Advertisement

This Week in Diabetes News

Text Size:

Taking Aspirin To Prevent Heart Attack May Cause More Harm Than Good, Task Force Says

NPR: “Older adults without heart disease shouldn’t take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential health guidelines group said in preliminary updated advice released Tuesday…” Click here for full story.

Older Adults With Type 1 Diabetes More Likely To Be Hospitalized for COVID-19 Than Youths

Healio: “Adults with type 1 diabetes are significantly more likely to be hospitalized if they contract COVID-19 compared with children, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism…” Click here for full story.

Advertisement

More Evidence for Taking Blood Pressure Meds Before Bed?

Medpage Today: “People with diabetes showed worse long-term survival if they had irregular nighttime blood pressure (BP) patterns, according to a cohort study from Italy…” Click here for full story.

Drugs Used by Some Type 2 Diabetics May Lessen Risk for Severe COVID-19 Outcomes, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily: “A type of drug already used to treat obesity and type 2 diabetes, when taken six months prior to the diagnosis of COVID-19, was associated with a decreased risk of hospitalization, respiratory complications and death in COVID-19 patients with type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine…” Click here for full story.

Women With Type 2 Diabetes Get Fewer Cardioprotective Drugs Than Men

Medscape: “A type of drug already used to treat obesity and type 2 diabetes, when taken six months prior to the diagnosis of COVID-19, was associated with a decreased risk of hospitalization, respiratory complications and death in COVID-19 patients with type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 4, 2021

Statin Use Linked to Diabetes Progression

Healio: “Among patients with diabetes, those who used statins were significantly more likely to experience diabetes progression than those who did not use statins, a retrospective matched-cohort study showed…” Click here for full story.

COVID-19 May Trigger Hyperglycemia and Worsen Disease by Harming Fat Cells

ScienceDaily: “COVID-19 may bring high risks of severe disease and death in many patients by disrupting key metabolic signals and thereby triggering hyperglycemia, according to a new study from researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian…” Click here for full story.

‘Hidden Toll’ of Pandemic a Major Deficiency in Diabetes Care

Medscape: “People with either type of diabetes experienced significant deficiencies in routine care, financial problems, and psychosocial issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, indicate new data from the real-world iNPHORM study…” Click here for full story.

Mortality After Bariatric Surgery ‘Remarkably Worse’ for Men Than Women

Medscape: “Among those with type 2 diabetes, women receive some cardioprotective treatments less often than men, according to a post-hoc analysis of data from the REWIND trial, conducted in nearly 10,000 adults from 24 countries…” Click here for full story.

Week of September 29, 2021

Avocados Change Belly Fat Distribution in Women, Controlled Study Finds

ScienceDaily: “An avocado a day could help redistribute belly fat in women toward a healthier profile, according to a new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators…” Click here for full story.

Oral Glucose, Normal Consciousness Lower Risk for Poor Outcomes With Severe Hypoglycemia

Healio: “People with diabetes who require emergency assistance due to hypoglycemia were less likely to require parenteral therapy if they had a higher glucose level, normal consciousness or received oral glucose treatment, according to study data…” Click here for full story.

Insulin Pumps Linked To Lower Retinopathy Risk in Youths With T1D

Medscape: “A new study suggests that the use of insulin pumps by children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D) may be associated with a lower likelihood of developing diabetic retinopathy (DR)…” Click here for full story.

Girls Exposed To Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Have Higher Glucose Level as Adults

Healio: “Girls exposed to high levels of perfluorohexane sulfonate have a higher risk for dysregulated glucose metabolism during and after puberty, according to findings published in Environmental Health Perspectives…” Click here for full story.

Week of September 20, 2021

Breath Ketone Analyzer May Accurately Detect Ketosis in Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “A breath ketone analyzer could be used as a noninvasive way for adults with type 1 diabetes to screen for ketosis, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications…” Click here for full story.

Nonopioid Med Promising for Neuropathic Pain

Medscape: “Top-line results from a phase 2 study suggest vixotrigine (BIIB074, Biogen), a nonopioid investigational oral pain medication, reduces chronic neuropathic pain caused by small fiber neuropathy (SFN) and is generally well-tolerated…” Click here for full story.

Study Uncovers New Link between Long-Term Arsenic Exposure and Type 2 Diabetes

ScienceDaily: “A new study has identified the biological mechanism linking long-term arsenic exposure to diseases such as cancer and Type 2 diabetes. The findings could result in potential new targets for drug development…” Click here for full story.

Most Muscle Pain on Statins Not a Drug Effect: SAMSON in Print

Medscape: “Muscle symptoms, such as cramps, pain, and other discomfort many patients blame on their recently prescribed statin, usually aren’t caused by the drug at all, but by the expectation of such adverse effects, conclude researchers behind the randomized SAMSON trial, now fully published…” Click here for full story.

Week of September 15, 2021

Time in Range — Not Hba1c — Should Guide Most Diabetes Treatment Decisions

Healio: “Clinicians should consider temporary continuous glucose monitoring for any person with diabetes to assess their time spent in the recommended glucose range as an effective guide for treatment decisions, according to a speaker….” Click here for full story.

Treatment of Diabetic Kidney Disease ‘Requires Multiple Drugs’

Healio: “Multiple pathophysiologic abnormalities contribute the development and progression of diabetic kidney disease, and early intervention with triple or even quadruple therapy is needed to prevent complications, according to a speaker…” Click here for full story.

Researchers Observed Association Between Standing and Insulin Sensitivity – Standing More May Help Prevent Chronic Diseases

ScienceDaily: “In a Finnish collaborative study of Turku PET Centre and UKK institute, the researchers noticed that standing is associated with better insulin sensitivity. Increasing the daily standing time may therefore help prevent chronic diseases…” Click here for full story.

Novel Diabetic Foot Ulcer Cream Shows Promise in Phase 3 Trial

Medscape: “ON101 (Fespixon, Oneness Biotech), a first-in-class, macrophage-regulating, wound-healing cream for diabetic foot ulcers has shown benefit over absorbent dressings in a phase 3 trial, with another trial ongoing…” Click here for full story.

Long COVID Could Spell Kidney Troubles Down the Line

Medscape: “Physicians caring for COVID-19 survivors should routinely check kidney function, which is often damaged by the SARS-CoV-2 virus months after both severe and milder cases, new research indicates…” Click here for full story.

At 18 Months, Much Still Unknown About Diabetes and COVID-19

Medscape: “At 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the direct and indirect effects of SARS-CoV-2 on people with diabetes have become clearer, but knowledge gaps remain, say epidemiologists…” Click here for full story.

Week of September 8, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Protection May Fade Over Time, New CDC Data Show

UPI: “The three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States are much less effective against the Delta variant of the virus, but still protect against severe illness in most cases, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…” Click here for full story.

Study Finds Dietary Apps for Patients With CKD Are Limited in Quantity, Quality

Healio: “After searching the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for all mobile applications focused on dietary management in patients with chronic kidney disease, researchers determined the “few” that exist have important limitations…” Click here for full story.

USPSTF Lowers Diabetes Screening Age for Patients With Obesity

Medscape: “The United States Preventive Services Task Force has updated its recommendation on the age of screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in the primary care setting…” Click here for full story.

Aerobic Exercise Controls BP and Blood Sugar in Elderly With Diabetes: Study

Medical Dialogues: “Kuala Lumpur: Aerobic exercise has been proven to be beneficial for improving blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients. A recent study has shown the potential of 16 weeks of home-based progressive resistance training (PRT)…” Click here for full story.

Week of September 1, 2021

Q&A: Taking Breaks From Sitting Improves Fasting Glucose, Glycemic Variability

Healio: “Frequent breaks from sitting for 3 weeks lowered fasting glucose and glycemic variability in adults with obesity, according to findings published in the American Journal of Physiology…” Click here for full story.

Delta Variant Infection Doubles Odds of COVID Hospitalization: Study

HealthDay: “The Delta variant is not only much more infectious than earlier versions of the new coronavirus, but it’s also twice as likely to land you in the hospital with life-threatening complications, new British research shows…” Click here for full story.

‘Remission’ Best Term To Define Return of Normal Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “The term ‘remission’ should be used to describe a person with type 2 diabetes who has achieved a disease-free status, according to a consensus report…” Click here for full story.

Nonsteroidal MRA Drug Cuts Risks in Earlier Diabetic Kidney Disease

MedPage Today: “Finerenone (Kerendia) prevents cardiovascular (CV) and some renal events in type 2 diabetes patients with earlier stages of kidney disease, the FIGARO-DKD trial showed…” Click here for full story.

Week of August 25, 2021

Cardiovascular Disease a Continuing Challenge in Type 1 Diabetes

Medscape: “Despite a significant decline in cardiovascular disease risk for people with type 1 diabetes over time, the risk remains higher than that of the general population, new data from Finland show…” Click here for full story.

Do Vitamin D Supplements Offer Kidney-Related Benefits for Individuals With High Diabetes Risk?

ScienceDaily: “In a clinical trial of individuals at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, which is the leading cause of kidney disease, vitamin D supplementation did not have significant effects on kidney health. As participants were not selected according to baseline vitamin D levels, investigators cannot exclude a kidney benefit for individuals with vitamin D deficiency…” Click here for full story.

Low Vitamin D Levels, High BMI and Blood Sugar Tied to Severity of COVID-19: Study

Medical Dialogues: “Italy: A recent study for the first time showed a strict association of vitamin D levels with blood sugar and BMI in COVID-19 patients. The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, is a substudy of a prospective observational study performed at a hospital in Italy…” Click here for full story.

High Oxalate Levels Raised Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death by 62% In Patients on Dialysis

Healio: “Elevated concentrations of serum oxalate were associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular mortality, most notably from sudden cardiac death, according to a post-hoc analysis of the German Diabetes Dialysis Study…” Click here for full story.

Week of August 18, 2021

Do Some Diabetes Drugs Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s?

ScienceDaily: “People taking certain drugs to lower blood sugar for type 2 diabetes had less amyloid in the brain, a biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease, when compared to both people with type 2 diabetes not taking the drugs and people without diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Weight Cycling Linked With Poor Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease

MedPage Today: “Large fluctuations in body mass index (BMI) over time — otherwise known as weight cycling — were associated with poorer outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to an observational study…” Click here for full story.

Your Metabolism Changes as You Age, Just Not When You Think

HealthDay: “Your metabolism actually is at its highest when you’re 1 year old, according to a major new study that completely shakes up what was known about energy expenditure over a person’s lifespan…” Click here for full story.

Low-Carb Diet Enhances Renal Function in People With Type 2 Diabetes, Study Finds

Diabetes Times: “Individuals with type 2 diabetes who follow a low-carb and therefore possibly a higher protein diet can ‘significantly improve’ their kidney function, latest research suggests…” Click here for full story.

Convey Mindfulness, Realistic Expectations for ‘Diabetes Perfectionists’

Healio: “Diabetes specialists want the people in their care to do their best to achieve health-related goals, but a perfectionist mindset can counterintuitively lead to worse outcomes and poor mental health, according to two speakers…” Click here for full story.

Week of August 11, 2021

Severe DKA Cases Increase in Children With New-Onset Type 1 Diabetes During COVID-19

Healio: “Adults with type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis benefitted from an artificial pancreas in a small, randomized crossover trial…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Patients on Dialysis See Better Sugar Control With Artificial Pancreas

MedPage Today: “Parent-reported hypoglycemia fear and diabetes-specific family conflict may predict HbA1c trajectories for children aged 5 to 9 years with recent-onset type 1 diabetes, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine…” Click here for full story.

Hypoglycemia Fear, Family Conflict Influence HbA1c Trends in Children With Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “Parent-reported hypoglycemia fear and diabetes-specific family conflict may predict HbA1c trajectories for children aged 5 to 9 years with recent-onset type 1 diabetes, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine…” Click here for full story.

Patients With Diabetes More Likely To Be Hospitalized, Especially With Foot Infection

Medscape: “People with diabetes are at increased risk of hospitalization for infection, as well as infection-related mortality, shows a large U.S. study that suggests the risk is even higher in younger and Black individuals…” Click here for full story.

Week of July 28, 2021

Hba1c Variability Increases Mortality Risk in Diabetes

Healio: “Adults with diabetes in Israel had an increased mortality risk with higher variability in HbA1c levels over a period of 5 years, according to a study published in Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews…” Click here for full story.

New Study Reveals Serious Long-Term Complications in Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes

ScienceDaily: “Findings underscore the importance of early, intensive treatment. The study focused on complications of youth-onset type 2 diabetes. Overall, researchers saw a steady decline in blood glucose control over 15 years…” Click here for full story.

Diverse Gut Bacteria May Ward off Type 2 Diabetes

Medpage Today: “A diverse gut microbiome may be protective against type 2 diabetes, a new study suggested…” Click here for full story.

ARBs Equal ACE Inhibitors for Hypertension, but Better Tolerated

Medscape: “In the largest comparison of angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors to date, a study of nearly 2.3 million patients starting the drugs as monotherapy shows no significant differences between the two in the long-term prevention of hypertension-related cardiovascular events….” Click here for full story.

Week of July 28, 2021

Nearly Half of Adults With New-Onset Diabetes Do Not Stick to Drug Regimen in First Year

Healio: “Most adults with new-onset diabetes in Alberta, Canada, are prescribed metformin monotherapy, but nearly half do not use medication as directed 1 year after initiation, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine…” Click here for full story.

Dietary Potassium and Hyperkalemia

Nephrology Times: “Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are commonly advised to restrict dietary potassium intake to treat and prevent hyperkalemia. However, high potassium intake, such as recommended in the DASH dietary pattern, has been associated with improvements in blood pressure, and foods high in potassium often contain other important nutrients…” Click here for full story.

New Study Finds Drinking Too Much Coffee Can Shrink Your Brain, Increase Dementia Risk Significantly

The Hill: “Researchers from the University of South Australia assessed the effects of coffee on the brain among more than 17,700 participants between the ages 37 and 73. They found that participants who consumed more than six cups of coffee each day had a 53-percent increased risk of dementia and smaller total brain volumes…” Click here for full story.

High Cholesterol in Middle-Age Increases Dementia Risk When Older, Major Study Finds

Sky News: “The study, the largest of its kind, monitored 1.8 million UK adults and found those with high cholesterol when they were under 65 years old were 60% more likely to develop dementia more than 10 years later…” Click here for full story.

FDA Approves Once-Weekly Exenatide for Children With Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “The FDA approved the GLP-1 receptor agonist exenatide for children aged 10 to 17 years with type 2 diabetes, the first once-weekly injectable approved for pediatric use in the United States, according to an industry press release…” Click here for full story.

