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[Review] Alcohol and illicit substance abuse in people with diabetes

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As the prevalence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes increases and population-level patterns of alcohol and illicit drug use evolve, clinicians will continue to encounter people with diabetes whose substance use is affecting health outcomes. Substance use contributes substantially to the population-level prevalence of cardiovascular events, cerebrovascular events, cancers, mental health conditions, road trauma, and domestic violence. Alcohol and drug use also have a measurable effect on diabetes incidence and the development of both acute and chronic diabetes-related complications.


This Week in Diabetes Information

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Need to Control Blood Sugar? There’s a Drink for That

Science Daily: “With more people with diabetes and pre-diabetes looking for novel strategies to help control blood sugar, new research suggests that ketone monoester drinks — a popular new food supplement — may help do exactly that…” Click here for full story.

Gestational Diabetes May Heighten Type 2 Diabetes Risk Decades After Pregnancy

Healio: “Type 2 diabetes risk may be higher even after more than 20 years for Chinese women who develop gestational diabetes compared with those who do not, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation…” Click here for full story.

Neuropathic Therapy Center Seek Participants for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Study

Loma Linda University Health: “Loma Linda University Health is seeking volunteers with moderate to severe below-ankle neuropathy for a graduate student research study titled The Effect of Intraneural Facilitation Therapy on Diabetic Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy. The study hypothesizes that Intraneural Facilitation therapy (INF™) — a treatment that uses three physical holds to stretch specific nerve areas and bring pressurized blood flow to damaged nerves — may relieve patients with diabetic neuropathy of pain and discomfort…” Click here for full story.

Week of January 8, 2020

Novo Nordisk to Offer Free Insulin to U.S. Patients in Immediate Need

Reuters: “Novo Nordisk said on Thursday it would offer free, one-time supply of insulin to people in immediate need and at risk of rationing the medication, the rising price of which has attracted fierce criticism from lawmakers and regulators…” Click here for full story.

FDA Approves Rapid-Acting Insulin for Children With Diabetes

Healio: “The FDA on Monday approved fast-acting insulin aspart 100 U/mL as a mealtime insulin for children with diabetes, according to a press release from Novo Nordisk. Fast-acting insulin aspart (Fiasp) is the first and only fast-acting mealtime insulin injection that does not have a premeal dosing recommendation, according to Novo Nordisk…” Click here for full story.

Mediterranean Diet Repeats as Best Overall of 2020

Medscape: “For the third year in a row, the Mediterranean diet has been named the best diet overall in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings. In 2018, the Mediterranean diet shared top honors with the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet…” Click here for full story.

Addition of Linagliptin to Metformin Reduces Prediabetes Progression

Healio: “Prediabetes was less likely to progress to type 2 diabetes among adults who took a combination of linagliptin and metformin vs. metformin alone; the combination group was also more likely to achieve normal glucose levels, according to findings published in Metabolism…” Click here for full story.

Five Myths About Diabetes

The Washington Post: “No, you don’t get it from eating too many sweets. More than 100 million U.S. adults live with diabetes or prediabetes, making the disease one of the most serious health risks in modern society…” Click here for full story.

Simple Type 2 Diabetes Treatment With Low Calorie Diet is So Effective, It Reverses the Disease in Studies

Good News Network: “A ‘breakthrough’ treatment plan for type-2 diabetes has the British National Health Service (NHS) bustling as they position themselves to adopt a new standard of treatment. The course of treatment consists of a liquid diet of 800 calories to be taken as a soup or shake daily for a set amount of months depending on the time since the patient developed type-2 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

New Automated Insulin Dosing System Hailed as a Breakthrough for Diabetics

Boston Herald: “An artificial pancreas system that automatically monitors and regulates blood glucose levels will reduce constant worry and self-care for Type 1 diabetes patients and is being hailed as a breakthrough by one of Boston’s top diabetes doctors…” Click here for full story.

