BY SUVARNA SHETH: A simple saliva sample could one day replace blood tests, dramatically changing the way type 1 diabetes is treated in children.
The most comprehensive study of its kind to date found that proteins in the saliva reflect high blood sugar in young patients with type 1 diabetes long before the appearance of symptoms.
The prick-less test has the potential to help better predict and prevent the disease.
“Blood collection through repeated sampling causes discomfort and hinders patients’ compliance,” explains study co-author Professor Heleni Vastardis of NKU Athens School of Dentistry in a press release. “Easy, simple, painless, non-invasive saliva collection is the most attractive diagnostic medium when examining children.” (read more)
BY JAYBEE SERRANO: My diabetes story started in early 2017 when I developed a pain in my neck. One morning at 3am, I presented to the emergency department at Blacktown Hospital, NSW. It’s a hotspot for diabetes in the area, so staff regularly conduct diabetes screening on patients.
They tested me for diabetes. My results showed that I was pre-diabetic. I was shocked.
I soon received a letter saying that my blood sugar levels were on the high side, and if I didn’t do something about it, I would get diabetes. It was as plain and simple as that. (read more)
BY THE HEALTH SITE: When tissues are damaged, one of the body’s first inflammatory immune-system responders are macrophages, cells which are commonly thought of as ‘construction workers’ that clear away damaged tissue debris and initiate repair.
Diabetes drugs act as a powerful curb for immune cells in controlling inflammation, a new study has found. However, prolonged inflammation promotes the progression of many diseases, including obesity.
Now, a common class of drugs used to treat diabetes has been found to exert a powerful check on macrophages by controlling the metabolic fuel they use to generate energy. (read more)
BY DLIFE EDITORS: Making daily entries in a health journal raises your awareness of the choices you make that impact your diabetes. They can help you deter from bad habits like mindless eating in front of the TV and grazing.
On the flip side, health diaries can also promote better health habits, especially if you have specific diabetes goals you are trying to reach. Writing down a daily pedometer reading or workout routine in an exercise diary gives you both a sense of achievement and a written record of moving one step closer to your goal. (read more)
BY SUVARNA SHETH: The use of metformin may be associated with an increased risk for dementia in older African Americans with diabetes, according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, this week in Chicago, Illinois.
The study involved 953 African American participants with an average age of 74. The group was about 70% female and were apart of the Indianapolis-Ibadan Dementia Project out of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. (read more)