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Diabetes Pill Might Replace Injection to Control Blood Sugar

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – An injectable class of diabetes medication – called glucagon-like peptide-1 or GLP-1 – might one day be available in pill form, research suggests. Based on the results of a global phase 2 clinical trial, the study authors reported a significant drop in blood sugar levels for people on the oral medication, and no significant increase in low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) compared to a placebo over six months. The findings also showed that people taking the highest dose of the pill lost a large amount of weight – about 15 pounds – compared to a weight loss of fewer than 3 pounds for people on the inactive placebo pill. The research was funded by Novo Nordisk, the company that makes the drug, called oral semaglutide. "Semaglutide could transform diabetes treatment," said Dr. Robert Courgi, an endocrinologist at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. ... Read more

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Flu Shot Key for People With Diabetes

Posted 8 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Oct. 8, 2017 – With predictions calling for a potentially bad flu season this year, doctors are urging people – particularly those with diabetes – to get vaccinated. Many people with diabetes don't get a seasonal flu shot each year, according to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Some people with the blood sugar disease don't realize they're at risk for flu-related complications. Others have misguided fears that the shot will trigger an adverse reaction, the group explained. However, people with diabetes are more likely to develop serious flu-related health problems if they get the virus, the AADE cautioned. The group said the flu shot is a safe and effective way to prevent or reduce the severity of these complications. "Reducing risks is one of the AADE's seven key self-care behaviors for managing diabetes, and getting the flu shot every fall is an ... Read more

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Lifestyle Tips for Better Diabetes Control

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Managing diabetes is more than just taking medication. Some adjustments in your daily lifestyle can have a huge impact on your overall well-being. In fact, for some people, this can be enough to control blood sugar without medication. But it's true that old habits die hard. Here are easy ways to make meaningful changes. Regular exercise helps you lower blood glucose (sugar) as well as lose weight, according to the American Diabetes Association. Get active with fitness options you enjoy, like gardening, hiking or simply walking your dog. Set yourself up for success by setting realistic goals. Start with 10 minutes a day and build up to 30 over several weeks. Start with small adjustments when it comes to diet, too. Replace white bread and pasta with whole grains, eat fresh fruit instead of cake and cookies, and switch to no-fat dairy. If you're unsure which ... Read more

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Heart Health Ignored by Many With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Taking steps to prevent heart disease is crucial for people with type 2 diabetes. But most diabetic adults in the United States aren't meeting recommended guidelines, health officials say. In a new report, researchers confirm that "cardiovascular risk reduction is critically important for the care of patients with diabetes, with or without known [heart disease or heart disease] risk factors." Drugs such as cholesterol-lowering statins, aspirin and blood sugar-lowering medications plus lifestyle approaches should be considered for all type 2 diabetes patients, according to the Aug. 7 report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Suggested lifestyle approaches include exercise, good nutrition and weight management. For the report, researchers from New York University Medical Center examined evidence behind the guidelines for preventing heart disease ... Read more

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Online Game Helps Those With Diabetes Control Blood Sugar

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Here's another example of technology's evolving impact on health care. A new study found that playing an online game can help those with diabetes get better control of their blood sugar. The study included 456 U.S. Veterans Affairs diabetes patients with poor blood sugar control while on oral medications. Half played a specially designed, team-based online diabetes education game for six months. The others were assigned to a control group that played a civics education game. "This [diabetes control] game represents a small time commitment for patients, but potentially a big impact for their health," corresponding author Dr. B. Price Kerfoot said in a news release from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is an associate professor of surgery at the hospital. The diabetes game features multiple choice questions about blood sugar control, exercise, long-term ... Read more

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Instagram Shows How Diabetics Really Wear a Glucose Monitor

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 – Many people with diabetes experiment with placement of their continuous glucose monitors and get good results, a new study finds. A continuous glucose monitor is a sensor inserted under the skin that tracks blood sugar levels. People with type 1 diabetes – and some with type 2 diabetes – can use this near-constant stream of information to make decisions about eating, exercising and insulin dosing. (People with type 1 diabetes need synthetic insulin in order to use the sugar in food as fuel.) To see where monitors were actually being worn, researchers culled social media posts for images of people using continuous glucose monitors made by Dexcom. "This study identified that 64 percent of individuals in our sample were not wearing their Dexcom in an FDA-approved location," said Michelle Litchman, the study's lead author. She's an assistant professor at the ... Read more

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Protein Deposits Seem to Play Role in Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – Protein deposits in the pancreas may lead scientists to a better understanding of type 2 diabetes. The protein – called amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) – collects in the pancreas in people with type 2 diabetes. But whether these deposits cause the disease or appear after the disease begins hasn't been clear. Researchers from McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston injected mice with this protein to try to better define their role in type 2 diabetes. They found that when the mice received this protein, the animals developed symptoms of type 2 diabetes, such as the death of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas and high blood sugar levels. The study team also injected the protein into pancreatic tissue from healthy human donors. The researchers found IAPP collected in the pancreatic tissue. "Almost all patients with type ... Read more

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Blame Diabetes: Rates of 2 Nerve Conditions on the Rise

