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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.

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