BY KORIN MILLER: After receiving a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, it might feel like you have no say over what’s happening to your health. But that’s not true. “There’s so much that people can do to be in control of their diabetes,” Eve Bloomgarden, M.D., an assistant professor of endocrinology at Northwestern Medicine, tells SELF.
Of course, every case of diabetes is different. But in general, experts say there are a few things people with type 2 diabetes can do to better manage this condition. Here are eight steps to consider. (read more)
BY BENEDICT JEPHCOTE: Nearly 40 per cent of adults with type 1 diabetes were misdiagnosed and were initially treated for type 2 diabetes, according to new research.
The University of Exeter study found a third of those they analysed were not given insulin, instead they received medication indicated for those with type 2 diabetes.
Further analysis found that half of those misdiagnosed were still being treated as though they have type 2 diabetes 13 years later.
Currently, guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the diagnosis of diabetes does not recommend rigorous testing to differentiate between type 1 and type 2 in adults. (read more)
BY MIRIAM VALVERDE: If elected president, Democratic congressman Tim Ryan says he’d focus on a health care system that not only covers people when they are sick, but also keeps them healthy.
Most of the health care costs are for chronic diseases that can be prevented, Ryan claimed in New Hampshire.
“Half the country today has either diabetes or prediabetes,” Ryan, a U.S. representative from Ohio, said at an April 11 WMUR town hall in Manchester. “A diabetic costs 2.3 times as much as every other patient. That is going to sink the health care system.” (read more)
BY NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: Taking a folic acid supplement daily before pregnancy may reduce the risk of gestational, or pregnancy-related, diabetes, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The findings appear in Diabetes Care.
Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, or vitamin B9, which is found in leafy green vegetables, nuts, peas, beans and other foods. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all women of reproductive age take a daily supplement containing 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid to reduce the risk of conceiving a child with a neural tube defect, a class of birth defects affecting the brain and spinal cord.
Gestational diabetes results when the level of blood sugar, or glucose, rises too high. It increases a woman’s chances for cesarean delivery and for blood pressure disorders during pregnancy. It also raises the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes later in life. For infants, gestational diabetes increases the risk of large birth size and of obesity during childhood and adulthood. (read more)
BY CORNELL UNIVERSITY: As if people living with diabetes didn’t have enough health concerns, here’s another: increased risk of metastatic cancer. New Cornell University research points to a possible explanation for this health double whammy.
“Cancer and diabetes are two of the worst health problems in developed countries, and there’s a link between the two,” said Mingming Wu, professor of biological and environmental engineering. “For cancer, half of the story is still in genetics. It’s only recently we realized there is another half that we missed, which is the microenvironment.” (read more)