BY MATT CAFFREY: Eating what is available—whether it’s healthy or not—is more common among those living paycheck to paycheck, and it’s a reason why food insecurity is emerging as an independent risk factor for type 2 diabetes (T2D).
Now, a new study finds that living in a food insecure household may more than double a person’s risk of developing T2D. The findings, just published in PLoS ONE, come from researchers who studied responses from 4739 people who took part in a 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey and linked these answers with healthcare records.
Patients were then followed for an average of 11.6 years, and researchers looked for common characteristics of those who reported food insecurity and later developed T2D. There were 577 cases of T2D after 12.1 years of follow-up. (read more)
BY LUKE ANDREWS: “If you have diabetes, late-night snacks aren’t necessarily off-limits, but it’s important to make wise choices,” says Castro.
“Late-night snacks add extra calories, which can lead to weight gain.
“And if you snack after your evening meal – especially if the foods contain carbohydrates – you may wake up the next morning with a high blood sugar level.”
She says that snacks you should choose include ‘free’ foods, or foods with few calories.
Snacks diabetics could eat before bed include one sugar-free frozen cream pop, five baby carrots, one cup of light popcorn, a handful of crackers or a can of diet soda. (read more)
Type 2 Diabetes Drug Semaglutide May Help Control Blood Sugar Better Than Similar Medications, Review Suggests
BY SHARI ROAN: A review analyzing data from 13 studies suggests that the drug semaglutide helps people with type 2 diabetes better control their blood glucose compared with a number of medications.
The medication, which also helps people lose weight, is another option for adults with type 2 diabetes who have difficulty controlling their A1C level with other diabetes medication, says Panagiotis Andreadis, MD, the lead author of the study and a postgraduate researcher in the clinical research and evidence-based medicine unit of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. A1C is a two- to three-month average of blood sugar levels, and doctors use the measure to tell how well a person with diabetes is controlling their blood sugar. (read more)
BY ED SILVERMAN: As rising drug prices became a hot political issue, Yvanna Cancela was looking for a way to make a difference. So early last year, the Nevada state senator introduced a transparency bill that would require drugmakers to report pricing, costs, and rebates—but only concerning diabetes medications.
The move quickly gained notice. Transparency bills were being studied by legislators around the country, and California and Vermont had already taken the next step by enacting laws. But these efforts did not distinguish among medications for different diseases. Cancela, however, thought diabetes needed extra attention. (read more)
BY MATT ATHERTON: Grapes have a relatively low glycaemic index [GI], and are a great snack for diabetes patients, said nutritionist Dr Josh Axe.
They increase insulin sensitivity in patients, while also managing your blood sugar.
Grapes contain antioxidants, called polyphenols, which lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as obesity and metabolic syndrome, he said.
You can eat grapes as a snack, or blend them to form a healthy juice drink, the nutritionist added.
“Evidence suggests that polyphenols in grapes and grape products may reduce metabolic syndrome and prevent development of obesity and type 2 diabetes by acting as multi-target modulators with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects,” said Axe. (read more)