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Diet Soda Linked to Risk for Diabetic Blindness 

BY WEBMD: Drinking diet soda may raise the risk for a severe type of diabetic eye disease that can lead to blindness, a new study says.

The study, published in Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, is the first to evaluate the link between soft drinks and what’s called proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

“In our clinical sample of people with diabetes, consuming more than four cans, or 1.5 liters, of diet soft drinks per week was associated with a twofold increased risk of having proliferative diabetic retinopathy,” first author Eva Fenwick, PhD, told Medscape Medical News. Fenwick is a clinical research fellow at the Singapore Eye Research Institute and an assistant professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. (read more)

Diabetes: Can we teach the body to heal itself? 

BY MARIA COHUT: In diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin, the hormone that is key to regulating levels of blood sugar. New research now asks if we can teach pancreatic cells to address this problem on their own.

The pancreas contains three different types of cells, each of which produces different hormones that contribute to the regulation of blood sugar levels, one way or another. (read more)

Smokers are much more likely to get diabetes

BY SANDUSKY REGISTER: In an article by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the center stated that smokers are 30 to 40 percent more likely to get type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. And those with diabetes who continue to smoke are more likely to have trouble controlling their disease with insulin. This staggering information was provided in a report of the Surgeon General on the consequences of smoking.

In addition to having a harder time controlling diabetes, if a diabetic continues to smoke the CDC reported these other serious health complications that can occur:

• Heart and kidney disease.

• Poor blood flow in the legs and feet that can lead to infections, ulcers, and possible amputation (removal of a body part by surgery, such as toes or feet). (read more)

Couples intervention may help partners of patients with diabetes

BY WILEY: A new Diabetic Medicine study reveals that couples interventions may have beneficial effects for partners of individuals with type 2 diabetes.

The study was a three-arm randomized telephone intervention trial comparing outcomes of couples calls (CC), individual calls (IC), and diabetes education calls (DE). While the focus of the trial was on diabetes outcomes for the patients, the authors also assessed whether partners who participated derived benefit. (read more)

A Silicon Valley startup that pioneered a new way to fight diabetes is tackling depression after its CEO noticed a disturbing trend

BY ERIN BRODWIN: When Sean Duffy, the cofounder and CEO of a digital-health startup called Omada Health, took his first look at the results of his new diabetes-treatment program, he noticed a disturbing trend.

Many of the individuals weren’t simply fighting diabetes or obesity. They were also battling psychological issues like depression and anxiety, and those conditions were making their obesity-related symptoms worse.

Duffy wondered if there was more Omada could do to help treat those psychological issues. (read more)