A new smartphone app could help diabetic patients manage their symptoms better.
Diabetes is a growing health epidemic in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29 million Americans suffer from this disease. If type 2 diabetes isn’t managed properly, it can lead to serious complications like amputation, vision loss and premature death. A group of students at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a computer science major at Rutgers developed a smartphone app to help diabetic patients monitor their symptoms better.
Researchers have found that proper use of CPAP machines may help balance blood sugar levels.
There are many things that patients with diabetes can do to reduce the risk of diabetic foot ulcers. Using the right lotions, maintaining soft, dry skin and monitoring changes in the feet are just a few methods. However, the most effective means for reducing the chances of developing a lesion on the feet is proper diabetes prevention and maintenance. Fortunately, as scientists have recently discovered, proper sleep apnea treatment is fundamental for keeping blood sugar levels in check.
High protein breakfasts may help diabetics manage blood sugar.
Recent research from scientists at the University of Missouri reveals that a high protein breakfast can help reduce glucose spikes during the first meals of the day for Type 2 diabetics. The findings, publishing in the Journal of Nutrition, reveal that breakfasts loaded with protein more effectively reduces the consequences of hyperglycemia than a morning meal rich in carbohydrates. Regulating blood sugar can be particularly challenging for Type 2 diabetics after meals, so this dietary recommendation may make this process more manageable.
Study finds that treating diabetic children is getting more expensive.
The cost of treating diabetes keeps getting more expensive. According to a recent study conducted by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), yearly health care costs for people with diabetes are more than three times higher than for those who don’t suffer from the disease. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization examined data from insurance claims from more than 40 million Americans and published the report online.
Treating diabetes in children is especially expensive because they require pricier versions of insulin. Amanda Frost, PhD, senior researcher of the study, told Medscape Medical News that the average insurance claim for infants to 18-year-olds with the disease was $15,456, compared to $16,889 for 55 to 64-year-olds.
Frost said she and her researchers were shocked how much spending there was for diabetic children. “The next step in this research is connecting this spending…to outcomes and asking ourselves, ‘Are we getting the outcomes that we want from the money that we are spending?” she added.
Insulin analogs are raising diabetes health care costs
Some of the newer versions of insulin are two to three times the cost of traditional insulin. According to the HCCI report, the per-capita spending for insulin for children rose 70 percent from 2009 to 2013. These newer forms, known as insulin analogs, can speed up or slow down the effect of the medicine.
According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the proportion of diabetics using insulin analogs rose from 18.9 percent in 2000 to 91.5 percent in 2010.
Matt Petersen, managing director of medical information for the American Diabetes Association, told CNBC that although insulin analogs are known to improve quality of life, many diabetic patients are concerned they will drive less expensive synthetic insulin out of the market.
“Even with the Affordable Care Act, there’s still a lot of people that can barely afford their basic insulin requirements,” he explained.
Peterson added that parents may be more willing to pay for pricier versions of insulin because they don’t want to deny their children a better quality of life. He said that since kids are more inconsistent with their eating habits, they may benefit from using the newer insulin analogs.
A new study suggests overweight type 2 diabetes patients may live longer than slimmer ones.
Although being overweight has long been thought to increase diabetes complications, new research may prove otherwise. The study, which was published in Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests type 2 diabetes patients who carry extra weight may actually live longer than slimmer patients.