Week of July 21, 2021

Nevro Announces FDA Approval of Its 10 Khz High Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Pain Associated With Painful Diabetic Neuropathy (PDN)

Cision: “Nevro Corp. (NYSE: NVRO), a global medical device company that is providing innovative, evidence-based solutions for the treatment of chronic pain, today announced receipt of FDA approval of its Senza® System for the treatment of chronic pain associated with Painful Diabetic Neuropathy (PDN)…” Click here for full story.

Regular Antidepressant Use May Lower Risk for Advanced Diabetes Complications

Healio: “Adults with diabetes and depression who take antidepressant medications as prescribed are less likely to develop serious diabetes complications or die compared with those not taking antidepressants regularly, data from Taiwan show…” Click here for full story.

Is Aspirin Overused in Older Patients With Diabetes?

Medscape: “Millions of U.S. adults aged 70 years and over previously advised to take aspirin for primary prevention would not now have it recommended for routine continued use — in particular those with diabetes at low risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) — say the authors of a new study investigating trends in use of the medication…” Click here for full story.

A Fermented-Food Diet Increases Microbiome Diversity and Lowers Inflammation, Study Finds

ScienceDaily: “A diet rich in fermented foods enhances the diversity of gut microbes and decreases molecular signs of inflammation, according to researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine…” Click here for full story.

‘Acceptable’ Lead In Drinking Water May Still Be Harmful to Patients With CKD

MedPage Today: “Lead levels in drinking water that are permissible by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may be harmful to patients with kidney disease, a new study suggested…” Click here for full story.

Week of July 14, 2021

FDA Approves Kerendia for the Treatment of CKD, Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “The FDA approved Kerendia for reducing the risk for kidney and heart complications among adults with chronic kidney disease associated with type 2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Dulaglutide Lowers Erectile Dysfunction Risk in Men With Type 2 Diabetes: Lancet

Medical Dialogues: “Canada: The long-term use of dulaglutide, a GLP-1 receptor agonist, may reduce the risk of severe erectile dysfunction in men with type 2 diabetes, show results from an analysis of the REWIND trial…” Click here for full story.

Neurodegeneration Mediates Link Between Diabetes, Cognitive Status

Healio: “Diabetes correlated with decreased cognition through neurodegeneration, regardless of small vessel disease and Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers, according to a cross-sectional analysis of MEMENTO, a large clinical cohort study…” Click here for full story.

Not So Crazy: Pancreas Transplants in Type 2 Diabetes Rising

Medscape: “Simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplants are increasingly performed in the United States in people with type 2 diabetes who also have chronic kidney disease, with outcomes similar to those of people with type 1 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Week of July 7, 2021

Spinal-Cord Stimulation Provides Durable Relief of Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Medscape: “High-frequency (10 kHz) spinal-cord stimulation (SCS) provides lasting pain relief and improved quality of life in patients with painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) who fail conventional management, according to long-term data from the SENZA-PDN study…” Click here for full story.

A Promising New Pathway To Treating Type 2 Diabetes

ScienceDaily: “In two newly published papers in Cell Reports, [Benjamin] Renquist, along with researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University, outline a new target for Type 2 diabetes treatment…” Click here for full story.

FDA Issues Complete Response Letter for Teplizumab

Healio: “The FDA issued a complete response letter for a biologics license application for teplizumab for the delay of type 1 diabetes in high-risk children and adults, stating a study failed to show pharmacokinetic comparability…” Click here for full story.

Too Little Sunlight, Vitamin D May Raise Colon Cancer Risk

HealthDay: “New research finds that countries with more cloudy days tend to have higher colon cancer rates. Lower levels of vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” may be to blame…” Click here for full story.

Week of June 30, 2021

A Common Type of Antacid May Improve Blood Sugar Control in People With Diabetes

SciTechDaily: “Antacids improved blood sugar control in people with diabetes but had no effect on reducing the risk of diabetes in the general population, according to a new meta-analysis published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism…” Click here for full story.

Western High-Fat Diet Can Cause Chronic Pain, According to New Study

ScienceDaily: “A typical Western high-fat diet can increase the risk of painful disorders common in people with conditions such as diabetes or obesity, according to a groundbreaking paper authored by a team led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, also referred to as UT Health San Antonio…” Click here for full story.

Hospitalization Rates for New-Onset Type 2 Diabetes in Kids Took off During Pandemic

Medpage Today: “Young people were more likely to be initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) during the pandemic, while there was a significant increase in the number of new-onset pediatric T2D cases during the first 9 months of the COVID-19 crisis, researchers reported…” Click here for full story.

Daily Oral Insulin Improves Metabolic Markers in Children at High Risk for Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “Daily oral insulin therapy may improve glucose and C-peptide measurements for a subset of children at high risk for type 1 diabetes, according to new TrialNet data presented at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions…” Click here for full story.

Week of June 23, 2021

MOBILE: CGM Benefits Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Using Basal Insulin in Primary Care

Healio: “Adults with type 2 diabetes prescribed basal insulin without prandial insulin therapy saw significant improvements in HbA1c 8 months after initiating real-time continuous glucose monitoring, according to an analysis of primary care data…” Click here for full story.

Blood Lipid Control Inadequate In PAD Patients

Medscape: “Blood lipid control in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) continues to be “suboptimal,” researchers on a new study conclude…” Click here for full story.

Could Fish Oil Supplements Help Fight Depression?

HealthDay: “Fish oil supplements are often touted as good for your heart health, but a new study finds they may also help fight depression…” Click here for full story.

Research Advances One Step Closer To Stem Cell Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes

ScienceDaily: “Scientists are developing a promising approach for treating type 1 diabetes by using stem cells to create insulin-producing cells (called beta cells) that could replace nonfunctional pancreatic cells…” Click here for full story.

Week of June 16, 2021

Low-Calorie Diet May Effectively ‘Replace’ BP Medications in Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Replacing antihypertensive medications with a low-calorie diet to induce weight loss substantially reduces blood pressure and may increase mild dizziness for adults with type 2 diabetes, according to a post hoc analysis of the DiRECT study…” Click here for full story.

America Loosens Grip on Glycemic Control

MedPage Today: “Glycemic control among Americans still isn’t quite as good as it used to be, a new study indicated. In a cross-sectional analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data, the number of adults with diabetes achieving glycemic control…dropped in recent years…” Click here for full story.

People Who Have Trouble Sleeping Are at a Higher Risk of Dying Early — Especially Diabetics

ScienceDaily: “In a paper published by the Journal of Sleep Research, researchers reveal how they examined data from half a million middle-aged UK participants asked if they had trouble falling asleep at night or woke up in the middle of the night…” Click here for full story.

Study: Kids With COVID-19 May Be as Contagious As Adults

UPI: “Nose and throat samples collected from children with COVID-19 contain as much virus as those taken from infected adults, suggesting they may be just as contagious, a study published Friday by JAMA Pediatrics found…” Click here for full story.

Week of June 9, 2021

Rising Rates of T1D in Children: Is COVID To Blame?

Medscape: “There is known precedent for increased risk for T1D after viral infections in patients who are already genetically susceptible. Mechanisms of immune-mediated islet cell failure would make sense following SARS-CoV-2 infection…” Click here for full story.

Long-Term Testosterone Therapy May Improve NAFLD Symptoms in Men

Healio: “Two-year therapy with testosterone undecanoate normalized serum testosterone levels and reduced nonalcoholic fatty liver disease grade among men with obesity, functional hypogonadism and type 2 diabetes, data show….” Click here for full story.

Daily Fruit Consumption May Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Healio: “Adults who eat two servings of fruit per day are 36% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes during 5 years of follow-up compared with those who eat less than half a serving of fruit daily, data from an observational study show…” Click here for full story.

Healthy Diet Before, During Pregnancy Linked To Lower Complications

ScienceDaily: “A healthy diet around the time of conception through the second trimester may reduce the risk of several common pregnancy complications, suggests a new study…” Click here for full story.

Week of June 2, 2021

Age, Comorbidities, Medication Use Among Predictors for Severe COVID-19 in Diabetes

Healio: “Older age, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and pre-hospitalization use of steroids and SGLT2 inhibitors are among the factors that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 for people with diabetes, according to a speaker…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Remission Diet Also Lowers Blood Pressure and Reduces Need for Medication

ScienceDaily: “New research published in Diabetologia has shown that if people achieve and maintain substantial weight loss to manage their type 2 diabetes, many can also effectively control their high blood pressure and stop or cut down on their anti-hypertensive medication…” Click here for full story.

‘Sit Less, Move More’ May Be Key To Keeping Weight Off

Medscape: “Although the advice to “sit less, move more” to lose excess weight and keep it off has been criticized as being too simplistic, a new study suggests it may be important to keep lost weight from creeping back…” Click here for full story.

Uncontrolled Blood Sugar Raises Risk of Fracture in Elderly: Study

Medical Dialogues: “Elevated blood sugar levels, low grip strength, and prior falls are risk factors for fracture in older adults with type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study in the journal Diabetes Care. Evaulation of these factors may reduce the risk of fractures in this high-risk group by improving opportunities for early intervention…” Click here for full story.

Week of May 26, 2021

Metformin Effectively Controls Blood Sugar in Diabetics With CKD: Study

Medical Dialogues: “Metformin has found in a new study that metformin monotherapy was effective in lowering HbA1c regardless of stage 3 CKD status and, therefore, is a good option for intial blood sugar management therapy in this group of patients…” Click here for full story.

Healthy Lifestyle Can Lower Dementia Risk, Study Finds

UPI: ” A healthy lifestyle can lower dementia risk, even among those with a family history of cognitive decline, according to a study presented Thursday during an American Heart Association conference held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic…” Click here for full story.

Sardines Linked to Reduced Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Medscape: “Older people with prediabetes who followed a diet rich in sardines for 1 year show significant reductions in risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those placed on a similarly healthy diet but without the sardines, results from a new randomized trial show…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Drives Increase in Fatty Liver, Higher Risk for Fibrosis in the US

Healio: “Prevalence of fatty liver in the United States increased significantly between 1999 and 2016 with high- and moderate-risk groups also growing, according to a presentation at Digestive Diseases Week…” Click here for full story.

Week of May 19, 2021

Continuous Ketone Monitoring May Provide Early Identification of DKA

Healio: “A continuous ketone monitor sensor provided ketone level results similar to a ketone test strip during a 14-day period, according to a study published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology…” Click here for full story.

Study of 70,000 Individuals Links Dementia To Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease

Medical Xpress: “In the largest study of the associations between smoking and cardiovascular disease on cognitive function, researchers…found both impair the ability to learn and memorize; and that the effects of smoking are more pronounced among females, while males are more impaired by cardiovascular disease…” Click here for full story.

Prediabetes Confers Elevated Risk for Major Adverse CV Events

Healio: “Adults with prediabetes were more likely to have an MI and other CV events compared with those who had normal blood glucose levels, according to a presentation at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session…” Click here for full story.

Being a ‘Night Owl’ Raises Odds for Diabetes If You’re Obese

HealthDay: “Though obesity by itself can drive up heart disease risk, new research suggests diabetes and heart disease risk is especially high when combined with a tendency to stay up late at night…” Click here for full story.

Week of May 12, 2021

Two Pandemics Clash as Doctors Find That COVID Spurs Diabetes

Bloomberg: “Among Covid-19’s many ripple effects, the worsening of the global diabetes burden could carry a heavy public-health toll. The underlying mechanisms stoking new-onset diabetes aren’t clear, though some doctors suspect the SARS-CoV-2 virus may damage the pancreas…” Click here for full story.

Mediterranean Diet Improves Cognition, Protects Against Proteins Linked to AD

Healio: “Following a Mediterranean diet protected against memory decline and mediotemporal atrophy, according to a study published in Neurology…” Click here for full story.

Twice a Week Consumption of Sardine May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Study

Medical Dialogues: “Spain: Regular consumption of sardine provides protection against type 2 diabetes (T2D) and cardiovascular (CV) events, finds a recent study in the journal Clinical Nutrition…” Click here for full story.

COVID-19 Hospitalization, Death Risk Rise ‘Sharply’ With BMI

Healio: “Risks for severe COVID-19 complications start to rise among adults with a BMI of at least 23 kg/m², with effects greatest among those younger than 40 years, according to data published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology…” Click here for full story.

Week of May 5, 2021

FDA Approves Farxiga for CKD

Healio: “The FDA approved Farxiga for the treatment of CKD among adult patients with CKD who are at risk for disease progression…” Click here for full story.

Risk Factors for a Severe Course of COVID-19 in People With Diabetes

ScienceDaily: “Do all people with diabetes have an increased risk of severe COVID-19, or can specific risk factors also be identified within this group? A new study has focused precisely on this question and gained relevant insights…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes, Depending on Age of Onset, May Raise Risk for Dementia

Healio: “Onset of type 2 diabetes at younger ages appeared to play a role in the risk for dementia, according to results from a longitudinal cohort study published in JAMA…” Click here for full story.

Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes and COVID-19 in U.S. Fared Well

Medscape: “The majority of children with type 1 diabetes who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 were cared for at home and did well, according to the first report of outcomes of pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes and COVID-19 from the United States…” Click here for full story.

Week of April 28, 2021

New Benefits From Anti-Diabetic Drug Metformin

ScienceDaily: “Researchers have found that the anti-diabetic drug metformin significantly prolongs the survival of mice in a model that simulates the pathology of non-diabetic chronic kidney disease (ND-CKD)…” Click here for full story.

Severe DKA at Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis Doubles During Pandemic

Healio: “The incidence of severe diabetic ketoacidosis among children presenting with new-onset type 1 diabetes doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic period compared with data from 2019, according to data published in Pediatric Diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Wearable Continuous Ketone Monitoring Appears Feasible

Medscape: “Continuous measurement of ketone levels with a wearable device is feasible, new research suggests…” Click here for full story.

Weight Loss Mitigates Risks for Microvascular Complications in Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Adults with type 2 diabetes who have an elevated BMI at diagnosis are at increased risk for microvascular complications, although the risk can be reduced with weight loss, according to a study published in Diabetologia….” Click here for full story.

Week of April 21, 2021

Use Of Metformin, Newer Drugs on the Rise in Patients With Diabetic Kidney Disease

Healio: “Between 2007 and 2016, researchers observed that use of metformin and newer glucose-lowering medications increased significantly for patients with chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Once-a-Week Insulin Treatment Could Be Game-Changing For Patients With Diabetes

ScienceDaily: “Treating people with type 2 diabetes with a new once-a-week injectable insulin therapy proved to be safe and as effective as daily insulin injections, according to the results of two international clinical trials…” Click here for full story.

