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Some Americans living with diabetes are using smartwatches and smart rings that claim to be able to track their blood sugar.

However, such claims from any device that does not pierce the skin are fraudulent and potentially dangerous, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in an

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 22, 2024
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  • People with diabetes have to spend a ton of money to stay healthy, a new study reports.

    Total and out-of-pocket costs for diabetics run hundreds to thousands of dollars more than regular medical expenses for people without diabetes, researchers found.

    Type 1 diabetes costs nearly $25,700 a year to properly manage, with out-of-pocket charges running more than $2,000 for patients, res...

    Two of the most common pregnancy complications for women, high blood pressure and gestational diabetes, could jeopardize the future heart health of their children, a new study suggests. 

    Researchers found that the children of women who developed either or both of those conditions during pregnancy showed signs of less-than-ideal heart health before the age of 12. 

    “Throug...

    Folks who drop pounds to help control their diabetes receive other substantial heath benefits for all their efforts, a new study says.

    Substantial weight loss that led to even a short-lived remission in type 2 diabetes also prompted a 40% lower rate in heart disease and a 33% lower rate of kidney disease, researchers report in the Jan. 18 issue of the journal

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 19, 2024
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  • Managing diabetes will be a less expensive proposition for more Americans in 2024.

    Sanofi has officially joined Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly in lowering the cost of insulin to $35 a month for many patients. The three drugmakers are also drastically lowering the list prices for their insulin pr...

    Kids who've survived cancer face many health challenges, and a heightened risk for diabetes is one of them, new research shows.

    A team at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., reports that these children have twice the odds of developing prediabetes (a precursor to full-blown diabetes) compared to kids without any history of cancer.

    “One of the striking features was th...

    A healthy plant-based diet can reduce a person's risk of type 2 diabetes by 24%, a new study has found.

    Eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains has this protective effect even in people with a genetic predisposition for diabetes or risk factors like obesity, advanced age or lack of physical activity, researchers report.

    And for the first time, researchers identifi...

    Many Americans battling diabetes are turning to a new class of injected drugs that includes blockbusters like Ozempic (semaglutide) and Mounjaro (tirzepatide).

    But a new study finds half of patients who use these "second line" therapies -- a class called GLP-1 RAs -- quit them within a year.

    The main factor: Gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, according to t...

    The diabetes and weight-loss drug Ozempic does not appear to harm a developing fetus when taken by pregnant women, a new study reports.

    Researchers found no elevated risk of birth defects among newborns of women who took medications to control their type 2 diabetes, compared with those who took insulin.

    During the decade-long study, researchers saw an increase in people trying to co...

    Folks who take the blockbuster weight-loss med tirzepatide (Zepbound) may regain much of the weight they lost soon after discontinuing it, new research shows.

    A trial funded by Eli Lilly, the injected drug's maker, found that “in patients with obesity or overweight, withdrawing tirzepatide led to substantial regain of weight."

    On the other hand, continuing on with tirzepatide kep...

    Could blockbuster diabetes and weight-loss meds such as Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro and Zepbound also lower users' odds for colon cancer?

    New research suggests they might.

    All of these medications (and more) fall into a class of diabetes drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs).

    The new study, from researchers at Case Western Reserve School of Medic...

    Girls whose periods begin before the age of 13 are at higher risk of becoming adult women with diabetes, compared to girls who start menstruation later, new research shows.

    An earlier onset of periods also appears to hike a woman's odds for stroke before the age of 65, the same study found.

    Why the link? According to the research team at Tulane University in New Orleans, exposure to...

    People can walk away their risk of developing type 2 diabetes -- but only if they walk fast enough, a new report finds.

    Folks who walk at least 2.5 miles an hour appear to have a significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published Nov. 28 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine

    Women who don't get enough sleep might have an increased risk of diabetes, an effect even more pronounced in postmenopausal females, a new study finds.

    Shortening sleep by just 90 minutes increased insulin resistance in women used to getting adequate sleep, researchers at Columbia University.

    The findings are the first to show that even a mild sleep deficit maintained for six weeks ...

    Young people who smoke and have prediabetes have triple the risk of suffering a stroke, a new study shows.

    Overall, hospitalized tobacco users with prediabetes had a 3.3 times higher risk that they were in the hospital due to a stroke, after researchers accounted for other risk factors.

    The findings “warrant early screening and prevention strategies for prediabetes in young tobacc...

    Having high insulin levels may be more than tough to manage when you have diabetes: New research shows it also appears to raise the risk of pancreatic cancer.

    In the study, scientists found excessive insulin levels overstimulated pancreatic acinar cells, which produce digestive juices. This overstimulation triggers inflammation that turns these cells into precancerous cells.

    “Alon...

    A kinder, more thoughtful workplace can lead to better heart health among older employees, a new study finds.

