This Week in Diabetes News

Increased Nut Consumption Lowers CV Risk in Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Improved mortality rates and decreases in CVD among patients with type 2 diabetes were associated with a higher consumption of nuts, particularly tree nuts, according to data published in Circulation Research.” Click here for full story.[1]


Human Cells Can Change Job to Fight Diabetes

Science Daily: “Traditional cell biology textbooks say that most cells can only differentiate to the same cell type, with the same function. It seems that some of these textbooks need to be rewritten, thanks to the new results by researchers at the University of Bergen and their international partners at Université de Genève (UNIGE), Harvard Medical School, Universiteit Leiden and the Oregon Stem Cell Center (OHSU).” Click here for full story.[2]

I Have Gestational Diabetes. Now What?

WTOP: “During pregnancy the body goes through many changes and requires more insulin, which helps with control of blood sugar levels. Such changes sometimes leave a woman vulnerable to developing gestational diabetes — a type of the disease that occurs only during pregnancy.” Click here for full story.[3]

Mother Says Son’s Diabetes Creates Daycare Dilemma

KTNV: “Finding affordable daycare in Las Vegas is a difficult task for any parent, but a local mother says things got even harder when businesses learned her son has Type 1 diabetes.” Click here for full story.[4]


Week of February 6, 2019

Type 1 Diabetes May Not Impair School Performance in Kids

Medscape: “Having type 1 diabetes per se may not affect school performance among children but glycemic control could, a Danish study suggests. ‘In this population-based cohort study, there was no statistically significant difference in pooled reading and math test scores between children with and without diabetes,’ note Niels Skipper, PhD, of the Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University, Denmark, and colleagues, in their article published online February 5 in JAMA.” Click here for full story.[5]

Vitamin D Could Lower the Risk of Developing Diabetes

Science Daily: “The benefits of vitamin D in promoting bone health are already well known. A new study suggests that vitamin D also may promote greater insulin sensitivity, thus lowering glucose levels and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.” Click here for full story.[6]

Study Ties Heart Disease, Diabetes to Cannabis Exposure in Utero

Medical Xpress: “Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Exposure to cannabis — and, specifically, to THC — while in utero leads to heart defects and metabolic limitations likely to result in heart disease and diabetes later in life, according to a Western-led study.” Click here for full story.[7]


Week of January 30, 2019

Soluble Fiber May Improve Diabetes Control

Reuters: “People with diabetes who take soluble fiber supplements have slightly lower blood sugar than diabetics who don’t add this type of fiber to their diets, a research review finds… To examine the connection between viscous fiber supplements and blood sugar, researchers examined data from 28 clinical trials with a total of 1,394 participants with diabetes.” Click here for full story.[8]

Only 20% With Type 1 Diabetes Are Meeting HbA1c Goals

Medscape: “Only about one in five people with type 1 diabetes in the United States is achieving optimal glycemic control despite increased use of technologies such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), new data show.” Click here for full story.[9]

Oral Insulin Lowers FPG in Insulin-Naive, Type 2 Diabetes

Healio: “Among insulin-naive adults with Type 2 diabetes, treatment with a high dose of oral insulin for 8 weeks lowered fasting plasma glucose at a rate comparable with participants assigned to insulin glargine, with no serious adverse events and a low incidence of hypoglycemia, according to findings from a phase 2 study.” Click here for full story.[10]

Diabetes Tops Common Conditions For Frequent Geriatric Emergency Patients

PRNewswire: “Older adults go to the emergency department more often than other age groups, stay longer, and typically require more resources and medical interventions. The most common conditions among geriatric frequent users include diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, congestive heart failure and blockage or damage to veins or arteries, according to new research in Annals of Emergency Medicine.” Click here for full story.[11]

Your Personality Could Put You at Greater Risk for Developing Diabetes

Science Daily: “It has been said that a good personality can help one succeed in life. But can it also guard against disease risk? A new study shows that positive personality traits, such as optimism, actually may help to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.” Click here for full story.[12]