Mindfulness, Acceptance-Based Diabetes Education May Reduce Distress, Lower Hba1c

Healio: “Mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches to diabetes education may lower diabetes distress and HbA1c more than usual care for adults with type 2 diabetes, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine…” Click here for full story.

FDA Panel Endorses Islet Cell Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

Medscape: “A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has endorsed a pancreatic islet cell transplant therapy for the treatment of people with type 1 diabetes that can’t be managed with current therapies…” Click here for full story.

Week of April 14, 2021

Biomarker Test Helps Detect Progression of Kidney Disease in Patients With Diabetes

Healio: “A test that incorporates plasma biomarkers was successful in predicting kidney function decline in patients with type 2 diabetes, a speaker reported…” Click here for full story.

Coffee Could Be the Secret Weapon Against NAFLD

Medscape: “Treatment of obesity through exercise and diet is unquestionably the foundation of care for patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)/nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). But drinking at least several cups of coffee a day makes for additional powerful medicine, said Manal F. Abdelmalek, MD, MPH, at the Gastroenterology Updates, IBD, Liver Disease Conference…” Click here for full story.

Hybrid Closed-Loop System Poses No Increased Burden for Children With Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “Children with type 1 diabetes using a hybrid closed-loop system and their parents do not report an increase in diabetes-related burden compared with those using a sensor-augmented insulin pump, according to trial data…” Click here for full story.

Researchers Develop Materials for Oral Delivery of Insulin Medication

Healio: “A revolutionary technology could dramatically improve the well-being of diabetic patients through a simple and straightforward way: an insulin oral delivery system that could replace traditional subcutaneous injections without the side effects caused by frequent injection…” Click here for full story.

Week of April 7, 2021

Medical History May Help Predict COVID-19 Risk in People With Diabetes

Healio: “A prediction model factoring in recent hospitalizations, comorbidities and drug exposure may help determine the individual risk for COVID-19 critical care admission and mortality for people with diabetes, according to study data…” Click here for full story.

CDC Adds New Medical Conditions to COVID-19 High-Risk List

Medscape: “The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added several new medical conditions to its list of those that predispose adults to more severe COVID-19 illness…” Click here for full story.

Kids’ Metabolic Health Can Be Improved With Exercise During Pregnancy: Here’s Why

Science Daily: “Many previous studies have linked increased maternal body weight and unhealthy diets to poorer metabolic outcomes in offspring, often many years later. Understanding the mechanisms of how maternal exercise can reverse these effects might lead to interventions that prevent these diseases transmitting across generations…” Click here for full story.

14% Of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Have Since Been Diagnosed With Diabetes, Findings Say

ABC15: “Even if a COVID-19 patient experiences only mild symptoms and doesn’t end up in the hospital, they can still face long-term symptoms. Doctors have warned specifically about long-term neurological issues even for those who didn’t experience serious illness….” Click here for full story.

Week of March 31, 2021

Eating Before 8:30 a.m. Could Reduce Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

Science Daily: “People who start eating before 8:30 a.m. had lower blood sugar levels and less insulin resistance, which could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study…” Click here for full story.

Vitamin D May Protect Against COVID-19, Especially in Blacks

Medscape: “Higher levels of vitamin D than traditionally considered sufficient may help prevent COVID-19 infection — particularly in Black patients, shows a new single-center, retrospective study looking at the role of vitamin D in prevention of infection…” Click here for full story.

Type 1 Diabetes Raises COVID-19 Risk in Kids if A1c Is High

Medscape: “New data on the risks of COVID-19 in children with type 1 diabetes provide reassurance, but also emphasize the importance of effective blood glucose control…” Click here for full story.

“Break the Bias”: Steps Endocrinologists Can Take to Improve Health Equity

Healio: “Improving health care equity and access for Black Americans and other underrepresented groups requires a comprehensive approach that goes beyond health system-level changes, including recognition of a painful history of structural racism…” Click here for full story.

Week of March 24, 2021

Evidence ‘Conflicting’ on COVID-19 as Cause of New-Onset Diabetes

Healio: “Case reports and news articles have reported on the possibility of a form of new-onset diabetes that is related to COVID-19 infection; however, epidemiologic data suggest there is much to be learned before firm conclusions are made…” Click here for full story.

Women With PCOS at Increased Risk for COVID-19

Medscape: “Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) face an almost 30% increased risk for COVID-19 compared with unaffected women, even after adjusting for cardiometabolic and other related factors, suggests an analysis of United Kingdom primary care data…” Click here for full story.

Weekly Insulin Helps Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Achieve Similar Blood Sugar Control To Daily Insulin

ScienceDaily: “A new once-weekly basal insulin injection demonstrated similar efficacy and safety and a lower rate of low blood sugar episodes compared with a daily basal insulin, according to a phase 2 clinical trial…” Click here for full story.

Comic Books Help Explain Type 1 Diabetes to All Ages

Medscape: “Overcoming the challenges in managing type 1 diabetes can sometimes feel like an unappreciated ‘superpower.’ That was part of the thinking behind the creation of a comic book trilogy that aims to educate people of all ages — including healthcare providers — about the realities of living with this condition…” Click here for full story.

Week of March 16, 2021

Convincing Evidence That Type 2 Diabetes is Associated With Increased Risk of Parkinson’s

ScienceDaily: “Research has concluded that there is convincing evidence that type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. The same study found that there was also evidence that type 2 diabetes may contribute to faster disease progression in patients who already have Parkinson’s…” Click here for full story.

FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to Stem Cell Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “The FDA granted fast track designation to VX-880, a human stem cell-derived therapy for patients with type 1 diabetes, according to the agent’s manufacturer…” Click here for full story.

Phase 2 Trial of Combination Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes Shows Promise

Healio: “A one-step screening strategy for gestational diabetes resulted in nearly twice the diagnoses as a two-step strategy, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine…” Click here for full story.

Phase 2 Trial of Combination Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes Shows Promise

Pharmacy Times: “A recent trial investigating a combination therapeutic candidate for adults with recent-onset type 1 diabetes (T1D) has shown promising results, offering a potential way to treat the autoimmune disease without leaving the body vulnerable to infectious disease…” Click here for full story.

Week of March 10, 2021

Prediabetes Diagnosis Poor Predictor of Disease Progression for Older Adults

Healio: “Older adults with an HbA1c in the prediabetes range were far more likely to revert to normoglycemia or die during 5-year follow-up than to progress to overt type 2 diabetes, according to a community-based study…” Click here for full story.

Vitamin D Deficiency Does Not Increase Risk of Type 1 Diabetes, Study Finds

ScienceDaily: “Genetically determined vitamin D levels do not have a large effect on risk of type 1 diabetes in Europeans, according to a study published 25th February 2021 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Despoina Manousaki from the CHU Sainte Justine and the University of Montreal, Canada and colleagues…” Click here for full story.

Telehealth Visits During Pandemic Helped Young Patients With Type 1 Diabetes in Israel

Medscape: “Children and young adults in Israel with type-1 diabetes had better glycemic control after a telehealth visit during pandemic restrictions, according to new findings…” Click here for full story.

Five Servings of Fruits, Vegetables Per Day May Reduce Mortality

Healio: “Two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables every day may be enough to reduce overall mortality and death from CVD, cancer and respiratory illness, according to research published in Circulation…” Click here for full story.

Week of March 3, 2021

‘Gamechanger’ Drug for Treating Obesity Cuts Body Weight by 20 Percent

ScienceDaily: “One third (35%) of people who took a new drug for treating obesity lost more than one-fifth (greater than or equal to 20%) of their total body weight, according to a major global study involving UCL researchers…” Click here for full story.

Vitamin D Deficiency Does Not Increase Risk of Type 1 Diabetes, Study Finds

ScienceDaily: “Genetically determined vitamin D levels do not have a large effect on risk of type 1 diabetes in Europeans, according to a study published 25th February 2021 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine…” Click here for full story.

Prediabetes Diagnosis Poor Predictor of Disease Progression for Older Adults

Healio: “Older adults with an HbA1c in the prediabetes range were far more likely to revert to normoglycemia or die during 5-year follow-up than to progress to overt type 2 diabetes, according to a community-based study…” Click here for full story.

Telehealth Visits During Pandemic Helped Young Patients With Type 1 Diabetes in Israel

Medscape: “Children and young adults in Israel with type-1 diabetes had better glycemic control after a telehealth visit during pandemic restrictions, according to new findings…” Click here for full story.

Week of February 17, 2021

Metformin for Diabetes Has No Effect on COVID-19 Infection, Death

Medscape: “Prescription of metformin does not influence susceptibility to COVID-19 or COVID-19 mortality, a large primary care-based study suggests…” Click here for full story.

One-Fifth of COVID-19 Patients With Diabetes Die Within 28 Days of Hospitalization

Healio: “New data from the CORONADO study show that 20% of people with diabetes hospitalized with COVID-19 die within 28 days of admission, whereas half are discharged in that same time span…” Click here for full story.

Testosterone Therapy May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Men Without Hypogonadism

Healio: “Compared with placebo, 2 years of testosterone therapy was associated with lower risk for type 2 diabetes among men with impaired glucose tolerance or newly diagnosed diabetes but no hypogonadism, according to trial data…” Click here for full story.

Prediabetes May Be Linked to Worse Brain Health

ScienceDaily: “People with prediabetes, whose blood sugar levels are higher than normal, may have an increased risk of cognitive decline and vascular dementia, according to a new study led by UCL researchers…” Click here for full story.

Week of February 17, 2021

Double-Masking, Knotting-and-Tucking for Snug Fit Reduces COVID-19 Spread, U.S. Study Shows

Reuters: “People who became infected with SARS-CoV-2 after receiving one dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine harbored about four times less virus than did unvaccinated people who caught the virus, according to preliminary results posted to the preprint server medRxiv on February 8…” Click here for full story.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Reduces Viral Load: Study

TheScientist: “Making sure a mask fits snugly on the face and use of two masks is likely to significantly reduce a person’s exposure to the coronavirus, laboratory experiments described by U.S. health officials on Wednesday showed…” Click here for full story.

A Mediterranean Diet May Help Support Memory As You Age, Study Suggests

mindbodygreen: “By now, it’s no secret the Mediterranean diet boasts a variety of benefits. Eating a Mediterranean diet is associated with longer longevity, gut health, and even improved mood. And according to research published in Experimental Gerontology, another benefit to consider is better cognitive function as we age…” Click here for full story.

Biden Declares There Will Be Enough Vaccines for 300 Million Americans by End of July

TheScientist: “Making sure a mask fits snugly on the face and use of two masks is likely to significantly reduce a person’s exposure to the coronavirus, laboratory experiments described by U.S. health officials on Wednesday showed…” Click here for full story.

Week of February 10, 2021

Type 2 Diabetes Drug Metformin Could Help Prevent Some Breast Cancers

HealthDay: “Women with type 2 diabetes may be more likely to develop breast cancer, but taking the diabetes drug metformin appears to reduce their risk for the most common type, new research finds…” Click here for full story.

Younger Adults Fuel COVID-19 Spread in U.S., Study Finds

UPI: “Young adults are driving the spread of COVID-19 across the United States, accounting for nearly two-thirds of new cases nationally, according to a study published Tuesday by Science…” Click here for full story.

Green Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Risk of Fatty Liver Disease

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: “A form of the Mediterranean diet including more green plant matter may reduce the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by half, according to a new study co-authored by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health…” Click here for full story.

Covid Antibodies Remain Six Months After Infection, Study Shows

Bloomberg: “The vast majority of people who contract Covid-19 still have antibodies at least six months after infection, a new study involving more than 20,000 people showed…” Click here for full story.

Week of February 3, 2021

Diabetes Complications Differ According to Ethnicity, Disease-Related Subgroups

Healio: “Risks for diabetes complications vary according to subgroups related to age of onset, HbA1c, obesity and insulin use, and there are racial and ethnic disparities in the composition of each subgroup, according to study data…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes During Pregnancy Is Tied to Heart Trouble Later in Life

ScienceNews: “Diabetes brought on by pregnancy might set a woman up for heart trouble later on, even if her blood sugar levels snap back to normal. That finding, from a large, long-term study, suggests that doctors should pay careful attention to the hearts of people who previously had gestational diabetes…” Click here for full story.

New Diabetes Cases Linked to COVID-19

The Washington Post: “Researchers don’t understand exactly how the disease might trigger type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or whether the cases are temporary or permanent. But 14 percent of those with severe COVID-19 developed a form of the disorder, one analysis found…” Click here for full story.

Oily Fish Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes in Largest Study to Date

Medscape: “People who report regularly eating oily fish had a significantly reduced risk for developing type 2 diabetes in a prospective, observational study of nearly 400,000 UK residents…” Click here for full story.

Week of January 27, 2021

Metformin Use Reduces Risk of Death for Patients With COVID-19 and Diabetes, Study Finds

Science Daily: “Use of the diabetes drug metformin — before a diagnosis of COVID-19 — is associated with a threefold decrease in mortality in COVID-19 patients with Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Diabetes is a significant comorbidity for COVID-19. This beneficial effect remained, even after correcting for age, sex, race, obesity, and hypertension or chronic kidney disease and heart failure…” Click here for full story.

Widespread Liver Disease Missed in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Medscape: “Mounting evidence of strikingly high prevalence rates of fatty liver disease, advanced fibrosis, and cirrhosis among patients with type 2 diabetes has led to calls for heightened awareness and screening to identify these patients and target treatments to reduce their risk for irreversible liver damage…” Click here for full story.

Study Compares Low-fat, Plant-Based Diet to Low-Carb, Animal-Based Diet

Science Daily “People on a low-fat, plant-based diet ate fewer daily calories but had higher insulin and blood glucose levels, compared to when they ate a low-carbohydrate, animal-based diet, according to a small but highly controlled study. The study compared the effects of the two diets on calorie intake, hormone levels, body weight, and more…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Nurses Report More Health Risks for Patients, Disrupted Care During COVID-19

Healio: “The COVID-19 pandemic has led to physical and psychological distress for people with diabetes, along with substantial disruptions in clinical diabetes services, according to responses from a survey of diabetes nurses in Europe…” Click here for full story.

Week of January 20, 2021

FDA Grants Priority Review to Diabetic Kidney Disease Treatment From Bayer

Healio: “The FDA has granted priority review to a new drug application for finerenone, a non-steroidal mineralocorticoid receptor inhibitor antagonist, for the treatment of diabetic kidney disease…” Click here for full story.

Another Lot of Extended-Release Metformin Is Recalled in the U.S.