Week of December 20, 2019

FDA Approves New Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System for People With Type 1 Diabetes

The Verge: “A new software system that will let people with diabetes customize their treatment and automatically adjust their insulin levels was just approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. It will reach patients in January 2020…” Click here for full story.

Ultra-Processed Foods Now Linked to Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Medscape: “High consumption of so-called ultra-processed foods is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, independent of other risk factors including weight and nutritional quality of the diet, a new study indicates. The results suggest a possible modifiable target for prevention of diabetes, say the authors…” Click here for full story.

Noninjectable Options to Deliver Insulin, Manage Diabetes

Healio: “Several cutting-edge advances in noninjectable insulin delivery methods could offer new ways for people with diabetes to manage the disease and better control glucose response, with the possibility of an oral insulin formulation closer than ever before to becoming reality, according to a speaker at the World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease…” Click here for full story.

Brain Function Abnormal In Children With Type 1 Diabetes

Science Daily: “Children with Type 1 diabetes show subtle but important differences in brain function compared with those who don’t have the disease, a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has shown…” Click here for full story.

CDC Says Prediabetes Common In Teens and Young Adults

MedPage Today: “Prediabetes has frequently been linked with insulin resistance syndrome (metabolic syndrome), which, in turn, is directly involved in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes. The three glucose abnormality phenotypes of prediabetes have also been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD)…” Click here for full story.

Is Coconut Water Good for Diabetes?

Healthline: “Sometimes called “nature’s sports beverage,” coconut water has gained popularity as a quick source of sugar, electrolytes, and hydration. It’s a thin, sweet liquid, extracted from the inside of young, green coconuts. Unlike coconut meat, which is rich in fat, coconut water consists mostly of carbs…” Click here for full story.

Teen Living With Diabetes Surprised With a Service Dog

Yahoo! News: “For many with diabetes, living a normal life can be difficult. And for families with children who may have the disease, it can be scary too. When 16-year-old Emily Setterstrom was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in kindergarten after suddenly experiencing rapid weight loss, her mom Jennifer Setterstrom, feared for her daughter’s life after losing her brother to the same disease…” Click here for full story.

Week of December 11, 2019

Diabetes Drug Has Unexpected, Broad Implications for Healthy Aging

Science Daily: “Metformin is the most commonly prescribed type 2 diabetes drug, yet scientists still do not fully know how it works to control blood sugar levels. Researchers have now used a novel technology to investigate why it functions so well. The findings could also explain why metformin has been shown to extend health span and life span in recent studies…” Click here for full story.

Low-Dose Aspirin Fails to Lower Dementia Risk Among All Adults With Type 2 Diabetes, But May Benefit Women

Healio: “Japanese adults with type 2 diabetes assigned a long-term low-dose aspirin regimen did not lower their risk for dementia vs. similar adults who did not routinely take aspirin, according to a post hoc analysis of the Japanese Primary Prevention of Atherosclerosis with Aspirin for Diabetes trial…” Click here for full story.

Intermittent Fasting Promotes Weight Loss, Improves Lipids

Medscape: “Limiting food consumption to a 10-hour window each day promotes weight loss and improves cardiometabolic abnormalities in women with metabolic syndrome, a small pilot study suggests…” Click here for full story.

New Diet That Matches Biological Clock May be Better for Diabetes

Medical News Today: “Typically, doctors advise people with type 2 diabetes to eat about six times a day. But this approach can lead to a vicious cycle in which individuals require more intensive treatments. Could a different approach to diet be more suitable?” Click here for full story.

85-Year-Old Man With Type 1 Diabetes Shatters Expectations

WNDU News: “There are more than a million people who have Type 1 diabetes, and they’re expected to live at least 10 years less than Americans without it. In fact, there are only 90 diabetics who have lived more than 70 years. But one man crushed that goal 15 years ago and is telling others how they can do it too…” Click here for full story.

