This Week in Diabetes News

In Type 1 Diabetes, Urologic Issues and Sexual Troubles Often Coexist

EndocrineWeb: “While doctors and researchers have long known that having type 1 diabetes increases the tendency to have urinary and sexual problems, information on how common and why has been lacking. A survey asking women and men with type 1 diabetes presents about these issues offers a clearer understanding of the impact of these critical life factors;1 the study appears in the journal, Diabetes Care.” Click here for full story.

Inhaled Insulin Improves Glucose Control in Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “Compared with multiple daily insulin injections, inhaled insulin was shown to provide benefits for adults with type 1 diabetes, including improved postprandial glucose levels, lower daytime glucose variability and less hypoglycemia, according to a study published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics.” Click here for full story.


Vaccines Are Critical If You Have Diabetes

Medical Xpress: “Diabetes reduces the immune system’s ability to fight certain infections. This raises the risk for serious complications from diseases that vaccines protect against—including flu, pneumonia, hepatitis B, tetanus and shingles. ‘People with diabetes may be at higher risk of getting certain diseases and also serious problems from diseases that could’ve been prevented with vaccines,’ said Evan Sisson, an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.” Click here for full story.

Gastric Banding As Effective As Metformin in Slowing Progression of Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

National Institutes of Health: “People with prediabetes or new-onset type 2 diabetes who had gastric banding, a type of bariatric surgery for weight loss, had similar stabilization of their disease to those who took metformin alone, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. These findings were published on October 3 in Diabetes Care (link is external), coinciding with a presentation during the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting in Berlin.” Click here for full story.

Tarragon Supplements May Make Healthy Women Gain Weight

ScienceDaily: “Russian tarragon and bitter melon supplements may be less helpful for women than men when it comes to combating metabolic syndrome, whose symptoms include high blood sugar, high blood pressure and excess fat around the waist, a new study suggests.” Click here for full story.

How Teens with Type 1 Diabetes Can Guard Their Hearts

Everyday Health: “Could restricting your diet for a couple of days a week put type 2 diabetes in remission? That’s the controversial claim scientists of a small new study are making as they fan the fire around a diet fad known as intermittent fasting. But many health professionals, including those at the American Diabetes Association, argue that the approach can be dangerous for people with diabetes, whose bodies cannot control their blood sugar without careful diet, medication, and sometimes insulin management.” Click here for full story.

How Teens with Type 1 Diabetes Can Guard Their Hearts “Interviewing both teens and parents, Joslin Diabetes Center researchers have identified strategies to help teens with [cardiovascular] conditions manage them better, says Dr. Michelle Katz, lead author on a paper about the work recently published in Pediatric Diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Gestational Diabetes, Hypertension May Worsen Menopausal Hot Flashes

Healio Endocrine Today: “Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes or preeclampsia are more likely to develop hot flashes during the menopause transition vs. women who are not diagnosed with those conditions, according to an analysis of the SWAN study presented at the North American Menopause Society annual meeting.” Click here for full story.


Week of October 10, 2018

Diabetes: Fridge Temperature May Make Insulin Less Effective

Medical News Today: “New research that set out to analyze the temperatures at which people living with diabetes store their insulin is now warning against the perils of improper storage for the quality and effectiveness of the hormone.” Click here for full story.

System Improves Less-Than-Ideally Controlled Type 1 Diabetes

Medscape: “An investigational “hybrid closed-loop” insulin delivery system improved blood glucose control and reduced the risk for hypoglycemia among children and adults with suboptimally controlled type 1 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Scientists Link Diabetes to Increased Risk of Arthritis and Osteoporosis

Medical News Today: “A study that draws on data from more than 100,000 people finds a link between diabetes and an increased risk of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.” Click here for full story.

Severe Infections Rising Among Americans With Diabetes

Medical Xpress: “The number of Americans with diabetes who wind up in hospitals with serious infections, or who develop them while in the hospital, is on the rise. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of diabetics hospitalized for infections rose 52 percent…according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes May Begin More Than 20 Years Before Diagnosis

Science Daily: “Early signs of type 2 diabetes can be identified more than 20 years before diagnosis, according to new research presented at this year’s European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany (1-5 October).” Click here for full story.