Healio: “Nostrum Laboratories has voluntarily recalled another lot of metformin HCl extended-release tablets 750 mg dosage, expanding their initial announcement in November 2020. According to the new notice, issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this week, the recalled tablets are off-white and oblong with a debossed ID ‘NM7’…” Click here for full story.

Six Months Later, Most Wuhan COVID Survivors Still Have Health Issues

HealthDay: “Concerns about “long-haul” symptoms in COVID-19 survivors may be reignited by a new study: It finds that 3 out of 4 patients from Wuhan, China — where the pandemic originated — were still suffering at least one lingering health problem six months later…” Click here for full story.

Top News on Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in 2020: Exposure Risks, New Report and More

Healio: “In 2020, researchers and organizations from around the globe voiced caution about the prevalence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, and the risks they pose to humans…” Click here for full story.

Week of January 13, 2021

FDA Grants Priority Review to Farxiga for Treatment of CKD

Healio: “The FDA has granted priority review to Farxiga, from AstraZeneca, for the treatment of chronic kidney disease. If approved, it would be the first SGLT2 inhibitor on the market to treat this patient population, according to a press release…” Click here for full story.

Prediabetes Subtypes Identified

Science Daily: “All prediabetes is not the same: in people in the preliminary stages of type 2 diabetes, there are six clearly distinguishable subtypes, which differ in the development of the disease, diabetes risk, and the development of secondary diseases…” Click here for full story.

Hospitalization Risk Four Times Higher in Blacks With T1D, COVID-19

Medscape: “Among people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) who contract COVID-19, Black individuals are four times more likely than Whites to be hospitalized with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), new data suggest…” Click here for full story.

Hearing Loss in Diabetes Often Remains Undiscussed

Healio: “In this issue, Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES, FADCES, talks with the director of practice and content development at the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists, Joanne Rinker, MS, RDN, CDCES, LDN, FADCES, about the need to identify and manage hearing loss in diabetes care…” Click here for full story.

Week of January 6, 2021

Glucose Levels, Time in Range Improve on Days With Exercise in Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “Individuals with type 1 diabetes had lower mean glucose levels and spent more time in range on days they exercised compared with sedentary days, according to data published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics…” Click here for full story.

Fatal COVID-19 Outcomes Associated With CVD, Risk Factors Regardless of Age

Healio: “Fatal outcomes in COVID-19 were associated with patients with CVD and risk factors such as hypertension and diabetes across all age groups, according to a meta-analysis…” Click here for full story.

FDA OKs First Generic Injected Glucagon for Hypoglycemia

Medscape: “The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first-ever generic glucagon injection kit for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia in patients with diabetes and as a diagnostic aid…” Click here for full story.

This Popular Ingredient Could Help Lower Your Risk of Diabetes, Study Suggests

Yahoo: “In recent years… scientists have been questioning whether the role of dietary fat may be more nuanced than previously believed. That’s why researchers from the German Center for Diabetes Research set out to investigate the relationship between diabetes and various kinds of dietary fat…” Click here for full story.

Week of December 23, 2020

Similar Increased Risk for Severe COVID-19 Illness Found in Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Individuals with type 1 diabetes and those with type 2 diabetes have similar increased risks for COVID-19 hospitalization and severe illness compared with those without diabetes, according to a study published in Diabetes Care…” Click here for full story.

How COVID-19 and Diabetic Retinopathy Are Linked

U.S. News & World Report: “Back in August, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed more than 10,000 COVID-related deaths between February and May. The study found that almost 40% of the people who died had diabetes. A study by Reuters found similar results. This past November, another study conducted in England homed in on one specific complication of diabetes, called diabetic retinopathy…” Click here for full story.

ADA 2021 Standards Address Financial Hardship in Diabetes

Medscape: “For 2021, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers new guidance on assessing patients’ financial and social barriers to care, especially given the COVID-19 pandemic, individualizing treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes, and use of diabetes technology…” Click here for full story.

The Silent Epidemic That Is Three Times as Deadly as COVID

World Economic Forum: “It’s the silent epidemic that claims 4.2 million lives around the world every year – almost three times as many deaths as COVID-19. Diabetes is on the march, with experts predicting that one in 10 of us will be affected by 2045…” Click here for full story.

Week of December 16, 2020

JDRF Launches Mass Screening Program for Early Detection of Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “JDRF has launched the first mass screening program for early detection of type 1 diabetes called T1Detect, part of a larger effort to prevent disease complications like diabetic ketoacidosis and speed the pace of research for a cure…” Click here for full story.

How Poor Oral Hygiene May Result in Metabolic Syndrome

Science Daily: “In a new study, researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) discovered that infection with Porphyromonas gingivalis, the bacterium causing periodontal disease, causes skeletal muscle metabolic dysfunction, the precursor to metabolic syndrome, by altering the composition of the gut microbiome…” Click here for full story.

Type 2 Diabetes Alters Bone Composition After Menopause

Healio: “Postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes have increased bone mineral content and lower bone turnover markers vs. those with normal or impaired glucose tolerance, according to data published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research…” Click here for full story.

Major Depression Linked to Insulin Resistance

Medscape: “Individuals experiencing a current episode of major depressive disorder (MDD) are significantly more likely to have insulin resistance (IR), new research shows…” Click here for full story.

Week of December 9, 2020

Researchers Urge Priority Vaccination for Individuals With Diabetes

Science Daily: “Researchers have discovered individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes infected with COVID-19 are three times more likely to have a severe illness or require hospitalization compared with people without diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Glucose Management May Improve COVID-19 Outcomes in Diabetes

Healio: “Proper glucose management can help improve outcomes for individuals with diabetes who are infected with COVID-19, and providers should not deviate from current diabetes treatment, according to a speaker…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Drug Linked to Lower COVID-19 Death Rate in Women

CIDRAP: “A Lancet Healthy Longevity study yesterday found that metformin — a common, generic type 2 diabetes medication used to manage blood sugar levels — is associated with significantly lower COVID-19 death risk in women, but not in men…” Click here for full story.

Diabetic Retinopathy May Predict Greater Risk of COVID-19 Severity

Medscape: “Risk of intubation for COVID-19 in very sick hospitalized patients was increased over fivefold in those with diabetic retinopathy compared to those without, in a small single-center study from the UK…” Click here for full story.

Week of December 2, 2020

High HbA1c Increases Risks for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, COVID-19 Mortality

Healio: “Adults with COVID-19 admitted to two ICUs in China were at greater risk for secondary respiratory infections, acute respiratory distress syndrome and mortality with an HbA1c of 6.5% or higher, according to study data…” Click here for full story.

Antimicrobial Soap Additive Worsens Fatty Liver Disease in Mice

Science Daily: “University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers found evidence that triclosan — an antimicrobial found in many soaps and other household items — worsens fatty liver disease in mice fed a high-fat diet…” Click here for full story.

Age No Barrier to Weight Loss in Those With Morbid Obesity

Medscape: “Older adults should be recommended for hospital-based lifestyle interventions to reduce weight, say UK investigators after finding there was no difference in weight loss between older and younger individuals in their program for those with morbid obesity…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes, High Blood Pressure Raise Odds of COVID Harming Brain

U.S. News & World Report: “COVID-19 patients with high blood pressure or diabetes may be more likely to develop critical neurological complications, including bleeding in the brain and stroke, according to an ongoing study…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 25, 2020

No Causal Link Between Severe Hypoglycemia, Increased Mortality in Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Severe hypoglycemic episodes are a marker of, rather than causally related to, an increased risk for death among adults with type 2 diabetes, according to data published in Diabetologia…” Click here for full story.

Bursts of Exercise Can Lead to Significant Improvements in Indicators of Metabolic Health

Science Daily: “Short bursts of physical exercise induce changes in the body’s levels of metabolites that correlate to, and may help gauge, an individual’s cardiometabolic, cardiovascular and long-term health, a study has found…” Click here for full story.

Golimumab Preserves Insulin Production in Type 1 Diabetes

Medscape: “The human monoclonal antibody golimumab (Simponi) preserved endogenous insulin secretion in patients with new-onset type 1 diabetes and reduced their exogenous insulin requirements at 1 year, newly published phase 2 data indicate…” Click here for full story.

Metformin Improves Most Outcomes for T2D During Pregnancy

Medscape: “Women with type 2 diabetes who take metformin during pregnancy to control their blood glucose levels experience a range of benefits, including reduced weight gain, reduced insulin doses, and fewer large for gestational age babies, suggest the results of a randomized controlled trial…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 18, 2020

SAMSON Pins Most Muscle Pain Experienced With Statins on the Nocebo Effect

Medscape: “A novel randomized trial taking on a vexing issue around one of the world’s most commonly prescribed medications has concluded that frequently intolerable statin side effects, such as muscle weakness or pain, are almost entirely a nocebo effect, the placebo effect’s darker cousin…” Click here for full story.

Go (Over) Easy on the Eggs: ‘Egg-cess’ Consumption Linked to Diabetes

Science Daily: “Scrambled, poached or boiled, eggs are a popular breakfast food the world over. Yet the health benefits of the humble egg might not be all they’re cracked up to be as new research shows that excess egg consumption can increase your risk of diabetes…” Click here for full story.

CGM Reveals Nighttime Hyperglycemia in Gestational Diabetes

Healio: “A cohort of women with gestational diabetes received more comprehensive information on nocturnal hyperglycemia with use of a continuous glucose monitor than through self-monitoring blood glucose, according to study data…” Click here for full story.

Common Flame Retardants Cause Mice to Give Birth to Offspring That Become Diabetic, Study Finds

Science Daily: “A new UC Riverside study shows flame retardants found in nearly every American home cause mice to give birth to offspring that become diabetic…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 11, 2020

Study: FDA’s Metformin Label Change Likely Mitigated Race, Sex Disparities

Healio: “Data show Black adults with type 2 diabetes and moderate chronic kidney disease were significantly less likely to receive a metformin prescription compared with white counterparts under an old FDA serum creatinine-based metformin label…” Click here for full story.

Daily Physical Activity Lowers Postprandial Blood Sugar In Diabetes Patients: Study

Medical Dialogues: “Daily physical activity (PA) is associated with blood sugar levels after an evening meal in diabetes patients, suggests a recent study in the journal Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. The results indicate that quantitative assessment of physical activity could be relevant for mealtime treatment decisions…” Click here for full story.

Calories By the Clock? Squeezing Most of Your Calories in Early Doesn’t Impact Weight Loss

Science Daily: “Time-restricted eating, which restricts eating to specific hours of the day, did not impact weight among overweight adults with prediabetes or diabetes. Adults in the 12-week study ate the same healthy, pre-prepared foods, however, one group ate the bulk of their calories before 1 p.m. each day, versus the other group that ate 50% of their calories after 5 p.m…” Click here for full story.

Most Humans Are Vulnerable to Type 2 Diabetes

Scinece Daily: “Scientists have found that insulin has met an evolutionary cul-de-sac, limiting its ability to adapt to obesity and thereby rendering most people vulnerable to Type 2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 4, 2020

Study Shows Metformin May Provide Cardiovascular Benefits to Patients With CKD, Obesity

Healio: “Results from a randomized controlled trial showed that metformin provided cardiovascular benefits to patients with chronic kidney disease and metabolic syndrome…” Click here for full story.

Doctors Probe Whether COVID-19 Is Causing Diabetes

Medscape: “Mario Buelna, a healthy 28-year-old father, caught a fever and started having trouble breathing in June. He soon tested positive for COVID-19… At 3 a.m. on Aug. 1, he passed out on the floor of his home in Mesa, Arizona. Paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital… Their diagnosis – type 1 diabetes – stunned and frightened him. …” Click here for full story.

World’s First Agreed Guidance for People With Diabetes to Exercise Safely

Science Daily: “An academic has helped draw up a landmark agreement amongst international experts, setting out the world’s first standard guidance on how people with diabetes can use modern glucose monitoring devices to help them exercise safely…” Click here for full story.

Statins Lower COVID-19 Mortality Rate for Hospitalized Adults With Diabetes

Healio: “Adults with diabetes admitted to a New York City hospital with COVID-19 had a lower mortality risk if they received a statin, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 28, 2020

Research Team Discovers Molecular Processes in Kidney Cells That Attract and Feed COVID-19

ScienceDaily: “What about the kidneys make them a hotspot for COVID-19’s cytokine storm? A research team says it’s the presence of a protein found on specialized renal transport cells…” Click here for full story.

HIV Drugs Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, May Be Path to New Therapy

Medscape: “A class of drugs long used to treat HIV and hepatitis B viral infections appears to prevent the development of diabetes in a substantial proportion of patients who take these agents, an analysis of multiple databases has shown…” Click here for full story.

Drinking Green Tea and Coffee Daily Linked to Lower Death Risk in People With Diabetes

ScienceDaily: “Drinking plenty of both green tea and coffee is linked to a lower risk of dying from any cause among people with type 2 diabetes, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care…” Click here for full story.

Mouse Study Shows How a Virus May Trigger Diabetes

MedicalNewsToday: “New research conducted in mice has shown how coxsackievirus B type 4 — an enterovirus, a virus transmitted through the intestines — may be able to trigger diabetes in people who have the virus….” Click here for full story.

Week of October 14, 2020

Investigational Once-Daily Pill Reduces HbA1c in Type 1 Diabetes, Without Hypoglycemia

Healio: “An investigational once-daily pill added to optimized insulin therapy was shown to reduce HbA1c among adults with type 1 diabetes during a 12-week trial when compared with placebo plus insulin, according to a presenter…” Click here for full story.

COVID-19 Antibody Response Not Reduced With Diabetes

Medscape: “Neither diabetes per se nor hyperglycemia appear to impair the antibody response to SARS-CoV-2, suggesting that a COVID-19 vaccine would be just as effective in people with diabetes as in those without, new research finds…” Click here for full story.

Higher-Dose Vitamin D ‘Promising Approach’ to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Daily vitamin D supplementation to achieve blood levels of vitamin D higher than typically recommended for bone health may reduce risk for type 2 diabetes among adults with prediabetes, according to a new analysis of the D2d study…” Click here for full story.

Remote Control of Blood Sugar: Electromagnetic Fields Treat Diabetes in Animal Models

ScienceDaily: “Researchers may have discovered a safe new way to manage blood sugar non-invasively. Exposing diabetic mice to a combination of static electric and magnetic fields for a few hours per day normalizes blood sugar and insulin resistance. The unexpected and surprising discovery raises the possibility of using electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as a remote control to manage type 2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 14, 2020

Time to Screen for Liver Disease in Type 2 Diabetes?

