Our Top 10 Diabetes News Updates of 2021

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Our Top 10 Diabetes News Updates of 2021

With so many researchers focused on making new discoveries about diabetes and how it can be treated, news breaks every day. To help you keep track of it all, here are our top 10 news stories of 2021.

1. Too Many Older Adults May Be Taking Daily Aspirin

Two commonly recommended or prescribed drugs may not be taken by the right proportion of older adults, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Read the full story >>

2. Metformin Linked to More Severe Neuropathy Pain

Perhaps due to lower vitamin B12 levels, taking the popular type 2 diabetes drug metformin for a prolonged period, and at higher doses, was linked to a higher risk for severe and painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy in a new study. Read the full story >>

3. Drug Found to Aid Weight Loss in Type 2 Diabetes

The results of a new study — showing substantial weight loss from a drug in people with type 2 — may demonstrate a game-changing path forward in treating obesity in the context of diabetes. Read the full story >>

4. Metformin Tied to Reduced Death Risk From COVID-19

According to a new study, one treatment that may be highly protective against poor outcomes in COVID-19 — including death — is one that many people with diabetes already receive: the common diabetes drug metformin. Read the full story >>

5. Some Diabetes Drugs Linked to Lower COVID-19 Death Risk

People with type 2 diabetes who take certain diabetes drugs to lower their glucose levels may have a lower risk of death from COVID-19, according to an article published in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology. Read the full story >>

6. Tirzepatide: New Diabetes Treatment Shows Promising Results

Tirzepatide, the first in a new class of medicines being studied for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, has been shown to be effective in reducing both blood sugar levels and body weight in a new trial. Read full story >>

7. Nearly Half of Adults With Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Stop Taking Metformin

Almost half of all adults with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes who are prescribed the drug metformin stop taking it within a year — with the sharpest drop in use of the drug during the first 30 days, according to a new study. Read the full story >>

8. Vinegar May Reduce Fasting Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes

As a new research article shows, the evidence of health benefits from vinegar supplementation in people with diabetes continues to build — and may be worth discussing with your doctor. Read the full story >>

9. Ozempic Linked to Major Weight Loss in Obesity

A study has found that a drug used for type 2 diabetes may lead to substantial weight loss in obese people even if they don’t have diabetes — potentially offering a new way to help treat obesity. Read the full story >>

10. Blood Sugar Variability Increases Death Risk, New Study Finds

Researchers in Israel published a study in the journal Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews that indicates that adults who have a higher variability in their HbA1c levels over a period of five years have a greater mortality risk. Read the full story >>

Diane Fennell

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Editorial Director of the Wellness Division, Fennell has 19 years’ experience specializing in diabetes and related health conditions. Based in New York City, she has a degree from Columbia University.

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