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Week of October 24, 2018

Misdiagnosis of Adult-Onset Type 1 Diabetes Is Common

Medscape: “Onset of type 1 diabetes after age 30 years is common and often misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes in clinical practice, new data show. The findings were presented October 4 here at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 2018 Annual Meeting by Nicholas J. Thomas, MD of the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.” Click here for full story.

Intermittent Fasting May Help Fight Type 2 Diabetes

Medical News Today: “Lifestyle changes are key in the management of type 2 diabetes. Scientists believe that intermittent fasting could play an essential role… Researchers used intermittent fasting as a method to reduce the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in a new observational study conducted in Canada and published in the journal BMJ Case Reports.” Click here for full story.

Researchers Show Effectiveness of New Noninvasive Blood Glucose Test

ScienceDaily: “For those living with diabetes, monitoring blood glucose accurately is necessary to prevent diabetes-related complications. Researchers recently evaluated the accuracy of new technology to monitor blood glucose levels without needles or a finger prick. Early results show that the noninvasive technology measures blood glucose levels as effectively as a finger prick test — without drawing blood. ” Click here for full story.

Study Ties ‘Milk’ Hormone to Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Everyday Health: “New research suggests healthy levels of a hormone released during breastfeeding are linked with a reduced risk of diabetes in women, but researchers aren’t sure why this association exists and how the hormone may play a role in possibly preventing the disease.” Click here for full story.

Why Does Diabetes Cause Fatigue?

Medical News Today: “Fatigue is a common symptom of diabetes and can result from high blood sugar levels and other symptoms and complications of the condition. Some lifestyle changes can help a person manage diabetes fatigue.” Click here for full story.

Large Study Finds Not Exercising is Worse then Smoking; Diabetes “If you have trouble getting on the treadmill, a new study — which finds that not exercising can be more detrimental for your health then smoking, having diabetes or heart disease — may convince you that it’s time to change your habits.” Click here for full story.


Week of October 17, 2018

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.

Originally Published May 14, 2023

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