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Week of November 21, 2018

A Hypocaloric Mediterranean Diet and Daily Exercise Maintain Weight Loss

Science Daily: “Following a Mediterranean diet low in calories and engaging daily physical activity have been demonstrated to result in reduce body weight and cardiovascular risk in overweight patients and patients with metabolic syndrome, and to maintain these benefits after one year.” Click here for full story.

Nick Jonas Opens Up About Life With Type 1 Diabetes, Priyanka Chopra Shows Support

Today Show: “Nick Jonas was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 13 years ago, and he’s sharing his struggle with the disease with his fans. In a post on Instagram, the singer showed side-by-side photos of himself from a few weeks after he was diagnosed to now.” Click here for full story.

Shoulder ‘Brightness’ on Ultrasound May Be a Sign of Diabetes

EurekAlert: “A shoulder muscle that appears unusually bright on ultrasound may be a warning sign of diabetes, according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).” Click here for full story.

Pennsylvania Legislators, Provider Warn of Missed Type 1 Diabetes Diagnoses in Young Children

Healio Endocrine Today: “Pennsylvania state legislators and diabetes advocates gathered at the statehouse recently to raise awareness about the rising incidence of type 1 diabetes in young children and the dangers that can accompany a missed diabetes diagnosis, including diabetic ketoacidosis.” Click here for full story.

Hot Baths Reduce Inflammation, Improve Glucose Metabolism

Medical News Today: “According to new research, a hot bath could have effects that extend way beyond mental relaxation. According to the authors, regular hot baths might reduce inflammation and improve metabolism.” Click here for full story.

Type 1 Diabetes: The Daily Struggles of Dealing With the Invisible, Incurable Disease

ABC News: “November is National Diabetes Month, but for the more than a million children and adults in the U.S. living with Type 1 diabetes, every day and night is a constant reminder of a physically and emotionally tedious disorder that requires constant monitoring.” Click here for full story.


Week of November 14, 2018

Why People With Diabetes May Need to ‘Intensify’ Their Treatments

Healthline: “Despite the number of diabetes treatment options available today, researchers are saying a significant number of patients with type 2 diabetes are not seeing any significant improvements in their blood sugar levels… Experts say people with type 2 diabetes need to be sent to specialists so they can get on proper treatment plans.” Click here for full story.

The Connection Between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Healthy Hearing: “More than 30 million Americans have diabetes — if you’re one of them, take note. You may want to keep a close watch on your hearing, too. Research indicates diabetics are more than twice as likely to develop hearing loss than those without the disease.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Drug Might Also Ease Heart Failure Risks

HealthDay: “The diabetes drug Farxiga might do double-duty for patients, helping to ward off another killer, heart failure, new research shows. Type 2 diabetics who took Farxiga (dapagliflozin) saw their odds of hospitalization for heart failure drop by 27 percent compared to those who took a placebo, according to a study funded by the drug’s maker, Astra-Zeneca.” Click here for full story.

Pilot Study Suggests Pedal Desks Could Address Health Risks of Sedentary Workplace

Science Daily: “A recent pilot study by kinesiologists found that pedaling while conducting work tasks improved insulin responses to a test meal. Investigators found that insulin levels following the meal were lower when sedentary workers used a pedal desk compared to a standard desk. In addition, work skills were not decreased in the pedaling condition.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes In Women Can Trigger Depression & Frequent UTIs

Economic Times: “Women behave differently when affected by diabetes than men. Women tend to be further along in the disease when they are diagnosed, making them far more susceptible to complications.” Click here for full story.


Week of November 7, 2018

Nuts for Nuts? Daily Serving May Help Control Weight and Benefit Health

Science Daily: “Eating Brazil nuts and other varieties of nuts daily may prevent weight gain and provide other cardiovascular benefits, according to two separate preliminary studies to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018 in Chicago, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.” Click here for full story.

Improved Rescue Kits for People With Diabetes, Hypoglycemia

Medical Xpress: “Being with someone who has diabetes and needs immediate care to avoid a coma can be a frightening situation. Even worse, current products and injection kits to help in those emergencies can be complicated to use. Now Purdue University researchers are working on a solution similar to common EpiPen devices that could help diabetic patients and others with hypoglycemia.” Click here for full story.

In Diabetes, Going Vegan May Boost Mood, Too

WebMD: “Diabetes is a formidable foe that can tax the bodies and the spirits of people diagnosed with the blood sugar disease. But a plant-based diet may help boost the physical and the mental health of unhappy people with type 2 diabetes, a new evidence review reports.” Click here for full story.

Insulin Pumps Are Too Slow to Innovate—So Diabetics Are Hacking Them on Their Own

CNBC: “There is a revolution in the Type 1 diabetes community and thousands of people are now hacking their insulin pumps for better blood sugar management. CNBC’s Erin Black, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 20 years ago, decided to try out the hacked system. Here’s what happened.” Click here for full story.

Colectomy Associated With Increased Risk of Diabetes

Medical Xpress: “People who have had a colectomy have increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals. The researchers hope their effort will pave the way to methods for preventing and treating the disease. The research results have just been published in the scientific journal eLife.” Click here for full story.


Week of October 31, 2018

Metformin May Cut AMD Risk in Diabetes

MedPage Today: “Diabetic patients treated with metformin had almost a 50% lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a large retrospective study from Taiwan showed. Overall, metformin users had a 46% reduction in the relative risk of AMD, as compared with nonusers.” Click here for full story.

New Lead for Mechanism of Action of Diabetes Drug Metformin

Science Daily: “Canadian and British researchers have discovered how the frontline Type 2 diabetes drug metformin may work to help cells better take up and use glucose. Their study, published today in the journal Cell, may also explain other potential beneficial effects of metformin for prevention of a variety of chronic diseases, including cancers.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes No Barrier to Cataract Surgery

MedPage Today: “Diabetic patients without retinopathy achieved 20/20 vision after cataract surgery as often as nondiabetic patients did, a retrospective analysis of a large community-based cohort showed.” Click here for full story.

Gut Microbiota Products Can Favor Diabetes

Science Daily: “A study shows that the gut microbiota has the ability to affect how cells respond to insulin, and can thus contribute to type 2 diabetes. The findings demonstrate an hereto unknown pathological mechanism.” Click here for full story.

Can People With Diabetes Eat Potatoes?

Medical News Today: “People with diabetes need to be aware of their carbohydrate intake. Although potatoes are a starchy vegetable, it is still possible for a person with diabetes to enjoy them as part of a healthful diet.” Click here for full story.

Insulin Discovery a Game-Changer for Improving Diabetes Treatments

Science Daily: “An international collaboration has made a discovery that could make therapeutic insulins more effective by better mimicking the way insulin works in the body. The findings could improve treatments for diabetes, a disease that impacts the lives of millions of people worldwide.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Care Is Expensive, But Patients Have Allies and Resources to Help

Tyler Morning Telegraph: “Each year, people die or develop permanent diabetes complications because they skip or decrease doses of medication in order to save money. Many people are embarrassed to admit that they cannot afford their medications, but they should not be… Your health care team cannot help you explore options if they do not know a problem exists.” Click here for full story.

Voortrekker Monument Goes Blue for World Diabetes Day in November

Rekord Centurion: “The Voortrekker Monument will be lit up in blue for the month of November to honour world diabetes day and all who suffer from the condition. World diabetes day (WDD) is a global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes awareness that is held annually on November 14, with the month of November being labelled diabetes awareness month.” Click here for full story.

Originally Published May 14, 2023

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