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Can yoga and meditation help control and prevent diabetes?

A new study concludes that mind-body practices are highly effective in lowering blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

03 Mar

HealthDay Now: Are Apps the Future of Chronic Condition Care?

  • HealthDay’s Mabel Jong is joined by Dr. David W. Bates, an internationally renowned expert in patient safety and health care technology, to discuss the current landscape of health apps and how these tools can be used to improve the management and treatment of chronic conditions.

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

TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- 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 f...

Yoga, Mindfulness Could Be Powerful Tools to Manage Blood Sugar

Yoga, meditation and other mindfulness practices may help people with type 2 diabetes lower their blood sugar — nearly to the degree that standard medications like metformin do, a new analysis suggests.

That does not mean people should swap their medication for

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  • October 5, 2022
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  • Vision Damage May Begin Long Before Type 2 Diabetes Is Diagnosed

    Nerve damage is a common side effect of type 2 diabetes and it might start in the eyes long before the condition is ever diagnosed, new research suggests.

    In this study, scientists used neuropathy, or nerve damage, in the eye's cornea as a proxy for the damage to nerves throughout the body.

    The study included nearly...

    FDA Warns of Cybersecurity Risk With Certain Medtronic Insulin Pumps

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning patients who use a particular insulin pump system that unauthorized people could access it and change how much insulin a patient receives.

    The pump at the center of the FDA alert is the Medtronic MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pump S...

    Could a Common Diabetes Drug Ease Bipolar Disorder?

    A half-century-old diabetes drug appears to help treat bipolar disorder by reversing patients' insulin resistance, according to a small-scale clinical trial.

    Bipolar patients who responded to the drug metformin experienced improvement in their

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  • July 27, 2022
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  • Medicare's Free Wellness Visit Can Prevent Diabetes Amputation

    Annual wellness visits covered by Medicare reduce diabetes patients' risk of amputation by more than one-third, a new study finds.

    "Our results confirmed our hypothesis that Annual Wellness Visits are associated with a reduced risk of major lower-extremity amputations, highlighting the importance of con...

    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 ...

    '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...

    Managing a Baby's Low Blood Sugar Is Key to Health

    Correcting low blood sugar in infants reduces their risk of brain development problems later in life, new studies show.

    Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is common in babies, affecting more than 1 in 6. Glucose (sugar) is the main source of energy for the brain, and untre...

    When Diabetes Strikes, Eye Exams Can Save Your Sight

    Could an annual eye exam save your sight if you have diabetes? Most definitely, one vision expert says.

    "Diabetes is known to alter the health of the blood vessels in the retina and these vascular changes do not cause symptom...

    Blood Sugar, Cholesterol Issues in 30s Could Raise Alzheimer's Risk

    Your 30s can be a magical time filled with career strides, vacations you can actually afford, love, marriage and even a growing family of your own.

    It's likely not the decade where you begin to fret about your risk for developing Alzheimer's disease in the future. But maybe it should be.

    This is the main takeaway from new research based on data from the multi-generational

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  • March 23, 2022
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  • People Are Now Living More Years in Good Health: Study

    Older adults may not only be living longer, but better as well, according to a new U.K. study.

    Researchers found that since the 1990s, British adults age 65 and up have been enjoying more years living independently, free of disability.

    That's despite the fact that many chroni...

    Are Health Care Apps in Your Future?

    Are you managing a chronic health problem, be it obesity or diabetes or heart disease or asthma?

    There's likely an app for that.

    Health apps are becoming more and more sophisticated, offering smartphone users help in dealing with chronic ailments, said Dr. David Bates, chief of internal med...

    Newly Diagnosed Diabetes in COVID Patients Often Temporary: Study

    Newly diagnosed diabetes in many COVID-19 patients may be a temporary type triggered by COVID, according to a new study.

    Blood sugar levels returned to normal in about half of the newly diagnosed diabetes patients after they left the hospital, and only 8% required insulin after one year, according to the report published online recently in the

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  • Apps Can Help Keep Older Folks Healthy - But Most Don't Use Them

    Mobile health apps can help older Americans but only about four in 10 use them, and those most likely to benefit are least likely to take advantage of them, a new survey reveals.

    Health apps monitor everything from calories and exercise to blood pressure and blood sugar to help users manage chronic conditions or achieve health goals.

    "Now that most older adults have at least one mob...

