Learn which commonly prescribed and over-the-counter drugs can cause dangerous interactions if you have diabetes.

 

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If you have diabetes and take other prescription and non-prescription drugs, it’s time to evaluate your medications. It’s very common for those with the condition to take other drugs in addition to their diabetes medications. When certain meds are mixed together, however, the result is not always a positive one. In fact, certain drug interactions can produce harmful reactions that end with a trip to the hospital. Though not inclusive, take a look at the following list of commonly-used drugs. If you are taking any of these medications, make sure you discuss their use with your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

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A group of researchers at Cornell University have recently discovered a probiotic that may be considered a new treatment for diabetes.

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What would your life be like if taking a simple pill could help you manage your diabetes? With the development of new research, this futuristic dream might be close to becoming a reality. Researchers at Cornell University have engineered a common strain of human gut bacteria called Lactobacillus to produce a hormone that releases insulin in response to food. This bacterium could either supplement or take over the work of insulin production from the pancreas.

Exciting Research Results

The new study, led by Cornell professor John March, claims that the engineered probiotic essentially rewires the body and reduces blood glucose levels. Professor March and his colleagues conducted tests of the bacterium on a group of diabetic rats with successful results.

Over a ninety-day period, the researchers discovered that the group of diabetic rats that received the probiotic, in the form of a pill, had blood glucose levels up to 30 percent lower than those that did not receive it.

Changing Cells

The team also discovered that the pill appeared to convert the rats’ intestinal cells, making them to behave in a similar way to pancreatic cells. This is important because in healthy people, pancreatic cells release insulin and regulate blood glucose levels. Professor March explains that the treatment is basically moving the job of glucose control from the pancreas to the upper intestine.

What It Means

This discovery is instrumental because probiotics are generally considered safe. Plus, they are already available on the market and the people who take them generally report no adverse side effects.

The next step for the team is to test higher doses of the probiotic in diabetic rats to determine if it can completely reverse the diabetic condition. If it’s successful, there is potential for the probiotic to be converted into a pill for human use, which can be used to treat both type one and type two diabetes. Ultimately the goal would be for individuals to take the pill to help them manage their condition without the need for insulin injections. While this research is still in its infancy, it’s initial success provides much hope that better, less invasive treatment of diabetes is on the way.

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A new year brings new developments in diabetes care, and tech improvements in insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems.

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The New Year means we can expect new developments in diabetes care and treatment. And this year promises some exciting and innovative diabetes products, including new, more technologically advanced insulin pumps and improvements in continuous glucose monitoring systems.

Here is what is on the horizon for diabetes care in 2016:

Insulin Pumps

Advances in insulin pumps in the coming year will include making the pumps thinner and easier to use, and having them function more like smartphones. Insulet is developing a next generation controller for their patch insulin pump, the Phoenix EDM, which will be thinner and have a touchscreen interface. A new version of the Medtronic Minimed Insulin Pump is also expected that will add predictive LGS capabilities as well as a new user interface and buttons.

Blood Glucose  Monitors

Exciting changes are also being made to diabetes monitors. The Abbot Freestyle Libra, expected to be released this year, will employ a first-of-its-kind factory-calibrated flash system to allow users to scan a sensor and display a reading at any time.

Dexcom is also expected to release a new version of their monitor in 2016. It’s still not known all the new features the G6 version will have, but one expected improvement is that it will not require calibration.

Insulin Pens

Novo is on track to release a faster version of their Novolog for type 1 and 2 diabetes. The new version is expected to improve post-meal glucose levels by combining a short-acting insulin and two well-known excipients, a vitamin and an amino acid. Lilly also has a new basal insulin, Basaglar, which was just approved by the FDA and should be available before the end of the year.

Other New Diabetes Treatments

Combination drugs will continue to be the focus for the drug companies in 2016. Sanofi filed a new drug application last fall for its GLP-1 agonist Lyxumia (lixisenatide) and once that is approved, experts expect approval for combination drug Lixilan (Lyxumia+Lantus) to follow. Novo Nordisk also has a combination drug, Xultophy, a blend of GLP-1 agonist Victoza and their new basal insulin Tresiba, expected to hit the market later this year.

In addition to these new combo drugs, a new nasal glucagon is coming soon. Eli Lilly and Company acquired the rights to Locemia’s novel nasal glucagon that is reported to be easier to carry and use. Lilly is expected to file for approval for this device early this year.

