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FDA Approves First ‘Artificial Pancreas’ for Type 1 Diabetes

Automated insulin delivery system will ease some of the burden of living with the condition

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first automated insulin delivery system — a so-called “artificial pancreas” — for people with type 1 diabetes.

Source:  WebMD

Type 2 diabetes – Early detection a key factor in treatment

What’s the best way to stop type 2 diabetes?

Find it before it becomes a problem.

“The phrase I use is prevention by detection,” said Dr. Joseph Aloi, professor and section chief of endocrinology and metabolism at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Source:  The News Star

Depression in early pregnancy linked to gestational diabetes, NIH study finds

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered a two-way link between depression and gestational diabetes. Women who reported feeling depressed during the first two trimesters of pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes, according to an analysis of pregnancy records. Conversely, a separate analysis found that women who developed gestational diabetes were more likely to report postpartum depression six weeks after giving birth, compared to a similar group of women who did not develop gestational diabetes.

Source:  NIH

Intensive Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Can Extend Survival: Study

Intensive management of type 2 diabetes can make a difference in how long and how well you live, even if you don’t start until middle age, researchers report.

People who were already at risk of type 2 diabetes complications were randomly selected to continue with their normal treatment or to be placed in an aggressive and multipronged treatment group.

Source:  HealthDay

Possible New Benefit For Metformin Users

Many people with type 2 diabetes take the drug metformin to control their blood sugar levels.

But now, new research suggests that his drug may also benefit type 1 diabetics, by slowing down the progression of heart disease.

Source:  Battle Diabetes

Smog Can Make Blood Pressure Soar: Studies

More evidence links air pollution with increased risk of developing dangerous high blood pressure.

The findings stem from a review of 17 studies conducted around the world. Each assessed a possible link between blood pressure and dirty air related to common pollutants, such as vehicle exhaust, coal burning and airborne dirt or dust.

Source:  WebMD

VitalSims IASD Module Featured in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News

VitalSims is pleased to announce its feature in the August issue of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News!

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Source:  McKnight’s

9 Diabetes Superfoods and How to Prepare Them

People with diabetes should first make sure that they have a regular eating routine. Having a source of fiber, slow-digesting carbohydrate, lean protein, and healthy fat with each meal helps to control blood sugar levels throughout the day.

People should limit quick-digesting carbohydrates like white bread and pasta. Instead, they should opt for slower-digesting carbohydrates with extra nutrients like vegetables, whole grains, beans, and berries. These cause a smaller spike in blood sugar.

Source:  Medical News Today

Researchers discover potential avenue to treating type 2 diabetes at early stages

Researchers at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have identified a new potential target for drugs to prevent type 2 diabetes. A paper published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation shows that blocking a cellular glucose sensor in muscle improves insulin responsiveness.

Source:  Medical Xpress

An hour of moderate exercise a day enough to counter health risks from prolonged sitting

The health risks associated with sitting for eight or more hours a day — whether at work, home or commuting — can be eliminated with an hour or more of physical activity a day, according to a new study.

Source:  Science Daily