Medscape: “With high rates of fatty liver disease known to occur among people with type 2 diabetes, is it time to introduce routine liver screening into daily diabetes practice? The answer depends on whom you ask, and then there are still some important caveats…” Click here for full story.

A Global Data Effort Probes Whether Covid Causes Diabetes

Wired: “From the outset of the pandemic, data coming out of early coronavirus hot spots like China, Italy, and New York City foretold that certain groups of people would be more vulnerable to Covid-19… As early as February, diabetes had emerged as one of the conditions associated with the highest risk…” Click here for full story.

COVID-19 Patients With Sleep Apnoea Could Be at Additional Risk

Science Daily: “People who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea could be at increased risk of adverse outcomes from COVID-19, according to a new study…” Click here for full story.

Weight Loss, Diabetes Remission Lead to Cost Savings Over Lifetime

Healio: “Participants in the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial’s counter-weight plus intervention had a higher diabetes remission rate and were projected to have lower lifetime health care costs compared with controls, according to study data…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 5, 2020

Diabetes: Metformin Treatment Linked to Slowed Cognitive Decline

Science Daily: “A six-year study of older Australians with type 2 diabetes has uncovered a link between metformin use, slower cognitive decline and lower dementia rates…” Click here for full story.

Common Heartburn Meds Linked to Higher Diabetes Risk

UPI: “Often-used drugs called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, ease heartburn symptoms, but a new study suggests they might also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Post-COVID-19, Type 1 Diabetes Patients Will Stick With Telemedicine

Medscape: “Patients with type 1 diabetes who have had a telemedicine appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic have generally found them favorable and would consider future remote visits, a new survey of more than 7000 people in 89 countries suggests…” Click here for full story.

Dapagliflozin Earns Breakthrough Therapy Designation for CKD With, Without Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “The FDA granted breakthrough therapy designation to the SGLT2 inhibitor dapagliflozin for adults with chronic kidney disease with and without type 2 diabetes, according to an industry press release…” Click here for full story.

Week of September 30, 2020

Metformin for Type 2 Diabetes Patients or Not? Researchers Now Have the Answer

Science Daily: “Metformin is the first-line drug that can lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients. One third of patients do not respond to metformin treatment and 5 per cent experience serious side effects, which is the reason many choose to stop medicating. Researchers have now identified biomarkers that can show in advance how the patient will respond to metformin treatment via a simple blood test…” Click here for full story.

Hemoglobin Glycation Index May Predict CKD Risk in Diabetes

Healio: “A high hemoglobin glycation index is associated with an increased risk for incident chronic kidney disease during 10 years of follow-up among treatment-naive adults with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, according to a speaker…” Click here for full story.

Factors Inherent to Obesity Could Increase Vulnerability to COVID-19

Science Daily: “Conditions related to obesity, including inflammation and leaky gut, leave the lungs of obese patients more susceptible to COVID-19 and may explain why they are more likely to die from the disease, scientists say. They suggest that drugs used to lower inflammation in the lungs could prove beneficial to obese patients with the disease…” Click here for full story.

Type 1 Diabetes is Associated With Increased Risk of Falls

News-Medical.net: “New research presented at this year’s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), held online this year (21-25 September), shows that having type 1 diabetes (T1D) is associated with a 33% increase in the risk of falls compared with the general population, while having type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a 19% increased risk of falls…” Click here for full story.

Week of September 16, 2020

Lilly Extends $35 Insulin Copay Card Introduced During COVID-19

Healio: “A $35 insulin copay card Eli Lilly introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been added to the company’s insulin affordability programs, according to a press release...” Click here for full story.

Alcohol Intake Linked to Increased Risk of Hypertension in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

News-Medical.net: “Drinking eight or more alcoholic beverages a week may increase the risk of high blood pressure (also called hypertension) among adults with Type 2 diabetes, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association…” Click here for full story.

Common Diabetes Drug Reverses Inflammation in the Liver

Science Daily: “The diabetes drug metformin has been prescribed to hundreds of millions of people worldwide as the frontline treatment for type 2 diabetes. Now, researchers have shown…that proteins, regulated by metformin, controlled aspects of inflammation in mice, something the drug has not typically been prescribed for...” Click here for full story.

Insulin Pumps Used Less in Black Children, Even With Insurance

Medscape: “Black children with type 1 diabetes in the United States are far less likely than white children to be prescribed insulin pumps, even among those with private health insurance, new research suggests…” Click here for full story.

Week of September 9, 2020

FDA Approves Larger Dulaglutide Doses for Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “The FDA approved two additional doses of the once-weekly GLP-1 receptor agonist dulaglutide, expanding the drug’s label to include 3 mg and 4.5 mg doses, according to an industry press release...” Click here for full story.

Handgrip Strength Shown to Identify People at High Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Science Daily: “A simple test such as the strength of your handgrip could be used as a quick, low-cost screening tool to help healthcare professionals identify patients at risk of type 2 diabetes...” Click here for full story.

FDA Approves Artificial Pancreas for Young Children With Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “The FDA approved a next-generation hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system for children aged 2 to 6 years with type 1 diabetes, according to an agency press release…” Click here for full story.

Off to College With T1D in the COVID Era: How to Prepare

Medscape: “Today I’m going to discuss the return to school this fall. There are two scenarios I want to talk about. The first is young adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D) who are leaving home and going off to college. They have their own set of risks and concerns. Second are parents who have T1D whose young kids are going back to school…” Click here for full story.

Week of September 2, 2020

Metformin Use Linked To Anemia Risk In Type 2 Diabetes Patients: Study

Medical Dialogues: “A recent study published in Diabetes Care has reported that metformin use is associated with early risk of anemia in individuals with type 2 diabetes, a finding which is claimed to be consistent across two RCTs and replicated in one real-world study...” Click here for full story.

SGLT2 Inhibitor Wows in Chronic Kidney Disease

MedpageToday: “In chronic kidney disease (CKD), dapagliflozin (Farxiga) reduced renal events and substantially improved overall survival, regardless of diabetes status, the DAPA-CKD trial showed…” Click here for full story.

Body Mass Index Is a More Powerful Risk Factor for Diabetes Than Genetics

Science Daily: “Losing weight could prevent or even reverse diabetes, according to late breaking research presented today at ESC Congress 2020...” Click here for full story.

Pandemic May Have Delayed Type 1 Diabetes Diagnoses

Medical Xpress: “Many children may have delayed diagnosis of type 1 diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online Aug. 10 in Diabetes Care...” Click here for full story.

CGM Provides Cost Savings, Health Benefits for People With Diabetes

Healio: “Continuous glucose monitoring not only leads to better glycemic management for people with diabetes, but could also lead to cost savings, according to a speaker at Heart in Diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Week of August 26, 2020

No Association Between Type 1 Diabetes Status, COVID-19 Hospitalization Risk

Healio: “Type 1 diabetes does not increase risk for hospitalization from COVID-19, particularly among individuals without diabetes complications, according to an analysis of hospital data…” Click here for full story.

Study Focuses on Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet Effect on Older Populations

Science Daily: “A new study, published in Nutrition and Metabolism, from researchers with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center observed improvements in body composition, fat distribution and metabolic health in response to an eight-week, very low-carbohydrate diet…” Click here for full story.

Smartphone App May Help Detect Diabetes

Medscape: “A smartphone app (Azumio Instant Heart Rate) may be a non-invasive method for identifying individuals with diabetes by detecting a “digital biomarker” of vascular changes, new research suggests…” Click here for full story.

Research Shows Air Pollution Could Play Role in Development of Cardiometabolic Diseases

Science Daily: “Air pollution is the world’s leading environmental risk factor, and causes more than nine million deaths per year. New research shows air pollution may play a role in the development of cardiometabolic diseases, such as diabetes. Importantly, the effects were reversible with cessation of exposure…” Click here for full story.

Week of August 19, 2020

Does Metformin Reduce Risk for Death in COVID-19?

Medscape: “Accumulating observational data suggest that metformin use in patients with type 2 diabetes might reduce the risk for death from COVID-19, but the randomized trials needed to prove this are unlikely to be carried out, according to experts…” Click here for full story.

Newly Published Articles Inform on COVID-19 Risk by Diabetes Type

Medscape: “Two UK analyses of risk factors linked to COVID-19 mortality in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes that were issued as preprints have now been peer reviewed and were published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology…” Click here for full story.

Does High Blood Sugar Worsen COVID-19 Outcomes?

Science Daily: “Preliminary observations of COVID-19 patients with diabetes inspired an algorithm for glucose monitoring that’s suspected to help combat the virus’ serious complications…” Click here for full story.

Skin Care Essential to Preventing Infections While Using Diabetes Devices

Healio: “Good skin care and proper use of wearable diabetes technology can help prevent skin issues related to insulin pump or continuous glucose monitor use, according to two speakers…” Click here for full story.

Week of August 12, 2020

“Life-Changing” Arthritis Drug Could Halt Type 1 Diabetes in a Third of Patients

Yahoo: “An arthritis drug that could delay the progression of type 1 diabetes has been hailed as “life changing”. The autoimmune condition comes about when a patient’s body mistakenly attacks cells that produce the blood-sugar lowering hormone insulin…” Click here for full story.

Meal Replacement Shake Improves Glucose Response in Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Adults with type 2 diabetes who replaced their usual breakfast and an afternoon or evening snack with a nutritional shake experienced a 47% reduction in postmeal peak glucose after breakfast, according to findings from a pilot study…” Click here for full story.

Guidance Covers Glycemia in Dexamethasone-Treated COVID-19

Medscape: “New guidance from the UK National Diabetes COVID-19 Response Group addresses glucose management in patients with COVID-19 who are receiving dexamethasone therapy…” Click here for full story.

Study: Go Plant-Based to Lose Weight, Lower Blood Sugar & Avoid Diabetes

The Beet: “A new study just published finds that plant-based diets help you metabolize glucose, lose weight (especially in overweight people) and avoid type 2 diabetes. The study, from the University of Bergen in Norway, looked at different plant-based diets…” Click here for full story.

Week of August 5, 2020

Prevalence of Diabetes, Hypertension Among COVID-19 Patients Likely Lower Than Reported

Healio: “Risks for ICU admission and death from COVID-19 are higher for adults with diabetes and hypertension, but the number of COVID-19 patients with diabetes and hypertension may be lower than previously reported…” Click here for full story.

One Word Protects Your Brain from Diabetes and Dementia

Psychology Today: “You might not think that diabetes and dementia have anything in common. But they have a common risk factor when it comes to one protective behavior. And that’s our “one word” for the day…” Click here for full story.

Cardio Risk Increases With Diabetic Retinopathy Progression

Medscape: “The risk for heart attack, stroke, and even death increases as the severity of diabetic retinopathy increases. Severe retinopathy is linked to a doubling of the risk for cerebrovascular accident or myocardial infarction, results from a new study show…” Click here for full story.

Protecting Beta Cells Against Stress May Guard Against Type 1 Diabetes

Science Daily: “Researchers have found an unusual strategy that eventually may help to guard transplanted beta cells or to slow the original onset of type 1 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Week of July 29, 2020

FDA Approves Non-Opioid Capsaicin Pain Patch for Diabetic Neuropathy

Healio: “The FDA approved an 8% capsaicin patch for the treatment of adults with neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy of the feet, according to an industry press release…” Click here for full story.

Why COVID-19 is Killing U.S. Diabetes Patients at Alarming Rates

Reuters: “Darrell Cager Sr., 64, had diabetes. So his youngest daughter urged him to seek care. The next day, he collapsed and died in his New Orleans home. The daughter soon learned the cause: acute respiratory distress from COVID-19...” Click here for full story.

Increased Blood Sugar Levels May Decrease Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

Science Daily: “Some benefits of aerobic exercise may be dampened by higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, a condition known as hyperglycemia. These diminished gains are seen in mouse models and humans with chronic hyperglycemia that is in the ‘prediabetes’ range...” Click here for full story.

Flu Shots Reduce All-Cause, CV Death for Adults With Diabetes

Healio: “Influenza vaccination was significantly associated with reduced risks for all-cause death, cardiovascular death, and death from acute myocardial infarction or stroke among adults with diabetes, according to an analysis of registry data...” Click here for full story.

Week of July 22, 2020

New Hampshire Law Caps Monthly Insulin Copay at $30

Healio: “New Hampshire GovChris Sununu signed into law an omnibus bill that will limit cost sharing for insulin to $30 for a 30-day supply for those with state-regulated commercial health insurance, according to a press release…” Click here for full story.

Simple Test Helps to Predict and Prevent Falls

Science Daily: “Scientists have developed a simple clinical test that can assess the lower limb strength of patients to predict their risk of falls. The ‘enhanced paper grip test’ involves pulling a small card from underneath the participant’s foot while asking them to grip with their big toe (Hallux)...” Click here for full story.

Is It Fair to Hope That Patients With Type 1 Diabetes (Autoimmune) May Be Spared by the Infection of Covid-19?

ScienceDirect: “The CoV-19 infection appears to be unusual among patients with type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, although they are considered a fragile population. We think that this in part due to the peculiar immune condition that leads to the destruction of the Beta cells…” Click here for full story.

Study Links Stress Hormone With Higher Blood Sugar in Type 2 Diabetes

Science Daily: “A new study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University College of Medicine documents a clear link between the stress hormone cortisol and higher blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Week of July 15, 2020

Two More Drug Makers Recall Type 2 Diabetes Medication Metformin Over Cancer Concerns

1010 WINS: “Two more drug manufacturers have recalled the widely-used Type 2 diabetes medication metformin, over concerns that it contains too much of the human carcinogen NDMA, a ‘probable’ cancer-causing substance, the FDA announced this week...” Click here for full story.

Hyperglycemia Predicts COVID-19 Death Even Without Diabetes

Medscape: “Nearly half of hospitalized COVID-19 patients without a prior diabetes diagnosis have hyperglycemia, and the latter is an independent predictor of mortality at 28 days, new research indicates…” Click here for full story.

Can Other Drugs Added to Metformin Improve Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes?

MedPage Today: “The goal of this study was to compare benefits and harms of different glucose-lowering drugs in adults with type 2 diabetes. Question Addressed: What were the benefits and harms of different glucose-lowering drugs in adults with type 2 diabetes?..” Click here for full story.

Coronavirus Damages the Endocrine System

Science Daily: “People with endocrine disorders may see their condition worsen as a result of COVID-19, according to a new review published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society...” Click here for full story.

Early Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis Drives Long-Term Kidney Disease Risk

Healio: “Diabetic ketoacidosis is a common and potentially fatal complication in hospitalized patients with COVID-19, according to a new clinical perspective.Adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before age 30 years are more likely to develop renal failure over time compared with those with a shorter diabetes duration, according to a database analysis published in Diabetes Care...” Click here for full story.

