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These Medicines Often Send Americans to ERs

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – An estimated one in 250 Americans lands in the hospital emergency department each year because of a medication-related reaction or problem, a new federal study finds. Among adults 65 and older, the rate is about one in 100, the study authors said. Remarkably, the medicines causing the most trouble haven't changed in a decade, the researchers noted. Blood thinners, diabetes medicines and antibiotics top the list. These drugs accounted for 47 percent of emergency department visits for adverse drug events in 2013 and 2014, according to the analysis. Among older adults, blood thinners, diabetes medicines and opioid painkillers are implicated in nearly 60 percent of emergency department visits for adverse drug events. "The same drugs are causing the most problems," said study co-author Dr. Daniel Budnitz. The study doesn't tease out what went wrong. The reasons ... Read more

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Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – While smoking is tough enough on health, adding in diabetes boosts the risk of an early death even more, new research confirms. Heavy smokers who also have diabetes are at twice the risk of an early death compared to smokers without the blood sugar disease, the study found. "Smoking is bad for all, but even more in those with diabetes," said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He reviewed the new findings. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, and involved data on more than 53,000 Americans who were either current or former heavy smokers. The overall risk of an early death was roughly double if the smoker had diabetes, the researchers reported. Overall, almost 13 percent of smokers with diabetes died during the seven-year study period, compared with ... Read more

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Low Blood Sugar Linked to Death Risk for Hospital Patients

Posted 17 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – Hospital patients with low blood sugar may be at increased risk for death, a new study from Israel suggests. The study included nearly 3,000 patients with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Nearly 32 percent died by the end of the follow-up period. For patients with moderate hypoglycemia, the risk of death was higher among those taking insulin than among those not taking insulin. For those with severe hypoglycemia, death risk was the same in both groups. The reason for hospital admission had no effect on the association between blood sugar levels and death risk, according to the study. It was published Nov. 17 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. "Hypoglycemia is common among hospitalized patients with and without diabetes mellitus. Our findings suggest that hypoglycemia, whether insulin-related or non-insulin related, is associated with short- ... Read more

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Health Tip: Creating an Insulin Routine

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you take insulin, you'll need to create a comfortable routine to keep blood glucose under control. The American Diabetes Association explains: Type 1 diabetes typically needs at least two daily injections of two different types of insulin. Type 2 diabetics may need just one daily shot of insulin. Monitor closely how your blood glucose responds to different activities, such as exercise and eating. Find the insulin delivery method that's best for you, whether it's a pen, pump or syringe. Don't forget to change the injection site periodically. Talk to your doctor if you're not sure that your insulin dose is appropriate. Read more

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Nearly 6 in 10 Diabetics Skip Eye Exams, Study Finds

Posted 10 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – Almost two-thirds of people with diabetes don't get annual eye exams, despite having an increased risk for serious eye disease and vision loss, researchers say. About one in 10 Americans has diabetes. Having a dilated eye exam yearly or more often can prevent 95 percent of diabetes-related vision loss, the study authors said. "Vision loss is tragic, especially when it is preventable," study lead author Dr. Ann Murchison said in a news release from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). "That's why we want to raise awareness and ensure people with diabetes understand the importance of regular eye exams," said Murchison. She is director of the eye emergency department at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. The study included information from nearly 2,000 people aged 40 and older with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that 58 percent didn't ... Read more

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Health Tip: Snacking Healthier With Diabetes

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Just because you have diabetes doesn't mean you can't enjoy a healthier snack once in a while. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Snack on whole grains, fruits and vegetables. These provide energy and help you feel fuller. Watch portion sizes. Use measuring cups and spoons. When you snack, don't forget to include the carb count in your daily total. Avoid snacking mindlessly while you're doing something else, such as driving or watching TV. Read more

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Exercise Can Help Manage Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 – Aerobic exercise can benefit people with type 1 diabetes who are on insulin pumps, a small study suggests. The three-month study found that the six people with type 1 diabetes who did aerobic workouts had better blood sugar control, used less insulin and had fewer high blood sugar events than the seven who did no exercise. The study was published online Oct. 11 in the journal Cell Transplantation. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes the body's immune system to attack the body's insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. People with type 1 diabetes are left with little to no insulin – a hormone necessary for the body to use the carbohydrates found in food. Because people with type 1 diabetes don't have enough insulin to meet the body's needs, they must take insulin multiple times a day. This can be done through multiple daily injections, or ... Read more

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Researchers Pinpoint More Genes Linked to Vitiligo

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 – Researchers say they've identified more genes linked to the autoimmune disease vitiligo, which causes patches of white skin and hair. An international team of scientists pinpointed 23 new locations on the genome associated with susceptibility to vitiligo. That doubles the number of known genes connected with vitiligo, the researchers said. Vitiligo may be related to several other autoimmune diseases, including thyroid disease, pernicious anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, adult-onset type 1 diabetes, Addison's disease and lupus, the scientists said. Learning more about the causes of vitiligo could lead to treatment breakthroughs for the other conditions, the researchers said. They found links between genes involved in vitiligo and some of the other conditions. While it's unclear whether this indicates shared causes, the findings suggest promising areas for future ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercise Safely With Diabetes