This Mother Reversed Her Diabetes Through Veganism

Veg News: “Norma Wheelock has been confined to a wheelchair for 39 years, ever since being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy (MD). And so when she was given the additional diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes — a difficult diagnosis for anyone, but a devastating one for someone confined to a chair — Wheelock felt utter despair… It was her daughter and primary caretaker, Jennifer Wheelock, who started to research natural healing approaches to diabetes.” Click here for full story.[13]


Week of January 23, 2019

Rotavirus Vaccination Protects Against Type 1 Diabetes in Kids

Healio: “The number of new cases of type 1 diabetes among young Australian children declined after oral rotavirus vaccination was added to the routine immunization schedule for children aged 6 weeks and older, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics.” Click here for full story.[14]

Following Heart Health Guidelines Also Reduces Diabetes Risk

Science Daily: “You’ve probably heard that things like staying active, eating healthy and keeping your blood pressure in check can help your heart, and a new study finds that following a set of seven lifestyle factors can also drastically reduce your risk of developing diabetes.” Click here for full story.[15]

Statins May Reduce Risk of Retinopathy in Diabetes Patients

MD Magazine: “Taking statins may help stave off retinopathy in patients with diabetes, according to a study. Signs and symptoms of diabetic retinopathy — the leading cause of vision loss in persons aged 20 to 74 years — are prevalent in about one-third of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a 2015 study. Investigators estimate this rate will likely rise in the following years.” Click here for full story.[16]

Diabetes Alert Dogs Perform Better Than Previously Thought

Medscape: “UK researchers have shown that in patients with type 1 diabetes who have well-trained medical alert “diabetes” dogs, the animals have greater sensitivity to changes in blood glucose than has been shown in previous studies.” Click here for full story.[17]

Night Shift Plus Unhealthy Habits Equals Higher Diabetes Risk

Health24: “Rotating night-shift work together with an unhealthy lifestyle significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers say. ‘Most cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by adherence to a healthy lifestyle, and the benefits could be larger in rotating night-shift workers,’ said study authors led by Zhilei Shan” Click here for full story.[18]


Week of January 16, 2019

Statins Cut Retinopathy Risk in Type 2 Diabetes

MedPage Today: “Treatment with statins was associated with a significantly decreased risk of diabetic retinopathy in patients with type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol in a large cohort study from Taiwan. Statin therapy was also associated with a lower need for invasive treatments for vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy, and the benefits of statin treatment were dose dependent.” Click here for full story.[19]

High Intake of Dietary Fiber and Whole Grains Associated With Reduced Risk of Non-Communicable Diseases

Science Daily: “Observational studies and clinical trials conducted over nearly 40 years reveal the health benefits of eating at least 25g to 29g or more of dietary fiber a day, according to a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.” Click here for full story.[20]

Is it Safe for People with Diabetes to Smoke Marijuana?

ASweetLife: “With an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana for recreational use, and a large number of states allowing medical marijuana, and last year’s FDA approval of first cannabis-derived prescription drug, it’s not surprise people with diabetes have been asking about marijuana. Can it be used safely by people with diabetes and can it be used as a treatment for diabetes?” Click here for full story.[21]

Diet Soda Linked to Risk for Diabetic Blindness

WebMD: “Drinking diet soda may raise the risk for a severe type of diabetic eye disease that can lead to blindness, a new study says. The study, published in Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, is the first to evaluate the link between soft drinks and what’s called proliferative diabetic retinopathy.” Click here for full story.[22]


Week of January 9, 2019

Egg Metabolites in Blood Related to Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Science Daily: “Consumption of one egg every day seems to associate with a blood metabolite profile that is related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study conducted in the University of Eastern Finland shows. The findings were published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.” Click here for full story.[23]

Diet Soda Linked to Increased Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy

Medscape: “Drinking diet soda may increase the risk for proliferative diabetic retinopathy — a severe type of diabetic eye disease that can lead to blindness — according to a study published online in the September/October issue of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology.” Click here for full story.[24]

Type 2 Diabetes Med Might Not Harm Bones After All

WebMD: “If you have type 2 diabetes and you’re taking canagliflozin to help control your blood sugar, a new study has some good news for you: The drug doesn’t appear to raise the risk of bone fractures.” Click here for full story.[25]

