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Dealing With Diabetes Distress

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – People with diabetes have to think about their condition and make treatment decisions constantly – and all that extra work and worry can lead to psychological distress at times. "Diabetes distress" isn't the same as depression, however, diabetes experts note. It's a condition unique to the 24/7 demands that come with diabetes, particularly for people dependent on insulin. "The day you develop diabetes, it's like the universe just handed you a new full-time job that you have to do in addition to whatever else you're doing. It's a special job that has a big impact on the rest of your life. There's no pay and no vacation," said William Polonsky, president of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute in San Diego. Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, vice president of lifestyle management at the American Diabetes Association, put it this way: "Diabetes distress is the extra burden ... Read more

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Sickle Cell Trait in Blacks Can Skew Diabetes Test Results

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – A blood test commonly used to diagnose and treat diabetes may be less accurate in black people who have the sickle cell anemia trait, a new study says. The test is called hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C). An A1C reading of 5.7 or more indicates prediabetes or diabetes; below 5.7 is normal, says the American Diabetes Association. But, the current study found that for blacks with a trait for sickle cell anemia, the A1C test may come back lower than it should. This discrepancy could lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, and it might also affect the management of known diabetes. When the researchers compared the results of A1C tests to other measures that check blood sugar levels, they showed that when A1C readings were expected to be 6 percent, they only registered 5.7 percent for blacks with sickle cell trait. "We want to make clinicians aware that things ... Read more

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High-Tech Blood Sugar Monitors May Help People With Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – A continuous glucose monitor helps people with type 1 diabetes who need insulin shots every day manage their blood sugar levels safely, two new studies suggest. Also known as a CGM, the device constantly measures and reports a person's blood sugar levels. It does this via a thin wire sensor that's inserted underneath the skin, a transmitter worn on top of the skin, and a receiver (or smartphone) to gather the information. "Few treatment options exist in the type 1 diabetes field. CGM is a treatment option that [people] should test if they have the option," said Dr. Marcus Lind, lead researcher on one of the studies. He's the chief physician of diabetology at Uddevalla Hospital in Sweden. People with type 1 diabetes don't make enough insulin – a hormone the body needs to use the carbohydrates in food for fuel. Because of this, people with type 1 rely on insulin ... Read more

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Language Barrier May Keep Some Hispanics From Good Diabetes Care

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Hispanic-American type 2 diabetes patients who lack proficiency in English may end up with poorer care, a new study finds. Specifically, these patients were found to be much less likely than non-Hispanic patients to take newly prescribed diabetes medications as directed, the researchers said. The study "suggests that more needs to be done to improve adherence to newly prescribed medications among Latino patients at all levels of English proficiency," wrote a team led by Dr. Alicia Fernandez, of the University of California, San Francisco. A diabetes specialist who reviewed the study wasn't surprised by the results. The research "further validates what many clinicians already know: Patients who do not understand English tend to do worse with management of chronic disease," said Dr. Maria Pena. She is an endocrinologist who directs the Center for Weight Management ... Read more

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Wearable Sensors May Spot Illness Before Symptoms Start

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Wearable sensors to track things such as heart rate, activity and skin temperature may help you keep track of your health and warn you of impending illness, a new study suggests. Researchers recently compiled almost 2 billion measurements from 60 people. The idea is to determine baseline medical information about the participants. "We want to study people at an individual level," study senior author Michael Snyder, chair of genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, said in a university news release. The participants in the study didn't need to wear specially designed sensors. Instead, they wore as few as one – or as many as seven – activity monitors that are commercially available. The monitors grabbed more than 250,000 measurements a day, including: weight; heart rate; oxygen in the blood; skin temperature; activity, such as sleep ... Read more

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Health Tip: When a Child Is Sick

Posted 26 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- The common cold and a mild flu don't usually require a trip to the doctor. But parents should look for warning signs that your child needs a checkup. The American Academy of Family Physicians says a doctor visit is a good idea if your child has: A fever that's above 103 degrees Fahrenheit or persists for more than three days. Cold or flu symptoms that persist beyond 10 days, or flu symptoms that initially improve but then worsen. Wheezing, trouble breathing or skin that appears blue. Discharge from the ear or complaints of ear pain, or pain in the abdomen or vomiting. Seizures, irritable behavior or difficulty waking. Diabetes, heart disease or another chronic condition that gets worse. Read more

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FDA OKs High-Tech Diabetes Device to Help Replace Fingerstick Tests

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – In news that's sure to delight people with diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) can be used to make insulin dosing decisions alone, without the need for additional fingerstick tests of blood sugar levels. That means people with diabetes who use the Dexcom G5 CGM will likely be spared at least three or four fingersticks a day. Right now, blood sugar tests require the use of a lancing device to prick a small hole in the finger to collect a drop of blood to measure the current blood sugar level. And, until now, even people with a continuous glucose monitor needed to verify those levels before figuring out how much insulin they needed for meals, or to bring down a high blood sugar level. Now, they'll just need to do two fingersticks a day (once every 12 hours) to be sure the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Prepare for Travel With Diabetes