Study Reports Rates of Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes in US Adults

Specialty Pharmacy Times: “Type 2 diabetes remains the most common type of diabetes diagnosed in American adults, but rates are increasing among both disease subtypes, according to a new study.” Click here for full story.


Week of October 3, 2018

Diabetes Vaccine May Follow From Celiac Disease Research

Healio: “The venture philanthropy organization JDRF T1D Fund is investing in ImmusanT, a clinical-stage company looking to develop a vaccine to prevent type 1 diabetes following on its peptide immunotherapy program for celiac disease, the two entities announced in a press release.” Click here for full story.

Lifestyle Intervention May Mitigate Weight Gain Due to Ubiquitous Contaminant

Science Daily: “A new study finds that perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are associated with increases in weight, but exercise and diet may reduce the obesogenic effects of these environmental contaminants.” Click here for full story.

Possible Pen Needle Confusion Prompts FDA Safety Alert

Medscape: “Reports of patients using standard pen needles to inject insulin without removing the inner needle cover have prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a safety communication on proper use of pen needles.” Click here for full story.

Blue Cross Launches ‘Virtual’ Diabetes Clinic

Albany Herald: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia “has launched a ‘virtual’ diabetes clinic in partnership with Onduo, a Massachusetts-based diabetes management company. The program is free to most Blue Cross members who have work-based or individual insurance in Georgia, as part of a large pilot program.” Click here for full story.


Week of September 26, 2018

CDC: 14% of US Adults Have Diabetes, Many Unaware of Disease Status

Healio: “The prevalence of diabetes among adults in the United States rose to 14% between 2013 and 2016, with nearly 31% of those with diabetes unaware they have the disease, according to a new report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.” Click here for full story.

Genomic Study Brings Us Closer to Precision Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes

Science Daily: “Most patients with type 2 diabetes are treated with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ protocol, but this approach can leave many cases inadequately managed. New work indicates that inherited genetic changes may underlie the variability seen among diabetes patients, with different physiological processes potentially leading to high blood sugar. This work represents a first step toward using genetics to identify subtypes of type 2 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms: Does Swapping Sugar for Sweeteners Control Blood Glucose Levels? “Type 2 diabetes is caused by having too much sugar in the blood. This doesn’t mean people with diabetes have to completely cut sugar from their diet, but it should be limited in order to keep blood glucose levels under control. So are sweeteners a suitable alternative?” Click here for full story.

Health Links Between Gluten And Diabetes, Air Pollution And Dementia

CBS Los Angeles: “It now seems that gluten can affect more than just the person who eats it, reports Dr. Max Gomez. Danish scientists, after analyzing data from thousands of pregnant women, say a high gluten diet may put offspring at higher risk for type 1 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Eating Gluten During Pregnancy Linked to Child’s Higher Type 1 Diabetes Risk

Everyday Health: “Researchers don’t know the exact cause of type 1 diabetes, but new preliminary research suggests that a mother’s eating habits during pregnancy could play a role. The study, published online in September 2018 in BMJ, found that the more gluten a woman consumed during her pregnancy, the more likely her offspring was to develop type 1 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

These Companies Want to Combine Stem Cells and CRISPR Gene Editing to Treat Diabetes

Fortune: “Some news from the land of CRISPR gene-editing to start off this week: The appropriately named CRISPR Therapeutics…is partnering with San Diego-based ViaCyte in an effort to tackle type 1 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Adolescent Metabolic Health More Strongly Linked to Physical Activity Than Sedentary Time

Healio ITJ: “In adolescents, current physical activity level has a greater effect on metabolic health than time spent being sedentary, according to findings from a prospective cohort study published in PLOS Medicine. ” Click here for full story.


Week of September 19, 2018

BPA Exposure in US-Approved Levels May Alter Insulin Response in Non-Diabetic Adults

Science Daily: “In a first study of its kind study, researchers have found that a common chemical consumers are exposed to several times a day may be altering insulin release. Results of the study indicate that the Food and Drug Administration-approved ‘safe’ daily exposure amount of BPA may be enough to have implications for the development of Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases.” Click here for full story.