Week of July 8, 2020

Is Metformin the Best First-Line Therapy for Those With Diabetes?

Medscape: “The largest network meta-analysis of diabetes drugs to date indirectly compared 21 glucose-lowering drugs for adults with type 2 diabetes in nine drug classes and 453 trials — to help guide therapy in a ‘challenging, complex landscape’…” Click here for full story.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis Threatens Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19

Science Daily: “Diabetic ketoacidosis is a common and potentially fatal complication in hospitalized patients with COVID-19, according to a new clinical perspective…” Click here for full story.

Machine-Learning Test May Improve Kidney Failure Prediction in Patients With Diabetes

Healio: “For patients with type 2 diabetes or the APOL1-HR genotype, a machine learning test integrating biomarkers and electronic health record data demonstrated improved prediction of kidney failure compared with commonly used clinical models….” Click here for full story.

Promising Treatment to Slow Kidney Disease Doesn’t Prove Out in Clinical Trial

Science Daily: “Progression of kidney disease in type 1 diabetes is correlated with increased amounts of uric acid. A drug that reduces uric acid levels was tested in a multi-institution randomized clinical trial. Though the study did not show the desired clinical benefit, it did provide a very clear answer to an important scientific question…” Click here for full story.

Week of July 1, 2020

Diabetes Drug May Lower COVID-19 Death Risk in Women

Medscape: “Women taking the widely used oral diabetes medication metformin may be at lower risk for fatal COVID-19, according to a study posted on Saturday that has not yet been peer-reviewed…” Click here for full story.

A Diabetes Drug That Slows Cognitive Decline?

MedPage Today: “Can a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist lower cognitive decline in type 2 diabetes? An exploratory analysis of the dulaglutide (Trulicity) cardiovascular outcome trial suggests so…” Click here for full story.

Type 1 Diabetes Prevention Moves Toward Reality

Science Daily: “Prevention or delay of type 1 diabetes could become a reality in the next few years, with teplizumab (PRV-031, Provention Bio) likely to become the first agent commercially available to halt disease progression…” Click here for full story.

Signs of Being Prone to Adult Diabetes Are Already Visible at Age 8 Years Old

Science Daily: “Early signs of being more susceptible to type 2 diabetes as an adult can be seen in children as young as 8 years old, decades before it is likely to be diagnosed, according to a new study…” Click here for full story.

Week of June 24, 2020

Simplified Management Protocol Can Prevent, Treat DKA in COVID-19

Healio: “Alternative, patient-tailored strategies are needed to treat diabetic ketoacidosis in the setting of COVID-19 to better balance intensive insulin therapy with minimizing clinician exposure and preserving personal protective equipment…” Click here for full story.

FDA OKs Evoke Pharma’s Metoclopramide for Diabetic Gastroparesis

Seeking Alpha: “The FDA approves Evoke Pharma’s Gimoti (metoclopramide) nasal spray for the relief of symptoms in adults with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis, a disorder in which the stomach’s contractions are disrupted compromising digestion…” Click here for full story.

Celiac Disease ‘Frequently’ Asymptomatic in Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “Celiac disease as a comorbidity of type 1 diabetes is often asymptomatic, and people with both diseases should closely monitor glucose levels during transition to a gluten-free diet, according to a study…” Click here for full story.

Endogenous Insulin Production is Preserved in Type 1 Diabetes With Anti-TNF Drug

Science Daily: “Alternative, patient-tailored strategies are needed to treat diabetic ketoacidosis in the setting of COVID-19 to better balance intensive insulin therapy with minimizing clinician exposure and preserving personal protective equipment…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Control in U.S. Youth Has Worsened Over Time

Medscape: “Glycemic control among youth with diabetes is no better today than it was in 2002 and in some subgroups it’s worse, despite increased availability of diabetes technology, newer therapies, and more aggressive recommended blood glucose targets, new research finds…” Click here for full story.

Week of June 17, 2020

COVID-19 May Trigger New Diabetes, Experts Warn

Science Daily: “Emerging evidence suggests that COVID-19 may actually trigger the onset of diabetes in healthy people and also cause severe complications of pre-existing diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Undiagnosed Liver Disease Common Among US Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Among U.S. adults with type 2 diabetes attending primary care and endocrinology clinics, less than 40% of those found to have liver fibrosis had elevated aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase, according to study data…” Click here for full story.

High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation Eases Diabetic Neuropathy Pain

Medscape: “The SENZA-PDN study results were presented as a late-breaking poster presentation at the virtual annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association. Those results included 103 patients randomized to conventional medical management alone, and 113 who received medical management plus the spinal cord stimulator…” Click here for full story.

FDA Clears Next-Generation Integrated Continuous Glucose Monitor

Healio: “The FDA has cleared a next-generation integrated continuous glucose monitoring system for adults and children aged 4 years and older with diabetes, according to a press release from Abbott…” Click here for full story.

Week of June 10, 2020

Treating Endocrine Conditions In the Age of COVID-19: What Experts Have Learned

Healio: “Since early March, experts have undertaken a flurry of new study and guidance for treating endocrine conditions in the setting of COVID-19. Debate continues over the risks for worse disease outcomes, optimal management and best treatments…” Click here for full story.

Cannabis Gaining Acceptance as Treatment for Neuropathic Pain?

Medscape: “Experts may be moving toward accepting cannabis as a useful tool to treat neuropathic pain (NP), a recent debate on the topic suggests…” Click here for full story.

“Excretion of Sugar Into Stool”? New Action of Anti-Diabetic Drug Discovered

Science Daily: “A research team has discovered that metformin, the most widely prescribed anti-diabetic drug, causes sugar to be excreted in the stool. Taking advantage of the new bio-imaging apparatus PET-MRI, they revealed that metformin promotes the excretion of blood sugar from the large intestine into the stool. This is a completely new discovery that was not previously anticipated…” Click here for full story.

Week of June 3, 2020

FDA Requests Voluntary Recall of Contaminated Metformin Products

Healio: “The FDA has asked five drug manufacturers to voluntarily recall several lots of extended-release metformin after agency lab testing revealed unacceptable levels of the nitrosamine impurity N-Nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA…” Click here for full story.

One in 10 Covid-19 Patients With Diabetes Die Within a Week, Study Finds

CNN: “One in 10 coronavirus patients with diabetes died within the first seven days of hospitalization, and one in five needed a ventilator to breathe, according to a new study by French researchers…” Click here for full story.

Lockdown Bonus: Tighter Glucose Control in Type 1 Diabetes

Medscape: “In the search for silver linings from the COVID-19 pandemic, this is at least a short-term one: adults with type 1 diabetes confined at home during quarantine were better able to keep their blood glucose levels in target range, according to two new studies…” Click here for full story.

Patients With Type 1 Diabetes Spend About $2,500 a Year in Health Care Costs

Medscape: “Adults and children with type 1 diabetes will spend an average of $2,500 a year out-of-pocket for health care – but insulin isn’t always the biggest expense – new research suggests…” Click here for full story.

Week of May 27, 2020

Poll Shows Americans Unaware of the Impact of COVID-19 on Kidney Health

Healio: “A new National Kidney Foundation-Harris poll on COVID-19 and kidney health indicates less than one in five Americans are aware that kidneys can fail due to coronavirus…” Click here for full story.

Dairy-Rich Diet Linked to Lower Risks of Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

Science Daily: “Eating at least two daily servings of dairy is linked to lower risks of diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as the cluster of factors that heighten cardiovascular disease risk (metabolic syndrome), finds a large international study…” Click here for full story.

Treatment Tips as COVID-19 Complicates CVD Management in Diabetes

Medscape: “A new article outlines the many ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates new considerations beyond traditional cardiovascular risk management in people with diabetes and offers suggestions for an optimal approach for those hospitalized with the infection…” Click here for full story.

Modified Smartphone Detects Early Signs of Diabetes-Induced Blindness

New Atlas: “One of the disastrous effects of diabetes is the harm it can cause to the retina, with this degeneration of blood vessels in the eye now the leading cause of new blindness in working-age adults. An international team of scientists has developed technology that could pick up this so-called diabetic retinopathy in its early stages, using a standard smartphone…” Click here for full story.

Week of May 13, 2020

New Research Explores Blueberries’ Positive Effects In Men With Type 2 Diabetes

PR Newswire: “A new research study published in Current Developments in Nutrition found that the equivalent of one cup of fresh blueberries, given as 22 g of freeze-dried blueberries, may beneficially affect areas of health in overweight men with type 2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

FDA Approves Dapagliflozin for HFrEF Regardless of Diabetes Status

Healio: “AstraZeneca announced the FDA has approved its SGLT2 inhibitor dapagliflozin to reduce risk for CV death and HF hospitalization in patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction with and without type 2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

The Links Between COVID-19 and Diabetes, Known and Unknown

Medscape: “The story of COVID-19 and the science behind the pandemic is evolving rapidly every day, with a flurry of publications in various clinical and preclinical journals. Here, I summarize the known and unknown links between diabetes and COVID-19, focusing on three pertinent clinical questions…” Click here for full story.

Possible Vaccine for Virus Linked to Type 1 Diabetes

Science Daily: “According to many observations, certain virus infections may play a part in the autoimmune attack that leads to type 1 diabetes. Researchers have now produced a vaccine for these viruses in the hope that it could provide protection against the disease…” Click here for full story.

Week of May 6, 2020

CDC Offers Guidance to Patients With Chronic Disease “Living With Uncertainty” During COVID-19

Healio: “Patients with chronic diseases aged older than 65 years, particularly those with cardiovascular disease or diabetes, are at significantly greater risk for acquiring COVID-19 and subsequent mortality from the virus, according to findings presented during a CDC webinar…” Click here for full story.

Certain Diabetes Drugs May Protect Against Serious Kidney Problems

Science Daily: “Use of sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors to treat type 2 diabetes may help to lower the risk of serious kidney problems, finds a study published by The BMJ today…” Click here for full story.

For People With Diabetes and COVID-19, Blood Sugar Control Is Key

Science Daily: “A new study adds to the evidence that people with type 2 diabetes (T2D) are at greater risk of a poor outcome should they become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. But there is some encouraging news: people with T2D whose blood sugar is well controlled fare much better than those with more poorly controlled blood sugar…” Click here for full story.

Age-Related Muscle Loss May Drive Type 2 Diabetes Risk Among Men

Healio: “Older men with sarcopenia are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes during 15 years of follow-up compared with men who have more lean body mass, according to findings published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society...” Click here for full story.

Week of April 29, 2020

AstraZeneca Pilots Diabetes Drug as Potential COVID-19 Treatment

Reuters: “Britain’s AstraZeneca is testing a diabetes drug as a potential treatment for COVID-19 patients who also had existing heart and kidney problems, its second trial of an approved therapy to help treat the disease caused by the coronavirus…” Click here for full story.

Wearable Device Lets Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Safely Use Affordable Insulin Option

Science Daily: “Adults with type 2 diabetes requiring insulin therapy can safely achieve good blood sugar control using regular human insulin (RHI) in a wearable, patch-like insulin delivery device called V-Go®…” Click here for full story.

“We Knew We Needed to Get Creative”: Inside Mount Sinai’s Effort to Make Glucose Management Safer During COVID-19

Healio: “The risk for severe COVID-19 complications is significantly higher for people with diabetes, and glucose management may play a vital role in disease outcomes. At the same time, careful monitoring of inpatient glucose can prove unsafe for clinicians and nurses…” Click here for full story.

COVID-19 Decimates Outpatient Visits

Medsacpe: “There has been a massive decline in outpatient office visits as patients have stayed home — likely deferring needed care — because of COVID-19, new research shows…” Click here for full story.

Week of April 22, 2020

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 If You Have Diabetes

Harvard Medical School: “Preliminary data from China suggest that people with diabetes and other preexisting conditions are more likely to experience serious complications and death from COVID-19 than people without diabetes and other conditions…” Click here for full story.

The New York Times: “Women born by cesarean section had a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes decades later…” Click here for full story.

“Insufficient evidence” to Recommend DPP-IV Inhibitor Treatment in Type 2 Diabetes With COVID-19

Healio: “Insulin — not DPP-IV inhibitors or GLP-1 receptor agonists — should be the agent of choice for the management of severely ill patients with diabetes and coronavirus infections; this position is supported by extensive historical experience and the increased adoption of continuous glucose monitoring, according to a literature review published in Endocrine Reviews…” Click here for full story.

Type 2 Diabetes: Too Much Glucagon?

Science Daily: “Patients with type 2 diabetes secrete not only too little insulin but also too much glucagon, which contributes to poor blood glucose control. A new study from Uppsala University suggests that this is because the glucagon-secreting α-cells have become resistant to insulin…” Click here for full story.

Week of April 15, 2020

COVID-19 and Diabetes: Patterns Emerge

Medscape: “Here is another update on what we know about COVID-19 in people with diabetes. The data that we have suggest that people with diabetes are actually not at increased risk for catching the novel coronavirus, but once they become infected, they may do less well, particularly if they’re in an ICU setting…” Click here for full story.

Why Is Coronavirus a Bigger Worry for People With Diabetes?

U.S. News & World Report: “If you or someone you love has diabetes, you’ve probably noticed that diabetes always pops up on lists of people at higher risk from COVID-19 infections. And you’ve probably wondered why…” Click here for full story.

Metformin Appears to Shield Diabetic Patients From Post-Op Death

MedPage Today: “In patients with type 2 diabetes undergoing surgery, metformin appeared to offer some protection against poor outcomes, researchers reported…” Click here for full story.

Adopting Vegetarian Diet Can Be Easy, Offer Cardiometabolic Benefits

Medscape: “Whether the motivation is animal or worker welfare, environmental sustainability, personal taste or something else, people with diabetes can safely adopt a plant-based diet. In fact, vegetarian and vegan eating patterns have been shown to improve cardiovascular disease and glucose management…” Click here for full story.

Evaluating Grip Strength to Identify Early Diabetes

Science Daily: “A new study reports valuable new grip strength metrics that provide healthcare practitioners with an easy-to-perform, time-efficient screening tool for type 2 diabetes (T2DM)…” Click here for full story.

Week of April 8, 2020

Researchers Warn Possible Coronavirus Treatment Hydroxychloroquine May Be Toxic When Combined With Diabetes Drug

Forbes: “Researchers have warned that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and chloroquine (CQ), two similar drugs repeatedly touted by President Trump to be promising treatments for COVID-19, may be toxic when combined with a common diabetes drug…” Click here for full story.

