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I'd like to say that 2017 has ended on a high note but that's not really the case. I had brought my A1C down last spring and been able to maintain that level through the summer, but 2 months later, it jumped back up again. Some people claim there's a woman to blame, but I know it's my own damn fault. But I'm not really sure what I did or didn't do differently. My specialist doc is retiring at the end of the year - he handed me my file as I walked out the door during my last (literally) visit. I'm seeing the primary next week so we'll see where we go from here.

Who after 15 years is going to replace his old OneTouch Ultra blood glucose meter with a new Accu-chek Guide bluetooth enabled meter...


It's not every day that medical studies say alcohol could be good for you. People who drink moderately often have a lower risk of developing diabetes than those who never drink, according to a new study published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Men and women who hoist a few glasses three to four days a week have the lowest risks of developing diabetes, Danish researchers found. Compared to people drinking less than one day each week, men who drink frequently had a 27% lower risk while women had a 32% lower risk, the researchers said.

Can type 2 diabetes be cured? A very low calorie diet may be able to reverse the disease, according to a new report. Researchers from Yale University, recently conducted an experiment, published in the Cell Metabolism journal, to determine the link between a calorie-restricted diet and the illness. To do so, they examined rats with type 2 diabetes. They fed them very low calorie diets, defined as one quarter the normal take.

Within just three days, scientists noticed three significant changes that contributed to lowering blood glucose concentrations. It decreased the conversion of lactose and amino acids into glucose, reduced the rate of liver glycogen conversion to glucose, and lowered the fat content, which is known to improve the liver’s response to insulin.

The best way to preserve your vision is to control your blood glucose. “When you have vision loss from diabetes, it also indicates that your blood glucose levels are abnormal,” says Raj Maturi, MD, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at Indiana University School of Medicine and partner at the Midwest Eye Institute in Indianapolis. High blood pressure and kidney problems are also risk factors for diabetic retinopathy. Maturi suggests that you follow these guidelines to protect your vision and enjoy a better quality of life:

T1D looks like the 1.25 million Americans living with this disease and the 5 million who are expected to have it by 2050 if we don’t do something now. How much space does T1D take in your life? Create your own T1D footprint!

JDRF unites scientists across diverse fields in pursuit of better outcomes for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Dr. Piotr Kowalski is a perfect example: interacting with his labmates working on biocompatible materials for T1D therapies is what inspired him to apply his experience in drug delivery to the T1D space.

Earlier this year, Dr. Kowalski was awarded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship from JDRF. He plans to develop new, safe materials for packaging therapeutic RNAs into nanoparticles and then tag them with “a molecule acting as a GPS, allowing the nanoparticles to home to beta cells” for delivery. It’s an innovative and challenging approach, however, Dr. Kowalski says, quoting Albert Einstein’s quip, “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”

The American Diabetes Association (Association) urges renewed attention to and investment in stemming the diabetes epidemic, following the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017. The new report reviewed 2015 data to confirm more than 114 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes.

While the rate of new diabetes diagnoses remains steady, the report details 30.3 million Americans — 9.4 percent of the U.S. population — have diabetes; an increase from 29.1 million in 2014. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. In addition, the rate of diabetes among ethnic minorities continues to be higher: American Indians/Alaska Natives (15.1 percent); non-Hispanic blacks (12.7 percent); and Hispanics (12.1 percent); Asians (8.0 percent); compared to non-Hispanic whites (7.4 percent).

People with diabetes have the same risk for dehydration during exercise as everyone else—except when blood glucose levels are elevated. As glucose in the blood rises, more fluid is sent into the bloodstream to dilute the glucose. This leads to frequent urination in larger amounts, which lowers the body’s total fluid.

How much you need to drink to stay hydrated depends on a number of factors, including your weight, fitness level, the air temperature, time spent exercising, and whether you’re exercising indoors or outside.

Insulin isn’t a luxury; it’s the difference between life and death for those who need it. Yet the cost of insulin is increasing at an alarming rate. It’s time for change. More than 260,000 people have joined the American Diabetes Association in calling for action. Add your name to the petition below and tell:

• All entities in the insulin supply chain that we need transparency, affordability and access, and that no one who relies on insulin should have to wonder if they’ll be able to afford it, and;

• Congress to hold hearings to identify the reasons for the dramatic increases in insulin prices and to take action to ensure all people who need insulin have affordable access to this lifesaving medication.

Studies have shown that the white blood cells in people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes don’t function as well in attacking foreign bacteria. This is why it’s important for people with diabetes to receive vaccinations for extra protection. If you follow the American Diabetes Association 2016 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes and get your vaccines on schedule, you can prevent illnesses such as the flu, pneumonia, and hepatitis B.

When you have health needs due to a chronic condition like type 1 diabetes (T1D), having health insurance is critical in helping you manage and treat your condition. That’s why JDRF is committed to supporting you by providing tools to help you navigate healthcare and health insurance. We know that as someone affected by T1D, your time is precious. Our aim is to help you understand your coverage options, that way you spend time where it matters, on you and your family. In this toolkit, we’ll provide information on several key areas you’ll want to consider as you select and then use your health insurance plan.

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