Weight Loss Drugs

The popularity of weight loss drugs among people who are not prescribed them has led to severe shortages for people prescribed the drugs, including many with Type 2 diabetes. The problem is so severe and damaging to the treatment of people for obesity that some countries are banning the private sale of the drugs. According […]

Lobby to End Stigma

In the wake of a stark revelation on the rampant diabetes stigma highlighted by a global expert panel, consisting of 51 experts from 18 countries, diabetes activists are being called upon to mobilise and engage with parliamentarians for transformative legislative change. The resounding consensus from clinicians, researchers, and individuals with lived experiences of diabetes underscores […]

Research Corner

Childhood Stress Linked to Elevated Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Adulthood, Reveals Pioneering Study https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2024/01/240117143750.htm Mouse study shows that stimulating nerves connected to the pancreas regenerates insulin-producing cells. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/12/231204135211.htm

Half World Overweight by 2035

A global study presented to the UN predicts that more than half the world’s population will be classed as overweight or obese within 12 years if prevention, treatment and support do not improve. Compiled and published by the World Obesity Federation the report predicts more than 4 million people will be affected, with rates rising […]

Research Corner

1 in 3 adults with type 2 diabetes may have undetected cardiovascular disease. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/1-in-3-adults-with-type-2-diabetes-may-have-undetected-cardiovascular-disease Diabetes linked to functional and structural brain changes. Covid increased the risk of diabetes. Prioritising Maori and Pacific patients for new diabetes drugs pays off http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/5/417649 More Stem Cell research into diabetes with studies in Kenya and the US. Advocacy Action: […]

Obesity Debate

Speaking at the first-ever debate on preventing obesity and fatty liver disease in the UK Parliament, London Ealing Southall MP, Virendra Sharma (Labour) said: “[It] is a public health emergency. Liver disease mortality rates are outpacing those for other major conditions, such as diabetes or respiratory conditions.” In addition to fatty liver disease, obesity can […]

EU Effort to Reduce Medicine Costs

In search of more affordable medicines, the European Commission has proposed increase competition and to make generic and bio-similar medicines more readily available across the European Union. The use of generic and substitution drugs is well established in some EU countries, but not others and range from nearly 70 percent in Italy to under 20 […]

Type 2 Monitoring Importance

Results of a study published in ‘Diabetes Therapy’ showed sustained improvements in readings for people with type 2 diabetes using an advanced Bluetooth connected blood glucose meter and a mobile phone app. According to study co-author, Dr. Elizabeth Holt, Head of Global Medical, Clinical, and Safety, LifeScan: “Blood glucose meters are used by over 95 […]

Questions Around Weight Loss Drugs

Tirzepatide, sold under the brand name Mounjaro, is an anti-diabetic medication used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is administered through subcutaneous injections (under the skin). Semaglutide, sold under the brand names Ozempic, Wegovy and Rybelsus, is an antidiabetic medication used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and an anti-obesity medication used for long-term weight management. A study into weight […]

Hospital Admissions due to Diabetes

30 percent of Hospital Admissions in Trinidad & Tobago due to diabetes Trinidad and Tobago Senator, Charrise Seepersad, raised her concern that 30 per cent of admissions to TT’s hospitals were due to diabetes. Speaking in the Senate during the mid-year budget review, she proposed the consumption of wholesome, locally-grown foodstuffs to counter rising rates […]

Combating NCDs in Namibia

Namibia’s Minister of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula called for a need to ramp up interventions and strategies aimed at combating non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country. He has highlighted the promotion of physical activity and adopting a healthy diet, specifically targeting the reduction of salt, sugar, and trans-fat intake to address obesity and […]

Type 1 Screening Studies Discussed

A three person panel discussed diabetes screening programs in their different countries. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler, MD, Professor and Director of the Institute of Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Center Munich revealed the findings from a screening programme looking for early stages of type 1 diabetes. It found around 80 percent of children and adolescents who develop type […]

Low Carb Diets – Beneficial of Not?

A debate was held at the conference around the issue of low carb diets for people with diabetes. Carol F. Kirkpatrick, PhD, RDN, spoke first, arguing in favor of diets consisting of moderate, high-quality carbohydrates. Dina Hafez Griauzde, MD, countered that very low carbohydrate diets are more beneficial for people with diabetes, primarily type 2 […]

Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

In the US alone, up to two-thirds of people with type 2 diabetes develop heart disease in their lifetime. A new study published at the conference found that a coordinated care approach improves care for people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Advocacy Action: What are the statistics in your country for type 2 diabetes […]

IDF KiDS Programme

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) ‘Kids and Diabetes (KiDS) in Schools’ programme wants to highlight success stories from organisations that have implemented diabetes education activities in schools. The IDF KiDS programme aims to bring diabetes education to schools to fight diabetes-related stigma and promote healthy lifestyles for type 2 diabetes prevention. You can share your […]

Tech News

Dexcom has announced that its next-generation real-time continuous glucose monitoring system, DexCom G7, is now available in Canada, for people with any type of diabetes, aged two years and older, including those who are pregnant. https://consent.yahoo.com/v2/collectConsent?sessionId=3_cc-session_74cb3d38-d30a-4cc6-a8d9-23bb9655ca4d Can an artificial intelligence test diagnose type 2 diabetes from a 6 second voice clip? A Canadian team claim […]

Type 2 Diet Study

A low carbohydrate nutrition program delivered online has been shown to significantly improve blood sugar control in adults with T2D. The findings from the ‘T2Diet Study’ conducted at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, are significant as they demonstrate web-based dietary education can support people with type 2 diabetes, alongside standard care, and provide options for people living […]

Surge in T2D in Rural India

Rural India is grappling with a surge in type 2 diabetes (T2D) that signals a significant shift in lifestyles and dietary habits among the population. The rise of T2D reflects the transition from traditional, physically active lifestyles to more sedentary ones, often accompanied by diets high in processed foods, unhealthy fats, and refined sugars. Data […]

Erectile Dysfunction and Diabetes Risk

A study published in the journal Preventive Medicine, found that Erectile Dysfunction (ED) patients have a 34 percent increased risk for prediabetes suggesting ED is linked to undiagnosed prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in young men under age 40. Although ED is more common in older individuals with long-term type 2 diabetes, the researchers from […]

Income Levels and Diabetes

Data has revealed a strong correlation between income levels and the incidence of diabetes in South Korea. A collaborative research group involving two universities and two hospitals in the country classified 7.82 million adults aged between 30 and 64, who did not have type 2 diabetes, according to their income levels in 2012. The group […]

Optimizing Type 2 (T2D) Diabetes Care

The diaTribe Foundation, that was founded with a mission to improve the lives of people with diabetes and  prediabetes, and to advocate for action, held an event at EASD with a panel of Women Leaders in diabetes. The panel discussed strategies to address the growing number of people with type 2 diabetes and called for […]