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Diabetes Self-Management

Diabetes Self-Management

September/October 2020

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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1 min.
editor’s note

Dear Readers, Maintaining a strong immune system is important for staying healthy, and that’s the case now more than ever, especially if you’re living with a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure. But what’s the best approach? Separate immune system fact from fiction, and learn how to keep your immunity optimized, in “Ways to Support Your Immune System” (page 22). While you take measures to protect yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s also important not to lose sight of your other health needs, and that includes keeping your eyes healthy. Regular eye exams are a crucial step for ensuring your vision stays in tip-top shape, but many people choose to skip them. Find out why you shouldn’t and get information on what happens at a comprehensive eye exam in…

3 min.
fda requests metformin er recall by several manufacturers

Metformin is widely considered to be the first-line drug of choice for type 2 diabetes, and its overall record of safety and efficacy is impressive. Unlike older classes of type 2 diabetes drugs, metformin doesn’t seem to raise the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose), and it appears to actually improve the way your liver and cells throughout your body respond to insulin (either natural insulin from your pancreas or, for some people, injected insulin). But metformin has also experienced episodes of safety concerns, most recently when an analysis from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found low levels of a potentially cancer-causing contaminant called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in batches of the drug from one manufacturer, as we noted earlier this year. These levels were low enough that the agency said…

2 min.
a bigger breakfast might be better

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? It’s a topic that’s been debated for a century or more. The issue of breakfast is of special interest to people with diabetes because some research suggests that whether or not a person eats breakfast might affect that person’s risk of developing the illness or their ability to control blood glucose. For example, a study done in Israel in 2015 indicated that skipping breakfast was associated with an increase in blood glucose spikes during the day. And in January 2019, German researchers published in The Journal of Nutrition a meta-analysis (analysis of data from several clinical trials) of previous studies and concluded their survey “provides evidence that breakfast skipping is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.” Now a new…

3 min.
sleep hygiene

You know a healthy diet, regular exercise and keeping extra weight off can benefit your diabetes management. But did you know your sleep habits also play a role in maintaining health? Proper sleep hygiene is an important aspect of self-care. Take this quiz to see how much you know about sleep and how it affects diabetes. 1. Too much or too little sleep can negatively affect glucose control in people with diabetes. ○ True ○ False 2. What can happen when healthy adults don’t get enough deep sleep? ○ A. A lack of deep sleep can cause type 1 diabetes. ○ B. A lack of deep sleep is linked to harmful effects on insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. ○ C. A lack of deep sleep does not lead to negative health effects. ○ D. A lack of deep…

1 min.
fda approves gimoti

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new form of a drug to treat gastroparesis, or delayed stomach emptying—a condition that’s often associated with diabetes. Gimoti (metoclopramide) by Evoke Pharma comes as a nasal spray, adding a new option for people who currently take metoclopramide tablets or receive the drug by injection. In a normally functioning digestive system, rhythmic contractions of the stomach muscles break food down into smaller particles, which are then pushed into the small intestine to be broken down further. Gastroparesis happens when these muscle contractions don’t happen, or are weaker than they should be. In people with diabetes, gastroparesis is believed to be caused by a condition called diabetic autonomic neuropathy—damage to nerves that control the automatic functions of the body. Common symptoms of gastroparesis…

2 min.
most americans unaware of covid-19 kidney injury risk

It’s safe to say that most Americans are aware of COVID-19 and at least some of its more common symptoms. But one potential complication of severe COVID-19 isn’t on most people’s radar, according to a recent survey from the National Kidney Foundation. As noted in a press release by the group, only a small fraction of survey respondents were aware of the risk of acute kidney injury due to COVID-19 or the long-term effects of kidney damage. Just 17% were aware of this risk, while 58% were aware of the risk of acute respiratory failure, 54% were aware of the risk of pneumonia, and 52% were aware of the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome—an often-fatal condition in which fluid fills the air sacs of your lungs and causes your blood…