Our Bodies May Cure Themselves of Diabetes in the Future

Medical Xpress: “In collaboration with other international researchers, researchers at the University of Bergen have, discovered that glucagon-producing cells in the pancreas can change identity and adapt to do the job for their neighbouring damaged or missing insulin cells.” Click here for full story.[26]

Study Links Green Tea With Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The Straits Times: “A recent international study found that drinking green tea was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese adults. A total of 119,373 participants from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study (SWHS) and Shanghai Men’s Health Study (SMHS) were included in the study.” Click here for full story.[26]


Week of January 2, 2019

Convincing Evidence That Type 2 Diabetes Is a Cause of Erectile Dysfunction

Science Daily: “Using cutting-edge genetic analysis, the team was able to delve deeper than ever before into the complex correlations between diabetes and aspects including body weight.” Click here for full story.[27]

Diabetes Drug Could Be Used to Treat Common Heart Failure Syndrome, Study Suggests

EurekAlert: “Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered that metformin, a drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes, might also be used to treat heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), a condition that is predicted to affect over 8% of people ages 65 or older by the year 2020.” Click here for full story.[28]

Skipping Breakfast Even Once a Week Might Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

ABC News: “Many people consider breakfast to be the most important meal of the day, and perhaps that’s for good reason. Skipping it might increase your type 2 diabetes risk, according to a new review of several studies.” Click here for full story.[29]


Week of December 19, 2018

Single Workout Can Boost Metabolism for Days

Science Daily: “Lounging around all weekend may weigh heavy on the minds of the health conscious. But these sedentary stretches may not affect the waistline, provided they’re preceded by a bit of exercise. A new study from UT Southwestern Medical Center shows neurons in mice that influence metabolism are active for up to two days after a single workout.” Click here for full story.[30]

With Diabetes, Must You Fast for Blood Tests?

WebMD: “Fasting before a cholesterol blood test is just a nuisance for most people, but for those with diabetes, it can be dangerous. New research shows that up to 22 percent of people with diabetes who fasted for lab tests had a low blood sugar episode (hypoglycemia) while waiting for the test.” Click here for full story.[31]

1 in 7 people with diabetes test blood sugar too often

Futurity: Research News: “For more than 29 million Americans with type 2 diabetes, testing their blood sugar is just part of daily life. But a new study suggests that some of them test more often than they need to.” Click here for full story.[32]

Type 2 Diabetes and Cognitive Decline: Study Finds Link

Medical News Today: “Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s insulin production and blood sugar levels. New research, however, suggests that the scope of this condition may be broader than previously thought, as scientists find a link between type 2 diabetes and cognitive decline over 5 years.” Click here for full story.[33]

Migraine May Lower Risk for Type 2 Diabetes in Women

Healio: “Women with active migraine were at lower risk for type 2 diabetes, according to findings recently published in JAMA Neurology. Researchers reviewed questionnaires from 76,403 women (mean age, 61 years) without type 2 diabetes that were part of a previously existing cohort in France… There was a lower risk for type 2 diabetes in women with active migraine vs. women with no migraine history.” Click here for full story.[34]


Week of December 12, 2018

Majority of Patients With Type 2 Diabetes May Use Test Strips Inappropriately

Healio: “More than half of patients with type 2 diabetes being managed with treatments other than insulin who filled three or more claims for test strips may have used those supplies inappropriately, according to a report recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.” Click here for full story.[35]

Statins Have Low Risk of Side Effects

Science Daily: “The cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins have demonstrated substantial benefits in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes caused by blood clots (ischemic strokes) in at-risk patients. Since statins are associated with a low risk of side effects, the benefits of taking them outweigh the risks, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association that reviewed multiple studies evaluating the safety and potential side effects of these drugs.” Click here for full story.[36]

Can Cannabis Treat, Or Event Prevent Diabetes?

Forbes: “The legalization of recreational marijuana has dominated the news, recently, but medical marijuana research continues to advance apace… One of the most promising—and pressing—areas of research has to do with the effects of medical marijuana on people with diabetes. Millions of people suffering from the disease are looking for relief from both the symptoms and the high costs healthcare associated with treating the disease.” Click here for full story.[37]


Week of December 5, 2018

Metformin’s Effect in Diabetes Linked to Gut Microbiota Changes

Medscape: “The glucose-lowering effects of the first-line treatment for Type 2 diabetes, metformin, have long been thought to be mediated through effects on liver cells, but new research suggests the drug may also significantly affect the gut microbiota and that this may independently contribute to glucose control.” Click here for full story.[38]

Is Being a Night Owl Bad for Your Health?