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Scientists are working in many areas to prevent and cure diabetes. Here’s an update on three key areas of research.

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Now is one of the most exciting times in diabetes research. Scientists are working in many areas, and three key types of research – viruses, gut microbiome and inflammation – are getting a lot of attention lately. This research may have a significant impact on diabetes prevention and treatment down the road. Here is a little about what the scientists are doing.

Viruses

Recent studies have made strides in determining the connection between viruses and Type 1 Diabetes. Although access to pancreatic tissue from human donors is limited, groups like the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) are taking the lead examining the impact of viruses by coordinating studies using the most up-to-date technology. Scientists are hopeful they will soon have more information on the relationship between viruses and diabetes, which they believe might lead to a simple vaccine to prevent the disease in many people.

Gut Microbiome

Did you know there is more bacteria living in your gut than there are cells in your body? Scientists have made great strides of late studying the impact of the bacteria living in our digestive tract on the development of our immune systems. Scientists have also been studying the foods we eat and how they impact various good and bad bacteria. By understanding which foods promote good bacterial growth and force out bad bacteria or fight viruses, treatments can be developed for autoimmune diseases and in the long run, even help in the fight to prevent diabetes.

Inflammation

Inflammation is a very broad term and isn’t a bad thing when it occurs in moderation. Inflammation is one of the body’s ways of responding to a germ attack by working with the immune system to ward off bacteria or a virus. However, in some cases inflammatory responses can react to things that aren’t invaders, like insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, and trigger a chain reaction that can lead to sepsis, diabetes (both type 1 and type 2), heart disease and other health issues. Scientists are looking into ways to control inflammation (and preventing damage to the pancreas) without totally getting rid of the immune benefits of inflammation.

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A clinical trial shows those with diabetes given the drug Jardiance were 38% less likely to die from a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease.

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It’s an unfortunate truth, but diabetes is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. In fact, people with Type 2 diabetes are five to eight times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, and to suffer a fatal heart attack or stroke.

Good News

Until recently, there has been little progress made in developing a drug that could reduce this risk. Prospects are brighter however with the release of results from a clinical trial ordered by the Federal Drug Administration. The New England Journal of Medicine published results last month that showed individuals who were given the blood sugar-lowering drug Jardiance were 38% less likely to die as a result of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular issue than those given a placebo.

Also, those taking Jardiance were 35% less likely to be hospitalized for heart failure than those who took the placebo. Both findings bode well for diabetes sufferers.

Significant, Surprising Results

The results are surprising to many in the medical community as previous drug trials have not had a significant impact on reducing death from cardiovascular disease and stroke for those with diabetes. The clinical trials sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Eli Lilly and Co., suggest that among diabetes patients with cardiovascular disease, 39 people would have to be treated to prevent one premature death. This “number-to-treat” ratio puts the drug’s effectiveness on the same level as cholesterol-lowering statins and maybe even ahead of blood pressure medications.

Jardiance reduces blood sugar in diabetes patients by helping eliminate it from their urine. In all, 8.3% of the people taking the placebo died of any cause during the course of the study, compared with 5.7% of the people taking Jardiance.

Bright Prospects

Although the findings of the study are surprising to many, it is encouraging to see progress made in reducing one of the leading causes of death for those with diabetes.

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A new study explores whether antibiotic usage increases the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

 

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A recent study in Denmark regarding antibiotic use and diabetes has created quite a buzz. Researchers found that in the years prior to their diagnosis, people with Type 2 diabetes took more antibiotics than those without it. This, of course, doesn’t prove that antibiotics cause the disease, but it still might make more people question their usage of such medication.

Frequent Use in America

Classified as “medicines used to treat infections and diseases caused by bacteria,” antibiotics are said to be prescribed to four out of five Americans each year. The aforementioned study showed that those with Type 2 diabetes were overexposed to antibiotics when compared to those without, not just before their diagnoses, but afterward as well. Researchers’ findings showed that taking an antibiotic of any type increased patients’ likelihood of getting a diabetes diagnosis by 50 percent if they had filled five or more prescriptions.

It remains unclear if the higher risk is because diabetes might develop over time, increasing the risk of infections (and the need for antibiotics) before a person is even diagnosed with diabetes. It could also be that the risk for diabetes increases if a person has repeated infections or exposure to antibiotics.

