BY CATHY O’LEARY: Doctors are worried by a record number of WA children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes this year, with about 30 per cent more cases than average.
Princess Margaret Hospital endocrinologist Liz Davis, who is co-director of the Children’s Diabetes Centre based at the Telethon Kids Institute, said more than 150 children had been diagnosed with diabetes this year. The number of cases had been steadily rising but this year’s surge was unexplained.
“In WA we tend to have a five-year cycle, with a neat pattern of some years with fewer cases and some with more, but this peak is way out of proportion,” Professor Davis said. (read more)
BY DENIS BEDOYA: A crash diet lasting just three months can reverse Type 2 diabetes, a landmark study has shown.
Nearly half the people who underwent the diet saw their condition go into remission — providing the strongest evidence yet that diabetes can be eradicated by simply losing weight.
The patients had struggled with their condition for up to six years, using drugs to control their blood sugar levels. (read more)
BY THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ACCOUNTABLE CARE: Clinical and economic burdens are placed on the US healthcare system when target goals are not met in diabetes care. In 2012, total costs (direct and indirect) associated with diabetes in the United States were $245 billion dollars.1 In a presentation at the 2017 Fall ACO & Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition®, hosted by The American Journal of Managed Care®on October 26th, 2017, Kari Uusinarkaus, MD, discussed the economic impact of type 2 diabetes (T2D). This presentation focused on the prevalence, costs, and consequences of not meeting glycemic goals in patients with T2D.
Approximately 16.5 million people in the United States have T2D.2 The majority of adult patients (90%-95%) with diabetes have T2D.1 Risk factors associated with the occurrence of T2DM include ethnicity (eg, American Indians, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders), male gender, older age, obesity, family history, gestational diabetes, impaired glucose metabolism, and physical inactivity. (read more)
BY ANNA GIRALDO-KERR: Seven years ago, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. His diabetes management is complex. He checks his blood sugar between 5 and 8 times on a good day, and he needs a dose of insulin to regulate high blood sugar levels and anything he eats. Over the years, my husband and I have become intimately familiar with the volatility and uncertainty of diabetes. Given the premise that you become an expert after 10,000 hours of immersing yourself in a subject, then we are experts five times over. We continue to learn every day.
That is why I watched coverage of National Diabetes Awareness Month with keen interest, wondering just how effective the media’s attempts at awareness were. After watching several television reports, I came to a sobering conclusion: Diabetes awareness and education initiatives are severely flawed. Well-intended efforts are riddled with vagueness and misinformation that do not help the public make informed decisions. Since diabetes affects nearly 100 million people in the United States —with one in four not knowing they might be living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)—the implications of this failure carry great weight. (read more)
BY MALIA HURST: Three years ago, while my family was vacationing at Disney World, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. A year later, my daughter was diagnosed with the disease.
Their double diagnoses changed our lives.
Type 1 diabetes is an everyday challenge for our family. As a chronic autoimmune disease, my husband and I help our children monitor their blood sugar levels constantly so they stay healthy. This includes waking up several times each night and traveling back and forth between my kids’ school on a regular basis to make sure their blood sugars are in normal range. (read more)