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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...

    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...

    A Bit of Mom's Poop Might Boost Health of C-Section Babies: Study

    Delivering by cesarean section deprives babies from receiving mom's beneficial bacteria during the journey through the birth canal. Now researchers are studying an innovative way to counter that: Feeding newborns breast milk fortified with their mother's poop.

    There is, indeed, a yuck factor, the scientists acknowledge. But they also stress that the tactic, still under study, is done ...

    Can COVID-19 Cause Diabetes?

    A COVID-19 infection can cause a lot of serious, sometimes lingering health problems, like lung damage, kidney damage and ongoing heart issues. Lately, research has suggested it may also cause the sudden onset of insulin-dependent diabetes.

    A new report details the case of a 19-year-old German with asymptomatic COVID-19 infection who ended up hospitalized with a new case of insulin...

    A Guide to Managing Children's Diabetes During COVID-19

    Parents worry that COVID-19 can make a diabetic child's condition worse, but an expert has some tips for keeping kids healthy during the pandemic.

    "If a child has good control of their diabetes, it does not seem as though there will be severe effects if they were to get the virus," said Dr. Michael Yafi, an associate professor of pediatric endocrinology at McGovern Medical School at ...

    Artificial Pancreas Controls Diabetes in Kids 6 and Up, Clinical Trial Shows

    An artificial pancreas system is safe and effective at managing blood sugar levels in kids as young as age 6 with type 1 diabetes, according to a new study.

    The system uses a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to track blood sugar levels and automatically delivers insulin when needed using an insulin pump. It replaces reliance on fingerstick or CGM with delivery of insulin by injection ...

    Have Diabetes? Don't Lose Sight of Danger to Your Eyes

    Diabetes can wreak havoc on many parts of the body, including the eyes, but people with diabetes aren't doomed to have vision problems.

    With good blood sugar management and regular eye exams, many eye conditions can be prevented or treated, experts say.

    Patricia Welter, a Pilates studio owner from Palm Harbor, Fla., wishes she'd known more about preventing eye problems rel...

    Telehealth Programs Improve Blood Sugar for Rural Americans With Diabetes

    If you have diabetes and live in rural America, the closest specialist may be hours away. But new research shows that effective help may be as close as your phone.

    The study found that a six-month telehealth program led to a significant drop in blood sugar levels. Participants had an average A1C level of 9.25% at the study's start and an average of 7.89% at the end. That bene...

    Continuous Glucose Monitors Help With Type 1 Diabetes at Any Age

    Technology often makes life easier to manage, and new research confirms that's definitely the case for people with type 1 diabetes.

    Continuous glucose monitors -- devices that approximate blood sugar levels every few minutes -- can help teens and young adults better manage their diabetes. They can also help older adults prevent dangerously low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia), accor...

    Cost of Type 1 Diabetes: $2,500 a Year With Insurance

    Out-of-pocket costs for Americans with type 1 diabetes average $2,500 a year, a new study says.

    But 8% of patients have more than $5,000 in out-of-pocket costs, possibly due to having high-deductible health insurance plans or significant medical needs, researchers found.

    And insulin accounted for only 18% of total out-of-pocket spending. The rest of it included cost ...

    1 in 10 Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients With Diabetes Dies: Study

    Ten percent of COVID-19 patients with diabetes die within a week of entering the hospital and 20% need a ventilator to breathe by that point, a new French study found.

    Researchers analyzed data on more than 1,300 COVID-19 patients with diabetes, average age 70, who were hospitalized in France during March. Of those, 89% had type 2 diabetes, 3% had type 1, and the rest had...

    Heart Attacks, Strokes Are Declining Among People With Diabetes

    An Australian study has good news for people with type 2 diabetes -- fewer people with diabetes are having heart attacks and strokes compared to 20 years ago.

    Heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular complications have declined in the general population, too. But the decreases among people with diabetes have outpaced those for the general population, the researchers said.

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    Why Is Coronavirus a Bigger Worry for People With Diabetes?

    If you or someone you love has diabetes, you've probably noticed that diabetes always pops up on lists of people at higher risk from COVID-19 infections. And you've probably wondered why.

    The good news is that people with diabetes -- any type -- don't seem to have a greater risk of catching the virus. The bad news is if you do get it and you have diabetes, you have higher odds of hav...

    What People With Type 1 Diabetes Need to Know About COVID-19

    If you or your child has type 1 diabetes, you already have a lot of extra health worries, and now you need to add COVID-19 infections to the list.

    You may be wondering if you have a higher risk of catching COVID-19, if you'll be able to get your diabetes supplies and how you might handle the illness if you do get sick.

    Here's some information to help you get through this t...

    Family Ties Help Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes Flourish

    Type 1 diabetes is a challenging, time-intensive disease that often strikes children, and new research suggests that strong family support helps improve the well-being of young adults with the condition.

    The study found that young adults (under 30) with type 1 diabetes were more likely to be "flourishing" if they had good family connections. Flourishing was defined in the study as h...

    Price Hikes Have Patients Turning to Craigslist for Insulin, Asthma Inhalers

    Maybe you've gone to Craigslist to find a used car or a secondhand couch, but imagine having to turn to the internet to pay for lifesaving drugs.

    It's already happening: A new study found that hundreds of ads were placed on Craigslist for insulin and asthma inhalers during a 12-day period in June 2019.

    "This study shines a light on how deeply some patients are struggling to...