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Pump May Beat Shots for Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 10 Oct 2017 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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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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Key Diabetes Test Gives Higher Blood Sugar Readings in Black Patients

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – A commonly used blood test that measures average long-term blood sugar levels – called hemoglobin A1C – is known to give higher readings for black people with diabetes, and now new research may indicate why. "There has been a long debate about why African Americans have a higher hemoglobin A1C than whites [with diabetes]. Is it a biological difference or do African Americans have higher blood glucose because they don't have the same access to care or insurance?" said the study's lead author, Dr. Richard Bergenstal. "There would be rather profound implications if it was all of one or all of the other," said Bergenstal, who's the executive director of the International Diabetes Center in Minneapolis. Instead, the study found that both biological and socioeconomic factors appear to play a role in the difference. "It turned out to be a little bit of each. There's ... Read more

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For Diabetics, Nasal Powder Fixed Severe Low Blood Sugar

Posted 13 Jun 2017 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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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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Severe Low Blood Sugar Episode May Up Death Risk in Those With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 11 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Just one episode of dangerously low blood sugar might increase the risk of death, heart disease and stroke in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) episode had to be so serious that it required a visit to the emergency room, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "If you have a patient with a history of severe hypoglycemia, this could portend poorly for his or her future," said study co-author Alexandra Lee, a Ph.D. candidate in epidemiology. "Our thinking has been that you resolve a hypoglycemic episode and it's over. But what this tells us is that one episode may have long-lasting consequences," Lee said in a school news release. However, the researchers also noted that it's not clear from this study whether people who had a severe low blood sugar episode were ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: GlucaGen HypoKit (glucagon [rDNA origin] for injection) by Novo Nordisk Inc: Recall - Detached Needles on Syringe

Posted 12 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Novo Nordisk Inc. is recalling six batches of the GlucaGen HypoKit in the U.S. due to two customer complaints from the UK and Portugal involving detached needles on the syringe with Sterile Water for Injection (SWFI). A syringe with a detached needle cannot be used as prescribed. Untreated hypoglycemia can eventually lead to unconsciousness and seizures, which can prove fatal. If the blood glucose levels are not quickly restored, continuing hypoglycemia can lead to a decline in brain glucose levels which manifests through a variety of symptoms including cognitive dysfunction, sweating, tremors, convulsion and eventually coma or death. This recall includes GlucaGen HypoKit batch numbers: Batch: FS6X270, Expiry: 09/30/2017 Batch: FS6X296, Expiry: 09/30/2017 Batch: FS6X538, Expiry: 09/30/2017 Batch: FS6X597, Expiry: 09/30/2017 Batch: FS6X797, Expiry: 09/30/2017 Batch: FS6X875, ... Read more

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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 lead author Dr. Rozalina McCoy. She is an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is a serious potential complication of diabetes treatment. The researchers said it can worsen quality of life and has been linked with cardiovascular events, dementia and death. The researchers reviewed information from more than 31,500 American adults. All had stable and controlled type 2 diabetes. None was taking insulin. None had a prior history of severe ... 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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Brief Drop in Blood Sugar at Birth Tied to Poorer School Performance

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – Children who experience a brief drop in blood sugar right after birth may have a harder time with reading and math when they go to school, a new study suggests. The study, of nearly 1,400 fourth-graders, found that kids who had so-called "transient hypoglycemia" as newborns typically had poorer reading and math skills than their peers. Experts stressed that the findings show only a correlation, and do not prove cause and effect. But the study, published online Aug. 24 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, could add to a long-standing controversy over transient hypoglycemia. The term refers to cases where an infant's blood sugar drops to an abnormally low level within three hours after birth, but quickly recovers. Experts have long been divided over its significance in otherwise healthy, full-term infants. The newborn brain needs glucose (sugar) for energy, and it's ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Proglycem (diazoxide): Drug Safety Communication - Reports of Pulmonary Hypertension in Infants and Newborns

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

[Posted 07/16/2015] ISSUE:  FDA is warning that a serious lung condition called pulmonary hypertension, which is high pressure in the blood vessels leading to the lungs, has been reported in infants and newborns treated with Proglycem (diazoxide) for low blood sugar. In all cases, the pulmonary hypertension resolved or improved after Proglycem was stopped. FDA is continuing to investigate this safety issue and will determine whether changes are needed in the Proglycem prescribing information. BACKGROUND: FDA identified 11 cases of pulmonary hypertension in infants and newborns treated with diazoxide, the active ingredient in Proglycem, since the drug was approved in 1973. RECOMMENDATION: Proglycem is usually given in the hospital, and health care professionals should closely monitor babies receiving it, especially those with risk factors for pulmonary hypertension such as meconium ... Read more

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Painkiller Tramadol Linked to Low Blood Sugar

Posted 8 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 – The narcotic painkiller tramadol (Ultram) seems to be associated with an increased risk of dangerously low blood sugar, Canadian researchers report. Tramadol is a narcotic drug whose use has increased steadily worldwide. The new research links taking the drug to around a threefold increased risk of being hospitalized for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), according to the study. In some cases, those low blood sugar episodes proved fatal, the researchers said. However, the association seen in the study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship, and more research is needed, the study authors said. "Physicians need to be aware that the use of tramadol may be associated with an increased risk of severe hypoglycemia," said co-author Laurent Azoulay, an assistant professor in the department of oncology at McGill University in Montreal. "Our findings should help them ... Read more

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Low Blood Sugar May Affect Heartbeat in People With Diabetes

Posted 22 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 – Low blood sugar levels – known as hypoglycemia – in people with diabetes may cause potentially dangerous changes in heart rate, according to a small new study. This study's findings may help explain why a large-scale study found that very tight control of blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes led to higher-than-expected death rates. It may also help explain why some otherwise healthy people with type 1 diabetes die during their sleep – sometimes called "dead-in-bed syndrome" – without an apparent cause, researchers say. "We found that hypoglycemia was fairly common and that nocturnal episodes in particular were generally marked by a pattern whereby glucose levels dropped to low levels for some hours during which patients slept," said Dr. Simon Heller, senior study author and a professor of clinical diabetes and honorary consultant physician at ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Hypoglycemia, Bradyarrhythmia

Gel May Offer Simple Treatment for Newborns With Low Blood Sugar

Posted 26 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 26 – An easy-to-use gel containing dextrose – a form of sugar – may be an effective way to treat low blood sugar levels in newborns, new research finds. Giving infants two doses of the gel nearly halved the odds of treatment failure for low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, compared to an inactive placebo, according to study author Jane Harding, at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and colleagues. "Dextrose gel should be considered for first-line treatment to manage hypoglycemia in late preterm and term babies in the first 48 hours after birth," the researchers concluded in the study published online Sept. 25 in The Lancet. Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can be a serious problem in newborns. It's associated with brain injury and poor neurodevelopmental outcomes, according to study background information. Between 5 percent and 15 percent of newborns may ... Read more

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