Science Daily: “In the first ever international review of studies analyzing whether being an early riser or a night owl can influence your health, researchers have uncovered a growing body of evidence indicating an increased risk of ill health in people with an evening preference as they have more erratic eating patterns and consume more unhealthy foods.” Click here for full story.[39]

Spike Diabetes Applies Social Pressure to Keep Patients Safe

Tech Crunch: “It can be tough for diabetes patients to keep a constant eye on their glucose levels. Spike Diabetes lets family and doctors lend a hand by sending them real-time alerts about the patient’s stats. And the app’s artificial intelligence features can even send helpful reminders or suggest the most diabetes-friendly meals when you walk into a restaurant.” Click here for full story.[40]

Diabetes Type 2 — The Amount of Weight You Should Lose to Avoid High Blood Sugar

Express: “Obesity accounts for at least 80 per cent of the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, said It’s believed that abdominal fat causes fat cells to release chemicals that make the body less sensitive to insulin, it said. But, if you’re overweight, losing just a moderate amount of weight will help to lower your risk of diabetes.” Click here for full story.[40]


Week of November 28, 2018

Antioxidants May Prevent Cognitive Impairment in Diabetes

Science Daily: “Cognitive difficulties in patients with diabetes, caused by repeated episodes of low blood sugar, could be reduced with antioxidants, according to a new study. The study findings suggest that stimulating antioxidant defenses in mice reduces cognitive impairments caused by low blood sugar, which could help to improve the quality of life for diabetic patients.” Click here for full story.[41]

Shoe Insole May be a Help for Patients With Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Pharmacy Times: “Recently, Purdue researchers developed a shoe insole that could help make the healing process more portable for the 15% of Americans who develop ulcers as a result of diabetes. The researchers used lasers to shape silicone-based rubber into insoles, and then create reservoirs that release oxygen only at the part of the foot where the ulcer is located.” Click here for full story.[42]

Type 2 Diabetes: How Do Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Affect Risk?

Medical News Today: “A new review of existing studies published in The BMJ finds that sugary drinks that contain fructose raise the risk of type 2 diabetes more than other fructose-containing foods.” Click here for full story.[43]

Study: 40 Million With Diabetes Could Be Without Insulin By 2030

News Tribune: “By 2030, an estimated 79 million adults with Type 2 diabetes are expected to need insulin. But if current quantities of the medicine remain level, as many as 40 million sufferers could be left without it, according to a report in the journal The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.” Click here for full story.[44]

Night Shifts and Unhealthy Lifestyle Combine to Up Risk of Diabetes

Medscape: “Working night shifts and having an unhealthy lifestyle appear to have an additive effect on the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, and women with both have a greater risk than simply adding the impact of either factor alone, suggests a pooled analysis of two major studies.” Click here for full story.[45]

Why Does Psoriasis Increase Diabetes Risk?

Medical News Today: “Previous research demonstrated that having psoriasis increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A new study has tried to understand why this occurs.” Click here for full story.[46]


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.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]

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.[50]

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.[51]

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.[52]


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.[53]

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.[54]

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.[55]

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.[56]

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.[57]


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.[58]

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.[59]

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.[59]

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.[60]

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.[61]


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.[62]

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.[63]

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.[64]

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.[65]

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.[66]

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.[67]

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.[68]


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.[69]

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.[70]

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.[71]

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.[72]

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.[73]

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.[74]


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.[75]

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.[76]

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.[77]

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.[78]

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.[79]

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.[80]

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.[81]

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.[82]


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.[83]

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.[84]

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.[85]

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.[86]

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.[87]

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.[88]


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.[89]

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.[90]

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.[91]

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.[92]


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.[93]

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.[94]

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.[95]

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.[96]

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.[97]

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.[98]

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.[99]


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.[100]

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.[101]

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.[102]

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.[103]

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.[104]