Individuals Taking Class of Steroid Medications at High Risk for COVID-19

Science Daily: “Individuals taking a class of steroid hormones called glucocorticoids for conditions such as asthma, allergies and arthritis on a routine basis may be unable to mount a normal stress response and are at high risk if they are infected with the virus causing COVID-19, according to a new article…” Click here for full story.

Panic-Buying for Coronavirus Affects Diabetes Patients: They Can’t Find Rubbing Alcohol

USA Today: “While the masses hunt for toilet paper, Caroline Gregory and other people with diabetes are on a different mission: scouring stores for the rubbing alcohol or alcohol swabs needed to manage their disease…” Click here for full story.

“Pace of Change Is Dizzying”: Joslin Diabetes Center Navigates Shifts In Care Brought On By COVID-19

Healio: “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced health care institutions around the country and around the globe to change the way they practice medicine. Clinicians at Joslin Diabetes Center — the world’s largest diabetes research center, diabetes clinic and provider of diabetes education —ramped up the organization’s telehealth capabilities within a week’s time to provide remote care for routine and nonurgent appointments, while fielding questions from anxious patients about access to medications and risks for worse coronavirus complications that can come with poorly controlled diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Week of April 2, 2020

At Issue: How Endocrinologists, Diabetes Specialists Are Responding to COVID-19

Healio: “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen, endocrinologists are confronting changes large and small to the way they practice medicine. For some… it means navigating an unprecedented, nationwide shift to telemedicine and virtual communication, all while prioritizing the patients who still urgently need an in-person consultation and the risks that come with it…” Click here for full story.

Keep Calm: Under 25s With Diabetes Not Hospitalized Due to COVID-19

Medscape: “Reports from pediatric endocrinologists in COVID-19 hotspots globally indicate that children, adolescents, and young adults with diabetes have so far not shown a different disease pattern with the virus compared to children and younger people who do not have diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Better Controlled Diabetes is Associated With Preserved Cognitive Function After Stroke

Medical Xpress: “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen, endocrinologists are confronting changes large and small to the way they practice medicine. For some… it means navigating an unprecedented, nationwide shift to telemedicine and virtual communication, all while prioritizing the patients who still urgently need an in-person consultation and the risks that come with it…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Increases Knee OA Pain Intensity, Worsens Mental Health

Healio: “Patients with knee osteoarthritis demonstrated higher average pain intensity and worse physical and mental health if they also have diabetes, according to data published in Arthritis Care & Research…” Click here for full story.

Week of March 25, 2020

Glucose Control Key With COVID-19 in Diabetes, Say Experts

Medscape: “Patients with diabetes may be at extra risk for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mortality, and doctors treating them need to keep up with the latest guidelines and expert advice…” Click here for full story.

Congress Needs to Clear a Path for People Living With Diabetes to Stay Safe During Pandemic

The Hill: “While estimates suggest that hundreds of millions of Americans may contract the coronavirus, the complications experienced by those infected will vary widely. The whole point of ‘flattening the curve’ is to ensure that those who are most in need of medical resources — the elderly and those with underlying health conditions — can receive medical attention when they need it…” Click here for full story.

Type 1 Diabetes Is Not One But Two Distinct Conditions, Defined By Diagnosis Age

Healio: “Children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes under the age of seven have a different form (or ‘endotype’) of the condition compared with those diagnosed aged 13 or above, new research has shown…” Click here for full story.

FDA Rejects Lower-Dose Empagliflozin 2.5 mg for Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “The FDA on Friday issued a complete response letter for a supplemental new drug application for a 2.5 mg dose of the SGLT2 inhibitor empagliflozin as an adjunct to insulin for adults with type 1 diabetes, according to a press release from Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly…” Click here for full story.

Week of March 18, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC.gov: “COVID-19 is a new disease and we are learning more about it every day. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.  Based upon available information to date, those most at risk include…” Click here for full story.

CDC Tells People Over 60 or Who Have Chronic Illnesses Like Diabetes to Stock Up On Goods and Buckle Down for a Lengthy Stay at Home

CNBC: “Many Americans will be exposed to COVID-19 over the next year or so with many people in the U.S. getting sick, a top CDC official said Monday, recommending that people over 60 and anyone with chronic medical conditions buckle down for a lengthy stay home…” Click here for full story.

“Everyone With Diabetes” Must Prepare for COVID-19

Medscape: “I’ve been getting many calls from my patients with diabetes who are understandably concerned about COVID-19 and their risk, so I thought this would be an important topic for us to discuss…” Click here for full story.

Extra Insulin Supplies, Medications Advised for People With Diabetes in Wake of COVID-19

Healio: “As the country struggles to come up with a public health response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, endocrinologists are warning people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes of their increased susceptibility for contracting the disease and how to best be prepared with an adequate supply of diabetes medications and testing supplies…” Click here for full story.

Week of March 11, 2020

New Mexico Becomes Third State to Cap Monthly Insulin Costs

Healio: “New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed legislation capping monthly copayments for insulin at $25, the lowest copay cap introduced at the state level and the latest state effort to stem the rising cost of the drug, according to a press release from the governor’s office…” Click here for full story.

Virginia Lawmakers Pass One of the Lowest Insulin Price Cap in Nation at $50 a Month

The Hill: “Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill that will force insurers to cap insulin costs at $50 a month, sending the bill to Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) desk for signature…” Click here for full story.

High Olive Oil Consumption Lowers Risk for Heart Disease

Healio: “Patients who consumed at least 7 g per day of olive oil had lower risk for CHD and total CVD compared with those who did not consume it, according to data presented at the American Heart Association Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions…” Click here for full story.

Bariatric Surgery Improves Type 2 Diabetes, Study Finds

Medscape: “Patients with severe obesity and diabetes who are contemplating bariatric surgery now have data to make a better-informed decision, researchers report. A large, multicenter US study of such patients has identified similarities and differences in 5-year diabetes remission, diabetes relapse, and glycemic control after the two most common types of bariatric surgery…” Click here for full story.

Walking More Steps Daily Lowers Risk for Diabetes, Hypertension

Healio: “A higher volume of steps per day in middle-aged adults lowered the risk for type 2 diabetes and stage 2 hypertension, according to data presented at the American Heart Association Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions…” Click here for full story.

Week of March 4, 2020

Metformin Add-On Ameliorates Weight Gain, Lowers Insulin Requirements in Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “Chinese adults with type 1 diabetes can avoid insulin-related weight gain and use less insulin by adding metformin to treatment regimens, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Could Resetting Our Internal Clocks Help Control Diabetes?

Science Daily: “The circadian clock system allows the organisms to adjust to periodical changes of geophysical time. Today, increasing evidence show that disturbances in our internal clocks stemming from frequent time zone changes, irregular working schedules or ageing, have a significant impact on the development of metabolic diseases including type-2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Two in Five Americans With Diabetes Report Financial Hardship

Medscape: “Americans with diabetes are experiencing more financial hardship from medical bills than those without diabetes, even when they have health insurance, new research shows…” Click here for full story.

Testing Lab Challenges FDA Findings That Carcinogens in Metformin Do Not Exceed Acceptable Levels

FiercePharma: “As questions about suspected carcinogens in drugs continue to roil the supply chain, the FDA last month said its testing of metformin did not find any with unacceptably high levels of NDMA. But testing laboratory Valisure has challenged those findings in a new Public Citizen petition, saying it discovered problems in 42% of the batches it checked. It contends the situation is likely to get worse as the COVID-19 outbreaks wreak havoc on supply chains…” Click here for full story.

Week of February 26, 2020

Regular Thyroid Testing Recommended Regardless of Diabetes Type

Healio: “Thyroid dysfunction is common among people with diabetes regardless of type, suggesting that biochemical thyroid screening should be a part of routine management for those with type 1 and type 2, according to an analysis of a community-based study published in Clinical Endocrinology…” Click here for full story.

Memory Games: Eating Well to Remember

Science Daily: “A healthy diet is essential to living well, but should we change what we eat as we age? Researchers have found strong evidence of the link between food groups and memory loss and its comorbidities. Her findings point to a need for age-specific dietary guidelines as the links may vary with age — people aged 80+ with a low consumption of cereals are at highest risk of memory loss and comorbid heart disease…” Click here for full story.

FDA Grants Dulaglutide CV Indication for Diabetes With or Without Established CVD

Healio: “The FDA approved the GLP-1 receptor agonist dulaglutide for the reduction of major adverse cardiovascular events for adults with type 2 diabetes who have established cardiovascular disease or multiple CV risk factors, making it the first type 2 diabetes drug approved for primary and secondary prevention populations, according to a press release from Eli Lilly…” Click here for full story.

Longer Breastfeeding, Lower Type 2 Risk After Gestational Diabetes

Medscape: “Among women with a history of gestational diabetes, a longer period of breastfeeding was associated with a lower probability of going on to develop type 2 diabetes, as well as a more favorable glucose metabolic biomarker profile. Women who breastfed for 2 years or longer had a 27% lower risk than that of those who did not breastfeed at all…” Click here for full story.

Week of February 19, 2020

Novel Once-Daily Pill Reduces HbA1c In Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “An investigational, once-daily pill added to optimized insulin therapy was shown to reduce HbA1c among adults with type 1 diabetes during a 12-week trial when compared with placebo plus insulin, according to a press release from vTv Therapeutics…” Click here for full story.

The Skinny On Why Poor Sleep May Increase Heart Risk In Women

Science Daily: “Women who sleep poorly tend to overeat and consume a lower-quality diet, according to a new study from researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The findings provide new insight into how poor sleep quality can increase the risk of heart disease and obesity and points to possible interventions for improving women’s heart health…” Click here for full story.

Weight-Loss That Remits Type 2 Diabetes Normalizes Beta-Cell Function

Healio: “Adults with type 2 diabetes who lose enough weight to enter diabetes remission are also able to recapture normal beta-cell capacity, according to findings published in Diabetes Care…” Click here for full story.

Good News for Those With Type 2 Diabetes: Healthy Lifestyle Matters

Harvard Health News: “A recent study published in JAMA Cardiology looked at whether the ideal cardiovascular (CV) metrics covered in Life’s Simple 7 translate into improved CV health for those with T2D or prediabetes. The results were exciting, and consistent with other large population-based studies…” Click here for full story.

Week of February 11, 2020

FDA Not Recommending Recalls of Diabetes Drug Metformin

Medscape: “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has no plans to recall any metformin products, used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, after tests it conducted did not show any evidence of contamination with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at levels that would cause concern…” Click here for full story.

New Study Adds to Evidence of Diabetes Drug Link to Heart Problems

Science Daily: “A new study published by The BMJ today adds to evidence that rosiglitazone — a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes — is associated with an increased risk of heart problems, especially heart failure…” Click here for full story.

VA Tests Keto Diet in Diabetic Patients; Skeptics Raise Red Flags

Medscape: “A partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Silicon Valley startup Virta Health Corp. is focusing attention on the company’s claim that it provides treatment ‘clinically-proven to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes’ without medication or surgery…” Click here for full story.

CBT Program “Works wondersW for Patients With Diabetes

Healio: “A peer-delivered, cognitive behavioral therapy-based intervention improved functioning, pain, quality of life and self-reported physical activity in patients with diabetes and chronic pain, researchers reported in Annals of Family Medicine…” Click here for full story.

Week of February 5, 2020

CVS Announces Plan to Eliminate Co-Pays for Diabetes Drugs

Healio: “In hopes of helping ensure patients can take their medication as prescribed, CVS Caremark is offering employers and health insurers a solution that will eliminate out-of-pocket expenses for members, without costing either the employer or insurer more money…” Click here for full story.

Eli Lilly to Donate 200,000 Insulin Pens to Relief Organizations

Healio: “Eli Lilly and Co. will donate at least 200,000 KwikPens to three relief organizations to stock insulin at nearly 200 free clinics in the United States through 2022, according to an industry press release…” Click here for full story.

Could Resetting Our Internal Clocks Help Control Diabetes?

Medical Xpress: “The circadian clock system allows organisms to anticipate periodic changes of geophysical time and to adjust to those changes… Today, increasing evidence show that disturbances in internal clocks stemming from frequent time zone changes, irregular work schedules and aging have a significant impact on the development of metabolic diseases in human beings, including type-2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Keto Diet Works Best In Small Doses, Mouse Study Finds

Science Daily: “A ketogenic diet — which provides 99 percent of calories from fat and only 1 percent from carbohydrates — produces health benefits in the short term, but negative effects after about a week, researchers found in a study of mice…” Click here for full story.

Week of January 29, 2020

Saying ‘Diabetes Doesn’t Discriminate,’ Gov. J.B. Pritzker Signs Measure Limiting Out-of-Pocket Cost of Insulin to $100 for 30-Day Supply

Chicago Tribune: “Illinois became one of the first states in the U.S. to limit the out-of-pocket price of insulin when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure on Friday that caps the cost of medication people with diabetes rely on.” Click here for full story.

Eli Lilly Unveils Another Round of Lower-Cost Insulin Products

Biospace: “Eli Lilly is adding additional reduced cost insulin options to patients. The Indianapolis-based company announced lower-priced versions of Humalog Mix75/25 KwikPen (insulin lispro protamine and insulin lispro injectable suspension 100 units/mL) and Humalog Junior KwikPen (insulin lispro injection 100 units/mL).” Click here for full story.

Meijer Ends Free Medication Program for Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Crain’s Detroit Business: “Meijer Pharmacy has stopped offering two medications for free: type 2 diabetes drug metformin and cholesterol-lowering atorvastatin. The Grand Rapids-based pharmacy…said it will continue to offer the most commonly prescribed antibiotics along with prenatal vitamins for no charge to all customers.” Click here for full story.

HbA1c Testing in Barbershops Could Help Identify Undiagnosed Diabetes in Black Men

Healio: “Community-based HbA1c testing in barbershops may help identify black men with undiagnosed diabetes, according to a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.Click here for full story.

Week of January 22, 2020

Fitness More Important Than Low BMI for Reducing Mortality Risk Among Adults With Diabetes

Healio: “Adults with diabetes of any BMI have lower mortality risk if they are more physically fit, although the “obesity paradox” still holds for less fit people, according to findings published in Diabetes Care...” Click here for full story.

Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes? Novo Nordisk Is Willing to Find Out

BioSpace: “Danish company Novo Nordisk specializes in the diabetes market. The company appears to be making an entry into the Alzheimer’s market, which isn’t as unusual or unexpected as it initially sounds. It has been postulated for some time that Alzheimer’s disease is related to blood glucose levels and has been dubbed type 3 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Early Action Required for Prevention, Management of Fatty Liver in Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, a condition traditionally treated by hepatologists, is widespread and frequently associated with obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and other metabolic risk factors. Type 2 diabetes appears to worsen the course of NAFLD and promote development of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, the more severe form of the disease…” Click here for full story.

