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Week of May 15, 2019

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Can Impair Driving Performance

Healio: “Motorists with diabetic peripheral neuropathy drive at slower speeds and are at increased risk for losing control of the vehicle compared with adults without peripheral nerve dysfunction; however, these drivers can improve with practice, according to results of a study conducted in the United Kingdom.” Click here for full story.

Advancing Cell Therapy for Diabetes

Science Daily: “Researchers used single-cell sequencing to identify a protein expressed uniquely by insulin-producing beta cells created from stem cells in the laboratory. By targeting the protein and adding a physical enrichment method, the purity of beta cells improved from 30 to 80%. Improved control over the beta cell production process will allow researchers to refine cell therapy for patients with type 1 diabetes.” Click here for full story.


Type 2 Diabetes: Simple Method Can Help Tailor Treatment

Medical News Today: “Using simple, routine measures that are easy to obtain in a diabetes clinic, such as age at diagnosis and body mass index, can be an effective way to choose the best treatment for a person with type 2 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Most Common Among Adults With Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Nearly 5% of adults with type 2 diabetes and obesity may have obstructive sleep apnea, which is more prevalent among those with obesity regardless of diabetes status compared with the general population, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine.Click here for full story.

Diabetes Linked to Different Forms of Cancer in Males vs. Females

Medical News Today: “Previous research has suggested a link between the presence of diabetes and a person’s risk of cancer. Now, a large study in a Chinese population shows that type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of cancer — though females and males seem to be more at risk of different forms.” Click here for full story.

Misdiagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes 38% Of The Time

Diabetes in Control: “Late-onset type 1 diabetes can be difficult to identify… This study aimed to determine the prevalence and characteristics of type 1 diabetes defined by severe endogenous insulin deficiency after age 30 and assess whether these individuals are identified and managed as having type 1 diabetes in clinical practice.” Click here for full story.


Week of May 8, 2019

Qternmet XR Approved in the U.S. for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

AstraZeneca: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Qternmet XR (dapagliflozin, saxagliptin and metformin hydrochloride) extended release tablets as an oral adjunct treatment to diet and exercise to improve glycaemic control in adults with type-2 diabetes (T2D).” Click here for full story.

Pushing Early Beta-Cell Proliferation Can Halt Autoimmune Attack in Type 1 Diabetes Model

Science Daily: “Many in-development cures for type 1 diabetes have understandably focused on tackling the autoimmune aspect of the disease before figuring out a way to replace the destroyed beta cells. But what if focusing on the beta cells first could prevent their destruction altogether? Researchers have found that increasing the proliferation and turnover of beta cells before signs of type 1 diabetes could halt the development of the disease.” Click here for full story.

Type 2 Diabetes: Simple Method Can Help Tailor Treatment

Medical News Today: “Using simple, routine measures that are easy to obtain in a diabetes clinic, such as age at diagnosis and body mass index, can be an effective way to choose the best treatment for a person with type 2 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Minnesota Lawmakers Look to Make Insulin More Affordable

Bustle: “A new insulin assistance program aimed at easing rising insulin costs passed the Minnesota House floor late last month. The Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act, named after the 26-year-old Minnesotan who died from lack of insulin after aging off of his mother’s insurance, would create an emergency supply to help diabetics afford their insulin. The House passed the bill on April 25 as part of its health and human services omnibus bill.” Click here for full story.

Viola Davis on Her Prediabetes Diagnosis: ‘It’s Been Very Hard for Me’ “Viola Davis has chosen to live a life of significance. The Oscar-winning actress recognizes the immense privilege that comes with being as celebrated of an artist that she has become and, as she told AOL’s Gibson Johns during a recent sit-down interview during the Tribeca Film Festival, she sees that privilege as coming with an important responsibility to pay it forward.” Click here for full story.

Type 2 Diabetes: Intensive Hypertension Therapy May Lower Death Risk

Bustle: “According to a new study, intensive treatment for high blood pressure may reduce the risk of death from any cause, including cardiovascular disease, in people with type 2 diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Migraines May Reduce Your Chance of Getting Diabetes, According To This Study

Bustle: “A group of European researchers revealed the conclusions of their study into migraines the the end of 2018, and there were some surprisingly positive insights. At the end of their studies, the researchers concluded that they ‘observed a lower risk of developing type two diabetes for women with active migraine and a decrease in active migraine prevalence prior to diabetes diagnosis.'” Click here for full story.


Week of May 1, 2019

Time-Restricted Eating Shows Benefits for Blood Glucose

Science Daily: “By restricting the time period during which they could eat, researchers have seen promising results for controlling blood glucose levels in men at risk of type 2 diabetes. In a small study, researchers assessed the effects of time-restricted eating (TRE) in 15 men for one week.” Click here for full story.

Could Anti-Malarial Be Adjunctive T2D Therapy?

Medpage Today: “Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ, Plaquenil) might be a candidate as adjunctive therapy in type 2 diabetes, researchers reported here. Among adults patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes already on vildagliptin (Galvus, Zomelis) and metformin, HCQ significantly reduced HbA1c compared with baseline after 24 weeks (8.32% vs 7.11%, P=0.001), according to Amit Gupta, MD, of the G.D. Diabetes Institute in Kolkata, India, and colleagues.” Click here for full story.

Does Half the U.S. Population Have Diabetes or Prediabetes, as Tim Ryan Claimed?

