Diabetes Research: Groundbreaking Diabetes News of 2017 | Reader's Digest
Kelsey Mcardle/Rd.com, shutterstockHow's this for a scary statistic: Nearly 800,000 new cases of cancer are attributed to type 2 diabetes and having a high BMI, per research this year in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology . (The study looked at cancers from 2012.) While there are other common causes of cancer , the researchers say that diabetes was to blame for one-quarter of liver cancers and nearly four out of 10 cases of endometrial cancers. High insulin and blood sugar levels, as well as chronic inflammation may be one common underpinning of these conditions.
Kelsey Mcardle/Rd.com, shutterstock Imagine fewer finger pricks to take your blood sugar. That day is here, thanks to Dexcom's Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM). Their G5 mobile app for Android was FDA-approved in July 2017, which allows you to stay on top of your blood sugar continuously. CGM takes a reading every five minutes to gain insight on how your glucose levels are trending. "You only need to check your blood sugar twice a day to calibrate the machine. It substantially decreased the number of finger sticks for patients with diabetes, which takes so much of the burden away," says Billings. "In a trial that we were involved in (DIAMOND), we found that CGM can help improve blood sugar control. After adding this CGM to the patients' treatment regimen, both patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes saw significant lowering of their hemoglobin A1c (a measure of someone's average blood glucose over three months)," she adds.
Your diet plays an even bigger role than you thought
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