Animal Study Findings

When researched in animals, it has been found that antibiotics affect sugar and fat metabolism and also alters gut bacteria. Since there is ongoing speculation that gut flora and antibiotics could be linked to how the body metabolizes sugar and the development of diabetes, the findings of the Denmark study haven’t necessarily surprised many. Because diabetes is increasing in incidence globally and remains a challenge in the health care world, further studies will be made into how exactly antibiotic use corresponds with the disease.

What It Means

The primary takeaway is that anyone — with or without diabetes — should always be cautious when prescribed an antibiotic. Only take them when necessary and always under the guidance of your physician. As you continue on your journey of managing your diabetes, you’ll likely have questions about your insulin pump and other diabetes supplies. Let the trained experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy help. We have over 50 years of combined experience helping people just like you live life with diabetes fully. Check us out at www.focuspharmacy.com or call 1-866-403-6287.

 

Seven common questions relating to diabetes in women.

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Like most diseases, diabetes affects each person in a slightly different manner. Just as your body is uniquely yours, so is the diabetes that you manage. And being a woman with the Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes yields yet an additional set of distinct questions. Read on for the answers to some common questions regarding diabetes in women.

Which diabetes medication has side effects specific to women?

Thiazolidinediones, or TZDs, are oral medications that may cause women who aren’t ovulating and have yet to go through menopause to begin ovulating. This means they’re able to conceive again. In addition, oral contraceptives might be less effective when taken with TZDs, increasing the chance of conception even more. Examples of TZDs are Actos and Avandia.

Should women with diabetes abstain from alcohol?

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends women with diabetes stick to one drink per day, if they choose to drink alcohol at all.  According to their guidelines, one drink is the equivalent of one glass of wine or 12 ounces of beer.

Do women with diabetes have any sexual-health issues because of the disease?

It’s possible for some women to experience some changes in their sexual health due to diabetes. These include discomfort during intercourse, a decrease in vaginal lubrication, and an overall lack of libido.

Is it okay for a woman with diabetes to breastfeed?

Typically, yes, it’s perfectly fine for a mother with diabetes to nurse her child. Breast milk is generally recommended for all mothers who have preexisting or gestational diabetes since it provides the best nutrition for the baby.

Why are women with diabetes more likely to develop recurrent yeast infections?

Because glucose, or sugar in the blood serves as a trigger for yeast to grow in the body, women with diabetes tend to develop recurrent yeast infections more frequently.

What is the recommended daily intake of cholesterol for women with diabetes?

The ADA suggests cholesterol levels be less than 200, with LDL (bad cholesterol) under 100 mg/dL, HDL (good cholesterol) above 55 mg/dL, and triglycerides under 150 mg/dL.

Will a woman with diabetes pass the disease on to her children?

There are many factors that determine whether someone with diabetes will pass the disease on. Risk factors include whether there is a history of diabetes in the family, how old the mother is when the child is born, and the mother’s age at the time of diagnosis.

Information is power, so feel encouraged knowing the more knowledge you have about diabetes will help you manage its effects on your body. No matter the issue, though, remember to discuss any health concern or change in medication with your physician.

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Scientists have invented a temporary tattoo that can monitor glucose levels. This new technology may soon be a common part of diabetes supplies

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Tattoos may get a bad rap but what if one, albeit the temporary variety, could help you monitor health issues? Researchers and nano-engineers have been developing a temporary tattoo that might be the next best thing in diabetes supplies.

How Does it Work?

The technology for these medical tattoos is advanced, however the application and use is very simple. Electrodes are printed into a thin disposable paper and applied to the skin. These electrode sensors measure the glucose level in the patient.

The tattoos are still a few steps away from being able to offer a numerical measurement. Patients can see that there has been a spike in their glucose levels but cannot yet determine what the numerical value of that spike is. Further development will also introduce Bluetooth capabilities that can transmit data to doctors or cloud storage and provide numerical output.

Right now, each tattoo lasts a single day. The price point for the tattoos is very low, making the daily application a fairly inexpensive proposition.

The best news? The hope is that with this new technology finger pricks may be a thing of the past! If approved the device will be the first painless method to check daily blood sugar rates. Another benefit: No pain may lead to an increase of those diagnosed with diabetes to actively monitor their blood sugar levels.

