Type 2 Diabetes Experts: Weight Loss is (Almost Always) More Important than Glucose Control

Experts increasingly agree that weight loss is more important than glucose control for people with type 2 diabetes. Top researchers from around the globe underlined this point in speech after speech at the recent Scientific Sessions diabetes conference. And in a potentially major shift, the two major diabetes authorities from the United States and Europe […]

How to Deal with Metformin Diarrhea (and Other Yucky Side Effects)

Medical review by Elizabeth Gomez, MSN, FNP-BC Metformin is the first drug prescribed to most new patients with type 2 diabetes and is increasingly popular when used off-label for patients with type 1 diabetes. It is inexpensive and available as a generic. It is one of the world’s most popular drugs. But there’s no getting around it: […]

These Two Diabetes Drugs Could Completely Change Weight Loss and Obesity Treatment

For most of our lives, there has been no good weight loss drug. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a small number of pharmaceuticals for weight loss, each has had critical drawbacks, such as moderate effectiveness, bad side effects, or a limit on how long they may be taken. Over the decades, […]

Can the Miracle Drug Metformin Also Help You Lose Weight?

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Arvind Sommi Metformin is the world’s most common diabetes medication and can improve diabetes management. Research suggests that metformin might lead to weight loss in certain people – read more to learn about this common claim. Metformin is one of the first treatment options considered for […]

Misdiagnosed with the Wrong Diabetes! Stories from Our Community

Misdiagnosis is shockingly common among patients with diabetes. One study, for example, revealed that about 25% of new patients with type 1 diabetes had previously been misdiagnosed with some other ailment, typically either type 2 diabetes (in adults) or bacterial and viral infections (in children). And some patients diagnosed with type 1 diabetes may actually […]

SGLT-2 Inhibitors Can Treat Heart Failure, Too

A new guideline issued by major American heart health authorities has recommended an important diabetes drug for the treatment of a form of heart failure. SGLT-2 inhibitors, a class of drugs used as a glucose-lowering medication for type 2 diabetes, were officially validated as an effective treatment for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, a […]

Can People with Type 1 Diabetes Also Get Type 2?

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Andrew Briskin As a response to several different factors, some individuals with type 1 diabetes can also develop characteristics of type 2 diabetes. Find out what may put you at risk and how you can try to prevent and manage ‘double diabetes.’ While people are […]

How to Plan for Sick Days with Diabetes

Have you noticed that your blood glucose levels get harder to manage when you are unwell? When we get sick, the body releases various stress hormones, some of which cause blood glucose levels to rise. You may easily find that you need more insulin to maintain your blood sugar in your usual range—and that your […]

Myth Busting Diabetes ‘Cures’

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Andrew Briskin and Julia Kenney, Products claiming to treat or even cure diabetes are everywhere, but do these so-called ‘cures’ really work? Spoiler alert: the answer is usually no. Treatments for diabetes need to be FDA-approved to ensure they are safe and effective. However, products […]

7 Tips for Dealing with Gestational Diabetes, According to Top OBGYNs

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Alexandra Frost Gestational diabetes can be a scary thing, but it’s important to know that you, or your loved one, are not alone and that you can still have a completely healthy pregnancy. Hear tips, tricks, and what to expect when dealing with gestational diabetes […]