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FDA Warns Diabetics Against Use of Secondhand Test Strips

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – Millions of Americans with diabetes use glucose meters and test strips to monitor their blood sugar, but affording those supplies can be a challenge. And that leads some people to use secondhand test strips to save money. It's legal for people to sell unused secondhand test strips. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises against buying or selling pre-owned test strips because they may give incorrect results and may not be safe to use with a glucose meter. "Test strips should be properly stored to give accurate results," according to the FDA. "If you buy pre-owned strips, it is hard to know whether the strips were stored properly. Test strips also could be expired. A lack of proper storage or using expired strips could put you at risk for getting incorrect results from your glucose meter. And incorrect results can put you at risk for serious health ... Read more

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For Diabetics, Nasal Powder Fixed Severe Low Blood Sugar

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – For many people with diabetes, low blood sugar levels are a serious health risk, but researchers report that a new nasal powder quickly reverses the effects of this dangerous condition. Better yet, it can be administered even when someone is unconscious, the researchers added. The nasal powder contains the hormone glucagon. This hormone tells the body to release stored sugar, which will generally reverse a low blood sugar episode. Glucagon is currently only available in an injectable form that has to be mixed before it is injected. "Family members can be terrified to use the injectable form. But 95 percent of caregivers found nasal glucagon very easy to use," said study leader Dr. Elizabeth Seaquist. She's directs the University of Minnesota's division of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism. Seaquist is also a consultant for Eli Lilly and Co., which plans to ... Read more

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Study Confirms Link Between SGLT2 inhibitors and Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – A new class of type 2 diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors could increase the risk of a rare, life-threatening complication of the disease called ketoacidosis, a new study warns. SGLT2 inhibitors include prescription medications such as canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin. Brand names are Invokana, Invokamet, Farxiga, Xigduo XR, Jardiance and Glyxambi. These drugs first became available in 2013, but in 2015 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about an increased risk for diabetic ketoacidosis when SGLT2 inhibitors are used. The condition typically occurs in people with type 1 diabetes. And while it is uncommon in people with type 2 diabetes, case reports have shown it can occur with type 2 disease, according to the study authors. Ketoacidosis can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, shortness of breath and swelling in the brain. Left ... Read more

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Health Tip: What's My Target Blood Glucose?

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Monitoring your blood glucose helps keep diabetes in check and complications at bay. But what's your target range? The American Diabetes Association mentions these factors that affect your target: How long you have had diabetes. Your age and life expectancy. Any other chronic health conditions, including cardivascular disease. Being unaware of when you have low blood glucose. Read more

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Transplant of Insulin-Producing Cells Offers Hope Against Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 10 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 – Scientists report a step forward in the plan to create a truly artificial pancreas, offering new hope to people with type 1 diabetes. A 43-year-old single mother with dangerously difficult-to-control diabetes had insulin-producing islet cells transplanted into her omentum – a fatty membrane in the belly. The cells began producing insulin faster than expected, and after one year she is doing well and doesn't need insulin injections, the University of Miami researchers said. "We're exploring a way to optimize islet cell therapy to a larger population. This study gives us hope for a different transplant approach," said the study's lead author, Dr. David Baidal. He's an assistant professor in the university's Diabetes Research Institute. Others voiced optimism as well. "This study was a good start at evaluating a novel site for transplant," said Julia Greenstein, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Create a Sick-Day Plan for Diabetes

Posted 5 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- When you're sick, your blood glucose can fluctuate sharply. So if you're diabetic, it's important to plan for changes triggered by illness. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says your plan should include: How frequently you should check your blood glucose. Checking your blood and urine for ketones. Changes to your usual insulin or medication doses. What you should eat and drink. Which events should prompt a call to your doctor. Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With the 'Dawn Phenomenon'

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The "dawn phenomenon" is a natural surge in hormones in the morning that affects everyone. For people with diabetes, a corresponding rise in blood glucose could be dangerous. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Eat your dinner earlier in the evening. After dinner, go for a walk or engage in another physical activity. If your fasting glucose is still high after taking these steps, see your doctor. Read more

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When Is It Safe to Drive With Type 1 Diabetes?

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 – Having type 1 diabetes can raise your chances of crashing while driving, but new research offers a checklist that helps determine whether it is safe for you to get behind the wheel. The wrong amounts of insulin and other blood sugar-lowering medications can trigger dangerously low blood sugar levels, which can cause people to pass out or have seizures, the researchers explained. "People with diabetes need to recognize that they're part of a huge mass of people who have potentially impaired driving, like people with heart disease or narcolepsy. They shouldn't think of themselves as isolated. It's just an issue to deal with," said the author of a new study on diabetes and driving, Daniel Cox. He's a professor in psychiatry, internal medicine and ophthalmology at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville. "By no means are we saying that people ... Read more

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Is Annual Eye Exam a Must for People With Type 1 Diabetes?