Posted 19 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Before you hit the road for the holidays, make sure your diabetes is under control and that you're prepared for emergencies. Here are suggestions from the American Diabetes Association: Before any long trip, visit your doctor and get a medical exam. If you need any vaccines, schedule them at least a month before you depart. Get a letter from your doctor listing your medications and what they are for. Obtain any needed prescriptions. If you're traveling internationally, compile a list of doctors in the host nation who speak your language. Wear a medical ID bracelet that says you have diabetes. Pack a carry on with all of your diabetes supplies, including extras. Make sure your insulin is packed appropriately. Pack snacks to deal with possible instances of low blood sugar. Make adjustments to your medication schedule if you change time zones. Check your blood sugar frequently during ... Read more

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Low-Carb Diet May Aid Your Metabolism

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Eating low-carbohydrate meals may lead to healthy changes in a woman's metabolism that don't occur when consuming higher-carbohydrate meals, a small study suggests. The researchers also found that the timing of exercise may play a role in how beneficial it is for your metabolism. The study's senior author, Katarina Borer, said the study illustrates that small changes can make a difference, such as watching the kinds of foods you eat and not exercising at an inappropriate time. "It's an empowering message," said Borer, a professor at the University of Michigan's School of Kinesiology. The study reported that when people ate three meals containing just 30 percent carbohydrates over a 24-hour period, they had a 30 percent reduction in their after-meal insulin resistance and insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body use carbohydrates from food to fuel ... Read more

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Insulin Prices Skyrocket, Putting Many Diabetics in a Bind

Posted 29 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – Insulin, a life-saving medication used to treat diabetes, was discovered nearly 100 years ago, yet the price of the drug has now spiked by 700 percent in just two decades. In early November, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Democrat, pointed out that certain insulins had risen from $21 a vial in 1996 to $255 a vial in 2016. Some have likened the insulin price boosts to the recent price hikes for EpiPen – the life-saving medication needed when someone has a serious allergic reaction. Edith Prentiss, 64, of New York City, knows all too well what the rising cost of insulin means for her. She needs insulin to treat her diabetes and stay alive, yet living on a fixed income has forced her to make tough choices on which drug she can afford. "I have other medications I've been on for years, and as they became generic, they got cheaper. Insulin has never gotten any ... Read more

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Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – While smoking is tough enough on health, adding in diabetes boosts the risk of an early death even more, new research confirms. Heavy smokers who also have diabetes are at twice the risk of an early death compared to smokers without the blood sugar disease, the study found. "Smoking is bad for all, but even more in those with diabetes," said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He reviewed the new findings. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, and involved data on more than 53,000 Americans who were either current or former heavy smokers. The overall risk of an early death was roughly double if the smoker had diabetes, the researchers reported. Overall, almost 13 percent of smokers with diabetes died during the seven-year study period, compared with ... Read more

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Low Blood Sugar Linked to Death Risk for Hospital Patients

Posted 17 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – Hospital patients with low blood sugar may be at increased risk for death, a new study from Israel suggests. The study included nearly 3,000 patients with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Nearly 32 percent died by the end of the follow-up period. For patients with moderate hypoglycemia, the risk of death was higher among those taking insulin than among those not taking insulin. For those with severe hypoglycemia, death risk was the same in both groups. The reason for hospital admission had no effect on the association between blood sugar levels and death risk, according to the study. It was published Nov. 17 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. "Hypoglycemia is common among hospitalized patients with and without diabetes mellitus. Our findings suggest that hypoglycemia, whether insulin-related or non-insulin related, is associated with short- ... Read more

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Pilots on Insulin Therapy Can Safely Fly Commercial Planes: Study

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – Commercial airline pilots on insulin therapy who keep their diabetes under tight control can perform their job without safety concerns, a new British study concludes. In the United States, however, pilots with insulin-dependent diabetes are prohibited from flying commercial aircraft, the researchers said. A concern is that long flights can interrupt eating and treatment routines, and could lead to low blood sugar levels. Two countries, the United Kingdom and Canada, allow people with diabetes treated with insulin to fly commercial aircraft – if they can show they understand their condition and have it under excellent control, according to the study authors. These pilots are overseen by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Irish Aviation Authority. "A growing number of insulin-treated pilots have successfully applied for commercial pilots' licenses in ... Read more

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Health Tip: The Pluses of Using an Insulin Pump

Posted 16 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- An insulin pump delivers insulin directly, without messing with syringes and bottles of insulin. The American Diabetes Association mentions these likely benefits: No more single injections of insulin. More accurate dosing and delivery of insulin. More stable blood sugar, including fewer severe lows. Greater flexibility in when and what you eat. No unpredictable reactions to long-acting or intermediate-acting insulin. Read more

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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 last few years," said study senior author Philip Clarke, a professor of health economics at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Clarke added there should be an assessment to see whether this price hike is justifiable in terms of improved clinical outcomes. One reason for the price climb, he said, is a switch from human insulins to analog insulins, which cost more but may offer additional benefits. Also, doctors are more apt to prescribe insulin for people with type 2 diabetes now, Clarke ... Read more

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