It’s not just insulin: Diabetes patients struggle to get crucial supplies

In the first three months after getting his Dexcom continuous glucose monitor, Ric Peralta said, he reduced his average blood sugar level by 3 percentage points. “It took me from not-very-well-managed blood sugar to something that was incredibly well managed,” said Peralta, a 46-year-old optician in Whittier, Calif., who was Continue Reading

Survey suggests elderly patients with diabetes may favor more aggressive blood sugar control

Survey results of a national sample of elderly people with type 2 diabetes suggest that many long-time patients downplay medical and social factors that underpin professional recommendations for fewer medications and less aggressive treatment of high blood sugar. The survey study, conducted by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers, concludes that many Continue Reading

Diabetes control has stalled across U.S.

(HealthDay)—U.S. adults with diabetes are no more likely to meet disease control targets than they were in 2005, a new study finds. Typically, diabetes treatment focuses on controlling blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as not smoking. For the study, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers analyzed data on Continue Reading

For patients with diabetes, ticagrelor reduced heart attacks, strokes

In late-breaking clinical trial results presented in a Hot Line Session today at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2019, investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Greater Paris University Hospitals—AP-HP/Université de Paris presented the results from The Effect of Ticagrelor on Health Outcomes in Diabetes Mellitus Patients Intervention Study Continue Reading

Guidelines on diabetes and cardiovascular diseases published today

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines on diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are published online today in European Heart Journal. They were developed in collaboration with the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). Professor Francesco Cosentino, ESC Chairperson of the guidelines Task Force and professor of cardiology Continue Reading

Motivational text messages help patients with diabetes

A low-cost text-messaging programme improves blood sugar control in patients with diabetes and coronary heart disease. That’s the finding of the CHAT-DM randomised trial reported today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology and published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Study author Dr. Xiqian Huo Continue Reading