Study Reveals How Diabetes Drug Promotes Healthy Aging

Medical News Today: “Doctors commonly prescribe metformin to help people with type 2 diabetes lower their blood sugar levels. The drug increases insulin sensitivity through its effects on glucose metabolism…” Click here for full story.

Week of December 4, 2019

FDA Approves Higher-Dose Insulin Glargine for Children With Diabetes

Healio: “The FDA on Tuesday approved an expanded indication for insulin glargine injection 300 U/mL to improve glucose response in children aged 6 years and older with diabetes, according to a press release from Sanofi. Insulin glargine injection (Toujeo) 300 U/mL is a long-acting insulin previously approved to improve blood glucose in adults with diabetes…” Click here for full story.

AI Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy Moves to Retail Clinics

Medscape: “Retail health clinics have been part of the trend in making healthcare more convenient, and now another option is being offered — testing for diabetic retinopathy. However, an ophthalmologist won’t make the diagnosis at the clinic; instead, it will be made by an artificial intelligence (AI) system called IDx-DR…” Click here for full story.

Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers and Wife Tiffany Open Up About Son’s Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

People: “Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and wife Tiffany Rivers are hoping to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes after their son was diagnosed with the condition when he was just 5 years old. ‘It’s our everyday,’ Tiffany tells PEOPLE of her son, Gunner, being diagnosed with the condition six years ago. ‘It’s our normal. It’s definitely a part of our life now’…” Click here for full story.

Helper Protein Worsens Diabetic Eye Disease

Science Daily: “In a recent study using mice, lab-grown human retinal cells and patient samples, scientists say they found evidence of a new pathway that may contribute to degeneration of the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye…” Click here for full story.

Unexpected Viral Behavior Linked to Type 1 Diabetes in High-Risk Children

Medical Xpress: “New results from The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study show an association between prolonged enterovirus infection and the development of autoimmunity to the insulin-producing pancreatic beta-cells that precedes type 1 diabetes (T1D). Notably, researchers also found that early adenovirus C infection seemed to confer protection from autoimmunity. The full findings were published Dec. 2 in Nature Medicine…” Click here for full story.

Biosensor-Equipped Glasses Could Monitor Diabetes Through Tears

TNW: “Brazilian and US scientists have developed a glasses-based biosensor capable of measuring blood glucose levels through a person’s tears, offering a less invasive test for diabetics. Glucose levels need to be frequently monitored in people with diabetes, a disease that affects 62 million people in the Americas and 380 million worldwide…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 26, 2019

The Costly, Life-Disrupting Consequences of Poor Diabetes Care

The New York Times: “Diabetes, whether Type 1 or Type 2, may be the most underappreciated, misunderstood and poorly treated of all common medical problems, and many of the more than 30 million Americans affected by it are paying dearly with their health and lives as a result. Contrary to what many people think, diabetes is not just a disease of abnormal blood sugar control caused by a lack of insulin or an inadequate response to this crucial hormone…” Click here for full story.

TB Drug Helps in Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis

Medpage Today: “Patients with diabetic foot osteomyelitis (DFO) treated with rifampin (Rifadin) experienced better outcomes than those treated with other antibiotics, authors of a retrospective cohort study reported. In approximately 6,000 patients followed for 2 years, 26.9% of those who received an antibiotic combination including rifampin — best known as a tuberculosis treatment — died or had an amputation compared with 37.2% of those who received antibiotics other than rifampin (P=0.02)…” Click here for full story.

If You Have Type 2 Diabetes, You’re at Much Greater Risk for Fatty Liver Disease

Miami Herald: “For many years, Abraham Aviv had suffered from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease… Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is common in the type 2 diabetic population, said Dr. Kawtar Al Khalloufi, a hepatologist at Cleveland Clinic Florida-Weston, where Aziz was referred after being diagnosed with cirrhosis…” Click here for full story.