Just 6 Hours of Sleep Loss Increases Diabetes Risk

Medical News Today: “The importance of sleep is well-known. A recent study enforces this by demonstrating that sleep deprivation might increase diabetes risk — after losing just 1 night of sleep.” Click here for full story.

Is It Safe for a Person With Diabetes to Eat Sweets?

Medical News Today: “Diabetes is a chronic condition that causes a person’s blood glucose levels to become too high. Although people with diabetes often need to carefully manage their diet, incorporating the occasional sweet or sugary food into a healthful diet can still be okay.” Click here for full story.

People With Diabetes Impacted By Hurricane Florence: National Diabetes Coalition Available to Support

Longview News-Journal: “Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, with hurricane-force winds, catastrophic flooding and widespread power outages that will severely impact the Carolinas and the Appalachian Region. The Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition (DDRC)…has prepared multiple online resources to support all people with diabetes, especially those who depend upon insulin, so they can continue to effectively manage their diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Is Tight Blood Sugar Control Right for Older Adults With Diabetes?

Harvard Health: “With improved public education, it is now common knowledge that uncontrolled diabetes leads to damage to the major organs of the body, such as the heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves, blood vessels, and brain. So, it is important to ask how tightly blood glucose (also called blood sugar) should be controlled to decrease the risk of harm to these organs.” Click here for full story.


Week of September 12, 2018

Low Vitamin D Levels in Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Medscape: “Lower vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) levels are found in patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) compared to those with painless DPN, patients with diabetes without any neuropathy, and healthy people, shows a study unique for its rigorous control for seasonal sunlight and physical activity.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Patients Are Hacking Together the Tech They Need. Doctors are Just Tuning In.

Futurism: “In a study published on Monday in The Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, researchers at University of Utah Health examine how the diabetes community uses Twitter to share information on open source artificial pancreas (OpenAPS) technology, a DIY hack of two diabetes management devices.” Click here for full story.

Prolonged, High HbA1c May Increase Dementia Risk in Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “Older adults with type 1 diabetes with prolonged exposure to HbA1c at least 8% are at least twice as likely to develop dementia over 6 years vs. similar adults with only 10% of measurements in the same range, according to findings published in Diabetes Care.” Click here for full story.

Eating Whole Grains Cuts Risk of Getting Diabetes: Study

New York Post: “Eat your Wheaties to avoid diabetes. That’s the takeaway from a new study showing that whole-grain foods could be one of the easiest weapons against Type 2 diabetes, a condition that disrupts the body’s sugar metabolism and is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.” Click here for full story.

High Tech to High Touch: Taking Aim at Type 2 Diabetes With Virtual Coaches

Employee Benefit News: “After reviewing several health plans that attempt to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, [the Purdue University] benefits team partnered with Virta Health to provide online coaching to faculty and staff members. Virta Health aims to reverse the disease without the use of drugs or surgery, relying on virtual coaching to spur program participants into healthy habits.” Click here for full story. (Learn about supporting employees with diabetes in “Employees With Diabetes: A Supervisor’s Guide.”)


Week of September 5, 2018

New Type 1 Diabetes Therapy Shows Promise for Long-Term Reversal in Both Humans, Dogs

Science Daily: “A collagen formulation mixed with pancreatic cells is the first minimally invasive therapy to successfully reverse Type 1 diabetes within 24 hours and maintain insulin independence for at least 90 days, a pre-clinical animal study shows.” Click here for full story.

Inactivity Can Quickly Trigger Diabetes in Seniors

WebMD: “A short stretch of inactivity can unleash diabetes in older adults at risk for the blood-sugar disease, a new study finds.” Click here for full story.

How Sleep Loss May Contribute to Adverse Weight Gain

Science Daily: “One night of sleep loss has a tissue-specific impact on the regulation of gene expression and metabolism in humans, according to researchers. This may explain how shift work and chronic sleep loss impairs our metabolism and adversely affects our body composition.” Click here for full story.

What Are Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes in Children?

Medical News Today: “Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that can develop at any age. It often has a slow, gradual onset, which can make it difficult to detect and diagnose in children. In this article, we look at what type 2 diabetes is and describe its symptoms, causes, and risk factors in children.” Click here for full story.

