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Hacking diabetes: People break into insulin pumps as an alternative to costly innovations

BY DALVIN BROWN:  Just before the start of Memorial Day weekend, Meg Green meticulously followed online instructions for hacking an insulin pump.

Why? To make the small, computerized device smarter by giving it the capability to adjust itself, acting as an artificial external pancreas.

The hack worked, unlocking a world free of the constant blood sugar monitoring and insulin adjusting that became routine for the 26-year-old with Type 1 diabetes.

“I went out for drinks, and the pump automatically knew how much insulin to give me. I was stable all night,” Green said about the jailbroken device. “It was amazing, I just wanted to cry.” (read more)

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Mediterranean diet linked to better brain function for those with diabetes

BY DLIFE: Following a Mediterranean diet, which includes eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans, and good fats, may improve brain function, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

The benefits of a Mediterranean diet has been known for those with diabetes, however previous research has not looked at the benefit of a Mediterranean diet on brain health. (read more)

How a diabetes drug may reduce anxiety symptoms

BY MARIA COHUT: Research has shown that insulin resistance — a main characteristic of prediabetes and diabetes — is sometimes linked to symptoms of anxiety and depression. But a new study in mice has found that metformin, a diabetes drug, can fight these symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 100 million adults in the United States live with diabetes or prediabetes, the condition that usually precedes the development of type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a known risk factor for many other health conditions and events, particularly heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and vision loss.  (read more)

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Type 2 diabetes: High-intensity exercise may restore heart function

BY DAVID McNAMEE: Type 2 diabetes can sometimes result in a loss of heart function. However, the results of a new study suggest this function may be recovered through high-intensity exercise.

Around 90–95% of the 30 million people in the United States who have diabetes have type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body’s cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, the hormone that helps to convert blood sugar into energy.

With insulin unable to activate this energy conversion within cells, a rise in the body’s blood sugar level occurs and creates the conditions for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. (read more)

Association of obstructive sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes

BY EMMA KAMMERER: The association of obstructive sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes may be bidirectional, and patients with type 2 diabetes may have a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA);  what should you look out for?

OSA is a disease state that is highly underdiagnosed. OSA often coexists with other diseases and can lead to compilations, including death. While patients may not know when they are presenting with symptoms, it is important for healthcare professionals to be assessing for symptoms. In certain disease states, OSA has been described as a modifiable risk factor with proper diagnosis and treatment. Previous studies have found OSA to be a risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes. In contrast, fewer studies have examined type 2 diabetes as a risk factor of OSA. (read more)