    '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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  • January 20, 2022
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  • Insulin Isn't the Only Blood Sugar Regulator

    Scientists have known for 100 years that insulin is the body's main mechanism for controlling blood sugar levels, but researchers have now discovered a second hormone does the same job a bit differently -- and they say it could be a new target for treating diabetes.

    The hormone, called FGF1, is produced in the body's fat tissue. Like

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  • Experts Issue Guidelines on Diabetes-Linked Nerve Damage

    A leading medical group has updated a guideline for treating pain and numbness caused by diabetes.

    The problems, which affect the hands and feet, are the result of nerve damage, also known as diabetic neuropathy. The new guideline from the Ame...

    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...

    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...

    Statins: Good for the Heart, Maybe Not So Good for Diabetes

    Statins are proven to lower cholesterol, but they may also come with a downside for patients with diabetes: A new study finds they may make the blood sugar disease worse.

    Researchers found that among those taking statins, 56% saw their diabetes progress, compared with 48% of those not taking statins. And the higher the dose of the statin, the faster the progression of the diabetes.

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    Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Helped Americans' Blood Pressure

    With the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, fewer Americans are uninsured and more are getting their blood pressure and blood sugar under control, a new study finds.

    The gains are especially strong among Black and Hispanic patients, according to Boston University researchers.

    "Our results suggest that over the longer-run, expanding Medicaid eligibility may improve key chronic di...

    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...

    Some Diabetes Meds Might Also Lower Alzheimer's Risk

    Older adults who take certain diabetes drugs may see a slower decline in their memory and thinking skills, a new study suggests.

    Researchers in South Korea found that among older people who'd been having memory issues, those using diabetes drugs called DDP-4 inhibitors typically showed a slower progression in those symptoms over the next few years. That was compared with both diabetes-fre...

    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 ...

    Americans With Diabetes Were Hit Hard by COVID Pandemic

    As many as two of every five Americans who've died from COVID-19 were suffering from diabetes, making the chronic disease one of the highest-risk conditions during the pandemic, an expert says.

    About 40% of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States were among diabetics, a "really quite sobering" statistic that should prompt people with the ailment to get vaccinated, said Dr. Robert Gabbay...

    Which Blood Sugar Meds Work Best Against Type 2 Diabetes?

    You have type 2 diabetes, and you are already taking an old standby drug, metformin. But you still need help controlling your blood sugar levels. Which medication would be the best?

    New research pitted several diabetes drugs against each other and came up with an answer: The diabetes drugs Lantus and Victoza were better at controlling blood sugar over time than Amaryl or Januvia.

    "W...

    Weekly Injected Drug Could Boost Outcomes for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

    People with type 2 diabetes face heightened risks for heart attack and stroke, as well as progressive kidney disease. But a new once-a-week injected drug called efpeglenatide could greatly reduce their odds for those outcomes, new research shows.

    The clinical trial was conducted in over 28 nations and involved more than 4,000 patients with type 2 diabetes.

    Over two years, patients ...

    Poorly Managed Diabetes Raises Odds for More Severe COVID

    Hospitalized patients with diabetes who hadn't been taking their medication had more severe cases of COVID-19, a new study shows.

    "Our results highlight the importance of assessing, monitoring and controlling blood glucose [sugar] in hospitalized COVID-19 patients from the start," said study author Sudip Bajpeyi, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Texas at El Paso. H...

    America Is Losing the War Against Diabetes

    After years of improvement, Americans with diabetes may be losing some ground in controlling the condition, a new government-funded study shows.

    Researchers found that between 1999 and the early 2010s, U.S. adults with diabetes made substantial gains: A growing percentage had their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol down to recommended levels.

    Since then, the picture has ch...

    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...

    Blood Sugar Tests Using Sweat, Not Blood? They Could Be on the Way

    A new quick and painless sensor that measures blood sugar in human sweat may mean far fewer finger pricks for the millions of people who live with diabetes.

    Monitoring blood sugar to make sure it remains in the target range is the cornerstone of diabetes management, but the pain and inconvenience of daily finger pricks can be a deterrent for many.

    The investigational, touch-based t...

    Losing Weight Can Beat Diabetes and Also Help the Heart

    An aggressive weight-loss program not only achieves remission of type 2 diabetes, but may also end the need for blood pressure medications, new research shows.

