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More than One Million Americans Rationing Insulin Due to High Cost

Researchers say the skyrocketing cost of insulin in the U.S. is forcing diabetics to ration the life-saving treatment.

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California's Plan to Make Low-Priced Insulin Could Be Example for Nation

California's plan to manufacture its own insulin could be a huge money-saver for state residents with diabetes -- and possibly be a model for other states, according to experts.

Earlier this year, California announced an initiative to bring its own insulin products to market, in response to the steep costs of the lifesaving drug in the United States.

And if it's successful, it will ...

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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  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    Here's How the Inflation Reduction Act Will Lower the Cost of Health Care

    President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, making it the most significant health care legislation enacted in more than a decade.

    How will it affect health care?

    Millions of Americans covered by Medicare will see big reductions in costs for both health care and...

    California Will Produce Its Own Insulin to Bring Down Prices

    California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that the state will spend $100 million to produce its own insulin.

    The innovative push comes after years of astronomical prices for the drug have made it nearly impossible for many people with diabetes to a...

    Poll Finds Many Diabetes Caregivers Exhausted, Lacking Support

    Diane Kondyra knows a lot about the hidden dangers of diabetes.

    Both she and her husband have been diagnosed with the blood sugar disease, and her husband suffered one of its devastating complications in 2018 when he developed a staph infection that cost him part of his leg. Uncontrolled diabetes can restrict blood flow to the legs, making it more likely that simple cuts can turn int...

    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...

    New Treatment May Curb Low Blood Sugar in Kids With Insulin Disorder

    A new therapy corrects low blood sugar in children with a genetic disorder that causes the pancreas to produce too much insulin, researchers say.

    Congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) is the most common cause of...

    House Passes Bill To Limit Insulin Costs to $35 a Month

    Americans who use insulin to control their diabetes could soon save hundreds of dollars every year on the medicine, after the House passed a $35-a-month cap on insulin costs Thursday.

    The bill was passed by a 232-193 vote. It now has to pass the Senate with at least 10 Republican votes, though Democrats have ...

    When Will Americans With Diabetes Get Relief From High Insulin Prices?

    Katherine Stewart, 16, must take six to 10 insulin shots a day to properly manage her type 1 diabetes.

    Her Highland, Utah, family pays $500 a month out of pocket for her insulin. Before they meet their insurance's deductible, they shell out the cash price of nearly $2,000 a month.

    Now Stewart is preparing to leave the nest, and she doesn't know how she'll be able to afford it.

    '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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  • 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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  • 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...

    Biden Pledges to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Americans

    President Joe Biden promised cheaper prescription drugs for all Americans on Monday as his social agenda legislation winds its way through Congress.

    Biden tried to shift Americans' focus to pocketbook provisions overlooked in his $2 trillion legislation, which deals with everything from climate to family life and taxes. The legislation has passed the House and is pending before the Senate...

    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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    Is Insulin Resistance a Recipe for Depression?

    Insulin resistance can make you more than twice as likely to develop major depression, even if you haven't developed full-blown diabetes, a new study reports.

    Initially healthy people who later developed prediabetes were 2.6 times more likely to come down with major depression during a nine-year follow-up period, according to the findings.

    "The insulin-resistant folks had two to thr...

    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...

    Type 2 Diabetes in Teens Can Bring Dangerous Complications in 20s

    Children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes face a high likelihood of developing complications before age 30, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that among 500 children and teenagers with type 2 diabetes, 60% developed at least one complication over the next 15 years -- including nerve damage, eye disease and kidney disease.

    Type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with older age...

    FDA OKs Automatic Use of a Cheaper GenericĀ  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...

    Walmart to Offer Low-Priced Insulin

    TUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) --Walmart said Tuesday that it will start selling its own private brand of insulin at much lower prices than competing products.

    Insulin prices have skyrocketed in recent years, making it unaffordable for some Americans with diabetes, according to CBS News.

    "We know many people with diabetes struggle to manage the financial burden of ...

    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...

    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...

    Coming Soon: Once-a-Week Insulin Injections?

    Daily insulin jabs can be the bane of existence for people who live with type 2 diabetes, but an investigational once-weekly insulin shot may be a game changer for these folks.

    While the research is still in its early stages, the new drug called basal insulin Fc (BIF) is given once a week and appears to be just as effective at controlling blood sugar (glucose) as insulin degludec, the gol...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Diabetes Boosts Odds for Heart Trouble 10-fold in Younger Women

    THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) - - With rising obesity rates, more young women American women are developing type 2 diabetes, putting them at hugely increased risk for heart disease, new research shows.

    In fact, the study found that women under 55 with type 2 diabetes had a tenfold greater risk of having heart disease over the next two decades compared to their non-diabetic peer...

