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Primary Care Doctors Loosen Type 2 Diabetes Goals

Posted 16 days ago by

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

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 ...

Diabetes Pill Might Replace Injection to Control Blood Sugar

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – An injectable class of diabetes medication – called glucagon-like peptide-1 or GLP-1 – might one day be available in pill form, research suggests. Based on the results of a global phase 2 clinical trial, the study authors reported a significant drop in blood sugar levels for people on the oral medication, and no significant increase in low blood sugar levels ...

Flu Shot Key for People With Diabetes

Posted 8 Oct 2017 by

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 ...

Fracture Risk Higher for Seniors With Diabetes

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – Seniors with type 2 diabetes may be at increased risk for fractures. And researchers think they know why. "Fracture in older adults with type 2 diabetes is a highly important public health problem and will only increase with the aging of the population and growing epidemic of diabetes," said study author Dr. Elizabeth Samelson. Samelson and her colleagues used special ...

Lifestyle Tips for Better Diabetes Control

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Managing diabetes is more than just taking medication. Some adjustments in your daily lifestyle can have a huge impact on your overall well-being. In fact, for some people, this can be enough to control blood sugar without medication. But it's true that old habits die hard. Here are easy ways to make meaningful changes. Regular exercise helps you lower blood glucose ...

Could Big Lifestyle Changes Be Key to Managing Type 2 Diabetes?

Posted 15 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 – When it comes to type 2 diabetes management, a new study finds that more is definitely better for lowering blood sugar levels. The study showed that adding intensive lifestyle management to standard diabetes care (diabetes medication and usual lifestyle change advice) brought blood sugar into a nondiabetic range. The intensive intervention worked so well that "half of ...

Artificial Sweeteners Trick the Brain: Study

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – New research may help explain the reported link between the use of artificial sweeteners and diabetes, scientists say. Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine say that in nature the intensity of sweetness reflects the amount of energy present. But in modern-day life, the body's metabolism is fooled when a beverage is either too sweet or not sweet enough for ...

Heart Health Ignored by Many With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by

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

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 ...

Instagram Shows How Diabetics Really Wear a Glucose Monitor

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 – Many people with diabetes experiment with placement of their continuous glucose monitors and get good results, a new study finds. A continuous glucose monitor is a sensor inserted under the skin that tracks blood sugar levels. People with type 1 diabetes – and some with type 2 diabetes – can use this near-constant stream of information to make decisions about eating, ...

What Diabetics Need to Know About Over-the-Counter Meds

Posted 6 Aug 2017 by

SATURDAY, Aug. 5, 2017 – It can be tough for people with diabetes to choose appropriate over-the-counter medicines for a cold, cough or headache, a pharmacist explains. Many of these so-called OTC drugs contain carbohydrates (including sugar) that can affect blood sugar levels, or ingredients that can interact with diabetes medications, according to Miranda Wilhelm. She is a clinical associate ...

Protein Deposits Seem to Play Role in Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – Protein deposits in the pancreas may lead scientists to a better understanding of type 2 diabetes. The protein – called amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) – collects in the pancreas in people with type 2 diabetes. But whether these deposits cause the disease or appear after the disease begins hasn't been clear. Researchers from McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas ...

Many Primary Care Docs May Miss Prediabetes

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Most primary care doctors can't identify all 11 risk factors for prediabetes, a small new survey finds. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University said their findings should prompt doctors to learn more about this condition that affects an estimated 86 million adults in the United States and could eventually lead to type 2 diabetes. "We think the findings are a wake-up ...

Blame Diabetes: Rates of 2 Nerve Conditions on the Rise

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Two particular types of nerve damage (neuropathy) have been increasing as more and more people develop diabetes in the United States, an expert says. Autonomic and small fiber neuropathy were once rare conditions. Both occur when small blood vessels supplying the nerves are damaged by diabetes because they don't get enough oxygen and nutrients, said Dr. Divpreet Kaur, a ...

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