BY REGINA SCHAFFER: Despite the availability of advanced diabetes technology, parents of young children with type 1 diabetes continue to report substantial burdens and negative family impact stemming from the disease, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. (read more)
BY DR. KECIA GAITHER: Of all the medical tests expectant mothers undergo in the months before childbirth, perhaps one of the most important evaluates for gestational diabetes. This pregnancy-related condition—in which hormonal changes cause blood sugar levels to rise dangerously—is increasingly common, but moms-to-be can still take key steps to protect their health and that of their babies.
According to a 2016 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 9 percent of pregnant women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The condition used to be relatively uncommon, but the rate has risen dramatically in recent years. (read more)
BY GREG DILL: If your doctor thinks you’re at risk for diabetes, Medicare covers screening tests for it. And if you develop the disease, Medicare covers a wide variety of medications, home testing equipment, supplies and self-management training to help you cope with it.
Screening tests are used to detect diabetes early. (read more)