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.[105]

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.[106]

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.[107]

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.[108]

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.[109] (Learn about supporting employees with diabetes in “Employees With Diabetes: A Supervisor’s Guide.”[110])


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.[111]

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.[112]

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.[113]

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.[114]

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.[115]


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.[116]

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.[117]

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.[118]

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.[119]

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.[120]

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.[121]


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.[122]

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.[123]

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.[124]

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.[125]

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.[126]

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.[127]


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.[128]

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.[129]

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.[130]

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.[131]

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.[132]

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.[133]


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[134]. The Libre is now the longest-lasting continuous glucose monitor (CGM) on the US market. Click here for full story.[135]


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[136]. 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.[137]


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[138] 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.[139]


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

A study findings highlighted by Healio[140], 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.[141]


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

Live Science[142] 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.[143]

Week of July 23, 2018


For Anthony Anderson, Living With Diabetes Takes Balance

The diagnosis from Anthony Anderson’s physician came as a bit of a surprise to him reports My San Antonio[144]. “I thought I was healthy, you know,” the 47-year-old actor, comedian and writer said. “And I was healthy until the doctor said, ‘Nope! You have type 2 diabetes.” Click here for full story.[145]


For People With Diabetes, Air Travel Can Present a Host of Challenges

For those with diabetes, air travel can present a variety of challenges. The Chicago Tribune[146] outlines a few precautions and some creative ways you can reach your destination without experiencing a health crisis. Click here for full story.[147]


High Prevalence of Restrictive Lung Disease in People With Type 2 Diabetes

One in four patients in outpatient treatment settings suffers from breathlessness. Acute and chronic lung diseases are usually the main causes, reports Science Daily[148]. New studies have found that breathlessness and conditions of restrictive lung disease may be a late complication of Type 2 diabetes. Click here for full story.[149]


Long Work Hours Tied to Higher Diabetes Risk in Women

Women who work long hours may be at a heightened risk for diabetes, a new study examined by MedPage Today[150] found. Specifically, those who worked ≥45 hours in 1 week reported a significantly higher risk for developing incident diabetes compared with women who worked 35-40 hours each week. Click here for full story.[151]


Smart Patch Micro Needles ‘to Revolutionise’ Care

Smart patches fitted with micro needles to deliver insulin could “revolutionise” treatment for diabetes sufferers, reports BBC News[152]. The 0.7mm hollow needles would be less intrusive than standard needles by only perforating the surface of the skin. The patch would monitor insulin levels and the micro needles deliver the dose. Click here for full story.[153]


‘Really Good’ New Guidelines for T2 Diabetes

Dr. Anne Peters talks about the new ASA/EASD treatment guidelines for managing patients with Type 2 diabetes for Medscape[154]. Although guiding people is difficult, these guidelines actually begin to guide us in the treatment of our patients with type 2 diabetes. Click here for full story.[155]


Week of July 9, 2018


Diabetes Diagnosis ‘Silver Lining’? Other Family Members’ Health May Improve

When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, other family members seem more likely to adopt healthy lifestyle changes, too. As reported by HealthDay[156]. A new study found that partners of people newly diagnosed with diabetes were 50 percent more likely to attend weight management classes and 25 percent more likely to get medication to help quit smoking. Click here for full story.[157]


New Glucose Monitors Taking The Pain, Unpredictability Out Of Diabetes

As reported by CBS News New York[158], a new generation of continuous glucose monitors (CGM) are so good that many doctors say everyone with diabetes should be using it. The new Dexcom G6 is taking the pain, and unpredictability out of monitoring your diabetes. Click here for full story.[159]


Cheap Blood Pressure Drug Might Slow Diabetes

A new study shows the blood pressure drug, verapamil, appears to protect some of the pancreatic cells that are damaged, allowing them to continue producing a little insulin. As outlined by NBC News[160], this cheap blood sugar drug might slow the worsening of Type 1 diabetes. Click here for full story.[161]


Strong Link Found Between Air Pollution and Diabetes

A new study, designed to estimate the harmful effects of poor air quality, revealed a significant correlation between diabetes and pollution levels. Medical News Today[162] outlines this strong link between air pollution and diabetes. Click here for full story.[163]


