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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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Triggers for Hyperglycemia

Posted 10 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Some people with diabetes may wonder what causes elevated blood sugar, medically called hyperglycemia. The American Diabetes Association explains these potential causes: Taking an insufficient insulin dose. Getting insufficient exercise. Eating too much. Being under emotional stress. Having a cold or the flu. Read more

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New Transplant Technique Might Free Type 1 Diabetics From Daily Injections

Posted 27 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – Using a two-pronged approach, researchers report they were able to restore normal blood sugar levels for six months in mice with induced diabetes. But, while the research is promising, it's too soon for people with type 1 diabetes to start planning a life free of needles and injections just yet, experts said. The first part of the treatment was using insulin-producing pancreas cells generated from human stem cells employing a technique recently developed at Harvard. But the latest breakthrough came from MIT researchers, who developed a way to encapsulate the cells – called islet cells – before they were implanted in the mice, to protect them from the immune system. That's key for two reasons. One is that when you introduce foreign cells into the body, the immune system recognizes them as foreign and destroys them. This is why people who have organ ... Read more

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Nasal Spray May Give Diabetics Faster Treatment for Low Blood Sugar

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 – A new nasal spray might make rescue care easier for diabetics who are woozy or even unconscious due to severe low blood sugar, a new clinical trial suggests. The nasal spray contains powdered glucagon, a hormone that causes a prompt increase in blood sugar levels. The trial results showed that the nasal spray is nearly as effective in treating hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) as the only option currently available, a glucagon powder that must be mixed with water, drawn into a syringe and then injected into muscle. Because it is almost as effective but much easier to administer to an ailing person, the nasal spray could become the go-to treatment for severe hypoglycemia, said Dr. George Grunberger, a clinical professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He was not involved ... Read more

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Health Tip: Diabetes Can Take a Toll on Teeth and Mouth

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Diabetes, especially when uncontrolled, can cause damage to your mouth and teeth. The Mouthhealthy.org website says possible effects of diabetes on the teeth and mouth include: Dry mouth, due to decreased saliva production. Increased risk of cavities due to less saliva. Gingivitis, characterized by bleeding, inflamed gums. Difficulty tasting food. Slower healing of mouth wounds. Increased risk of infection. Among diabetic children. teeth emerging earlier than expected. Read more

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Health Tip: Controlling Diabetes During Hot Weather

Posted 13 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Hot weather can affect your blood sugar, so your diabetes may need a little extra management when temperatures rise. The Cleveland Clinic recommends: Drink lots of water. Talk to your doctor about any adjustments to your insulin before you exercise. Check your blood sugar more frequently. Carry glucose gel, glucose tabs or a glucagon kit, in case blood sugar gets low. Pack healthy snacks when you're on the go. Store medications and supplies to keep them from getting too hot. Sunburn can cause stress on the body and affect blood sugar, so take precautions to protect your skin. Read more

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