As Diabetes Technologies Advance, Matching Patients to the “Right” Device Challenges Providers

Healio: “Diabetes devices such as sensors, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors continue to improve, offering people with diabetes more opportunities for connected care… As new devices and updates for older technologies enter the market, endocrinologists, diabetes care and education specialists, and other providers can find themselves overwhelmed…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 20, 2019

Life Experience Critical for Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Science Daily: “Researchers found that age plays a critical role in the well-being of people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, with younger patients more susceptible to psychological distress resulting in worse health outcomes…” Click here for full story.

FDA Panel Rejects Empagliflozin for Use in Type 1 Diabetes

Medscape: “A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee has recommended against approval of empagliflozin (Boehringer Ingelheim, Jardiance), a sodium-glucose cotransporter type 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, as an adjunct to insulin therapy to improve glycemic control in adults with type 1 diabetes mellitus…” Click here for full story.

Oramed Announces Successful Phase IIB Study of Oral Insulin in Type 2 Diabetes

Oramed: “Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ORMP) (TASE: ORMP), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral drug delivery systems, today announced positive results from the initial cohort of the Phase IIb trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of its lead oral insulin candidate, ORMD-0801, which has the potential to be the first commercial oral insulin capsule for the treatment of diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Multiple Type 2 Diabetes Benefits Achievable Through Low-Carb Diets

Healio: “Adults with type 2 diabetes can experience multiple diabetes-specific benefits beyond weight loss by undertaking a low-carbohydrate diet, although potential risks must be addressed, according to a speaker at ObesityWeek…” Click here for full story.

Sky-High Insulin Costs Force Diabetic Patients to Ration the Life-Saving Medication

ABC 7: “Rationing insulin is not uncommon among people with diabetes. The average price of the drug has skyrocketed in recent years, leading some patients to go to desperate lengths to get it. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports the price of the drug has nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Tougher on Women’s Hearts

WebMD: “Diabetes might be more deadly for women than men, at least when it comes to heart troubles, new research showsHeart disease occurs an average of 15 years earlier in people with diabetes, and is their main cause of illness an death. In women, the connection between diabetes and heart disease is particularly strong…” Click here for full story.

There Are 4 Ways to Manage Your Type 1 Diabetes Through Treatment — Here’s How

Health.com: “Only about 5% of those diagnosed with diabetes have type 1, which is why it may seem like this version of the disease seems a little more mysterious than type 2 diabetes—and with good reason: No one knows quite how to prevent type 1 diabetes yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 13, 2019

Diabetes More Effectively Treated With Immediate Sitagliptin, Metformin Combination Therapy

Healio: “Insulin is needed less frequently and HbA1c is lowered more robustly when adults with type 2 diabetes do not delay combination therapy but begin treatment by taking sitagliptin and metformin together, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine…” Click here for full story.

‘Best-in-Class’ Diabetes Drugs Compared in Head to Head Trial

Medscape: “Oral semaglutide (Rybelsus, Novo Nordisk) lowered hemoglobin A1c more than empagliflozin (Jardiance, Boehringer Ingelheim/Lilly) in a recently published open-label, head-to-head comparison of the type 2 diabetes drugs…” Click here for full story.

Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Silent Killer of Veterans

STAT: “Veterans who survive the horrors of war or the other dangers of military service often die years later from a silent but deadly scourge: diabetic foot ulcers, open sores or lesions that typically start on the bottom of the foot…” Click here for full story.

Bariatric Surgery Complications More Common With Higher Preoperative HbA1c

Healio: “Adults who undergo bariatric surgery may be more likely to be readmitted to the hospital, have more trips to the ICU and have a higher rate of overall morbidity if they have an HbA1c of more than 7% before surgery, according to findings presented at ObesityWeek…” Click here for full story.

