Category: Research

Two shots in one

Living With Diabetes, Research

Yesterday the US Food and Drug Administration approved two new medications – both are shots & each is a combination of two different classes of medication in one shot: a basal long-acting insulin and a GLP-1 receptor agonist. The Novo Nordisk product combines Tresiba, an insulin not yet available in Canada and Victoza while the Sanofi product […]

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BC is a third-world country when it comes to covering life-saving medication for diabetes

Research

A life saving class of diabetes oral medication, SGLT2 inhibitors, costing less than $3/day, is not covered in British Columbia, but is covered in the rest of Canada.  I asked Dr. Elliott, Medical Director of BCDiabetes.ca for his comments.  Dr. Elliott has already blogged twice on this class of medication (see https://www.bcdiabetes.ca/third-sglt2-inhibitor-in-canada/ & https://www.bcdiabetes.ca/empa-reg-outcome-renal/ Dr. […]

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Closer to the Artificial Pancreas

Research, Technology

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first closed-loop insulin-pump sensor system for the diabetes market.  The MiniMed 670G hybrid closed looped system, often referred to as an “artificial pancreas,” is intended to adjust insulin levels with little or no input from the user. It works by measuring glucose levels every five minutes and automatically […]

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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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E-cigarettes as Aids in Quitting Smoking

Research

Via Reuters, electronic cigarettes may have helped about 18,000 people in England to give up smoking last year and there is no evidence of any serious side effects associated with their use for up to two years, according to studies published on Tuesday. “For cigarette smokers smoking cessation remains the biggest and most powerful positive health […]

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What Is Good For Athletes Is Good For People With Diabetes

Research

A recent article shows that superior performance can be achieved by professional cyclists using ketones as preferred fuel rather than traditional carbohydrate or fat. This information comes hard on the heels of exciting new evidence for the benefits of the sglt2 inhibitor class of drugs in Type 2 diabetes. It may well be that they these […]

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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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Shock Treatment To Improve Erectile Dysfunction?

Research

A recent publication in European Urology suggests that there is overwhelming evidence that using a low-intensity shock treatment (LI-ESWT) can positively impact patients with mild-to-moderate erectile dysfunction. This is a promising form of therapy that requires more research. For now drugs such as sildenafil (Viagra) and tadalafil (Cialis) remain the mainstay of therapy followed by the […]

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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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Flame retardants tied to risk of thyroid disease in women

Research

In a recent Environmental Health journal, Joseph G. Allen, et al. published the results of a review of data on thyroid problems and blood concentrations of four different types of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in women interviewed in 2003 and 2004. BCDiabetes medical director, Dr. Tom Elliott discusses the impact this particular research could impact clinical care. The recent […]

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