Vegetarian Diet Improves HbA1c, Reduces CV Risk in Diabetes

Vegan and vegetarian diets help lower HbA1c and cholesterol levels and improve other cardiometabolic risk factors in middle-aged, overweight people controlling their type 2 diabetes with medications according to a study highlighted by Medscape[164]. This level of reduction suggests that patients could consider moving toward a plant-based diet that is primarily vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, perhaps even before they move to diabetes medications. Click here for full story.[165]


Week of July 2, 2018


The Insulin Pill May Finally be Here

Currently, individuals with Type 1 diabetes must inject themselves with the required dose of insulin daily to manage their condition. As reported by Medical News Today[166], scientists are developing a viable way of delivering insulin in pill form, in hopes of making injections no longer necessary. Click here for full story.[167]


Diabetes Defeated by Diet: How New Fresh-Food Prescriptions Are Beating Pricey Drugs

Spending on diabetes drugs in the United States broke $50 billion last year, more than double what it was in 2013. CNBC[168] reports that the Geisinger Health Systems in Pennsylvania is testing a new program called Fresh Food Farmacy which includes education and free nutritious meals that can lower diabetes treatment costs by 80 percent. Click here for full story.[169]


A Diabetes Diagnosis After Age 50 May be an Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer in Black, Latino People

According to Everyday Health[170], a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis after age 50 is a known risk factor for pancreatic cancer, and in Latino and African-American people with diabetes who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within three years, pancreatic cancer itself may manifest as diabetes. The findings may help doctors identify more people at risk for the potentially deadly cancer. Click here for full story.[171]


Daily Fasting Works For Weight Loss, Finds Report on 16:8 Diet

A new study by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago found that Daily fasting is an effective tool to reduce weight and lower blood pressure. The study outlined by Science Daily[172] found that those who fasted 16 hours a day consumed about 350 fewer calories, lost about 3 percent of their body weight and saw their systolic blood pressure decreased by about 7 mm Hg in a 12-week trial. Click here for full story.[173]


Lentils Significantly Reduce Blood Glucose Levels, U of G Study Reveals

The University of Guelph[174] found that replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 percent in a new study. The study found that swapping out half of a portion of these starchy side dishes for lentils can significantly improve your body’s response to the carbohydrates. Click here for full story.[175]

Week of June 18, 2018


Common Diabetes Drug Found Safe For Most Diabetics With Kidney Disease

New results from a large-scale study suggest that the oral diabetes drug metformin is safe for most diabetics who also have chronic kidney disease. As reported by Science Daily[176], investigators found that metformin’s association with the development of a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis was seen only among patients with severely decreased kidney function. Click here for full story.[177]


Sleeping in a Light Room May Cause Type 2 Diabetes by Preventing The Production of Insulin, Study Finds

Research suggests that sleeping in a light room may cause Type 2 diabetes. The study, outlined by Daily Mail[178] found that after spending just one night in a faintly-lit room, people had greater levels of insulin resistance. Click here for full story.[179]


One Blood Test Might Be Enough to Diagnose Diabetes, Study Says

A new study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore suggests that one blood test might be enough to diagnose Type 2 diabetes. CBS News[180] reported that this new research could save patients time and health care costs. Click here for full story.[181]


Diabetes After 50 Could Be Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer, Study Says

A new study evaluated the quality of life and metabolic control in patients with diabetes based on the effects of mindfulness-based interventions. The Medical News Bulletin[182] cite the acceptance and commitment therapy as being noteworthy. Click here for full story.[183]

Week of June 11, 2018


Diabetes ‘Technological Wave’ Has Too Much Upside to Ignore: JP Morgan

According to analyst Robbie Marcus, “the diabetes space is currently experiencing its biggest technological wave of innovation.” As reported by CNBC[184], JP Morgan views the changes to glucose monitoring as a significant upside to the market. Click here for full story.[185]


New Hope From The ‘Seven Year Switch’ in Type 1 Diabetes

Science Daily[186] reports that a team at the University of Exeter Medical School found new research that shows the rapid decline in insulin production that is known to cause Type 1 diabetes continues to fall over seven years, and then begins to stabilize. Click here for full story.[187]


Alcohol and Diabetes

Alcohol can both increase and decrease the levels of blood sugars, exacerbating pre-existing diabetic symptoms. News Medical Life Sciences[188], outlined the connections between alcohol and diabetes. Click here for full story.[189]


High-Salt Diet May Kill Off ‘Good’ Gut Bacteria

Data from a new report outlined on Medical News Today[190] suggests that high salt consumption may be killing certain gut bacteria. This “good” gut bacteria could contribute to high blood pressure and disease affecting the immune system. Click here for full story.[191]


Can Mindfulness Promote The Well-Being of Diabetics?