Can People with Diabetes Eat Dates?

Healthline: “Dates are the sweet, fleshy fruits of the date palm tree. They’re typically sold as dried fruit and enjoyed on their own or in smoothies, desserts, and other dishes. Due to their natural sweetness, their impact on blood sugar may be a concern for those with diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Management Gains FDA Attention: 3 Stocks in Focus

Yahoo! Finance: “The FDA has of late been prioritizing approvals for the new-generation and advanced line of diabetes management devices… While diabetes management companies are coming up with cutting-edge innovation to gain traction in this niche market, there are a few stocks that deserve investors’ attention now. Let us take a closer look.” Click here for full story.

Top 5 Diabetes Highlights From 2019

Medscape: “Ever since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated cardiovascular outcome trials (CVOTs) for all diabetes medications, these trials have hogged the limelight in diabetes-related news… But now, for the first time in several years, an FDA-mandated CVOT is not leading the list of the year’s top diabetes news!” Click here for full story.

Week of January 15, 2020

Need to Control Blood Sugar? There’s a Drink for That

Science Daily: “With more people with diabetes and pre-diabetes looking for novel strategies to help control blood sugar, new research suggests that ketone monoester drinks — a popular new food supplement — may help do exactly that…” Click here for full story.

Gestational Diabetes May Heighten Type 2 Diabetes Risk Decades After Pregnancy

Healio: “Type 2 diabetes risk may be higher even after more than 20 years for Chinese women who develop gestational diabetes compared with those who do not, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation…” Click here for full story.

Neuropathic Therapy Center Seek Participants for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Study

Loma Linda University Health: “Loma Linda University Health is seeking volunteers with moderate to severe below-ankle neuropathy for a graduate student research study titled The Effect of Intraneural Facilitation Therapy on Diabetic Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy. The study hypothesizes that Intraneural Facilitation therapy (INF™) — a treatment that uses three physical holds to stretch specific nerve areas and bring pressurized blood flow to damaged nerves — may relieve patients with diabetic neuropathy of pain and discomfort…” Click here for full story.

Week of January 8, 2020

Novo Nordisk to Offer Free Insulin to U.S. Patients in Immediate Need

Reuters: “Novo Nordisk said on Thursday it would offer free, one-time supply of insulin to people in immediate need and at risk of rationing the medication, the rising price of which has attracted fierce criticism from lawmakers and regulators…” Click here for full story.

FDA Approves Rapid-Acting Insulin for Children With Diabetes

Healio: “The FDA on Monday approved fast-acting insulin aspart 100 U/mL as a mealtime insulin for children with diabetes, according to a press release from Novo Nordisk. Fast-acting insulin aspart (Fiasp) is the first and only fast-acting mealtime insulin injection that does not have a premeal dosing recommendation, according to Novo Nordisk…” Click here for full story.

Mediterranean Diet Repeats as Best Overall of 2020

Medscape: “For the third year in a row, the Mediterranean diet has been named the best diet overall in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings. In 2018, the Mediterranean diet shared top honors with the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet…” Click here for full story.

Addition of Linagliptin to Metformin Reduces Prediabetes Progression

Healio: “Prediabetes was less likely to progress to type 2 diabetes among adults who took a combination of linagliptin and metformin vs. metformin alone; the combination group was also more likely to achieve normal glucose levels, according to findings published in Metabolism…” Click here for full story.

Five Myths About Diabetes

The Washington Post: “No, you don’t get it from eating too many sweets. More than 100 million U.S. adults live with diabetes or prediabetes, making the disease one of the most serious health risks in modern society…” Click here for full story.

Simple Type 2 Diabetes Treatment With Low Calorie Diet is So Effective, It Reverses the Disease in Studies

Good News Network: “A ‘breakthrough’ treatment plan for type-2 diabetes has the British National Health Service (NHS) bustling as they position themselves to adopt a new standard of treatment. The course of treatment consists of a liquid diet of 800 calories to be taken as a soup or shake daily for a set amount of months depending on the time since the patient developed type-2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

New Automated Insulin Dosing System Hailed as a Breakthrough for Diabetics

Boston Herald: “An artificial pancreas system that automatically monitors and regulates blood glucose levels will reduce constant worry and self-care for Type 1 diabetes patients and is being hailed as a breakthrough by one of Boston’s top diabetes doctors…” Click here for full story.

Week of December 20, 2019

FDA Approves New Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System for People With Type 1 Diabetes

The Verge: “A new software system that will let people with diabetes customize their treatment and automatically adjust their insulin levels was just approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. It will reach patients in January 2020…” Click here for full story.

Ultra-Processed Foods Now Linked to Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Medscape: “High consumption of so-called ultra-processed foods is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, independent of other risk factors including weight and nutritional quality of the diet, a new study indicates. The results suggest a possible modifiable target for prevention of diabetes, say the authors…” Click here for full story.

Noninjectable Options to Deliver Insulin, Manage Diabetes

Healio: “Several cutting-edge advances in noninjectable insulin delivery methods could offer new ways for people with diabetes to manage the disease and better control glucose response, with the possibility of an oral insulin formulation closer than ever before to becoming reality, according to a speaker at the World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease…” Click here for full story.

Brain Function Abnormal In Children With Type 1 Diabetes

Science Daily: “Children with Type 1 diabetes show subtle but important differences in brain function compared with those who don’t have the disease, a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has shown…” Click here for full story.

CDC Says Prediabetes Common In Teens and Young Adults

MedPage Today: “Prediabetes has frequently been linked with insulin resistance syndrome (metabolic syndrome), which, in turn, is directly involved in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes. The three glucose abnormality phenotypes of prediabetes have also been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD)…” Click here for full story.

Is Coconut Water Good for Diabetes?

Healthline: “Sometimes called “nature’s sports beverage,” coconut water has gained popularity as a quick source of sugar, electrolytes, and hydration. It’s a thin, sweet liquid, extracted from the inside of young, green coconuts. Unlike coconut meat, which is rich in fat, coconut water consists mostly of carbs…” Click here for full story.

Teen Living With Diabetes Surprised With a Service Dog

Yahoo! News: “For many with diabetes, living a normal life can be difficult. And for families with children who may have the disease, it can be scary too. When 16-year-old Emily Setterstrom was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in kindergarten after suddenly experiencing rapid weight loss, her mom Jennifer Setterstrom, feared for her daughter’s life after losing her brother to the same disease…” Click here for full story.

Week of December 11, 2019

Diabetes Drug Has Unexpected, Broad Implications for Healthy Aging

Science Daily: “Metformin is the most commonly prescribed type 2 diabetes drug, yet scientists still do not fully know how it works to control blood sugar levels. Researchers have now used a novel technology to investigate why it functions so well. The findings could also explain why metformin has been shown to extend health span and life span in recent studies…” Click here for full story.

Low-Dose Aspirin Fails to Lower Dementia Risk Among All Adults With Type 2 Diabetes, But May Benefit Women

Healio: “Japanese adults with type 2 diabetes assigned a long-term low-dose aspirin regimen did not lower their risk for dementia vs. similar adults who did not routinely take aspirin, according to a post hoc analysis of the Japanese Primary Prevention of Atherosclerosis with Aspirin for Diabetes trial…” Click here for full story.

Intermittent Fasting Promotes Weight Loss, Improves Lipids

Medscape: “Limiting food consumption to a 10-hour window each day promotes weight loss and improves cardiometabolic abnormalities in women with metabolic syndrome, a small pilot study suggests…” Click here for full story.

New Diet That Matches Biological Clock May be Better for Diabetes

Medical News Today: “Typically, doctors advise people with type 2 diabetes to eat about six times a day. But this approach can lead to a vicious cycle in which individuals require more intensive treatments. Could a different approach to diet be more suitable?” Click here for full story.

85-Year-Old Man With Type 1 Diabetes Shatters Expectations

WNDU News: “There are more than a million people who have Type 1 diabetes, and they’re expected to live at least 10 years less than Americans without it. In fact, there are only 90 diabetics who have lived more than 70 years. But one man crushed that goal 15 years ago and is telling others how they can do it too…” Click here for full story.

Study Reveals How Diabetes Drug Promotes Healthy Aging

Medical News Today: “Doctors commonly prescribe metformin to help people with type 2 diabetes lower their blood sugar levels. The drug increases insulin sensitivity through its effects on glucose metabolism…” Click here for full story.

Week of December 4, 2019

FDA Approves Higher-Dose Insulin Glargine for Children With Diabetes

Healio: “The FDA on Tuesday approved an expanded indication for insulin glargine injection 300 U/mL to improve glucose response in children aged 6 years and older with diabetes, according to a press release from Sanofi. Insulin glargine injection (Toujeo) 300 U/mL is a long-acting insulin previously approved to improve blood glucose in adults with diabetes…” Click here for full story.

AI Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy Moves to Retail Clinics

Medscape: “Retail health clinics have been part of the trend in making healthcare more convenient, and now another option is being offered — testing for diabetic retinopathy. However, an ophthalmologist won’t make the diagnosis at the clinic; instead, it will be made by an artificial intelligence (AI) system called IDx-DR…” Click here for full story.

Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers and Wife Tiffany Open Up About Son’s Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

People: “Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and wife Tiffany Rivers are hoping to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes after their son was diagnosed with the condition when he was just 5 years old. ‘It’s our everyday,’ Tiffany tells PEOPLE of her son, Gunner, being diagnosed with the condition six years ago. ‘It’s our normal. It’s definitely a part of our life now’…” Click here for full story.

Helper Protein Worsens Diabetic Eye Disease

Science Daily: “In a recent study using mice, lab-grown human retinal cells and patient samples, scientists say they found evidence of a new pathway that may contribute to degeneration of the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye…” Click here for full story.

Unexpected Viral Behavior Linked to Type 1 Diabetes in High-Risk Children

Medical Xpress: “New results from The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study show an association between prolonged enterovirus infection and the development of autoimmunity to the insulin-producing pancreatic beta-cells that precedes type 1 diabetes (T1D). Notably, researchers also found that early adenovirus C infection seemed to confer protection from autoimmunity. The full findings were published Dec. 2 in Nature Medicine…” Click here for full story.

Biosensor-Equipped Glasses Could Monitor Diabetes Through Tears

TNW: “Brazilian and US scientists have developed a glasses-based biosensor capable of measuring blood glucose levels through a person’s tears, offering a less invasive test for diabetics. Glucose levels need to be frequently monitored in people with diabetes, a disease that affects 62 million people in the Americas and 380 million worldwide…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 26, 2019

The Costly, Life-Disrupting Consequences of Poor Diabetes Care

The New York Times: “Diabetes, whether Type 1 or Type 2, may be the most underappreciated, misunderstood and poorly treated of all common medical problems, and many of the more than 30 million Americans affected by it are paying dearly with their health and lives as a result. Contrary to what many people think, diabetes is not just a disease of abnormal blood sugar control caused by a lack of insulin or an inadequate response to this crucial hormone…” Click here for full story.

TB Drug Helps in Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis

Medpage Today: “Patients with diabetic foot osteomyelitis (DFO) treated with rifampin (Rifadin) experienced better outcomes than those treated with other antibiotics, authors of a retrospective cohort study reported. In approximately 6,000 patients followed for 2 years, 26.9% of those who received an antibiotic combination including rifampin — best known as a tuberculosis treatment — died or had an amputation compared with 37.2% of those who received antibiotics other than rifampin (P=0.02)…” Click here for full story.

If You Have Type 2 Diabetes, You’re at Much Greater Risk for Fatty Liver Disease

Miami Herald: “For many years, Abraham Aviv had suffered from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease… Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is common in the type 2 diabetic population, said Dr. Kawtar Al Khalloufi, a hepatologist at Cleveland Clinic Florida-Weston, where Aziz was referred after being diagnosed with cirrhosis…” Click here for full story.

As Diabetes Technologies Advance, Matching Patients to the “Right” Device Challenges Providers

Healio: “Diabetes devices such as sensors, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors continue to improve, offering people with diabetes more opportunities for connected care… As new devices and updates for older technologies enter the market, endocrinologists, diabetes care and education specialists, and other providers can find themselves overwhelmed…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 20, 2019

Life Experience Critical for Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Science Daily: “Researchers found that age plays a critical role in the well-being of people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, with younger patients more susceptible to psychological distress resulting in worse health outcomes…” Click here for full story.

FDA Panel Rejects Empagliflozin for Use in Type 1 Diabetes

Medscape: “A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee has recommended against approval of empagliflozin (Boehringer Ingelheim, Jardiance), a sodium-glucose cotransporter type 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, as an adjunct to insulin therapy to improve glycemic control in adults with type 1 diabetes mellitus…” Click here for full story.

Oramed Announces Successful Phase IIB Study of Oral Insulin in Type 2 Diabetes

Oramed: “Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ORMP) (TASE: ORMP), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral drug delivery systems, today announced positive results from the initial cohort of the Phase IIb trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of its lead oral insulin candidate, ORMD-0801, which has the potential to be the first commercial oral insulin capsule for the treatment of diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Multiple Type 2 Diabetes Benefits Achievable Through Low-Carb Diets

Healio: “Adults with type 2 diabetes can experience multiple diabetes-specific benefits beyond weight loss by undertaking a low-carbohydrate diet, although potential risks must be addressed, according to a speaker at ObesityWeek…” Click here for full story.

Sky-High Insulin Costs Force Diabetic Patients to Ration the Life-Saving Medication

ABC 7: “Rationing insulin is not uncommon among people with diabetes. The average price of the drug has skyrocketed in recent years, leading some patients to go to desperate lengths to get it. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports the price of the drug has nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Tougher on Women’s Hearts

WebMD: “Diabetes might be more deadly for women than men, at least when it comes to heart troubles, new research showsHeart disease occurs an average of 15 years earlier in people with diabetes, and is their main cause of illness an death. In women, the connection between diabetes and heart disease is particularly strong…” Click here for full story.

There Are 4 Ways to Manage Your Type 1 Diabetes Through Treatment — Here’s How

Health.com: “Only about 5% of those diagnosed with diabetes have type 1, which is why it may seem like this version of the disease seems a little more mysterious than type 2 diabetes—and with good reason: No one knows quite how to prevent type 1 diabetes yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 13, 2019

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.

‘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.

Get Diabetes-Friendly Recipes In Your Inbox

Sign up for Free

Stay Up To Date On News & Advice For Diabetes

Sign up for Free

Get On Track With Daily Lifestyle Tips

Sign up for Free

Save Your Favorites

Save This Article