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Diabetes Self-Management

Diabetes Self-Management January - February 2019

Diabetes Self-Management offers up-to-date, practical “how-to” information on nutrition, exercise, new drugs, medical advances, self-help, and the many other topics people need to know about to stay healthy.

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6 Issues

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1 min.
what is hba1c?

GENERAL HEALTH Keeping Alzheimer’s at Bay People who have Type 2 diabetes appear to be at higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease than people without diabetes. However, progress is being made in fighting this disease. Learn more. FREE DOWNLOAD Blood Sugar Guide Get expert tips to deal with high blood sugar after meals, guidance on making your meter work for you, advice on treating hypoglycemia and more. NUTRITION & EXERCISE Add Movement to Your Life If you’re looking for ways to add more physical activity to your routine for 2019, you have options. In fact, the more movement you include in your life, the better diabetes management you’ll have. It’s never too late to take make improvements in your health. RECIPE Low-fat Egg Drop Soup Craving a steaming bowl of soup to warm you up on these dark and chilly winter…

1 min.
welcome 2019

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season—one filled with family, friendship and good health. Like many, I am guilty of indulging in holiday goodness. Food was plentiful, and exercise was sporadic. However, I am ready to jumpstart my commitment to a healthy lifestyle, and get back to exercising and “clean eating.” My hope is to bring you along with me through the pages of Diabetes Self-Management. First, I am thrilled to announce that longtime contributor and Registered Dietitian Amy Campbell has taken on the role of food editor. Her mission is succinct: to provide our readers with expert advice about food and nutrition. In this issue, Amy defines “clean eating” and its health benefits, offers 10 easy steps to implement a clean diet (pg. 34) and handpicks…

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relief for dry eyes

Dry eye, or what doctors call keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is a fairly widespread problem, affecting about one out of 10 people. But it’s even more common in people with diabetes. One study found that about half of all diabetes patients have dry eye symptoms. So it comes as good news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new treatment for dry eye syndrome. It’s called Cequa, and it’s made by Sun Pharmaceuticals. According to Abhay Gandhi, CEO, North America, Sun Pharmaceuticals, “Dry eye disease represents an area of high unmet medical need, with a significant number of patients who are currently untreated. The U.S. FDA approval of Cequa represents a long-awaited dry eye treatment option….” Cequa is a formulation of cyclosporine A, or CsA. CsA itself isn’t new; it’s…

1 min.
can metformin prevent cancer?

A few reports have suggested that people who take metformin, one of the most widely prescribed drugs for diabetes patients, have a lower risk of getting colorectal cancer. Later reviewers of these studies, however, have concluded that they were possibly flawed, which left the question open. To address that concern, researchers recently conducted a study of the relationship between metformin use and colorectal cancer and came away with some good news: long-term use of metformin is associated with a decreased risk for colorectal cancer in men with diabetes. As one of the authors described, “If our findings are confirmed, metformin may have a role in the chemoprevention of colorectal cancer.” The study involved people who participated in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Diabetes Registry. The subjects were at least 40 years old,…

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arthritis drug might help diabetes

A medication used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) might also be useful in lowering blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, according to a new report from researchers in China. The drug is leflunomide, which has been used to treat RA for nearly two decades. According to Xiulong Xo, PhD, of Yangzhou University, it “could potentially be useful for treating patients with both RA and diabetes.” Xo said that his team of researchers studied how leflunomide “works at a molecular level” and discovered that it targets a protein that’s involved in desensitizing the insulin receptor. Because the insulin receptor instructs the cells to start absorbing sugar from the bloodstream, the researchers speculated that leflunomide could play a role in blood glucose management. To test their theory, they administered leflunomide to obese…

3 min.

QUIZ Questions How Much Do You Know About Diabetes and Lung Function? So often we hear about how diabetes affects our eyes, heart, and kidneys, but did you know that diabetes can also affect your lungs? Take this quiz to find out more. 1. The condition in which diabetes decreases blood flow to the lungs is called: ◯A. Peripheral neuropathy ◯B. Microencephalopathy ◯C. Microangiopathy ◯D. Pancreatic metabolic syndrome 2. How might inhalable insulins affect your lung function? ◯A. They might improve lung function. ◯B. They have no effect on lung function. ◯C. They might reduce lung function. ◯D. They might destroy alveoli. 3. Diabetes increases your risk for developing which of the following lung diseases (More than one answer may be correct.)? ◯A. Lung cancer ◯B. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ◯C. Asthma ◯D. Pulmonary fibrosis 4. What makes lung disease more difficult to fight in Type 1…