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Asia’s diabetes epidemic preferentially kills women, the middle-aged: study

BY VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER: Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Asia and has dramatically increased the risk of premature death, especially among women and middle-aged people, a multinational study led by Vanderbilt University researchers has found.

There is an urgent need to implement diabetes management programs tailored to Asian populations, the researchers reported today in JAMA Network Open, a journal of the American Medical Association. (read more)

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Sleep apnea can make managing diabetes more difficult: What you need to know

BY ANDREA HARRIS & SUE COTEY: Do you snore? Do you feel fatigued every day? Do you wake up frequently throughout the night? It may be that the shallow breathing or breaks in breathing caused by sleep apnea are the reason. If you have diabetes, it is critical to manage your sleep apnea. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 18 million people have sleep apnea, with up to 80 percent of people undiagnosed.

If you have diabetes, sleep apnea can make it more difficult to manage your diabetes. This is because when your breathing pauses while you sleep, there is an increase in carbon dioxide in your blood. This leads to: (read more)

Landmark Australian report promotes low carb approach for treating type 2 diabetes

BY JACK WOODFIELD: A landmark Australian report has highlighted that remission, not just management, should be the target for type 2 diabetesinterventions, and that low carb provides a valuable way to achieve this.

Submitted by the Education and Health Standing Committee of Western Australia’s parliament, the document is calling for a complete shake-up of the official dietary guidance given to those who are newly diagnosed.

At the moment, people who develop type 2 diabetes are told to follow the Australian Dietary Guidelines, which recommend starchy foods such as bread, rice, and pasta. (read more)

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How is the pancreas involved in diabetes?

BY JENNA FLETCHER: The pancreas is the organ that produces insulin, and it plays a major role in regulating blood glucose levels.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough or any insulin. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body cannot use insulin correctly.

In this article, we look at how the pancreas is involved in diabetes. We also describe complications of diabetes that relate to the pancreas and other disorders of the organ. (read more)

If you’ve tried to hide your diabetes supplies, you might relate to James Norton’s tricks

BY ERIN MIGDOL: Diabetes is often thought of as an “invisible” disease since you can’t tell just by looking at someone if they have diabetes. On the other hand, diabetes management requires so many supplies and pieces of equipment that it may not always feel quite so invisible. People with diabetes are pros at figuring out the best ways to discreetly manage their blood sugar, including British actor James Norton. You might relate to the creative strategies he uses when he doesn’t want to draw attention to his diabetes.

The actor, who has appeared in TV series including “Grantchester,” “McMafia” and the BBC’s adaptation of “War & Peace,” revealed in an appearance at the Talking About Diabetes conference in London that he has found ways to work around his type 1 diabetes since his diagnosis at age 22. (read more)