WHO Launches First-Ever Insulin Prequalification Programme to Expand Access to Life-Saving Treatment for Diabetes

World Health Organization: “The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the start of a pilot programme to prequalify human insulin to increase treatment for diabetes in low- and middle-income countries. The decision, announced ahead of World Diabetes Day (14 November), is part of a series of steps WHO will take to address the growing diabetes burden in all regions…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes: Why Some Anti-Inflammatories May Increase Risk

Medical News Today: “Doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs long or short term to treat a range of conditions from allergies to arthritis. But could some of these drugs actually increase the risk for another chronic condition — diabetes?” Click here for full story.

Keeping Your Blood Sugar In Check Could Lower Your Alzheimer’s Risk

NPR: “Brain scientists are offering a new reason to control blood sugar levels: It might help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. ‘There’s many reasons to get [blood sugar] under control,’ says David Holtzman, chairman of neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. ‘But this is certainly one…'” Click here for full story.

FDA Advisory Committee to Consider Lower-Dose Empagliflozin for Type 1 Diabetes

Healio: “The Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee of the FDA will vote today on whether to recommend approval of a supplemental new drug application for the SGLT2 inhibitor empagliflozin 2.5 mg as an oral medication adjunct to insulin therapy for adults with type 1 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Week of November 6, 2019

Avocados May Help Prevent Diabetes

Science Daily: “Researchers have shown for the first time how a compound found only in avocados can inhibit cellular processes in the pancreas that normally lead to diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Group Management With Low-Carb Diet As Effective As Increasing Medication

Healio: “In group medical visits for diabetes, adding intensive weight management with low-carbohydrate diets was as effective in improving blood sugar levels as conventional medication management, according to study results published in JAMA Internal Medicine…” Click here for full story.

‘I Wouldn’t Change It for the World’: Ravens TE Mark Andrews Not Slowed by Type 1 Diabetes in Breakout Season

USA Today: “Every time Mark Andrews jogs off the field between possessions in a game, he slips off his receiving gloves and pricks his finger. Then he does it again. And again. And maybe one more time, just to be sure…” Click here for full story.

‘No Difference Between the Diets’ In Reversing Prediabetes

Medscape: “The PREVIEW project is a multinational diabetes prevention project for which I was fortunate to be one of the principal investigators. It is funded by the European Union and includes six European countries plus Australia and New Zealand. We recruited 2300 people with proven prediabetes…” Click here for full story.

Researchers Engineer Insulin-Producing Cells Activated By Light for Diabetes

Phys.org: “Tufts University researchers have transplanted engineered pancreatic beta cells into diabetic mice, then caused the cells to produce more than two to three times the typical level of insulin by exposing them to light…” Click here for full story.

Nick Jonas Opens Up About Living with Type 1 Diabetes 14 Years After Diagnosis

People: “As Diabetes Awareness month kicks off on Friday, Nick Jonas is opening up about living with type 1 diabetes. The 27-year-old Jonas Brothers member and solo artist shared a candid Instagram post on Friday to discuss how getting diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 14 years ago…” Click here for full story.

Which Environmental Factors Affect Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

Medical News Today: “New research studies the association between environmental quality in over 3,000 United States counties and finds intriguing differences between rural and urban areas…” Click here for full story.

By Numbers, Cardiologists Well-Positioned for Diabetes Care

Medscape: “Cardiologists are well-placed to provide care for patients with type 2 diabetes, given their numbers and distribution relative to diabetes cases in the United States, new research suggests…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 31, 2019

Type 2 Diabetes Tied to Greater Risk for Vertebral, Nonvertebral Fractures

Healio: “Adults with type 2 diabetes are 55% more likely to sustain an incident vertebral fracture compared with adults without diabetes, with vertebral fracture history further raising the risk for experiencing a nonvertebral fracture, according to findings published in Diabetes Care…” Click here for full story.

Vitamin D Spray as Good as Oral Tablets in Raising Levels

Medscape: “For individuals who cannot or prefer not to take oral capsules, the same increase in vitamin D levels in the blood can be achieved with a sublingual spray, suggest the results of a small UK randomized controlled trial…” Click here for full story.

