Diabetes

Why are diabetes-related complications on the rise?

George King, MD

Contributor

From 1990 to 2010, there was a significant decrease in diabetes-related complications, but since then the trend has reversed and complications are on the rise among young adults. This may be due to the changing profile of those who develop type 2 diabetes, or may be due to other factors.

Human insulin may be a lower-cost option for some people with diabetes

The cost of insulin has risen dramatically in recent years, causing hardship for many people with diabetes. A study compared typical insulin with a version that was in common use a few decades ago and is significantly less expensive.

Are certain types of sugars healthier than others?

The most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that added sugar be limited to 10% of daily calories, but the source of the sugar matters more than what kind of sugar it is.

A silver lining for migraine sufferers?

Paul Rizzoli, MD

Contributor

A recent study suggests that having migraine headaches may be connected to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, though the specific reason for this connection remains unknown.

Fat is more than calorie storage

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Researchers found that giving overweight mice a specific protein improved their metabolism, but point out that humans also produce this protein, and that exercise achieves the same result in people.

Safe and effective use of insulin requires proper storage

Elena Toschi, MD

Contributor

If you have been prescribed insulin for diabetes, it’s important to properly store and care for the medication and associated supplies to ensure it remains safe and effective. These guidelines will help you do that.

Is tight blood sugar control right for older adults with diabetes?

Medha Munshi, MD

Contributor

Diabetes is a condition in which both high and low glucose levels are harmful to the body. In older individuals with multiple risk factors for hypoglycemia, the goal should be the best blood sugar control that can be achieved without putting the individual at risk for dangerously low blood sugar.

What’s a healthy breakfast?

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

It’s more than okay to skip the early-morning breakfast, but no matter what time of day you break your overnight fast, make your first meal a healthy one that won’t cause your blood sugar to spike.

Healthy lifestyle can prevent diabetes (and even reverse it)

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Twenty years of medical research confirms that it is possible to prevent diabetes through lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical activity. For some people diabetes medications can also help, and in fact medication and lifestyle changes work especially well together.

Rethinking A1c goals for type 2 diabetes

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

New guidance from the American College of Physicians updates the approach to controlling blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, with more emphasis on finding an appropriate goal for each individual patient, rather than just working toward a number without regard for a patient’s needs.