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Diabetes Pill Might Replace Injection to Control Blood Sugar

Posted 1 day 16 hours ago 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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Where There's Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac Disease May Follow

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – Parents of young children with type 1 diabetes need to be on the lookout for symptoms of another autoimmune condition – celiac disease, new research suggests. The study found these youngsters appear to face a nearly tripled risk of developing celiac disease autoantibodies, which eventually can lead to the disorder. "Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease are closely related genetically," explained study author Dr. William Hagopian. "People with one disease tend to get the other. People who have type 1 diabetes autoantibodies should get screened for celiac autoantibodies," Hagopian said. He directs the diabetes program at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute in Seattle. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes the body's immune system to mistakenly attack the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, according to the American Diabetes Association. ... Read more

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Pump May Beat Shots for Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – In young people with type 1 diabetes, insulin pump therapy may offer better blood sugar control and fewer complications than daily injections of the vital hormone, new German research suggests. "Insulin pumps work, and they work even somewhat better than multiple daily injections overall," said Dr. Robert Rapaport, chief of the division of pediatric endocrinology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr. Siham Accacha, a pediatric endocrinologist at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, N.Y., explained why that might be so. "If the pump is really taken care of, you can micromanage your diabetes," she said. "You can stop the pump if your blood glucose is coming down, or you can give a bit more insulin if it's going up." Both Rapaport and Accacha prefer pump use, but if patients would rather do multiple daily injections, the doctors said ... Read more

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Flu Shot Key for People With Diabetes

Posted 11 days ago 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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Rare Tumor May Point the Way to Diabetes Treatment

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – A rare, benign tumor that grows in the pancreas may give doctors the tools they need to help people with diabetes make more insulin. These tumors are called insulinomas because they secrete the hormone insulin in excessive amounts. People with diabetes don't have enough insulin to cover their bodies' basic needs for the hormone. The researchers thought by mapping the genetic makeup of insulinoma tumors, they might come up with the genomic recipe for regenerating the beta cells that produce insulin. And if they could use that "recipe" to make a drug that would trigger the body to make insulin, they could treat – or possibly even reverse – diabetes. The study's senior author, Dr. Andrew Stewart, said the researchers have mapped approximately 90 insulinoma tumors at this point, but only 38 were included in the current study. "We have an actual wiring diagram in ... Read more

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Novo Nordisk Receives FDA Approval for Fiasp (insulin aspart injection), a New Fast-Acting Mealtime Insulin

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

PLAINSBORO, N.J., Sept. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Novo Nordisk today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Fiasp (insulin aspart injection) 100 Units/mL, a fast-acting mealtime insulin indicated to improve glycemic control in adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.1 Fiasp can be dosed at the beginning of a meal or within 20 minutes after starting a meal. Fiasp is a new formulation of NovoLog, in which the addition of niacinamide (vitamin B3) helps to increase the speed of the initial insulin absorption, resulting in an onset of appearance in the blood in approximately 2.5 minutes.2 Fiasp will be available in a pre-filled delivery device FlexTouch® pen and a 10 mL vial.1 Many adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes struggle with blood sugar control after meals. The result of this has led to many people with diabetes not achieving their target A1C. "With ... Read more

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Glucose Monitoring System Eliminates Need for Finger Pricks

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 – The FreeStyle Flash Glucose Monitoring System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making it the first sanctioned device to monitor blood sugar in adult diabetics without the need for a finger prick. "This system allows people with diabetes to avoid the additional step of fingerstick calibration, which can sometimes be painful, but still provides necessary information for treating their diabetes," said Donald St. Pierre, acting director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health and deputy director of new product evaluation in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The system uses a small sensor implanted below the skin and a mobile reader to continuously monitor blood sugar, the agency said in a news release. People with diabetes must monitor their blood glucose levels frequently, often multiple times ... Read more

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FDA Approves New Continuous Glucose Monitor for Diabetes