    Strict Low-Carb Diets Could Push Type 2 Diabetes Into Remission, But Effect Fades

    Tough limits on carbohydrates in your meals can help get type 2 diabetes under control -- but the benefits typically wane over time, a new research review shows.

    The analysis of 23 small trials found that low-carb diets worked better than other eating plans in helping people lose weight and send their type 2 diabetes into remission. That was true, at least, in the first six months.

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    Common Diabetes Meds Tied to Serious COVID-19 Complication

    Diabetics who've contracted COVID-19 should suspend their use of a class of common diabetes drugs known as sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i), new research warns.

    People using these medications for diabetes are at risk of a potentially fatal complication called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and it now appears that risk increases even more if they become sick with COVID-19,...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Pancreas Size, Shape Can Return to Normal in Diabetes Remission: Study

    Reversing type 2 diabetes can restore the pancreas to its normal size and shape, a new study finds.

    Previous research found that with remission of type 2 diabetes through significant weight loss, natural insulin-production can return to levels similar to people who have never had diabetes.

    The new study is the first to show that reversing diabetes can also affect the size an...

    Once-a-Week Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes Shows Promise in Early Trial

    Type 2 diabetes can be tough to control without medication. But for some people, the thought of daily shots makes them delay or avoid starting insulin therapy.

    Now, new research offers some hope for those insulin avoiders -- a once-a-week insulin injection may someday replace daily shots.

    A phase 2 trial compared the new weekly insulin, called icodec, to the commonly used i...

    Animal Tests Point to Possible Path to Ultrafast Insulin

    An experimental ultrafast-acting insulin could work four times quicker than current fast-acting formulas, researchers say.

    For the study, the researchers focused on a form of insulin called monomeric insulin. Though its structure should, in theory, allow it to act faster, monomeric insulin is too unstable for practical use, so the Stanford University team had to find a way around that...

    Patch Pump Device Could Offer Cheaper Insulin Delivery

    Rising prices have grabbed headlines as people struggle to afford their lifesaving insulin, but new research may have found an alternative for people with type 2 diabetes.

    The study found that combining a wearable, patch-like insulin delivery device (called the V-Go) and an older, cheaper insulin could safely help people with type 2 diabetes achieve good blood sugar control.

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    Doctors Describe First Drone Delivery of Diabetes Meds to Patient

    Imagine needing insulin to live but a natural disaster suddenly cuts off access to your medication. New drone technology may one day come to the rescue by making urgent deliveries to remote locations, researchers say.

    The world's first documented drone delivery of medications to a diabetes patient in a difficult-to-reach community is described in a new paper.

    The 16-minute...

    Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

    Obesity increases the risk for colon cancer, but weight-loss surgery may bring the risk back to normal, French researchers report.

    People who are obese have a 34% higher risk of colon cancer than the general population, but any type of bariatric (weight-loss) surgery can bring their risk back in line, according to the authors of a new study.

    "People aged 50 to 75 are...

    Drug Duo Speeds Regeneration of Key Cells Lost in Diabetes

    A novel combination of two drugs appeared to spur faster regeneration of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, a preliminary study in mice and human tissue found.

    Beta cells are crucial to making insulin, a hormone that's deficient in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

    The new drug combo pairs an already approved class of type 2 diabetes medications called GLP-...

    Medicare Could Save Billions If Allowed to Negotiate Insulin Prices

    If you don't need insulin, you probably haven't paid much attention to its skyrocketing cost, but new research shows that exorbitant drug pricing eventually affects everyone.

    The study found that in 2017, Medicare spent nearly $8 billion on insulin. The researchers said that if Medicare were allowed to negotiate drug prices like the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can, Medic...

    Could Carb-Heavy Meals Keep You From Good Sleep?

    Pasta, white bread, sugary candy and baked goods: Americans love them, but could all those "refined" carbohydrates and sugars be keeping people up at night?

    About 30% of Americans have insomnia, and a new study finds carb-heavy diets may share part of the blame.

    The study looked at diet-linked fluctuations in blood sugar, said lead author James Gangwisch. He is assistant...

    As Diabetes Costs Soar, Many Turn to Black Market for Help

    Skyrocketing prices and insurance limits are driving many people with diabetes to seek medications and supplies from an underground supply chain, a new study found.

    "The cost of insulin, which is required in type 1 diabetes and a subset of type 2 diabetes, has increased substantially over the last decade. As the price of insulin rises and insurance premiums and deductibles go up, too...

    Diabetes Technology Often Priced Out of Reach

    While the high price of insulin has gotten a lot of attention lately, it's not the only cost issue facing people with diabetes. New technologies designed to improve blood sugar management often cost too much for people to afford.

    Maya Headley, 36, has had type 1 diabetes for 30 years. The New York City resident had been using an insulin pump to deliver the repeated daily insulin do...

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