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Goodbye, Needles? Patch Might Be the Future for Blood-Sugar Tracking

Posted 4 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 – Developers of a new patch hope to eliminate a big barrier in type 2 diabetes treatment – painful finger-sticks and injections. The new patch – which actually uses an array of tiny needles that researchers promise are pain-free – senses when blood sugar levels are rising and then releases medication to bring those elevated levels back down. That means the patch could ...

Flu Shot Key for People With Diabetes

Posted 8 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Oct. 8, 2017 – With predictions calling for a potentially bad flu season this year, doctors are urging people – particularly those with diabetes – to get vaccinated. Many people with diabetes don't get a seasonal flu shot each year, according to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Some people with the blood sugar disease don't realize they're at risk for flu-related ...

Heart Health Ignored by Many With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Taking steps to prevent heart disease is crucial for people with type 2 diabetes. But most diabetic adults in the United States aren't meeting recommended guidelines, health officials say. In a new report, researchers confirm that "cardiovascular risk reduction is critically important for the care of patients with diabetes, with or without known [heart disease or heart ...

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 ...

Intensive Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Can Extend Survival: Study

Posted 8 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 – Intensive management of type 2 diabetes can make a difference in how long and how well you live, even if you don't start until middle age, researchers report. People who were already at risk of type 2 diabetes complications were randomly selected to continue with their normal treatment or to be placed in an aggressive and multipronged treatment group. Two decades after ...

Diabetes Drug Victoza Might Not Help Advanced Heart Failure Patients

Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 – The diabetes drug liraglutide (Victoza) doesn't appear to improve heart function in patients with advanced heart failure, a new study finds. The theory for this trial was that this drug – from a class of medications called (GLP-1) agonists – might interact with the heart's GLP-1 receptors on cells and thereby improve heart function. "We were hoping for a benefit; we ...

FDA OKs New Injectable Type 2 Diabetes Medication

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – The injectable drug Adlyxin (lixisenatide) has been approved to treat adults with type 2 diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The once-daily injection is to be used along with diet and exercise to improve patients' blood sugar levels. The FDA reviewed 10 clinical trials on the safety and effectiveness of Adlyxin. These studies included 5,400 people with ...

5 Diet Drugs: Which Ones Work?

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Any of the prescription weight-loss drugs on the market can help obese people shed pounds, although some seem more effective than others, a new study finds. Currently, five drugs are approved in the United States for managing obesity. But little has been known about how they stack up against one another, said Dr. Siddharth Singh, the lead researcher on the new study. The ...

Diabetes Drug Victoza May Help the Heart: Study

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – The blood sugar-lowering drug Victoza (liraglutide) cuts the risk of heart attack and stroke in type 2 diabetes patients, a new study finds. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among people with type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted. The study was funded by the drug's maker, Novo Nordisk, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. It included more than 9,300 ...

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 ...

Majority of Americans Wants Medicare to Cover Obesity Treatments

Posted 22 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 – Most Americans believe Medicare should cover approved medicines to treat obesity, a new survey shows. "Public policy and society seldom associate obesity with advanced age," James Appleby, chief executive officer of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), said in a news release from the organization. "But recent research has shown that, for those who are over 65 and ...

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 ...

Diabetes Drug Might Also Help Some Patients Lose Weight

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – High doses of the diabetes drug liraglutide (Victoza) seem to help patients with type 2 diabetes lose weight, a new study suggests. In a trial funded by the drug's maker Novo Nordisk, people who took 3 milligrams (mg) of Victoza daily over 56 weeks lost an average of 6 percent of their body weight (14 pounds). According to Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical ...

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 ...

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