Top Diabetes News of Today

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy a way to treat diabetes

BY DR JOSE FARIAS AND DIANA F. RAMIREZ: The air we breathe is made up of 21 percent oxygen, which is enough sustain life on Earth. So what happens if we breathe in 100 percent oxygen? This is enough oxygen to revolutionize the healing process.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, which is also known as HBOT or HBO, is a way to provide patients with oxygen in a pressurized environment. A “Hyperbaric Chamber,” which basically looks like a glass tube and something similar to a “pod” you’d expect to see in a sci-fi flick, helps introduce 100 percent oxygen to patients to assist in healing a variety of conditions, including stubborn diabetic wounds. (read more)

Heavy kids who normalize weight in childhood can avoid extra diabetes risk

BY GENE EMERY: Although being overweight as a child increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood, a new study shows that the extra risk disappears if that excess weight is lost by age 13 and kept off in early adulthood.

“Until our study came along, it was known that weight reduction in adulthood could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes,” coauthor Dr. Jennifer Baker told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. “Ours is the first and largest to show if we do this before puberty – and this is a great time for intervention and prevention because children are in school – you can reduce future risks of this disease.” (read more)

Doctor Explains How to Overcome Mental Health Impact Due to Diabetes

BY VALERIE GONZALEZ: One Rio Grande Valley doctor advises not to lose focus when diabetes starts targeting more than just your body.

He says although the transition into it can be frustrating and, at times, discouraging, the diagnosis can be the beginning of a new life.

The American Diabetes Association reports that nearly 10 percent of adults have diabetes.

Day in and day out, nurse Lizette Zamora sees patients with diabetes. She says not too long ago, she became part of that statistic.

“How could it happen to me if I know so much?” she says. “That’s what was running through my head. I was sad very sad. I did cry.” (read more)

Genes can help predict children’s risk of type 1 diabetes

BY SCIENCE DAILY: Around 0.4% of newborns will develop autoimmunity to pancreatic beta cells in childhood and receive a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes before adulthood. In the new study, researchers calculated genetic scores from over 30 genes for more than 3000 children with no family history of type 1 diabetes but with gene variants known to convey type 1 diabetes risk and who participated in the TEDDY prospective cohort study. Each participant was enrolled at infancy, between 2004 and 2010, and followed in 3 to 6 months intervals for 10 years to track any development of islet autoantibodies and subsequent type 1 diabetes.

The upper quartile of genetic scores in the children was associated with a greater than 10 percent risk for the presymptomatic stage of multiple islet autoantibodies by age 6. This compares to a background population risk of 0.4%. Almost half the children in the study who developed pre-symptomatic or symptomatic diabetes were identified by this score. (read more)

Expanded Medicare diabetes prevention program rolls out

BY KIMBERLY MARSELAS: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is in the fourth day of an innovative new diabetes prevention program that aims to save lives — and as much as $182 million over 10 years by linking with community partners.

Healthcare settings, including skilled nursing facilities, can also offer the program, which accepts Medicare beneficiaries with high body-mass indexes or other risk factors for developing diabetes.

Nutritionists and dietitians play an important role in the program, which can be offered in approved health care and community settings. Nutritionists expect the program will create a better continuum of care for diabetes and increase referrals for medical nutrition therapy. But CMS has also certified lifestyle coaches who work in non-clinical settings, many with little to no previous Medicare experience. (read more)