Increase Benefits of Exercise by Working Out Before Breakfast

Science Daily: “Exercising before eating breakfast burns more fat, improves how the body responds to insulin and lowers people’s risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease…” Click here for full story.

A Trial For Kids At Risk Of Type 1 Diabetes Was Scaled Back, Leaving Families In Limbo

NPR: “At first, 19-year-old Sarah Hornak ignored the tingling in her hands and feet. She also ignored the 20 pounds of weight she shed, the constant hunger and thirst, the time she threw up after a tough workout. She went to her doctor only when she began to see halos everywhere…” Click here for full story.

Parents Speak Out After Son Dies From Type 1 Diabetes

ABC 12: “The parents of a 20-year-old East Carolina University student say a cure needs to be found after their son died from complications due to Type 1 diabetes…” Click here for full story.

Diabetics Being Treated with Thiazolidinediones May Be at Lower Risk of Parkinson’s, Study Suggests

Parkinsons News Today: “People with type 2 diabetes being treated with thiazolidinedione compounds, such as Actos (pioglitazone) and Avandia (rosiglitazone), may be at lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, a pilot study suggests. However, more work is needed to confirm a potential to prevent Parkinson’s in an at-risk patient population…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Conference in Naples Brings Slate of Experts in Research and Care

Naples News: “Nine experts in diabetes prevention and treatment, some from leading universities, will be in Naples for an annual diabetes program Sunday. The fifth annual von Arx Family Foundation Southwest Florida Diabetes & Wellness Conference helps families and medical professionals learn what’s new in the disease…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 23, 2019

Diabetes Increases Risks for Certain Infections

Healio: “Adults with diabetes have increased risks for infections, such as influenza, cellulitis and sepsis, compared with adults without diabetes, according to findings published in Diabetes Care…” Click here for full story.

Limiting Mealtimes May Increase Your Motivation for Exercise

Science Daily: “Limiting access to food in mice increases levels of the hormone, ghrelin, which may also increase motivation to exercise, according to a new study. The study suggests that a surge in levels of appetite-promoting hormone, ghrelin, after a period of fasting prompted mice to initiate voluntary exercise…” Click here for full story.

Keeping Your Blood Sugar In Check Could Lower Your Alzheimer’s Risk

NPR: “Brain scientists are offering a new reason to control blood sugar levels: It might help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. ‘There’s many reasons to get [blood sugar] under control,’ says David Holtzman, chairman of neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. ‘But this is certainly one…'” Click here for full story.

FDA Approves Dapagliflozin to Reduce HF Hospitalization in Diabetes

Medscape: “The type 2 diabetes drug dapagliflozin (Farxiga, AstraZeneca) has been approved in the United States for reducing hospitalization for heart failure (HF) in adults with type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular (CV) risk factors, the company has announced…” Click here for full story.

Does the Rotavirus Vaccine Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?

Medical News Today: “Scientists have highlighted a possible link between infection with rotavirus and an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Undergoing vaccination against the pathogen may be an effective way to prevent the condition…” Click here for full story.

Knowing Impacts of Diabetes, High School Student Raises Money for Friend to Get Diabetes Dog

Channel 3000: “As Diabetes Awareness Month approaches in November, a Darlington student is raising money for a life-changing helper. High school senior Lexi Graham deals with diabetes every day. It’s been a part of her world for nearly eight years, and she knows how it changes everything…” Click here for full story.

Balancing Game: Beau Corrales Excelling While Battling Diabetes

Inside Carolina: “When Beau Corrales was in the seventh grade, he remembers sitting in the back of his classroom trying to read the projector, but it wasn’t as easy as it always had been. His vision began to get blurry, which was confusing because he had always had perfect eyesight. Then, in his first football game of the season, he went to the bathroom before kickoff just like normal. He continued to have to go after warm-ups and again before the start of the second quarter….” Click here for full story.