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – People with type 1 diabetes face the risk of developing a disease that can cause blindness, so treatment guidelines have long called for annual eye exams. But new research suggests this one-size-fits-all advice is costly and ineffective, because people with a low risk may need less-frequent screenings while people at high risk may need to be seen more often. Diabetic retinopathy can damage the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye and trigger full vision loss, the researchers explained. Screening can catch this disease before irreparable damage is done, but not every person with diabetes faces the same risk. "For example, patients with no or minimal eye changes and good blood sugar levels might not need their next examination for another four years," said study author Dr. David Nathan. "On the other hand, if the patient already has developing eye ... Read more

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Diabetes Continues Its Relentless Rise

Posted 13 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – Two new studies on diabetes deliver good and bad news, but the overall message is that the blood sugar disease remains a formidable public health burden. The first study looked at the incidence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in U.S. children, and uncovered this troubling trend: From 2002 to 2012, the rates for both types of diabetes increased, especially among racial and ethnic minorities. But a bit of hope was offered up in the second study: Swedish researchers reported a drop in the incidence of heart disease and stroke in adults with both types of diabetes. "These studies highlight our concerns about the increasing prevalence of diabetes. Every 23 seconds, another person is diagnosed with diabetes [in the United States]," said Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific, medical and mission officer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Cefalu added that ... Read more

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A Surprising Culprit Behind Celiac Disease?

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 – A typically harmless type of virus might sometimes trigger celiac disease, a new study suggests. Celiac disease is caused by an abnormal immune response to the protein gluten, which is found in wheat, rye and barley. The condition damages the lining of the small intestine, and the only effective treatment is a gluten-free diet. This new study found that when mice were infected with particular strains of a common human intestinal reovirus, their immune system could not tolerate gluten. Patients with celiac disease also had much higher levels of antibodies against reoviruses than those without the autoimmune disease, the researchers said. "This study clearly shows that a virus that is not clinically symptomatic can still do bad things to the immune system and set the stage for an autoimmune disorder, and for celiac disease in particular," said senior study ... Read more

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Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Millions of Americans have a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet. About 8.5 million Americans have PAD, including up to 20 percent of people over age 60, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lack of blood flow to the legs and feet may lead to wounds that don't heal and, in severe cases, amputation, warned Dr. Ali AbuRahma, secretary of the Society for Vascular Surgery. One symptom of PAD is leg pain when walking. Patients who experience this should tell their physician. The doctor may then order a painless, noninvasive test to measure blood pressure in the ankles. Hardening of the arteries is manageable, AbuRahma said in a society news release. "We recommend that everyone take a few sensible health measures to keep their veins and arteries healthy. ... Read more

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What Drugs Work Best for Diabetic Nerve Pain?

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Nerve pain and numbness, also known as neuropathy, is a debilitating but common symptom of diabetes. Now, new research suggests certain drugs may outperform others in treating diabetic neuropathy. The new review of the data on the subject was led by Julie Waldfogel of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Her team noted that about half of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage caused by high levels of blood sugar. However, not all of them will have symptoms such as pain, numbness and tingling in the legs and feet. In the new study, the Hopkins group reviewed 106 studies on pain relief for diabetic neuropathy. The researchers found "moderate" evidence that the antidepressants duloxetine (Cymbalta) and venlafaxine (Effexor) reduce diabetic nerve pain. However, they only found "weak" evidence that botulinum toxin (Botox), the anti-seizure drugs ... Read more

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Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds

Posted 23 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 – Many young Americans with diabetes aren't getting the eye exams that medical experts say they need, new research reveals. "Diabetic retinopathy" is a serious complication of diabetes. It causes the blood vessels in the eyes to leak. This distorts vision, and can eventually lead to vision loss, according to the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI). The condition often causes no symptoms in the early stages. This makes getting comprehensive, dilated eye exams by an ophthalmologist (an eye M.D.) crucial in detecting the problem, the NEI says. In children and teens, annual screening for diabetic retinopathy should begin as soon as someone is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and five years after a young person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, medical groups recommend. The current study included more than 5,400 people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at an average age ... Read more

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Youth With Type 2 Diabetes Often Face Complications

Posted 28 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 – Young people with type 2 diabetes are much more likely to show signs of complications from the blood sugar disease than those who have type 1 diabetes, a new study shows. While the researchers found that about three in four teens and young adults with type 2 diabetes had at least one complication, only one in three with type 1 diabetes did. Why? "The one big difference in the kids with type 1 and type 2 was obesity. When we controlled the data for obesity, there was no longer an excess of complications for type 2 diabetes," explained lead author Dr. Dana Dabelea. She's a professor of epidemiology and pediatrics at the Colorado School of Public Health, in Aurora. The one bright spot in the findings was that the complications were mostly in the "early or subclinical" stages, Dabelea added. That means there's still time to reverse the damage, she explained. Both ... Read more

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