Politifact: “If elected president, Democratic congressman Tim Ryan says he’d focus on a health care system that not only covers people when they are sick, but also keeps them healthy… ‘Half the country today has either diabetes or prediabetes,’ Ryan, a U.S. representative from Ohio, said at an April 11 WMUR town hall in Manchester. ‘A diabetic costs 2.3 times as much as every other patient. That is going to sink the health care system.'” Click here for full story.

Gestational Diabetes in India and Sweden

Medical Xpress: “Indian women are younger and leaner than Swedish women when they develop gestational diabetes, a new study from Lund University shows. The researchers also found a gene that increases the risk of gestational diabetes in Swedish women, but which, on the contrary, turned out to have a protective effect in Indian women.” Click here for full story.

Keto Diet: A ‘Cheat Day’ May Undo Benefits and Damage Blood Vessels

Medical News Today: “New research shows that people who follow a keto diet to lose weight or treat diabetes should avoid sudden spikes in blood sugar levels… One day may not make a big difference in the long-term, but a recent study from the University of British Columbia in Okanagan, Canada (UBCO), found that when it comes to the keto diet, a single dose of carbohydrates may have dangerous side effects.” Click here for full story.

Prescribed Statins Are Not Taken by 23.7% of Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Nearly 30% of adults with type 2 diabetes may not take all their medications as instructed, including nearly one-quarter of those prescribed statins, according to findings presented in Diabetes Care.” Click here for full story.

Finally, Another Effective Drug for Kids and Teens With Type 2 Diabetes

Medical Express: “Results of a recently completed clinical trial of a potential drug to treat Type 2 diabetes in children were announced Sunday [April 28] at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2019 meeting in Baltimore, Md… Study coauthor Jane Lynch, M.D., FAAP, professor of pediatrics at UT Health San Antonio, said the drug, liraglutide, in combination with an existing medication, metformin, showed robust effect in treating children studied in the Ellipse trial.” Click here for full story.


Week of April 24, 2019

Metformin Use Linked to Worse Cognition, Vitamin B Deficiency

Medscape: “Metformin is associated with worse cognitive function in older adults, which could be explained by B-vitamin deficiency, new research suggests. ‘Fortified foods can provide a bioavailable source of B-vitamins and may be beneficial for maintaining better cognitive health in older people with or at risk for diabetes, but this requires confirmation in an intervention trial,’ Dr. Kirsty M. Porter of Ulster University in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and colleagues conclude.” Click here for full story.

Diet Rich in Animal Protein is Associated With a Greater Risk of Early Death

Science Daily: “A diet rich in animal protein and meat in particular is not good for the health, a new study finds, providing further backing for earlier research evidence. Men who favored animal protein over plant-based protein in their diet had a greater risk of death in a 20-year follow-up than men whose diet was more balanced in terms of their sources of protein.” Click here for full story.

New Insight Into How Obesity, Insulin Resistance Can Impair Cognition

Science Daily: “The increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) upon developing type 2 diabetes is similar in men and women, show data from a large UK-based study of newly diagnosed patients.” Click here for full story.

CVD Risk Similar in Men, Women With Diabetes, but Care Differs

Medscape: “The increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) upon developing type 2 diabetes is similar in men and women, show data from a large UK-based study of newly diagnosed patients.” Click here for full story.

3 Ways Tech is Arming the Battle Against Diabetes

Innovation & Tech Today: “Thankfully, new technologies are making both types of diabetes easier to manage and less expensive to treat for both patients and medical professionals. “Diabetes is arguably the chronic condition most ripe for technological disruption,” says Dr. David Ahn, Endocrinologist and Program Director at the Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center in Newport Beach, California.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes: Can Cheese Control Blood Sugar?

Medical News Today: “A new study shows that cheese improved insulin sensitivity in prediabetic rats, but industry funded the research… A recent study adds fuel to the fire by showing that both regular-fat and low-fat cheese improve insulin sensitivity in prediabetic rats. Dairy Farmers of Canada funded the study.” Click here for full story.

Metformin Improves Peripheral Insulin Sensitivity in Young Patients With Type 1 Diabetes

Endocrinology Advisor: “Metformin might improve whole-body and peripheral insulin sensitivity in overweight/obese adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D), according to study results published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.” Click here for full story.


Week of April 18, 2019

Study Finds Diabetes Drug May Prevent, Slow Kidney Disease

APNews: “A drug that’s used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes has now been shown to help prevent or slow kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of thousands of people to use dialysis to stay alive.” Click here for full story.

Eggs for Breakfast Benefits Those With Diabetes

Science Daily: “While some cereals may be the breakfast of champions, a professor suggests people with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) should be reaching for something else. New research shows that a high-fat, low-carb breakfast (LCBF) can help those with T2D control blood sugar levels throughout the day.” Click here for full story.

A New Rx for Diabetes: Lighten Up

The New York Times: “In older patients, rigorous lowering of blood sugar may offer few benefits and pose unexpected risks.” Click here for full story.

Suffering From Gestational Diabetes? Here is What You Should Eat

The Health Site: “You can give birth to a healthy baby and reduce his risk of developing diabetes by managing your eating habits during gestational diabetes. Here, we tell you foods you can eat when you experience a surge in your blood glucose levels during pregnancy.” Click here for full story.


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