Drinking and Driving on Memorial Day

During Memorial Day Weekend celebrations, friends often gather where alcohol is served and then take to the road. Drinking and driving is hazardous, as we all know, because alcohol affects many skills needed to drive safely and competently, including reaction time, coordination, information processing, and the ability to track moving objects. If you have diabetes and drive, it adds yet another factor to the equation.

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New Blood Sugar Guidelines Give Older Type 2s More Latitude

It may be better for older people with type 2 diabetes to have less stringent A1C goals than younger type 2s, according to new guidelines from the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. The recommendations, published on April 19, mark a change from previously accepted thought that everyone with type 2 diabetes should pursue an A1C below 7%. (The

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Keep Your Fingers Crossed: FDA Approves Artificial Pancreas Outpatient Trial

The FDA has approved the start of outpatient trials of a smart phone-based monitoring device that functions as an artificial pancreas. If the device, which automatically measures blood glucose levels and adjusts them with insulin, is successful, several million type 1 patients could enjoy a whole new level of convenience. Trials are expected to begin in early May. The hand-held device, developed by a research

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FDA OKs Sale of Combo Drug JANUMET

The FDA has approved US sales of JANUMET® XR, a daily oral treatment for type 2 diabetes that combines sitagliptin and extended-release metformin. The drug is the fourth oral type 2 diabetes treatment introduced by Merck, which also sells JANUVIA, JANUMET, and JUVISYNC. Sitagliptin is a DPP-4 (dipeptidyl peptidase-4) inhibitor that reduces the production of glucagon, a pancreatic hormone that increases blood glucose levels. Metformin,

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Diagnostic Tool Uses Light to Determine Diabetes Risk

Until now, drawing blood has been an unavoidable component of being tested for prediabetes and diabetes. Nobody enjoys the process, and it probably makes many people shy away from undergoing diagnosis at all. But all that could change with the advent of a new diagnostic device that involves no pricks, no blood draw, no fasting, and no waiting for lab results. It is already approved

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Diabetes Resolutions for the New Year

A new year means new beginnings. Traditionally, it’s a time to resolve to make changes for the better in our lives. This year, I decided to write a resolution list dedicated specifically to diabetes. I hope that some of you will want to try these ideas with me. 1. Find a new snack that’s low in carbohydrates and calories. I’m still in college, so my

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Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program Fails to Offer Diabetes Supplies as Promised

In some US markets, people with diabetes who are covered by Medicare cannot get the mail order diabetes testing supplies that Medicare promised. According to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), the competitive bidding program for diabetes testing supplies is not working as it should.  In August 2011, after learning that some suppliers were not offering products listed on the www.medicare.gov website, the AADE

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