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Weight-Loss Surgery's Benefits Wane Over Time for Diabetics

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – In the relative short-run, weight-loss surgery helped obese people struggling with type 2 diabetes experience marked improvement in diabetes-related health issues, new research reports. But, their ability to control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels diminished over time, the study found. That raises questions as to how long the benefits can be maintained further down the road. "We found that adding gastric bypass [weight-loss surgery] did provide significant benefit at five years after surgery," said study author Dr. Charles Billington. "But the size of the benefit declined substantially from the first to the fifth year." Billington is a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The study began with 120 patients with type 2 diabetes from the United States and Taiwan. Half underwent weight-loss surgery while the other ... Read more

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For Kids, Chronic Illness May Trigger Mental Health Issues

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 – When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they're likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These mental health issues surface soon after the diagnosis, the Canadian researchers said. Surveying 50 kids with a chronic illness and their parents, the study authors found anxiety disorders were most common. "Regardless of their condition, children with physical and mental health problems experience a significant decline in their quality of life within the first six months after receiving their diagnosis," said researcher Mark Ferro. The findings suggest a need for mental health services early on, said Ferro, a professor in the University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems. For the study, the investigators surveyed kids aged 6 to 16 within one month of learning they had asthma, food allergy, ... Read more

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How to Get Your Health on Track for 2018

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Jan. 6, 2018 – For those still open to adding to their list of New Year's resolutions, the American Medical Association (AMA) is offering its top 10 healthy suggestions. First, Americans should make an effort to cut back on sugary drinks, medical experts advise. Diabetes screening is also a good proactive step as the new year unfolds. The AMA suggests trying an online tool – a self-screening website – to help you do just that. Go to DoIHavePrediabetes.org. Increasing physical activity is another good idea, based on the notion that all adults aged 18 to 65 should rack up at least a half-hour of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five days a week. Or, as an alternative, you can try 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise three times a week. Cutting down on salt (sodium) and processed foods is another positive step, according to the AMA. So is being clear about your ... Read more

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Big Strides Made in Diabetes Care

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – This past year was a busy, productive one for diabetes research and care. "2017 was a year of progress in our understanding of diabetes and its complications, the tools available to help people manage their diabetes, and attention to the economic and accessibility challenges faced by people with diabetes," said Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific and medical officer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Strides were made in: Artificial pancreas technology Probably the biggest and most anticipated news of 2017 was the rollout of the so-called artificial pancreas. Created by Medtronic, the device combines an insulin pump, a continuous glucose monitor and a computer algorithm that measures blood sugar levels and then delivers insulin automatically when those levels rise. Insulin delivery is also temporarily suspended if blood sugar levels drop too low. The ... Read more

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FDA Approves Steglatro (ertugliflozin) for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 30 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

KENILWORTH, N.J. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE) December 22, 2017 – Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Steglatro (ertugliflozin) tablets, an oral sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Steglatro is not recommended in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus or for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis. Steglatro is contraindicated in patients with severe renal impairment, end-stage renal disease or on dialysis, or with a history of a serious hypersensitivity reaction to ertugliflozin. This FDA approval is supported by seven Phase 3 studies of approximately 4,800 patients. Steglatro was studied as monotherapy and in combination ... Read more

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8 Small Changes for a Slimmer You in 2018

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 28, 2017 – It's that time of year again. People are rushing to buy gym memberships and cleaning out kitchen cabinets, swearing that this year will be the year they follow through on their resolution to lose weight. But reaching that goal doesn't require a complete lifestyle overhaul. Small steps can make a big difference in your body and health. Here are eight ways to get started: Break it down. No matter how much you have to lose, changing your lifestyle to lose weight can seem overwhelming. So, don't look at it all at once, advises nutritionist Samantha Heller, from NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. "Look at it one plate at a time, or even one choice at a time, but start right now, and by this time next month, you'll see good changes," she said. Instead of thinking about how you need to lose 40 pounds, figure out what 5 percent of your body weight is. For a ... Read more

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Overweight Kids Don't Have to Be Overweight Adults

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 20, 2017 – Overweight children often become obese adults, with attendant problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. But a new study suggests there are "critical windows" where that path to weight gain can be changed. The study, involving more than 2,700 Finnish adults, found what many studies have shown before: Childhood body mass index, or BMI, is a good predictor of adulthood obesity. People who became obese as adults tended to already be heavier than their peers by the age of 6. That suggests, the researchers said, that early childhood is a key period for preventing obesity later on. But the findings also point to a "second critical window," said lead study author Marie-Jeanne Buscot, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tasmania in Australia. The teenage years appeared vital, too, the study found. That's because not everyone who was heavy as a ... Read more

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Friendships May Be Your Defense Against Diabetes

