Category: Living With Diabetes

Petition: Lobby BC Pharmacare to cover lifesaving SGLT2 inhibitor diabetes treatment

Living With Diabetes

BCDiabetes Medical Director, Dr. Tom Elliott, has launched a petition to lobby BC Pharmacare to cover SGLT2 inhibitors. As many as 50,000 British Columbians would likely benefit from SGLT2 inhibitors, but many do not have funds or coverage. This class of drug has been shown to reduce mortality for those at high risk of heart […]

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Get Ready for the Freestyle Libre

Living With Diabetes, Technology

Last week the prestigious British medical journal the Lancet published a report summarized here describing dramatic reductions in low blood sugar without any loss of blood sugar control using the Freestyle Libre.   “The Freestyle Libre is the first of a new class of glucose monitoring devices that use “flash” technology.  These devices measure sugar/glucose in the […]

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New Study Questions Effectiveness of Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

Living With Diabetes, Research

New study questions Type 2 diabetes treatment “No evidence glucose-lowering drugs help ward off long-term complications, researchers say.” This is a massive statement so we sought our medical director, Dr. Tom Elliott, for insight.   The CBC recently reported on a publication by Dr. Victor Montori, of the Mayo Clinic in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes arguing a […]

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Diabetes is No Laughing matter

Living With Diabetes

Have you seen “diabetes” memes? They might show up as candy lasagna or math problems such as “Johnny has 20 candy bars. He eats 12. What does Johnny have?” On one hand, these are a clear indication that the general public is understanding that diet can play a factor in the likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes, […]

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Role of Self-Compassion in Diabetes Control

Living With Diabetes, Research

A recent randomized control trial involving a mindful, self-compassion (MSC) intervention showed that that the intervention “increased self-compassion and produced statistically and clinically significant reductions in depression and diabetes distress in the intervention group, with results maintained at 3-month follow-up.” In addition, MSC participants showed a decrease in A1c versus the control group. At BCDiabetes we […]

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Important Type 2 Diabetes Results Reported

Living With Diabetes, Research

Today the results of 2 important studies in Type 2 diabetes presented at the annual American Diabetes Association meeting in New Orleans this week were published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. The LEADER study examined the outcomes of 9,340 patients with Type 2 diabetes followed for four years. All took standard diabetes […]

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Type 1 Diabetes and Cancer

Living With Diabetes, News & Media, Research

A report on Reuters Health yesterday shared that Type 1 diabetes is tied to risk for a wide range of cancers and that, specifically, “people with type 1 diabetes are more likely than the general population to develop cancers of gastric organs and the kidneys, as well as endometrium and ovaries for women, according to […]

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Guest Post: Diabetes and Your Feet

Living With Diabetes

Dr. Jaspaul Riar The Canadian Diabetes Association projects that by 2020, one in three Canadians will have diabetes, be pre-diabetic or have undiagnosed diabetes. These numbers are startling, but what is more shocking is the number of foot amputations this is causing. In 2011-2012, Canadians suffered 2000 foot amputations due to diabetic wounds. This is […]

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