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Access to Diabetes Drugs Improved Under Affordable Care Act: Study

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 – People with diabetes face a host of expenses related to their disease, but some relief may now be available in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility as part of the Affordable Care Act. A new study reports that the number of prescriptions filled rose by up to 40 percent for insulin and other diabetes medications in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2014 and ...

Insurance Gaps Costly for Those With Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 11 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – Gaps in private insurance coverage are common among American adults with type 1 diabetes, raising their risk for health crises, a new study finds. "Type 1 diabetes requires intensive daily management in order to simply remain alive, so interruptions to care and coverage of insulin and supplies can pose a major risk," said study leader Mary Rogers. She's a research ...

Sitting Tied to Raised Risk of Death From 14 Diseases

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Get up off of the couch: Sitting too much may kill you even if you exercise regularly. If you sit for six hours a day or more, your risk of dying early jumps 19 percent, compared with people who sit fewer than three hours, an American Cancer Society study suggests. And, the study authors added, sitting may kill you in 14 ways, including: cancer; heart disease; stroke; ...

Human Insulin as Good as Costly Synthetic Versions

Posted 29 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 – Human insulin is as safe and effective as newer, more expensive insulin analog drugs for people with type 2 diabetes, researchers report. The new study included people with type 2 diabetes who were followed for an average of 1.7 years after they started using insulin. "We found that for patients with type 2 diabetes in usual practice, the use of the more expensive insulin ...

Artificial Pancreas Helps Hospitalized Type 2 Diabetics

Posted 26 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 – Using an artificial pancreas can help hospitalized patients with type 2 diabetes maintain good blood sugar control, a new study suggests. That's important because when diabetes isn't managed well, high blood sugar levels can lengthen hospital stays and increase the risk of complications and even death, the researchers said. The artificial pancreas – an automated insulin ...

Will the Future Be Needle-Free for Diabetics?

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – For many diabetics, one of the most dreaded aspects of managing their condition is the need to inject insulin multiple times a day. But Harvard researchers have discovered a way to deliver insulin in a pill, and it appears to work well – at least in rats. A lot of questions remain: What is the proper dose compared to injected insulin? Will it be delivered uniformly? And, ...

Stigma Adds to Burden of Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 20 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 – Michael Wright was just 16 when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and although his friends supported him, he always felt different. "I would do my injections and testing in private [in another room or even the bathroom] to avoid having conversations about diabetes with people," he said. It was also to avoid stares from strangers or awkward questions about how he got ...

A Young Life Lost to High Insulin Prices

Posted 29 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – Alec Smith was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly before his 24th birthday. When he turned 26, he lost his health insurance. Less than a month later, he lost his life because he couldn't afford the exorbitant price of his life-saving insulin. "Alec had a full-time job that didn't offer health insurance. But because he was working full-time, he didn't qualify for ...

Add Muscle Weakness as Another Cost of Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 18 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – Poor muscle health may be a complication of type 1 diabetes, even in young people who get plenty of exercise. That's the finding of Canadian researchers who analyzed muscle samples from young adults with and without type 1 diabetes who did more than the weekly amount of exercise recommended by Diabetes Canada. In the young adults with diabetes, the muscle biopsies ...

Health Tip: Using Diabetes Equipment

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Millions of Americans living with diabetes use a blood glucose meter to keep track of their blood sugar. Since these are medical devices, they are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA offers these suggestions when using a blood glucose meter: Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. Ask your health care provider to watch you test yourself to ensure that you are ...

Primary Care Doctors Loosen Type 2 Diabetes Goals

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued new guidance on managing type 2 diabetes – including relaxing the long-term blood sugar target called hemoglobin A1C. The A1C is a blood test that gives doctors an estimate of your blood sugar level average over the past few months. For most adults, the American Diabetes Association recommends a target A1C of below 7 ...

Big Strides Made in Diabetes Care

Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – This past year was a busy, productive one for diabetes research and care. "2017 was a year of progress in our understanding of diabetes and its complications, the tools available to help people manage their diabetes, and attention to the economic and accessibility challenges faced by people with diabetes," said Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific and medical officer for ...

How to Safely Navigate Diabetes and Thanksgiving

Posted 23 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 23, 2017 – People with diabetes can have a healthy and safe Thanksgiving dinner if they follow certain guidelines, a diabetes expert says. The keys are pre-planning and moderation, according to Dr. Vanessa Arguello. She is a health sciences clinical instructor in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles. People with ...

Insulin Pill May Delay Type 1 Diabetes in Some

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – It's often said that timing is everything. New research suggests this may be true when giving an insulin pill to try to prevent or delay type 1 diabetes. Researchers tested the effect of insulin pills on 560 children and adults whose relatives had type 1 diabetes. For most of them, the drug had no effect on whether or not they developed type 1 diabetes, or how quickly ...

Younger People With Diabetes Have 7 Times Greater Risk of Sudden Heart Death

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – People younger than 50 with diabetes have a seven-times higher risk of dying from sudden cardiac death, preliminary research suggests. And their risk of dying from any kind of heart disease is eight times higher than for those without diabetes, the long-term Danish study also found. "It is important that healthcare providers are aware that young patients with diabetes ...

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