Week of October 16, 2019

Earlier Introduction of Insulin May Improve Type 2 Diabetes Care for Some Patients

Healio: “Health care providers who treat patients with type 2 diabetes still need to include insulin among therapeutic options, and it may even be prudent to consider it earlier in the treatment process, according to a presenter at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress…” Click here for full story.

Endocrine Society Report Addresses Post-Meal Glucose in Diabetes

Medscape: “A new report from the Endocrine Society highlights the challenge of postprandial glucose management for people with insulin-requiring diabetes, providing some recommendations but also pointing out the major knowledge gaps…” Click here for full story.

Four Strategies to Obtain Affordable Insulin

Healio: “As the cost for insulin continues to rise, clinicians can take several proactive steps to help uninsured and underinsured patients afford their medications today, according to a speaker at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress…” Click here for full story.

Researchers Try A Genetic Diabetes Test To Prevent Emergency Hospitalizations

NPR: “Nearly half of all children who develop Type 1 diabetes don’t know they have the disease until they end up in a coma in the hospital. Researchers in Virginia have set out to see if a genetic test for Type 1 diabetes can eliminate many of those emergencies…” Click here for full story.

Shorter People More Likely to Develop Diabetes, Study Suggests

Chicago Tribune: “A poor diet and lack of exercise can lead to diabetes. But your height could also be a factor, according to a new report. Researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition recently conducted a study, published in the Diabetologia journal, to determine the association between height and Type 2 diabetes risk…” Click here for full story.

Patients With Diabetes Struggle With the Rising Cost of Insulin

The Courier: “Tessa McKenna can’t afford the $5,000 out-of-pocket deductible for the insulin that keeps her alive. A three-month supply of insulin — 10 vials — costs McKenna $2,700. ‘It’s really expensive…. The insurance that I’m on now is a high-deductible. It’s $5,000 for individual and $6,000 for family. Usually pharmacies want you to buy a three-month supply at a time,’ she said…” Click here for full story.

In Helping His Dad With Diabetes, Young Mexican Chemist Pioneers Healthy—and Cheap—Sugar Substitute

Good News Network: “When 18-year old Javier Larragoiti was told his father had been diagnosed with diabetes, the young man, who had just started studying chemical engineering at college in Mexico City, decided to dedicate his studies to finding a safe, sugar-alternative for his father…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 9, 2019

A1c Swings Tied to More Diabetes Complications Long Term

Medscape: “Patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes who had highly variable A1c levels between visits were more likely to have macro- and microvascular complications of diabetes in long-term follow-up, a study shows…” Click here for full story.

Minorities Have Greater Diabetes Risk, Even With Normal and Low BMI

MedPage Today: “Certain racial and ethnic minorities, even at normal or below-normal body weight, were significantly more likely to have diabetes than whites, a large observational study demonstrated…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Advances Poised to Help Manage Blood Sugar After Meals

Science Daily: “Mealtimes can become a difficult experience for individuals with diabetes. After a meal, blood sugar levels may soar as the food digests or unexpectedly plummet if an insulin dose was more than the meal required…” Click here for full story.

Scientists Who Discredited Meat Guidelines Didn’t Report Past Food Industry Ties

The New York Times: “A surprising new study challenged decades of nutrition advice and gave consumers the green light to eat more red and processed meat. But what the study didn’t say is that its lead author has past research ties to the meat and food industry…” Click here for full story.

Even Naturally Sweet Drinks May Increase Diabetes Risk

Medical News Today: “While researchers already knew that drinks with added sugar could increase a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests that the same may be true for naturally sweet drinks, such as 100% fruit juices, as well as artificially sweetened beverages, such as “diet” soft drinks…” Click here for full story.

Weight Loss May Put Diabetes Into Remission

WebMD: “British researchers have good news for people with type 2 diabetes — you don’t need to lose a ton of weight to make a difference in your health…” Click here for full story.