Balancing Diabetes at 200mph

OKC Fox: “Ever wonder what it’s like to speed around a winding racetrack at 200 mph in a 130-degree car? Now consider doing that while managing a chronic health condition like Diabetes. NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Ryan Reed and Racecar Driver Conor Daly know exactly what it’s is like. The two talk about how they balance their diabetes and their racing careers.” Click here for full story.


Week of August 29, 2018

Almonds Can Help Improve Blood Sugar Levels Despite Skipping Breakfast

Deccan Chronicle: “Skipping breakfast is not advisable when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet for overall well being. But there are ways to make up for it and it’s as simple as getting your snacking habits right.” Click here for full story.

Sleeping Five Hours or Less a Night Associated With Doubled Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Science Daily: “New research finds that middle-aged men who sleep five hours or less per night have twice the risk of developing a major cardiovascular event during the following two decades than men who sleep seven to eight hours.” Click here for full story.

How to Eat Rice and Potatoes without Spiking Your Blood Sugar — Add Lentils

EndocrineWeb: “When it comes to diet, not everything about keeping your blood sugar down (or decreasing your risk of diabetes) has to be difficult. Canadian researchers have come up with a clever diet swap that’s both easy and gets great results in keeping down blood sugar.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Type 2 — The ‘amazing’ 7p Breakfast to Prevent High Blood Sugar “Making some small dietary changes could help to prevent the symptoms of high blood sugar. One of the best foods to add to your diabetes diet is eggs, a nutritionist has revealed.” Click here for full story.

Stigma Complicates Online Interactions in Diabetes Community

Healio Endocrine Today: “Members of the diabetes online community identify judgment, education and health care teams as major themes related to stigma, according to findings presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting.” Click here for full story.

Consume This Drink at Breakfast to Help Manage Diabetes, Study Says

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “A new study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that each daily cup of non-cow’s milk was associated with 0.15 inches lower height than average.” Click here for full story.


Week of August 22, 2018

Consuming Milk at Breakfast Lowers Blood Glucose Throughout the Day

Science Daily: “A change in breakfast routine may provide benefits for the management of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. A team of scientists found that milk consumed with breakfast cereal reduced postprandial blood glucose concentration compared with water, and high dairy protein concentration reduced postprandial blood glucose concentration compared with normal dairy protein concentration.” Click here for full story.

How Eating Mushrooms May Improve Blood Sugar Control

Medical News Today: “A new study looks at how eating a common type of mushroom can affect glucose, or blood sugar, regulation. The results may have implications for managing diabetes and other metabolic conditions, such as obesity.” Click here for full story.

Risk of Death Not Up in T2DM When Risk Factors Within Target

Practice Update: “Little excess risk of death is seen for patients with Type 2 diabetes with five risk-factor variables within target ranges, according to a study published in the Aug. 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.” Click here for full story.

Alarming Rise in Type 2 Diabetes in Young People

Medscape: “Type 2 diabetes rates among children and young people in England and Wales have continued to grow, latest figures show.” Click here for full story.

Bariatric Surgery Reduces Incidence of Microvascular Disease in Type 2 Diabetes

Endocrinology Advisor: “Bariatric surgery in type 2 diabetes (T2D) was associated with half the incidence of microvascular disease at 5 years, including a lower incidence of nephropathy and retinopathy, compared with medical care, according to findings published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.” Click here for full story.

Tandem Diabetes Launches t:slim X2 Insulin Pump in U.S.

Seeking Alpha: “Tandem Diabetes Care [has announced] the U.S. commercial launch of the t:slim X2 Insulin Pump with Basal-IQ technology, a low glucose suspend feature designed to reduce the frequency and duration of hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) events.” Click here for full story.


Week of August 15, 2018

Potential Target for Developing Obesity and Diabetes Treatment Identified

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

Early Onset Type 1 Diabetes Tied to Heart Disease

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

Working Overtime Could Raise Women’s Diabetes Risk

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

Sensors, Smartphones Headline Tech That Helps Monitor Diabetes

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

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

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

Researchers Develop Wearable Technology for Diabetics

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


Week of August 7, 2018


FDA Okays 14-Day Version of Libre Continuous Glucose Monitor

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


Saliva test could improve diabetes control and treatment

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


Sugar Spikes Common In People Without Diabetes

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


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

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


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

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

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