Posted 7 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Exercise is a great way to help manage diabetes, but it needs to be done with safety in mind. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Avoiding heavy weight lifting if you have high blood pressure, eye problems or issues with blood vessels. Using caution if you have nerve damage in your feet. Wear thick socks and well-fitted shoes, and check your feet for injury after exercise. Talking to your doctor about which exercises are safe for you. Taking care to avoid low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), especially if you take insulin. Have a small snack before exercise if your sugar is less than 100. And drink plenty of water. Avoiding exercise if you have ketones in your urine and your fasting blood glucose is 250 or higher. Read more

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A Better Diabetes Test?

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 – Industry-funded researchers say they've developed a way to improve the accuracy of a standard diabetes test. "We think our approach will enable many patients and their doctors to do a better job controlling blood sugar levels and reduce the long-term risks of heart attack, stroke, blindness and kidney failure" associated with diabetes, said Dr. John Higgins, associate professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. At issue is the HbA1c test, also known as the A1c test, which is used to diagnose diabetes. It also identifies people with prediabetes and provides insight into how well blood sugar is controlled over a three-month period among those monitoring their disease. The A1c test "measures how much sugar a person's blood cells have soaked up since the time the cells were produced," Higgins said. "Before the test was available, patients and ... Read more

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Children With Diabetes Can Have Bright Future

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – With proper monitoring and management, children with diabetes can live long and healthy lives, a diabetes expert says. "Although there is no cure at this time, treatment options have significantly improved over the years," said Dr. Jason Klein, a pediatric endocrinologist and head of the Pediatric Diabetes Program at NYU Lutheran Medical Center in New York City. "With insulin pens, pumps and modern devices that allow more precise and continuous day and night monitoring of blood sugar levels, we can make small adjustments in the dosage of insulin to prevent sugar levels from rising or dropping too fast. Excellent glucose control gives patients and their families peace of mind," Klein explained in a university news release. "Regardless of the type of diabetes [type 1 or type 2] a patient may have, education of the patient and the family is extremely important," he ... Read more

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FDA Approves 1st 'Artificial Pancreas' for Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first automated insulin delivery system – a so-called "artificial pancreas" – for people with type 1 diabetes. "This first-of-its-kind technology can provide people with type 1 diabetes greater freedom to live their lives without having to consistently and manually monitor baseline glucose levels and administer insulin," Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in an agency news release. The device – Medtronic's MiniMed 670G – is what's known as a hybrid closed-loop system. That means it monitors blood sugar and then delivers necessary background (also known as basal) insulin doses. The device will also shut off when blood sugar levels drop too low. However, this device isn't yet a fully automated artificial pancreas. People with type 1 ... Read more

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Canada's First Nations People Face Greater Diabetes Risk

Posted 19 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 – Diabetes is more widespread among descendants of people who lived in Canada before Europeans arrived than among the general population, a new study shows. About 8 of 10 First Nations people will develop diabetes at a young age, compared to roughly half of all Canadians, the University of Calgary researchers found. More than 2.25 million people in Canada have the blood sugar disease. Researchers hope their findings will lead to new prevention programs. Lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise, help reduce diabetes risk. "The changes required to achieve these objectives will need buy-in from a wide range of stakeholders. Thus, it will be important to communicate risk in a way that is understood by the general population and by health authorities," the study authors wrote. To gauge Canadians' lifetime risk of diabetes, researchers looked at ... Read more

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Pilots on Insulin Therapy Can Safely Fly Commercial Planes: Study

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – Commercial airline pilots on insulin therapy who keep their diabetes under tight control can perform their job without safety concerns, a new British study concludes. In the United States, however, pilots with insulin-dependent diabetes are prohibited from flying commercial aircraft, the researchers said. A concern is that long flights can interrupt eating and treatment routines, and could lead to low blood sugar levels. Two countries, the United Kingdom and Canada, allow people with diabetes treated with insulin to fly commercial aircraft – if they can show they understand their condition and have it under excellent control, according to the study authors. These pilots are overseen by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Irish Aviation Authority. "A growing number of insulin-treated pilots have successfully applied for commercial pilots' licenses in ... Read more

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Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Pose Harm to Baby

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – Babies born to women with either diabetes or gestational diabetes – diabetes that arises during pregnancy – are at greater risk for complications at birth, a new study suggests. Those complications can be serious and include low blood sugar, malformations and being born either too large or too small, according to the new Italian study. One obstetrician in the United States wasn't surprised by the findings. "This study validates what we have known for a long time and have stressed to our patients about diabetes," said Dr. Navid Mootabar, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. "Poorly controlled diabetes can result in poor outcomes during a pregnancy," he said. For the study, a team led by Dr. Basilio Pintuadi, with the Niguarda Ca' Granda Hospital in Milan, analyzed the delivery outcomes of pregnant women with ... Read more

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