BY ALICE NUTTALL: Making diabetic-friendly meals is always in the back of my mind whenever I’m cooking. My mum was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes long before I was born. This, combined with her expertise in meal planning, meant that I was raised to think carefully about the nutritional content of the food I was cooking. This turned out to be very useful, as, thanks to PCOS, I developed insulin resistance a few years ago, and in recent weeks have been showing some pre-diabetic symptoms. So, I’ve gone back to diabetic-friendly cooking, and have been seeking out recipes to make sure that my meals don’t get too bland and boring. Along the way, I found some excellent diabetic cookbooks, with plenty of delicious meals that don’t set my blood sugar soaring. (read more)
BY HEALIO: More frequent high-stress situations could increase the odds of developing diabetes in, according to findings from a study of Chinese adults published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation.
“The pathogenesis of diabetes is complex, and a solid body of evidence has confirmed numerous traditional biological and behavioral risk factors,” Jie-Ming Zhong, of the department of non-communicable disease control and prevention in the Zhejiang Provincial CDC in Hangzhou, China, and colleagues wrote. “In addition to these risk factors for diabetes, several types of psychological factors, such as depression, psychological distress and personality traits, have also been implicated in diabetes development.” (read more)
BY JENNIFER GERSHMAN, PharmD, CPh: Glucometers play an important role in helping patients with diabetes manage the disease, as these devices track blood glucose fluctuations. There are a variety of glucometers available, with basic to advanced features.1 Pharmacists can educate patients about glucometers, providing instructions on appropriate use, for instance.
2019 DIABETES GUIDELINES: TECHNOLOGY
For the first time, the American Diabetes Association added a special section on diabetes technology to its updated guidelines.2 The guidelines emphasize that diabetes technology is continually expanding and includes devices that both deliver insulin and monitor blood glucose. Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) is extremely important, especially for patients using intensive insulin therapy (figure).2 Intensive insulin regimens are defined as multiple daily injections or insulin pump therapy.2 (read more)
BY NEWSWISE: On March 14, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) Act (S. 814) in the U.S. Senate. The bill addresses major barriers to access for Medicare beneficiaries, creating more flexibility on when and where DSMT services can be accessed, as well as reducing the overall cost burden.
“We know that self-management is a path to better quality of life and improved outcomes, yet barriers within the Medicare benefit keep some of our most vulnerable citizens from accessing DSMT services,” said Karen Kemmis, AADE president. “AADE is proud to have helped introduce this important piece of legislation along with the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance and our Senate champions. Now it’s critical that we encourage every legislator to support this non-partisan, common sense bill.” (read more)
BY LIAM DAVENPORT: Individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes could benefit from moderately increasing their body strength, say US researchers who found that, conversely, the risk reduction was entirely eliminated in people with the highest levels of strength.
The researchers looked at more than 4600 participants without type 2 diabetes at baseline from a prospective health outcomes study. (read more)