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Intensive Blood Sugar Control May Be Too Much for Some With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – Intensive treatment of blood sugar levels in some people with type 2 diabetes may cause serious complications, new research suggests. "In this study, we found that, particularly among older patients and patients with serious chronic conditions, intensive treatment nearly doubled the risk of severe hypoglycemia requiring medical attention, including hospitalization," said ...

Cost of Insulin Rises Threefold in Just a Decade: Study

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Americans with diabetes who rely on insulin to keep their blood sugar levels in check are facing sticker shock: A new study finds the price of insulin has tripled in only 10 years. Moreover, since 2010, per-person spending on insulin in the United States was more than spending on all other diabetes drugs, the study found. "The cost of insulin has risen rapidly over the ...

U.S. Food And Drug Administration Approves Humulin R U-500 KwikPen

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Eli Lilly and Company's Humulin R U-500 KwikPen (insulin human injection) 500 units/mL, a pre-filled device containing Humulin R U-500, a highly concentrated formulation of insulin. Humulin R U-500 is the only FDA-approved insulin that is five-times more concentrated than standard U-100 insulin. ...

New Diabetes Cases Among Americans Drop for First Time in Decades: CDC

Posted 1 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 – In a sign that Americans may finally be turning the corner in the fight against diabetes – and possibly obesity – federal health statistics released Tuesday show that the number of new cases of diabetes has dropped for the first time in decades. The decline wasn't sudden or dramatic. But, the number of new diabetes cases went from 1.7 million in 2009 to 1.4 million in ...

Too Many Seniors With Diabetes Are Overtreated, Study Suggests

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – When it comes to treating seniors with diabetes, new research suggests that doctors often don't cut back on medications, even when treatment goals are surpassed. The study found that when people had potentially dangerous low blood sugar levels, just 27 percent had their medicines decreased. And when blood pressure treatments lowered blood pressure levels too much, just ...

Tight Control of Type 2 Diabetes May Help Prevent Dementia

Posted 15 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 – Keeping blood sugar levels in check may have a protective effect against dementia in people who have type 2 diabetes, new Swedish research suggests. "The positive association between [average blood sugar levels] and risk of dementia in fairly young patients with type 2 diabetes indicates a potential for prevention of dementia with improved blood sugar control," study ...

Insulin Pumps Nearly Halve Risk of Heart Disease Death for Type 1 Diabetics

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – People with type 1 diabetes who use insulin pumps seem to have a much lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke prematurely than those who rely on multiple daily injections of insulin, new research suggests. "As done in Sweden at the time of this study, insulin pump treatment almost halved cardiovascular mortality," said study author Dr. Isabelle Steineck, from ...

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 ...

People With Type 2 Diabetes Do Benefit From Blood Sugar Checks

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 – Personalized blood sugar self-monitoring benefits people with type 2 diabetes even if they're not taking insulin, a new small study shows. Some experts have questioned the value of self-monitoring in this group, and many insurers – including Medicare – limit the reimbursement of blood sugar (glucose) testing strips to one a day for people with type 2 diabetes. This ...

High Blood Sugar May Boost Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – High blood sugar associated with prediabetes may increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that insulin resistance – higher-than-normal levels of blood sugar that often precede type 2 diabetes – was related to poorer performance on memory tests taken by late-middle-age adults. "The findings are interesting because people with ...

Cost a Barrier to Healthier Diets for Diabetic Kids, Study Shows

Posted 8 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 – Higher cost is one reason it is difficult for many parents of children with type 1 diabetes to provide their youngsters with a healthy diet, a small study finds. The study included 23 families in northeastern Kansas and western Missouri with children between the ages of 1 and 6 who had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at least six months earlier and were on an ...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Beat Diet, Exercise as Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – In a small study of obese patients, weight-loss surgery was better at keeping type 2 diabetes at bay than diet and exercise alone, researchers report. In fact, three years after weight-loss surgery, more than two-thirds of those who had a procedure called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to shrink their stomach didn't need any diabetes medications. And one-third of the people ...

New Trial Tests Whether TB Shot Fights Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – Researchers are launching a clinical trial to see if a vaccine approved long ago to prevent tuberculosis may also hold promise as a treatment for type 1 diabetes. The proposed five-year study is designed to investigate whether repeated injections of the tuberculosis vaccine bacille Calmette-Guerin (or BCG vaccine) can quiet the immune system attack that causes type 1 ...

Tight Blood Sugar Control Helps the Heart in Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Strictly controlling blood sugar levels appears to keep people with type 2 diabetes from developing heart problems, a new study finds. Tight control of blood sugar reduces the odds of heart attack, stroke, heart failure or amputation by about 17 percent, according to the study. But controlling blood sugar alone won't prevent deaths from heart disease or other causes. ...

Better Diabetes Blood Sugar Management Leads to Fewer Eye Surgeries

Posted 29 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 – Intensive management of type 1 diabetes can reduce the risk of having a diabetes-related eye surgery by nearly 50 percent, according to a new report. But even for people who couldn't meet the very stringent blood sugar targets set for the study participants, just a 10 percent improvement in hemoglobin A1C – a two- to three-month estimate of average blood sugar levels ...

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