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Type 1 Diabetes Doesn't Have to Hold Kids Back in School

Children with type 1 diabetes miss more school than their peers without this condition, but the good news is these absences don’t have to affect their grades or chances of going on to college, new research shows.

Kids who had the tightest control of their diabetes missed seven sessions a year, while those who had challenges managing their blood sugar levels were absent for 15 sessi...

FDA Approves First Drug to Delay Onset of Type 1 Diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first drug that could delay the development of type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Teplizumab (Tzield) targets the autoimmune issues that drive the disease, rather than its symptoms, making the medication a game changer.

“Today's approval of a first-in-class therapy adds an important new treatment option for certain at-risk patient...

Scientists Use 'Gentler' Cell Transplants to Reverse Diabetes in Mice

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...

Permanently Bent 'Trigger Finger' Can Be Hallmark of Diabetes

A finger that “locks” can be a telltale sign of another condition: Diabetes.

Researchers suspected that this trigger finger, often in the ring finger or thumb, might indicate diabetes after frequently finding the condition in patients who had or developed diabetes. ...

Over a Million Americans Are Rationing Insulin Due to High Cost

More than 1 million Americans with diabetes have to ration lifesaving insulin because they can't afford it, a new study shows.

Many people delayed picking up their insulin prescription, while others took lower doses than they needed, researchers found.

Exp...

Years of Diabetes Could Speed Onset of Menopause

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

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  • October 12, 2022
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  • 'Bionic Pancreas' Could Make Life Easier for People With Type 1 Diabetes

    A new technology dubbed the "bionic pancreas" may beat standard treatment in helping people with type 1 diabetes control their blood sugar levels, a clinical trial has found.

    Among adults and children with type 1 diabetes, those who used the bionic pancreas for three months saw their average blo...

    COVID Infection Raises a Child's Odds for Type 1 Diabetes by 72%

    Children who fall ill with COVID-19 may have a slightly increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that of more than 285,000 children with COVID, 0.04% were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over the next six months. While that's a small percentage, it was 72% higher than the rate in a comparison group of kids with no history of COVID.

    Experts...

    Type 1 Diabetes Is Tougher on Girls Than Boys: Study

    Girls with type 1 diabetes may fare worse than boys when it comes to blood sugar control and other critical aspects of their health, a new research review finds.

    The review of 90 published studies by researchers in the Netherlands...

    Big Studies Test Effectiveness of Common Diabetes Meds

    Two common diabetes medications seem to outperform two others when it comes to controlling blood sugar levels, a large U.S. trial has found.

    The trial of more than 5,000 people with type 2 diabetes found that two injection medications -- a long-acting insulin and

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  • September 22, 2022
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  • A Honey of a Study: Well-Fed Bears Give Clues to Human Diabetes

    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...

    Experimental Insulin-in-a-Pill Shows Promise in Rat Study

    People with type 1 diabetes who need to inject insulin a few times a day could eventually be switching to an easier-to-take tablet that dissolves inside the cheek.

    Canadian researchers working with rodents report they have created an insulin that could be taken in pill form without most of bein...

    Tight Blood Sugar Control Boosts Brain Power of Teens With Type 1 Diabetes: Study

    When teenagers with type 1 diabetes get better control of their blood sugar, their brains may benefit, a new clinical trial shows.

    Researchers found that when teenagers started treatment with a newer technology — often dubbed "artificial pancreas" systems ...

    Cooler Weather Could Mean More Diabetes in Dogs

    Just like their humans, dogs are more often diagnosed with diabetes in certain places and times of year, new research reveals.

    Diagnoses of type 1 diabetes in humans rise during the winter months and in northern latitudes of the United States. This

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  • August 22, 2022
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  • Mental Health Issues Can Plague Families of Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

    Kids with type 1 diabetes and their closest relatives are more likely to experience mental health issues than people without the disease, Swedish researchers report.

    “Many clinicians assume intuitively that diabetes in a child negatively affects the mental health of both the patient and the family members,” said study co-author Agnieszka Butwicka, an assistant professor at the Karolin...