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – You probably lean on your friends in tough times. Now, new research suggests your pals might even help you prevent one very big health problem – type 2 diabetes. In a study of nearly 3,000 middle-aged to elderly people in the Netherlands, researchers found that people who had social networks of 10 to 12 people were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people with only seven to eight close friends. Each drop in a social network member was tied to a 5 percent to 12 percent higher risk of diabetes, the study found. The investigators also found that men living alone were more likely to have type 2 diabetes, while living alone didn't seem to affect a woman's risk of having the blood sugar disease. "A larger network size may have an important impact on an individual's lifestyle," said the study's lead author, Stephanie Brinkhues. She's a doctoral candidate at ... Read more

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FDA Approves Admelog (insulin lispro) Short-Acting

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

December 11, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Admelog (insulin lispro injection), a short-acting insulin indicated to improve control in blood sugar levels in adults and pediatric patients aged 3 years and older with type 1 diabetes mellitus and adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Admelog is the first short-acting insulin approved as a “follow-on” product (submitted through the agency’s 505(b)(2) pathway). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, a chronic disease that affects how the body turns food into energy and the body’s production of natural insulin. Over time, diabetes increases the risk of serious health complications, including heart disease, blindness, and nerve and kidney damage. Improvement in blood sugar control through treatment with insulin, a common treatment, can re ... Read more

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Novo Nordisk Receives FDA Approval of Ozempic (semaglutide) Injection For the Treatment of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

December 5, 2017 – Novo Nordisk today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its New Drug Application (NDA) for Ozempic (semaglutide) injection 0.5 mg or 1 mg, a once-weekly glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) receptor agonist indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.1 Ozempic is administered once weekly, on the same day each week, and can be taken any time of the day, with or without meals.1 The approval of Ozempic is based on the results from a Phase 3a clinical trial program. In people with type 2 diabetes, Ozempic showed clinically meaningful and statistically significant reductions in A1c compared with placebo, sitagliptin and exenatide extended-release.1 As a secondary endpoint in the trials, treatment with Ozempic resulted in reductions in body weight. The most common adverse reactions ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Diabetes When You Have The Flu

Posted 4 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The flu can develop quickly and cause aching muscles, high fever and chills. If you have diabetes, it's important to have a plan before you get sick. The National Diabetes Foundation offers these suggestions: You doctor may suggest that you check your blood glucose more frequently and monitor for ketones. Your doctor also may advise to adjust your medication while you're sick. Be aware that medications that you take for flu, such as cough syrup or a nasal decongestant, may contain added sugar. Drink plenty of fluids. Eat regular meals, so your body has the fuel to fight the infection. Read more

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With Diabetes, Be on the Alert for Foot Sores

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – Having diabetes means keeping track of what you eat, how much you exercise, your blood sugar levels and even the condition of your feet. When it comes to diabetes-related foot health, the goal is to prevent and treat foot ulcers that can lead to gangrene and amputation, one surgeon explained. "Around 80 percent of diabetes-related lower extremity amputations start out as a foot ulcer," vascular surgeon Dr. Anil Hingorani said in a Society for Vascular Surgery news release. High blood sugar damages your blood vessels, causing poor circulation in your legs and feet. When feet don't get enough oxygen-rich blood, any sores or cuts that develop may not heal as they should and more serious complications can result. People with diabetes should see a health care provider who is trained in foot care at least once a year, but more often if they're at greater risk for foot ... Read more

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How to Safely Navigate Diabetes and Thanksgiving

Posted 23 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 23, 2017 – People with diabetes can have a healthy and safe Thanksgiving dinner if they follow certain guidelines, a diabetes expert says. The keys are pre-planning and moderation, according to Dr. Vanessa Arguello. She is a health sciences clinical instructor in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles. People with diabetes still need to take their medications, monitor their blood sugar and stay active, she added. Arguello suggested having a moderate-sized meal with no more than 60 grams of carbohydrates for women and 75 grams for men. That can be followed by a small snack or dessert that has no more than 30 grams of carbohydrates. Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables, one-quarter with lean meats, and the remaining quarter with starches and grains, she advised. "Get some cardiovascular exercise and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Diabetes Affects Women Differently

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Diabetes affects about the same number of women and men, but it affects them differently. According to the Office on Women's Health, women with diabetes have: A higher risk of developing heart disease, the most common complication of diabetes. Lower survival rate and a poorer quality of life after heart attack. An increased risk of blindness. A higher risk of depression. Read more

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Poor Prognosis for Diabetic Foot Sores

Posted 18 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 – New research underscores the need for early treatment of diabetic foot ulcers to guard against infection. Foot ulcers are open wounds that develop because of diabetes-related damage to the nerves of blood vessels in the feet. They're prone to infection and heal slowly. Researchers at the University of Leeds in England evaluated nearly 300 patients with infected foot ulcers. They found that 17 percent needed part or all of their foot amputated within one year. Among the others, only about 45 had healed in that time. "The key point is that people need to be seen quickly if an ulcer begins to form – that gives health workers the greatest chance of trying to treat the condition," study co-author Dr. Michael Backhouse said in a university news release. He's a podiatrist and senior research fellow. The findings show the prognosis for infected diabetic foot ulcers is ... Read more

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