A new study evaluated the quality of life and metabolic control in patients with diabetes based on the effects of mindfulness-based interventions. The Medical News Bulletin[182] cite the acceptance and commitment therapy as being noteworthy. Click here for full story.[183]


Week of June 4, 2018


Artificial Sweeteners Won’t Affect Your Blood Sugar: Study

A new large-scale study confirms the widely-accepted idea that nonnutritive sweeteners do not raise blood sugar. As outlined by U.S. News & World Report[192], the study concluded that artificial sweeteners alone won’t cause a spike in blood sugar. Click here for full story.[193]


Metformin May Decrease Colorectal Cancer Risk Among Males With Diabetes

According to a retrospective cohort study detailed by Endocrinology Advisor[194], the long-term use of metformin is associated with decreased risk of men with diabetes getting colorectal cancer. Click here for full story.[195]


Lower Blood Sugar Levels With Olive Oil

A research study conducted by a team from Sapienza University that could pave the way to new perspectives for the treatment of diabetes. Research Italy[196] reports that there is a component in Extra-Virgin Olive Oil that could reduce post-prandial blood sugar levels. Click here for full story.[197]


American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure

This Sunday, June 10th is the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. Director of the American Diabetes Association, Laura Greenaway joined CBS 6 News[198] to discuss the events. Click here for full story.[199]


Can 6 Weeks of CrossFit Training Help Ease Diabetes Symptoms?

Healthline[200] investigated a recent study to see if a month and a half of intense exercise can actually improve the health of someone with diabetes. The study published in Experimental Physiology looked at an intensive CrossFit program and the effects it has on people with Type 2 diabetes. Click here for full story.[201]

Week of May 28, 2018


Fasting Glucose Test Often Misses Pre-Diabetes

Medpage Today[202] outlined a study of participants in an employee wellness program. The study concluded that some people still might be a higher risk for diabetes even with normal fasting glucose results as identified by a glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) test. Click here for full story.[203]


Food Insecurity Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

A new study suggests that Canadians with cannot afford to regularly eat, or eat a healthy diet, have more than double the average risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. As reported by Reuters[204], the study team believes policymakers and the national healthcare system should consider intervening by reducing food insecurity. Click here for full story.[205]


Study Suggests Obese Children Who Meet Milk Guidelines Have Less Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

According to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, there is a link between the consumption of milk and the risk of diabetes in obese children. Science Daily[206] states that obese children who consume at least two servings of cow’s milk daily are more likely to have lower fasting insulin, which indicates better blood sugar control. Click here for full story.[207]


Nutrition Can Aid in Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

In this article, Helio[208] talks about the role of nutrition in prevention and treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Nutrition critical in healing diabetic foot ulcers, and Diabetes educators should include nutrition assessment and intervention as key components of the overall diabetes treatment plan to help patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Click here for full story.[209]


5 Ways Diabetes Can Make You Feel Alone

Fay Robson is a blogger living with, and managing Type 1 diabetes for Metro[210]. In her 25 years living with diabetes, things have certainly gotten easier, but in this article, she outlines some of the ways that her diabetes leave her feeling isolated from having fun with family and friends. Click here for full story.[211]


Diabetic Emergencies: What to Do

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, and once it develops, complications may be prevented or mitigated by medical treatment, controlling body weight, ensuring regular physical activity, and more. In this article from News Medical[212], steps are outlined for what you can do to help control your diabetes during a diabetic emergency. Click here for full story.[213]

Week of May 21, 2018


5:2 And Other Intermittent Fasting Diets Could Raise Risk of Diabetes, Scientists Warn