    "Our study shows that, in addition to possible remission from type 2 diabetes, there are other very important health benefits, as weight loss is a very effective treatment for hypertension [high blood pressure] and its associated s...

    Dementia Risk Rises as Years Lived With Type 2 Diabetes Increases

    The younger people are when they develop type 2 diabetes, the higher their risk of dementia later in life, a new study suggests.

    Many studies have pointed to links between diabetes and higher dementia risk. Experts say it's likely because diabetes can harm the brain in a number of ways.

    Now, the new findings suggest that younger people with diabetes may be at particular risk down th...

    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...

    U.S. Hispanics at High Heart Disease Risk and Many Go Untreated: Report

    Even after suffering a stroke, many Hispanic Americans still have uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure or other conditions that raise their risk of a repeat one, a new study finds.

    The study involved 404 Hispanic adults with a history of stroke or "mini-stroke," which is a brief reduction in blood flow to the brain that can foreshadow a full-blown stroke. The researchers found that ...

    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...

    'Prediabetes' May Be Harming Your Brain, Study Finds

    "Prediabetes" -- where blood sugar levels are high but not yet tipped over into full-blown diabetes -- may pose a threat to brain health, new British research suggests.

    "As an observational study, it cannot prove higher blood sugar levels cause worsening brain health. However, we believe there is a potential connection that needs to be investigated further," said study lead author Victori...

    Patients With Diabetes Need More Counseling on Low Blood Sugar

    Doctors need to do a better job of discussing low blood sugar with patients who take high-risk diabetes medications such as insulin, researchers say.

    Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is the most common serious side effect of diabetes treatment. Severe cases can lead to falls, emergency department visits, and may increase the risk of stroke and death.

    "For patients to have safe diabete...

    Surgery, Drugs Similar for Treating Severe Diabetic Eye Disease

    Surgery and injectable drugs are equally effective in treating a serious diabetes-related eye condition, a new study indicates.

    It included 205 patients with bleeding inside the eye due to proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), a disorder in which new, abnormal blood vessels grow in the retina.

    These blood vessels often bleed into the gel-like vitreous that fills the eye, resulti...

    Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Is Especially Unhealthy: Study

    The earlier in life type 2 diabetes arises, the deadlier it is, a new analysis finds.

    The study, which pooled the results of 26 previous ones, revealed a clear pattern: The younger people were when they developed type 2 diabetes, the greater their risk of complications like heart disease and stroke.

    For each year type 2 diabetes was delayed, the risk of blood vessel diseases fell by...

    Weight-Loss Surgery Often Rids Patients of Type 2 Diabetes

    Weight-loss surgery conquers type 2 diabetes in more than 50% of patients who have the procedure, new research shows.

    So-called bariatric surgery helps severely obese people shed weight and improve their health. Two types of weight-loss surgery are lap band surgery (in which a band around the top of the stomach creates a pouch that can only hold a small amount of food) and gastric bypass....

    '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...

    Spotting the Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

    Most Americans over 40 don't know the signs of diabetic retinopathy, a new survey finds.

    The condition affects nearly 8 million Americans, and that number is expected to double by 2050, but most adults don't know facts about diabetic retinopathy that could help save their sight.

    The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults by the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) found 47% didn't kno...

    Minimally Invasive Procedure May Free Type 2 Diabetics From Insulin

    A small study suggests that a new procedure that treats part of the intestine just beyond the stomach may allow people with type 2 diabetes to safely stop taking insulin.

    The procedure -- which resurfaces the duodenum -- was combined with a popular kind of diabetes medication called GLP-1 receptor agonists (such as Victoza, Trulicity, Ozempic) and counseling on lifestyle factors, such a...

    Has the Pandemic Changed Type 1 Diabetes Care for Good?

    When the COVID-19 pandemic began, many doctors started providing care via telemedicine. Now, a new survey of people with type 1 diabetes suggests many like remote care and hope it continues in the future.

    Among the survey respondents who had a telemedicine visit during the pandemic, 86% found the remote appointments useful, and 75% said they planned on having remote appointme...

    Why Early Bedtime May Be Best for People With Type 2 Diabetes

    It's long been said that early to bed, early to rise can make you healthy, wealthy and wise. Now, new research supports at least the health benefits.

    A study of people with type 2 diabetes found that night owls -- people who go to bed late and get up late -- tend to get little exercise, putting their health at greater risk.

    Understanding how sleep time can affect physical ...

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