    Older workers' heart health risk factors decreased significantly when their office employed interventions designed to reduce work-family conflicts, researchers report in the Nov. 8 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

    Specifically, their heart risk factor...

    There's good news for people with diabetes who are turning to drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy to treat their disease and lose weight: The drugs probably will not harm their vision.

    Semaglutide (the generic name for both medicines) can trigger rapid drops in blood sugar. Prior research had linked these types of blood sugar changes with a worsening of a common diabetes complication called dia...

    A second injectable diabetes drug has been approved for weight loss in overweight and obese adults, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

    The weight-loss drug Zepbound contains the same active ingredient, tirzepatide, as the diabetes drug Mounjaro. Both medications are made by Eli Lilly and Co.

    “Obesity and overweight are serious conditions that can be associa...

    Many people with type 2 diabetes also struggle with depression, and this combination can lead to premature death, researchers say.

    “More than 35 million Americans have diabetes, and more than 95 million have prediabetes, making diabetes one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.,” said study co-author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 7, 2023
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  • Put down the saltshaker -- especially if you're at risk of type 2 diabetes.

    While the condition brings to mind the need to avoid sugar, a new study links it to frequent salt consumption.

    “We already know that limiting salt can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension, but this study shows for the first time that taking the saltshaker off the table can help preve...

    It's time to turn your clocks back this Sunday, and a leading group of sleep experts want that return to standard time to be permanent.

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has issued a new position statement recommending the elimination of seasonal time changes.

    About 20 other health organizations have signed that statement, which sleep experts say aligns best with the hum...

    As many as 1 in 3 people who fall ill with COVID-19 will develop long COVID, with symptoms that can persist for months or years, a new study estimates.

    Nearly half of participants (47%) in a large-scale U.S. Census Bureau survey said they had been infected with COVID-19 by the end of 2022, the data showed.

    Further, 1 in 7 (14%) Americans said they had developed long COVID, with 7% s...

    Time-restricted dieting may be a better way for people with type 2 diabetes to lose weight than counting calories, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that people who only ate between noon and 8 p.m. each day lost more weight than those who reduced their calories by 25%. Both groups, however, had similar reductions in long-term blood sugar levels based on a test of hemoglobin A1C. The...

    Having diabetes and colon cancer together can raise the risk of dying early, particularly for patients with diabetic complications, a new study shows.

    To arrive at that conclusion, researchers from National Taiwan University examined data for more than 59,000 people from the Taiwan Cancer Registry Database from 2007 to 2015. The database is linked to health insurance and death records.

    Millions of people with diabetes take the drug metformin to control their blood sugar levels.

    Meant to be taken for the long term, new research now suggests that stopping it early may up the risk of developing thinking and memory problems as patients age.

    “We found that staying on metformin prevents or delays dementia onset, and this is very encouraging,” said researcher

    Diabetes may accelerate the growth of a blood cancer known as multiple myeloma, affecting overall survival, according to a new study.

    The research, published Sept. 29 in the journal

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 2, 2023
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  • Low-carb diets may be all the rage, but they're not for kids with diabetes, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

    In a new report, the AAP says that low-carbohydrate diets cannot be recommended for children or teenagers with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. That's because there's little evidence they're helpful, but there are concerns about restricting kids' diets to tha...

    Staying up late comes naturally to some folks, whether they're working or relaxing deep into the night.

    But being a night owl might come at a cost to one's health.

    People who are night owls have a higher risk than early birds of becoming diabetic, a new study has found.

    “We found that night owls were at 72% increased risk of developing diabetes when we compare them to early ...

    It's known that older men with type 2 diabetes have higher odds for erectile dysfunction, or ED. Now, new research suggests problems in the bedroom for younger men may signal undiagnosed prediabetes or diabetes.

    Researchers found that men 40 and younger with ED have about a one-third increased risk for prediabetes or full-blown type 2 diabetes compared to men without impotence.

    The ...

    Loneliness might be a true heartbreaker for people with diabetes — raising their odds of a heart attack even more than unhealthy lifestyle habits do.

    That's according to a new study of over 18,000 adults with the blood sugar disease. Researchers found that people who reported feeling lonely were up to 26% more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke in the next decade, compared to tho...

    Having a couple of drinks a day won't protect you from obesity or diabetes, a new study suggests.

    Everybody knows that heavy drinking isn't good for your health, but whether moderate alcohol consumption is protective or harmful is still open for debate, researchers say.

    "Some research has indicated that moderate drinkers may be less likely to develop obesity or diabetes compared to ...

    Diabetes is skyrocketing, with more than 500 million people of all ages living with the disease today and the number of cases worldwide projected to hit 1.3 billion in the next 30 years.