Despite a lack of evidence to back up claims, fasting diets have been viewed as a solution for weight loss and good health in recent years. Newsweek[214] reported that a team of scientists based out of Brazil has warned these fasting diets can increase the risk of developing diabetes. Click here for full story.[215]


Doctors Slow to Switch Diabetes Treatment When Drugs Don’t Work

Reuters[216] reports a new study out of the U.S. suggests that doctors are often slow to switch patients to more intensive treatments when their oral medications are not controlling their Type 2 diabetes. Click here for full story.[217]


Number of Children Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes Rockets By 25% In Just Four Years Amid Growing Obesity Crisis

In the past four years, the number of children diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes has jumped by an astounding 25%. As reported by MSN Lifestyle[218], Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said this rise occurred because countries failed to stop obesity in the early years. Click here for full story.[219]


Diabetes-Associated Pain Linked to Disrupted Insulin Signaling

A new study outlined in EurekAlert[220] reports that pain hypersensitivity in patients with diabetes might be the result of disrupted insulin signaling in pain sensory neurons, contradictory to past assumptions that it is from damage to blood vessels or local tissue surrounding neurons caused by high blood-sugar levels. Click here for full story.[221]


Window of Opportunity to Lower Diabetes Risk?

New reports from a retrospective cohort study suggest that obese adults who lower their weight to a non-obese body-mass index before hitting middle age reduced their risk for diabetes. As reported by MedPage Today[222], those in the study lowered their risk by nearly 70% compared to those who were obese as young adults and stayed that way into middle age. Click here for full story.[223]


Needle-Free ‘Tattoo’ May Help Make Diabetes Pain-Free

Researchers from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering have designed a needleless “tattoo” sensor to measure blood sugar levels in sweat. Applied similarly to a temporary tattoo, as mentioned by Healthline[224], you just apply it to the arm with a little water, and remove the backing. Click here for full story.[225]


Week of May 14, 2018


New Directory Lists Mental Health Providers With Diabetes Expertise

According to Reuters[226], both the American Diabetes Association and the American Psychological Association have worked together to create a new public health directory of mental health providers with diabetes-specific education or experience. Click here for full story.[227]


Management of Type 1 Diabetes With a Very Low–Carbohydrate Diet

A new study, outlined on AAP News[228], showed that a community of children and adults with Type 1 diabetes mellitus who adhered to a very low-carbohydrate diet saw exceptional glycemic control with low rates of adverse events. Click here for full story.[229]


Diabetes Risk Elevated in Breast Ca Survivors Treated with Hormone Tx

A study of female breast cancer patients examined those treated with either tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor. MedPage Today[230] reports that it made patients significantly more likely to develop diabetes during a median follow-up of 5.9 years compared to those who did not have hormonal therapy. Click here for full story.[231]


How a Low-Carb Diet Might Aid People With Type 1 Diabetes

In this New York Times[232] article, we meet Andrew, a 13-year-old with Type 1 diabetes. When he was young, his parents switched him to a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet in order to control his blood sugar levels. Click here for full story. [233]


Eggs Not Linked to Cardiovascular Risk, Despite Conflicting Advice

Contrary to popular belief, a new study conducted by University of Sydney researchers finds that egg consumption and increase cardiovascular risk may not be related. The study detailed on Science Daily[234], found that eating up to 12 eggs per week did not increase cardiovascular risk factors in those with pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Click here for full story.[235]


Poor Sleep, Diabetes Management Linked in Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes

According to findings outlined by Healio[236], children with Type 1 diabetes that displayed greater variability in their sleep duration between weekdays and weekends were more likely to check their blood glucose less frequently, have higher HbA1c levels and spend less time targeting blood glucose range versus children that maintain a regular bedtime. Click here for full story.[237]


Carb-Light Diet Helps T1D Patients Achieve Glycemic Control

Researchers suggest that people with Type 1 diabetes who follow a very low-carbohydrate diet have a greater chance of achieving glycemic control. As discussed on MedPage Today[238], the results of an online survey showed that 97% of participants that followed a VLCD achieved the recommended glycemic targets of the American Diabetes Association. Click here for full story.[239]

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