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 – The first fingerstick-free blood sugar monitoring system for adults with diabetes has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System features a small sensor wire that's placed below the skin's surface and continuously monitors blood sugar (glucose) levels. People with diabetes can wave a mobile reader above the sensor wire to check their glucose levels. The system is approved for use in people with diabetes aged 18 and older. After a 12-hour start-up period, it can be worn for up to 10 days, the FDA said. "This system allows people with diabetes to avoid the additional step of fingerstick calibration, which can sometimes be painful, but still provides necessary information for treating their diabetes – with a wave of the mobile reader," Donald St. Pierre said in an FDA news release. He is deputy ... Read more

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Health Tip: Pedicure Pointers

Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Giving yourself a home pedicure, or getting one at a salon? The American Podiatric Medical Association has these suggestions: Before your pedicure, consult a podiatrist if you have diabetes or poor circulation. First thing in the morning is the ideal time to schedule a pedicure, because salons are typically cleanest earlier in the day. Bring your own pedicure tools to the salon. If you don't have any, make sure the salon sufficiently sterilizes the equipment between uses. If doing it yourself, use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub to eliminate calluses. When trimming nails, use a clipper with a straight edge to ensure your toenails are cut straight across. Curved-shaped clippers increase the risk of ingrown toenails. Use an emery board to smooth nail edges. Do not scrape the nail's surface while filing. Run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails to remove ... Read more

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Could Swine Flu Be Linked to Type 1 Diabetes?

Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Young people who've been infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus may be at increased risk for type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from all the 2.28 million people aged 30 and younger in Norway between June 2009 (when pandemic H1N1 flu struck the country) and June 2014. People who reported flu symptoms during the pandemic were 18 percent more likely to later be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes than those who did not get the flu, the investigators found. This association was even stronger in children aged 15 or younger. Among that age group, those who were infected with H1N1 flu virus had a 25 percent increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, according to the study. However, the association seen in the study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The study findings were scheduled to be presented Wednesday at the annual ... Read more

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Artificial Sweeteners Trick the Brain: Study

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – New research may help explain the reported link between the use of artificial sweeteners and diabetes, scientists say. Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine say that in nature the intensity of sweetness reflects the amount of energy present. But in modern-day life, the body's metabolism is fooled when a beverage is either too sweet or not sweet enough for the amount of calories it contains. That means that a sweet-tasting, lower-calorie drink can trigger a greater metabolic response than a drink with higher calories, they said. "A calorie is not a calorie," explained senior author Dana Small, a professor of psychiatry. "The assumption that more calories trigger greater metabolic and brain response is wrong. Calories are only half of the equation; sweet taste perception is the other half," Small said in a university news release. When a "mismatch" ... Read more

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Immunotherapy Shown Safe in Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trial

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – A small clinical trial showed an immune system therapy was safe for people with type 1 diabetes, British researchers report. The immunotherapy also showed signs of helping to keep insulin production steady in people newly diagnosed with the disease, the study authors said. However, because this was a placebo-controlled safety trial, there weren't enough people included to know for sure how well the treatment works. The therapy is similar to an allergy shot in the way it works, the researchers explained. "Type 1 diabetes comes about when the immune system inadvertently and irreparably damages beta cells that make insulin," said one of the study's authors, Dr. Mark Peakman. He's a professor of clinical immunology at King's College London in England. Insulin is a naturally occurring hormone that helps usher the sugar from foods into the body's cells to be used as ... 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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Low Blood Sugar in Newborns Tied to Brain Problems Later

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Low blood sugar affects about one in six newborns, and new research suggests it could lead to brain difficulties in childhood. Babies who experience low blood sugar at or near birth are at least two to three times more likely to face problems with planning, memory, attention, problem-solving and visual-motor coordination by the age of 4.5, New Zealand researchers said. The low blood sugar (glucose) did not affect general thinking function or IQ, but it did affect problem-solving and other skills known as "executive functioning," and also eye-hand coordination, the findings showed. These are crucial for many tasks, said study leader Chris McKinlay. He is a neonatologist at the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland. "We don't know fully what this means for learning," McKinlay said. "We think this may have an effect on educational achievement." Low blood ... 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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