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BY LUKE ANDREWS: DIABETES type 1, as well as other forms of the condition, is caused by problems with the hormone insulin, meaning the body can’t regulate blood sugar levels normally. When a sufferer is going to undertake rigorous physical activity, experts recommend eating this beforehand.

Diabetes sufferers should munch some carbohydrates before rigorous physical activity such as heavy-duty swimming, walking – or even sex.

At least, that’s according to Dr David Cavan writing in his new book, Take Control of Type 1 Diabetes. (read more)

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Mom’s diabetes can raise her kids’ autism risk: study

BY RAQUEL LANERI: Mom’s diabetes can raise her child’s risk for autism, according to new research Researchers at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California.

Scientists found that autism risk was higher in children whose moms had one of the three main types of diabetes that lead to complications in pregnancy: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes mellitus, a form of high blood sugar that affects pregnant women.

Previous studies had already concluded that a mom having type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes mellitus led to an increase in children born with autism spectrum disorder.

But prior to this study, which looked at 419,425 children born between 1995 and 2012, little had been known about a mom’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis on her child’s autism risk. (read more)

Is Eversense the Latest Game Changer in the Diabetes Market?

BY OMAR FORD: Senseonics’ newly approved Eversense implantable continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system could be in patient’s hands as early as next month. Tim Goodnow, the Germantown, MD-based company’s president and CEO spoke with MD+DI just a few hours removed from the start of the American Diabetes Association’s 78th Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL. about the approval and upcoming plans for the device.

“We think we’ll have our first patients on the product in the third week of July, so it will take us just about a month,” Goodnow, told MD+DI. “We’ve got to print some of the instruction manuals that were approved by FDA now that we have the final wording.”

The Eversense CGM system uses a small sensor that is implanted just under the skin by a qualified health care provider during an outpatient procedure. After it is implanted, the sensor regularly measures glucose levels in adults with diabetes for up to 90 days. (read more)

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Diabetes type 2 symptoms: This toilet habit could indicate you have the disease

BY KATRINA TURRILL: Diabetes type 2 symptoms may not be apparent, and you may only discover you have it during a routine medical check-up with your GP.

The condition is caused when your body stops reacting to insulin properly, and you may also not produce enough insulin, a hormone that controls the amount of glucose in your blood.

If symptoms do show, one in particular is linked to your toilet habits.

Passing urine more often than usual is one of the indicators. (read more)

A Diabetes Diagnosis After Age 50 May Be an Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer in Black, Latino People

BY SHERYL HUGGINS SALOMON: A type 2 diabetes diagnosis after age 50, called late-onset diabetes, is a known risk factor for pancreatic cancer, and in Latino and African-American people with diabetes who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within three years, pancreatic cancer itself may manifest as diabetes.

That’s what a study published June 18 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests, and the findings may help doctors identify more individuals at risk for pancreatic cancer, which has poor survival rates because doctors often don’t catch the disease early enough for treatment to be effective. Pancreatic cancer has a five-year survival rate of only 8.5 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI)(read more)