    Kids' Access to Insulin Pumps: Race, Income Matters

    Overall use of insulin pumps among U.S. youngsters with type 1 diabetes has climbed in recent decades, but those who are poor or from minority groups are less likely to have the devices, a new study finds.

    Insulin pumps, which do away with the need for numerous painful injections, have been shown to ...

    Diabetes May Mean Worse Long-Term Outcomes for Breast Cancer Survivors

    Breast cancer is tough to beat, but if you also have diabetes and poor blood sugar control your long-term risk of death rises, researchers report.

    Their study included 488 women with metastatic breast cancer, which is cancer that has spread to other organs. Overall survival rates five year...

    'Open Source' Automated Insulin Delivery Systems Help People With Type 1 Diabetes

    Open-source automated insulin delivery (AID) systems are an effective and safe way for people with type 1 diabetes to control their blood sugar levels, researchers say.

    The AID systems combine an insulin pump, a contin...

    Technology Helped Kids With Type 1 Diabetes During Pandemic

    High-tech devices and communication helped ease the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on children with type 1 diabetes, researchers said in a new study.

    Pandemic shutdowns caused significant disruptions in health care, and previous studies have shown that diabetes patients had worse blood sugar (glucose) control and more difficulty accessing care during the early days of the pandemic.

    Bu...

    Obesity in Teen Years Might Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

    Obesity is a well-known risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Now, a large new study adds to evidence that it also contributes to the much less common type 1 diabetes.

    The study, of nearly 1.5 million Israeli teenagers, found that those who were obese were twice as likely to develop type 1 diabetes by young adulthood...

    Obesity Could Raise a Child's Odds for Type 1 Diabetes

    Overweight kids don't have it easy, and a new study warns they may also at increased risk for type 1 diabetes later in life.

    "A critical window exists in childhood to mitigate the influence of adiposity [being severely overweight, or obese] on the escalating numbers of type 1 diabetes diagnoses," said the study's lead author, Tom Richardson, a research fellow at the University of Bristol ...

    Out-of-Network Costs Raise Medical Bills for Special Needs Kids

    Special needs children often require out-of-network care from specialists, which means more out-of-pocket costs and extra stress for families, a new study finds.

    "In the U.S., the reality is that the more health care needs you have, especially from specialists, the greater chance you will find your needs won't be met, even if you have private insurance coverage," said lead author Wendy Xu...

    Researchers May Be Close to a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

    Science could be well on its way to a cure for type 1 diabetes, as researchers hone transplant therapies designed to restore patients' ability to produce their own insulin, experts say.

    At least one patient - a 64-year-old Ohio man named

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  • 'Artificial Pancreas' Can Help Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

    Having a child with type 1 diabetes can be a challenging health condition for parents to manage, but new research suggests an "artificial pancreas" system may beat standard treatment in controlling the blood sugar disease in young children.

    Forms of the technology -- which automatically monitors and regulates blood sugar -- are already available for adults and kids with

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  • High-Altitude Exercise Could Bring Danger to People With Type 1 Diabetes

    Hiking and skiing in the mountains may wreak havoc on the blood sugar levels of those with type 1 diabetes, new research suggests.

    Exercise offers many benefits -- such as improved heart health, better insulin sensitivity and quality of life -- for people with diabetes and is often recommended by the...

    Risk of Vision Trouble Rises in Children With Type 2 Diabetes

    A condition called "diabetic retinopathy" often threatens the vision of adults with diabetes, but new research suggests that kids with type 2 diabetes may be particularly vulnerable to the vision-robbing complication.

    In fact, these kids were nearly twice as likely to develop the condition as children with type 1 diabetes were, the researchers found.

    "The new findings emphasize the ...

    People With Diabetes Less Likely to Spot Dangerous A-Fib: Study

    If they have diabetes, people with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) are less likely to notice symptoms of the common heart rhythm disorder. They also tend to have a higher risk of serious complications, a new study finds.

    "It is remarkable to find that patients with diabetes had a reduced recognition of atrial fibrillation symptoms," said study co-author Dr. Tobias Reichlin, a professor of car...

    Have Diabetes? Here's How to Save Your Sight

    Managing your diabetes can be tough, but your eyes might thank you for it.

    Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes complication that damages the retina's blood vessels, often resulting in vision loss and blindness. The condition occurs in more than half of people with diabetes.

    It affects nearly 8 million Americans and that number is expected to double by 2050, according to an Ameri...

    Medtronic Expands Recall to Include More Than 463,000 Insulin Pumps

    Medtronic has expanded a recall of its MiniMed 600 series insulin pumps to include more than 463,000 of the devices.

    The pumps may deliver incorrect dosing of insulin and the recall has been identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Class I recall -- the most serious type -- because use of the recalled devices may cause serious harm or death.

    The pumps are used by peo...

    Doctors Often Miss Signs of Type 1 Diabetes in Kids

    Potentially dangerous symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children are not always immediately recognized by primary care providers, new research suggests.

    In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas fails to make enough insulin, the hormone that helps regulate blood sugar used for energy by cells. Between 5% and 10% of cases of diabetes are type 1, which often first surfaces in childhood.

    The Swed...

    Diabetes-Linked Amputations: Your Race, State Matters

    Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to amputations of toes, feet or legs, though it isn't inevitable.

    But your race and where you live might play a big part in whether amputation is your fate if you are diagnosed with the blood sugar disorder, new research suggests.

    "If you go to the experts that are there to help you live a [healthy] lifestyle with diabetes, this does not have to h...

    When Deductibles Rise, More Diabetes Patients Skip Their Meds

    As many Americans know, today's health insurance plans often come with high deductibles. Those out-of-pocket costs could cause harm: New research shows that 20% of people who have diabetes and high-deductible health plans regularly skip their medications.

    Not keeping up with your diabetes medications comes with the potential risk of an emergency room visit or a hospitalization.

    FDA OKs Automatic Use of a Cheaper Generic  Insulin

    U.S. pharmacists will now be able to automatically substitute a cheaper biosimilar for a more expensive brand-name insulin, the U.S Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

    The agency's approval of an "interchangeable" biosimilar could save diabetics and health plans millions each year, the Associated Press reported. Until now, doctors have had to specifically prescribe ...

    In People With Type 1 Diabetes, Poor Blood Sugar Control Could Raise Dementia Risk

    Severe high and low blood sugar events in older adults with type 1 diabetes may significantly increase their risk of dementia, according to a new study.

    "For people with diabetes, both severely high and low blood sugar levels are emergencies and both extremes can largely be avoided," said study author Rachel Whitmer, associate director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Uni...

    Diabetes Is Deadlier for Black Americans: Study

    Black people have higher diabetes death rates than white people in the 30 largest cities in the United States, a new study finds.

    But placing a cap on the price of insulin could narrow that racial gap, according to researcher Joanna Buscemi, of DePaul University in Chicago. Insulin medication is needed by all people with type 1 diabetes and many who have type 2, the more common form of th...

    Lockdowns Gave Boost to Type 1 Diabetes Control in Kids

    Blood sugar levels in youngsters with type 1 diabetes improved during Britain's first national COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, researchers say.

    "Children and families found it easier to manage this disease when they were forced to stay at home. This helps us to understand the pressure that is put on patients and families when trying to live normal busy lives with activities outside of the hom...

    Some Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Face High Risk of Severe COVID-19

    Poorly controlled type 1 diabetes significantly increases a child's risk of COVID-19 complications and death, researchers warn.

    The risk of complications is 10 times higher in youngsters with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes than in those with well-controlled diabetes, according to a study presented Saturday at a virtual meeting of The Endocrine Society.

    "This study shows keeping d...

    'Race Gap' in U.S. Heart Health Has Changed Little in 20 Years: Report

    Black Americans who live in rural areas are two to three times more likely to die from diabetes and high blood pressure compared with white rural folks, and this gap hasn't changed much over the last 20 years, new research shows.

    The study spanned from 1999 through 2018, and will be published as a research letter in the March 23 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiolo...

    Could a Drug Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Those at Risk?

    Just two weeks of treatment with an experimental drug can delay the onset of type 1 diabetes by several years, researchers report.

    The drug, called teplizumab, is already under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based on earlier evidence of its effectiveness.

    If it gets the green light, it would become the first drug approved for delaying type 1 diabetes in high-risk pe...