Science Finds Simple Way to Lower Diabetes, High Blood Pressure Risk: Fiber

Healthline: “Fighting back against rising rates of type 2 diabetes and hypertension has been a losing battle for the medical community in the United States. Now, new research finds that adding fiber to your diet may help stave off these serious health conditions…” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Advances Poised to Help Manage Blood Sugar After Meals

Medical Xpress: “Mealtimes can become a difficult experience for individuals with diabetes. After a meal, blood sugar levels may soar as the food digests or unexpectedly plummet if an insulin dose was more than the meal required…” Click here for full story.

Week of October 2, 2019

FDA Approves Canagliflozin to Treat Diabetic Kidney Disease, Heart Failure Hospitalization

Healio: “The FDA approved a new indication for the SGLT2 inhibitor canagliflozin to reduce the risk for end-stage renal disease, worsening of kidney function, cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure among adults with type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease, according to a press release from Janssen…” Click here for full story.

Insulet’s Omnipod Dash Gets FDA Clearance As Integrated Insulin Pump

Smart Brief: “The FDA has cleared Insulet’s Omnipod Dash alternate controller-enabled infusion pump as an integrated insulin pump. The system can hold up to 200 units of U-100 insulin and features a touch-screen personal diabetes manager for control of the pod…” Click here for full story.

Child’s Gluten Intake During Infancy, Rather Than Mother’s During Pregnancy, Linked to Increased Risk of Developing Type 1 Diabetes

Science Daily: “New research shows that a child’s intake of gluten at age 18 months is associated with a 46% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes for each extra 10g of gluten consumed…” Click here for full story.

‘A Bad Result’: A1C Targets Missed in Most With Type 1 Diabetes

Medscape: “Worldwide, only a small proportion of adults with type 1 diabetes are achieving optimal glucose control, new research indicates. Findings from the multinational, observational Study of Adults’ Glycemia in TID (SAGE) were presented September 17 here at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 2019 Annual Meeting…” Click here for full story.

Nick Jonas Says He Was Close To A Coma Before Diabetes Diagnosis

Refinery29: “Nick Jonas isn’t afraid to get real about his battle with type 1 diabetes. In an interview with Cigar Aficionado, he opened up about a close call he had when he was first diagnosed with the disease…” Click here for full story.

How Neuroscience Could Explain the Rise of Addictions, Heart Disease and Diabetes in 21st Century America

Time: “The conditions of human life began to improve with the Enlightenment of the 18th century, and we are better off now by many measures: food access, health, lifespan, and so on. But it hasn’t been an unbroken line of advancement…” Click here for full story.

Antidepressants Are Linked to a Higher Gestational Diabetes Risk in a New Study

CNN: “Taking antidepressants while pregnant may be associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes, a new study suggests. It turned out that the increased risk appeared to be greatest for the two antidepressant drugs venlafaxine and amitriptyline, according to the study published in the journal BMJ Open on Tuesday. The study suggests a correlation but not causation…” Click here for full story.

Week of September 25, 2019

Gluten consumption during infancy tied to type 1 diabetes risk

healio: “Each 10 g of gluten consumed daily during infancy is associated with a 46% increased risk for developing type 1 diabetes during the next 12 years, whereas maternal gluten intake during pregnancy was not associated with future diabetes risk, according to study data presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting.” Click here for the full story.

FDA OKs New Pill for Type 2 Diabetes

WebMD: “A new pill to lower blood sugar for people with type 2 diabetes was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday.” Click here for the full story.

In People With Diabetes, What Really Matters Is Fat Mass Index, Not BMI

SciTech Daily: “In people with diabetes, fat mass index, not body mass index (BMI), is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).” Click here for the full story.

Vitamin D deficiency linked with increased risk of death, particularly from diabetes: study

Yahoo!: “New European research has found that individuals with low levels of vitamin D may have a higher risk of an early death, particularly if they have diabetes.” Click here for the full story.

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