19 July 2016

Imbalance Of Gut Bacteria Linked To Elevated Risk For Diabetes

New data from researchers at the University of Copenhagen provides stronger evidence linking certain bacteria that populate our intestinal tract with a higher risk for developing insulin resistance, ultimately a precursor to developing diabetes. The research was published in the journal Nature late last week, suggesting that the gut microbiome might be a potential target for therapeutic intervention in this ravaging disease.
Source:  Forbes
11 July 2016

Higher risk of cancer before and after diabetes diagnosis

People who have diabetes may have a higher chance of developing cancer either before or immediately after receiving a diagnosis of diabetes, according to a study published online in the American Cancer Society's journal, Cancer. The results indicate that there is a need for better understanding of the association between cancer and diabetes.
Source:  Medical News Today
05 July 2016

Artificial pancreases set to make living with diabetes easier by 2018

Sufferers of type 1 diabetes are required to constantly monitor their blood glucose levels and administer insulin as needed. But the daily hassle of self-care for patients could soon be reduced, with a new study concluding that automated "artificial pancreas" systems could be available in as little as two years. The study, authored by Doctors Roman Hovorka and Hood Thabit of Cambridge University, reviews the overall progress of technology in these automated systems, including the bionic pancreas being developed by Boston University scientists.
Source:  Gizmag
27 June 2016

Diabetes raises risk of heart attack death by 50 percent

Having diabetes increases the risk of dying from the effects of a heart attack by around 50 percent, according to a widespread study. The study's participants with diabetes were 39 per cent more likely to have died if they had a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) heart attack -- in which the artery is partially blocked -- than those without diabetes.
Source:  Science Daily
20 June 2016

New Implantable CGM Receives Approval

The first long-term implantable CGM (continuous glucose monitor) will be launched this month in Norway and Denmark. How does it compare to current CGMs? Eversense will be the “world’s first long-term wear sensor.” Current CGMs in market include glucose sensors from Abbott (FreeStyle Libre-only available in Europe), Dexcom (G4, G5), and Medtronic (Enlite, Enlite 2), which require a new insertion every 7-14 days.
Source:  Diabetes in Control
14 June 2016

The Story of Inhaled Insulin (So Far)

For over 85 years after the 1921 discovery of life-saving liquid insulin, scientists were struggling to find a viable way to get insulin into the bodies of people with diabetes without needles. Naturally the idea of an insulin inhaler, similar to an asthma inhaler, was an appealing prospect! But it wasn’t until new technologies appeared on the scene in the late 1990’s that researchers could really begin to experiment with turning insulin into a concentrated powder with particles sized for inhalation into the lungs.
Source:  Healthline
06 June 2016

FDA Plans to Rethink “Healthy” Food

What does it mean for a food to be healthy? The FDA could be changing how it answers that question, recently sharing that it will be reassessing its official definition for “healthy” food. This definition dictates the foods that can be labeled as “healthy” on their packaging – and subsequently influences what people might buy at stores when looking for healthy options. The FDA’s decision to re-evaluate these criteria comes after pressure from public health advocates and even members of the food industry to rethink its definition.
Source:  DiaTribe
31 May 2016

How to Avoid Overcorrecting for a Low

A certified diabetes educator shares tips for avoiding a blood sugar rollercoaster Q – How do I treat a low without over-correcting for it? A – Everyone with Type 1 diabetes at one time or another has had a bad low, the kind when all you want to do is eat everything in sight. There’s no reasoning with yourself – it’s as if someone has hijacked your self-control. Physiologically, there is a reason for wanting to eat everything in sight – the body just wants to get blood sugar back up to a safe level. However, eating more than the needed amount of carbs typically results in high blood sugar levels, and then the roller coaster begins.
Source:  Insulin Nation
23 May 2016

Testing Metformin to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes

In a major trial, researchers are attempting to keep beta cells working longer in children at risk of Type 1 diabetes. Last November, JDRF officials announced that researchers had found biological markers for Type 1 diabetes long before symptoms appeared in children. Now another group of researchers hope to see if they can prevent Type 1 before children become symptomatic, and to do it they are planning to use a classic tool in diabetes management – metformin.
Source:  Insulin Nation
17 May 2016

Type 2 Diabetes May Damage Hearing, Study Finds

Type 2 diabetes may raise the risk of hearing loss, say researchers who recommend hearing tests for patients with the blood sugar disease. The researchers reviewed prior studies examining the link between diabetes and hearing loss. However, further research is needed to confirm this connection, said the team at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in New York City.
Source: HealthDay