"A growing number of American children and teens with type 1 diabetes are experiencing a life-threatening complication at the time of their diagnosis, a new study finds.
Researchers say a lack of insurance may mean some children are getting diagnosed with type 1 late in its development, when serious complications can arise.
The complication is called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which involves dangerously high blood sugar and substances in the blood called ketones. Patients with the condition can suffer long-term health damage."
"The diabetes drugs Onglyza and Kombiglyze should carry a new warning that they may increase the risk of heart failure and death, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel says.
In a 14-1 vote Tuesday, the panel said the drugs' prescribing labeling should warn that they can increase the risk of hospitalization for heart failure and the risk of death from all causes, the Associated Press reported.
The panel also decided -- in a 13-1 vote with one abstention -- that the drugs had an acceptable heart safety profile."View Thread
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the use of Eylea, an injected drug, to treat diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema.
Eylea is given by a doctor as an injection into the eye once a month for the first five injections, and then once every two months. It is meant to be used along with measures to control a patients' blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, the FDA said."
Read the article above for more information about the drug and how it works, as well as its common side effects.View Thread
"New research examines why people with diabetes who depend on injections of lifesaving insulin still have no cheaper generic options to treat their disease.
"Surprisingly, this issue has not been talked about, so we're asking the question: Why is there no generic insulin?" said senior study author Dr. Kevin Riggs, a research fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore."
"A new analysis shows that people with type 2 diabetes are less likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes or die early when they take blood pressure medications -- even if they don't actually have high blood pressure."
Read the news story above for more information on what researchers found.
How closely do you manage your blood pressure?View Thread
Glad to hear that your husband is doing well! That must have been a terrifying experience. I hope that he continues to improve quickly. And thank you for reminding everyone that, although it may be a struggle with outside influences and responsibilities, it is so important to remember to take care of yourself. Hope you are well!View Thread
Has your husband had the MMR vaccine (or is he not able to)? The CDC is recommending adults who aren't sure if they have received the measles vaccine (and who can receive it) go ahead and get vaccinated again, as it will do no harm. Here is some more information on the adult MMR vaccine that you might find it helpful to read through.View Thread
A U.S. task force has recommended every American over age 45 be screened for both type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. The hope is that these recommendations will lead to detection of high blood sugar levels at a point when diabetes can still be prevented. Read this article to learn more. What are your thoughts?View Thread