicating an increased risk of ill health in people with an evening preference as they have more erratic eating patterns and consume more unhealthy foods.” Click here for full story.

Spike Diabetes Applies Social Pressure to Keep Patients Safe

Tech Crunch: “It can be tough for diabetes patients to keep a constant eye on their glucose levels. Spike Diabetes lets family and doctors lend a hand by sending them real-time alerts about the patient’s stats. And the app’s artificial intelligence features can even send helpful reminders or suggest the most diabetes-friendly meals when you walk into a restaurant.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Type 2 — The Amount of Weight You Should Lose to Avoid High Blood Sugar

Express: “Obesity accounts for at least 80 per cent of the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, said Diabetes.co.uk. It’s believed that abdominal fat causes fat cells to release chemicals that make the body less sensitive to insulin, it said. But, if you’re overweight, losing just a moderate amount of weight will help to lower your risk of diabetes.” Click here for full story.

 

Week of November 28, 2018

Antioxidants May Prevent Cognitive Impairment in Diabetes

Science Daily: “Cognitive difficulties in patients with diabetes, caused by repeated episodes of low blood sugar, could be reduced with antioxidants, according to a new study. The study findings suggest that stimulating antioxidant defenses in mice reduces cognitive impairments caused by low blood sugar, which could help to improve the quality of life for diabetic patients.” Click here for full story.

Shoe Insole May be a Help for Patients With Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Pharmacy Times: “Recently, Purdue researchers developed a shoe insole that could help make the healing process more portable for the 15% of Americans who develop ulcers as a result of diabetes. The researchers used lasers to shape silicone-based rubber into insoles, and then create reservoirs that release oxygen only at the part of the foot where the ulcer is located.” Click here for full story.

Type 2 Diabetes: How Do Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Affect Risk?

Medical News Today: “A new review of existing studies published in The BMJ finds that sugary drinks that contain fructose raise the risk of type 2 diabetes more than other fructose-containing foods.” Click here for full story.

Study: 40 Million With Diabetes Could Be Without Insulin By 2030

News Tribune: “By 2030, an estimated 79 million adults with Type 2 diabetes are expected to need insulin. But if current quantities of the medicine remain level, as many as 40 million sufferers could be left without it, according to a report in the journal The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.” Click here for full story.

Night Shifts and Unhealthy Lifestyle Combine to Up Risk of Diabetes

Medscape: “Working night shifts and having an unhealthy lifestyle appear to have an additive effect on the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, and women with both have a greater risk than simply adding the impact of either factor alone, suggests a pooled analysis of two major studies.” Click here for full story.

Why Does Psoriasis Increase Diabetes Risk?

Medical News Today: “Previous research demonstrated that having psoriasis increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A new study has tried to understand why this occurs.” Click here for full story.

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