    "The rapid rate at which diabetes is growing is not only alarming but also challenging for every health system in the world, especially given how the disease also increases the risk for ischemic heart dis...

    Nearly 10 million Americans are at risk for blindness from diabetic retinopathy, a new study finds.

    In 2021, an estimated 9.6 million people in the United States — 26% of those with diabetes — had the eye illness and nearly 2 million had the most severe form, "vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy" (VTDR), researchers say. That's 5% of those with diabetes.

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  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 19, 2023
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  • How prohibitive is the cost of diabetes care?

    For American patients, including those with insurance, the full scope of related expenses is often so onerous that some have turned to crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe as a way to raise cash for care, new research shows.

    Despite the fact that insulin is largely free or low-cost for many, the price of many other basics of diabet...

    Prediabetes often precedes type 2 diabetes, the form of the disease most closely tied to obesity.

    A new study suggests that the timing of this transition may set the stage for dementia in later years.

    Prediabetes refers to blood sugar or glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be defined as diabetes.

    Researchers found that folks who were diagnose...

    Having higher blood sugar can lead to quicker loss of brain power after a stroke, a new study suggests.

    High blood pressure and cholesterol were not associated with a similar mental loss, even in those at higher genetic risk for dementia.

    “Having a stroke increases a person's risk of dementia up to 50-fold, but we lack a comprehensive treatment approach that could reduce this risk...

    While a lot of research has focused on autism in children, much less effort goes toward studying adults with autism.

    Now, two new reports find this group is at substantial risk for age-related physical conditions and injuries, as well as being particularly susceptible to certain mental health issues including loneliness, social isolation and lower quality of life.

    “There is accumu...

    Diabetes is a known risk factor for mental decline and dementia. Paired with total tooth loss, the potential harm to the brain is even more significant, new research indicates.

    The findings highlight the importance of good dental care and diabetes control in aging adults, said

    A COVID infection appears to drive up diabetes risk, new research warns.

    The good news? Being vaccinated before becoming infected appeared to eliminate any increase in post-infection risk.

    The finding follows a deep dive into the medical records of roughly 23,700 patients. At an average age of 47, all were treated for COVID infection at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles at s...

    You might think about cholesterol when you consider your cardiovascular health.

    It's also important to consider your A1C levels.

    Sugar is just as bad for your heart as cholesterol -- if not worse, said Dr. Daniel Lodge, a thoracic surgeon at Penn State Health Specialty S...

    Chemicals found in plastic personal care products, kids' toys, and food and drink packaging could be raising the risk of type 2 diabetes among women, new research suggests.

    To study the impact of these chemicals, known as phthalates, researchers followed just over 1,300 U.S. women for six years to see if exposure contributed to the incidence of diabetes.

    About 5% of the women devel...

    Getting hitched could help middle-aged and older folks get a better handle on their blood sugar, a new study reports.

    People living with a spouse appeared to be better able to maintain lower blood sugar levels than single folks, according to the findings.

    This benefit held regardless of the state of their relationship, the researchers added. Whether bickering or snuggling, married f...

    Chromium picolinate is a supplement that many folks take, as it's touted to unlock insulin, burn fat and build muscle.

    But do you really need to add it to your diet when the mineral chromium is already present in many foods, albeit in tiny amounts?

    "There is little evidence or support for chromium supplementation, though advertisements suggest it can enhance muscle mass and help wit...

    Owners whose cats have diabetes now have a new option to care for the condition in their otherwise healthy pets.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first pill to improve control of diabetes in some cats.

    The drug, call...

    Scientists have used a transplant procedure to apparently cure diabetes in lab mice, without the need for immune-suppressing drugs afterward.

    The success is a first step in developing a safer way to use cell transplants to possibly cure type 1 diabetes. But that's a long way off, researchers said — and findings in mice often fail to translate to humans.

    In type 1 diabetes, the bod...

    Dental coverage under Medicare could soon start expanding for seniors under a new proposal from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    Still, the proposed rules would not provide full coverage for regular dental care, which has been explicitly excluded from Medicare since...

    The earlier a woman is diagnosed with diabetes, the sooner she may enter menopause, new research shows.

    Rates of diabetes have grown steadily, so researchers wanted to understand the long-term implications of

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 12, 2022
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  • Every year, hibernating bears are able to feast, pack on a huge amount of weight and then lie around for months -- all without suffering the health consequence of diabetes. Now researchers are closer to understanding their secret.

    Scientists with the Washington State University Bear Center say they've zeroed in on eight proteins that appear key to keeping hibernating grizzlies diabetes-pr...

    Using a lower threshold to diagnose pregnancy-related diabetes does not seem to reduce the risk of having a big baby, on average — but some women do benefit, a new clinical trial suggests.

    Gestational diabetes is diagnosed when a pregnant woman's blood sugar levels are abnormally high. The condition can h...

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