What the Future Holds

There are plans underway to expand the capabilities of the tattoos. Along with use as a diabetes supply, it is also hoped that this technology will be able to measure metabolites, medications, alcohol or even illegal drugs.

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Patients with diabetes are at higher risk for getting the flu. Here are some basic prevention techniques and tips on what to do if they do get sick. 

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With the winter months upon us, it’s critical that people with diabetes (both Type 1 and 2) take extra precaution to avoid getting the flu.  Diabetes weakens your immune system, making it difficult to fight infections and control blood sugar levels.  When we’re sick, we often don’t want to eat and avoiding food can cause blood sugar levels to fall.  These things combined can be hazardous to your health.  Below are some recommendations for managing your health this winter.

Flu Vaccine

The best path to prevention is vaccination.  The CDC recommends that those who are 6-months or older and have Type 1 or 2 diabetes get a flu vaccine.  Because people with diabetes are at high risk for contracting pneumonia from influenza, it is also recommended that you get a pneumonia vaccination.

Other Preventative Measures

It’s impossible to avoid people altogether so practicing good hygiene will be of utmost importance to preventing illnesses.  As you go about your daily routine try to avoid contact with people who are sick and follow some of these practices to limit your chance for contracting illness:

  1. Prevent the spread of germs by ensuring your family washes hands regularly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  In fact, carry a hand sanitizer with you for times when soap isn’t available.
  2. Carry disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces you may have to touch.
  3. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands.

Treating Illnesses

Visit your doctor immediately to discuss antiviral drugs designed to treat influenza.  Influenza is a virus, thus you will require antiviral drugs to attack it in your body.  However, they must be administered within the first 48 hours of illness.

When taking over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, avoid those that are high in sugar.  For instance, some liquid cold medicines and cough drops contain added sugar.  Read the ingredients and look for medications that are “sugar-free.” If you have high blood pressure, you should also avoid decongestants as these can further raise your blood pressure.

Take extra precautions to avoid illness this winter and throughout the year and see your doctor right away if you do get sick.  With more than 100 years of experience the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are ready to assist you with any other questions you may have.  We can also help with any diabetes supplies or insulin pumps you need.  Contacts us today at 1-866-403-6287 and beat the flu this season.

 

 

Living with type 1 diabetes is a constant battle. Those afflicted with the disease are all too familiar with the painful finger pricks and close monitoring required to help them manage their sugar levels. Type 1 diabetics are extremely susceptible to hypoglycemia – a severe drop in blood sugar. Hypoglycemia has several unfavorable consequences such as seizures, coma, or even death.  Unfortunately, insulin alone cannot control glucose to the extent needed, as both insulin and glucagon are required to maintain the proper sugar levels.

While insulin has long been available for use by pump or injection, glucagon has not been readily available to diabetics in a stable form. Glucagon is a hormone produced by the pancreas that raises blood glucose levels. It is the counterpart of insulin, which lowers blood glucose levels by helping glucose move out of the blood and into the cells of the body where it can be used as energy. The problem with type 1 diabetes is that glucagon function in the pancreas fails, typically within eight months of the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. With nothing to buffer severe insulin drops, patients are left with an option of emergency glucagon injections if hypoglycemia should occur.

Right now, the only portable form of glucagon is a mixture of powder and liquid that, once mixed, must be used immediately. However, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University and Legacy Health have discovered a form of liquid glucagon that may be effective in standard diabetic pumps. Although it is not fully tested, it is a tremendous step forward in the development of a fully automated artificial pancreas system. This device would be able to deliver both insulin and glucagon, closely replicating a normally functioning pancreas.

Such research is very promising. Glucagon may be available in an emergency kit, but it is advised that only those with training should perform the injections, which can leave a diabetic patient at significant risk if no trained professional is nearby when an injection is needed. The ability for diabetic to have an insulin pump linked to computer software that provides the necessary amount of insulin, glucagon, and other hormones would be invaluable.

People with type 1 diabetes are required to maintain balanced insulin levels at all times. Unfortunately, despite the dedicated monitoring of blood sugar, patients spend too much time outside optimum glucose levels. The possibility of stable glucagon that can be used in a pump is revolutionary. It will open doors for enhanced therapies and allow those with type 1 diabetes a chance at a better life.