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Two particular types of nerve damage (neuropathy) have been increasing as more and more people develop diabetes in the United States, an expert says. Autonomic and small fiber neuropathy were once rare conditions. Both occur when small blood vessels supplying the nerves are damaged by diabetes because they don't get enough oxygen and nutrients, said Dr. Divpreet Kaur, a neurologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Diabetes is one of the main causes of neuropathy, and about 30 million Americans currently have diabetes, Kaur said. More commonly, people with diabetes have nerve damage that causes numbness in the feet and toes. This is called peripheral neuropathy, according to the American Diabetes Association. Autonomic neuropathy affects involuntary bodily functions such as blood pressure, digestion, sexual function, urination, temperature ... Read more

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More Than 100 Million Americans Have Diabetes or Prediabetes: CDC

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – More than 100 million U.S. adults have diabetes or prediabetes, health officials say. As of 2015, more than 9 percent of the population – 30.3 million – had diabetes. Another 84.1 million had prediabetes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. People with prediabetes have elevated blood sugar levels, but not so high that they have full-blown diabetes, which requires medication or insulin injections. With exercise and a healthy diet, prediabetics can halve their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the CDC noted. However, awareness levels remain too low. The new report found that nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes didn't even know they had the disease, and less than 12 percent with prediabetes knew they had that condition. If not treated, prediabetes often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years, the CDC said. "More than a ... Read more

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New Diabetes Treatment Teaches Rogue Immune Cells to Behave

Posted 14 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – A treatment targeting wayward immune cells in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes may help even years later, a new study finds. For the treatment, researchers take blood from a person with diabetes and separate out the immune system cells (lymphocytes). They briefly expose those cells to stem cells from umbilical cord blood from an unrelated infant. Then they return the lymphocytes to the patient's body. The researchers have dubbed this treatment "stem cell educator therapy," because when exposed to the stem cells, the errant lymphocytes seem to re-learn how they should behave. "Stem cell educator therapy is a safe approach" with long-term effectiveness, said the study's lead author, Dr. Yong Zhao. He's an associate scientist at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease, occurs when the body's immune system ... Read more

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Exercising Safely With Diabetes

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 – Exercise is a powerful tool for managing diabetes. Doing it safely can be a bit of a challenge, but the extra effort is worth it. Regular exercise has been shown to lower blood sugar levels. Working out uses sugar from your bloodstream to fuel your muscles. It also helps the insulin in your body to work better, according to the American Diabetes Association. Talk to your doctor about which activities are safe for you, what your blood sugar readings should be prior to working out, and what to look for when you test your blood sugar during as well as after exercise. You'll likely be told to always test your blood sugar before working out. If it's too high to exercise safely, wait until it's back under control. If it's too low, eat a small snack to help prevent hypoglycemia – dangerously low blood sugar, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... Read more

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Dealing With Diabetes Distress

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – People with diabetes have to think about their condition and make treatment decisions constantly – and all that extra work and worry can lead to psychological distress at times. "Diabetes distress" isn't the same as depression, however, diabetes experts note. It's a condition unique to the 24/7 demands that come with diabetes, particularly for people dependent on insulin. "The day you develop diabetes, it's like the universe just handed you a new full-time job that you have to do in addition to whatever else you're doing. It's a special job that has a big impact on the rest of your life. There's no pay and no vacation," said William Polonsky, president of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute in San Diego. Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, vice president of lifestyle management at the American Diabetes Association, put it this way: "Diabetes distress is the extra burden ... Read more

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Insulin Makers Conspired to Raise Prices: Lawsuit

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

Three makers of insulin conspired to boost the prices of the lifesaving diabetes drug, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Massachusetts. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association said the price of insulin nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013, and three manufacturers – Sanofi, Novo Nordisk and Eil Lilly – have raised the list prices of their insulin in near unison, The New York Times reported. The price increases have triggered anger among patient groups and doctors, who say the rising cost of insulin appears to have little to do with higher production costs. "People who have to pay out of pocket for insulin are paying enormous prices, when they shouldn't be," Steve Berman, a lawyer for the patients, told The Times. The lawsuits alleges that the three companies increased the list prices on their insulin in order to win favor with pharmacy ... Read more

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Diabetes Kills More Americans Than Had Been Thought

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – The number of Americans who die from diabetes is much higher than previously believed, according to a new study. The research, based on federal government data, found that diabetes causes 12 percent of deaths in the United States. That makes it the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, researchers said. "Another way of saying that is, if diabetes were eliminated as a disease process, the number of deaths would decline by 12 percent," said study author Samuel Preston, a sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania. "There has been only one similar, earlier research effort, and it was based on data from the 1980s and early '90s. It showed deaths attributable to diabetes amounted to roughly 4 percent of total deaths," he said in a university news release. Data for the new study came from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey ... Read more

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Language Barrier May Keep Some Hispanics From Good Diabetes Care

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Hispanic-American type 2 diabetes patients who lack proficiency in English may end up with poorer care, a new study finds. Specifically, these patients were found to be much less likely than non-Hispanic patients to take newly prescribed diabetes medications as directed, the researchers said. The study "suggests that more needs to be done to improve adherence to newly prescribed medications among Latino patients at all levels of English proficiency," wrote a team led by Dr. Alicia Fernandez, of the University of California, San Francisco. A diabetes specialist who reviewed the study wasn't surprised by the results. The research "further validates what many clinicians already know: Patients who do not understand English tend to do worse with management of chronic disease," said Dr. Maria Pena. She is an endocrinologist who directs the Center for Weight Management ... Read more

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