    Women With Type 1 Diabetes May Have Fewer Childbearing Years: Study

    Women with type 1 diabetes may have a shorter length of time to conceive and bear children compared to those without the disease, new research suggests.

    The hormone insulin plays an important part in regulating female reproductive function, and people with type 1 diabetes don't make enough insulin on their own. But little was known about how type 1 diabetes affects the start of menopause,...

    Meeting the Challenges of Type 1 Diabetes in the Teen Years

    Diabetes is never an easy disease to manage, but coping with type 1 diabetes can be a particularly difficult challenge for teens.

    The transition from childhood to adolescence can be hard on both kids and parents, the JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) says.

    As boys and girls with type 1 diabetes enter puberty they undergo lots of changes, including increases i...

    A Fifth of COVID Patients With Diabetes Die Within 1 Month of Hospitalization

    Diabetes is a big risk factor for a severe bout of COVID-19, and a new European study bears that out: It finds that 1 in every 5 hospitalized COVID-19 patients with diabetes die within 28 days of admission.

    One U.S. expert wasn't surprised by that grim finding.

    "Diabetic patients are clearly in a very high-risk category and should be among the first groups of people to get the vacc...

    Diabetes While Pregnant Ups Odds for Heart Disease Later

    Developing diabetes during pregnancy may increase a woman's risk for heart disease later in life, according to a new study.

    It included about 1,100 women without type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Those who developed diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) were twice as likely by mid-life (average age: 48) to have calcium in their arteries, a strong predictor of heart disease.

    This...

    Insulin May Not Need Refrigeration, Freeing Up Its Use in Poorer Nations

    Researchers report that insulin can be stored at less-cold temperatures than previously known, potentially simplifying diabetes care for people in warmer regions that have fewer resources.

    Researchers from Doctors Without Borders and the University of Geneva tested insulin storage in real conditions ranging from 77 to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit for four weeks -- the time it typically takes t...

    Tips for Parents of Kids With Diabetes

    Kids with diabetes can lead full, fun lives, but they have special needs. Here's what parents should know.

    Diabetes is common among American children. More than 205,000 kids and teens have the disease, and cases are rising.

    Age makes a difference in the type of diabetes a child is likely to have.

    "Most children younger than age 10 with diabetes have type 1," said Dr. Santhosh ...

    Black Patients at Higher Risk When Type 1 Diabetes and COVID Combine

    The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted health care disparities in the United States, but a new study puts that issue into sharper focus, finding that Black and Hispanic people with type 1 diabetes who get COVID-19 are much more likely to have serious complications or die.

    The study found that Black people with type 1 diabetes and COVID-19 were nearly four times more likely to be hospita...

    Treatment Reverses Young Man's Type 1 Diabetes. Will It Last?

    After starting a drug that's officially approved to treat a type of blood cancer, a young man with type 1 diabetes was able to stop using insulin.

    He's been off insulin since August 2018 -- more than two years.

    Dr. Lisa Forbes -- his doctor and co-author of a letter describing his case in the Oct. 8 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine -- stopped short of calling ...

    'Repeat After Me' for Better Diabetes Care

    Repeat this: The key to helping people with diabetes stay healthier and out of the hospital could be as simple as better communication.

    And an underutilized technique called "teach-back" may make a big difference for type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients, a new study finds.

    It's a simple concept: After a health care provider explains various details on treatment plans, medications a...

    Pancreas Cells That Drive Type 1 Diabetes Appear in Healthy People, Too

    Scientists knew that dangerous T-cells lived in the pancreases of people with type 1 diabetes, but a new study shows they also take up residence in the pancreases of healthy individuals.

    Researchers from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California used a new staining technique to show where these cells had gathered in human tissue samples. They were surprised that even tissue ...

    Treatment Reverses Young Man's Type 1 Diabetes. Will It Last?

    After starting a drug that's officially approved to treat a type of blood cancer, a young man with type 1 diabetes was able to stop using insulin.

    He's been off insulin since August 2018 -- more than two years.

    Dr. Lisa Forbes -- his doctor and co-author of a letter describing his case in the Oct. 8 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine -- stopped short of cal...