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Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives $1.6 Million “Visionary Award” For Diabetes Research

Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives $1.6 Million “Visionary Award” for Diabetes Research

Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives $1.6 Million “Visionary Award” for Diabetes Research

Dr. Sumita Pennathur, an associate professor in UCSB’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received the prestigious “Visionary Award” from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The award includes $1.625 million to support her research for five years.
Pennathur is one of only two scientists nationwide to receive the ADA Visionary Award in 2017. The award recognizes established scientists from various disciplines who are applying their expertise to diabetes research for the first time. Pennathur has proposed to address one of the most fundamental engineering challenges for diabetes monitoring: continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). Efficiently measuring glucose levels is vital for patients with diabetes to manage their disease effectively. Normally, the human body monitors its own blood glucose levels: the pancreas secretes the hormone insulin, which determines how and where glucose is absorbed. In the body of a diabetic, however, this feedback loop is broken. Both CGM and insulin administration must be outsourced to needles, pumps, and sensors.
More than several hundred attempts have been made to develop a technique for continuous blood glucose monitoring, but only a couple of them have received FDA approval. The CGM devices currently on the market — subcutaneous needles that normally stay in the body for about a week — are problematic, because they need to be calibrated twice daily and can give inaccurate readings. Pennathur has proposed to develop a painless, minimally invasive, accurate, disposable “patch” to alleviate those problems. If successful, t Continue reading

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The Best Bread for People With Diabetes

The Best Bread for People With Diabetes


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Barbie Cervoni MS, RD, CDCES, CDN, is a registered dietitian andcertified diabetes care and education specialist.
Richard N. Fogoros, MD, is a retired professor of medicine and board-certified internal medicine physician and cardiologist. He is Verywell's Senior Medical Advisor.
Whether you're newto diabetes or have had the conditions for many years, you may have heard that bread is "off limits." For some people, this makes managing diets easierditching bread eliminates the need to worry about or decidewhat kind to eat.
Understandably, though, you don't want to feel restricted and would rather learn what types of breads suit you best and what you should look for when shopping for a store-bought brand. If you have diabetes, you can eat breadand there are plenty of healthy choices. Whole grain breads such as whole wheat, rye, sprouted breads, and organic whole grain varieties are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein compared to refined, processed options, like white bread.
The tricky part is sifting through the grocery store inventory and locating a tasty and nutritious brand. Withmany options to choose from, you can certainly get lost in the bread aisle. Having an understanding of what you should look for and what to avoid can help you make better choices.
It's important to focus on what's most important for you and your health. For example, are you looking for a bread that's strictly low-calorie and low in carbohydrates? You can find these options, but they may contain artificial ingredients, flavorings, and Continue reading

The diabetes setup

The diabetes setup

People are people…
But around the world there are some things that make us quite unique.
When you think of Norway, images of tall, beautiful blonde people come to mind…
Then there’s France — synonymous with rich food and red wine… and Japan, reminding us of ancient traditions, sushi and longevity.
But nothing reminds people of America more than baseball and apple pie… except maybe our growing diabetes epidemic.
Are we just fat, lazy Americans who excel at bad health habits, or is there something else at play here?
Lazy or duped?
Before I leave anyone offended, let me clarify: I don’t believe any of us are fat, lazy Americans.
I believe we are being duped into diabetes… specifically type 2 diabetes.
There are currently more than 30 million of us right now struggling to manage diabetes. But even more staggering — 84.1 million of us are waiting in the wings with prediabetes.
Prediabetics have elevated blood sugar, and those constant sugar spikes make them more and more insulin resistant. Unless, something changes they are at high risk of continuing on a disease trajectory straight to full-blown type 2 diabetes.
But so few Americans are getting the word from health givers that there’s anything they can do to stop it. In fact, the health advice they’re often given is pushing them closer towards diabetes and a lifetime of medication.
Hard to believe? Then, tell me what you had for breakfast?
There’s a big chance it was cereal. The average American consumes about 160 bowls a year, and most of us probably think it’s a good idea because cereals are fortifie Continue reading

Opinion | Diabetes Shouldnt Bankrupt You - The New York Times

Opinion | Diabetes Shouldnt Bankrupt You - The New York Times


If there was one thing that doomed the Republican proposals to remake health care last year, it was the great uncertainty about how they would cover patients with chronic illness and pre-existing conditions.
Throngs of people with a wide range of ailments staged dramatic protests in and around the halls of Congress during the debate. Night after night, Jimmy Kimmel, whose infant son was born with a serious congenital heart defect, took up the cause on his talk show.
Only one in five people approved of the last failed Republican bill, Graham-Cassidy. A big reason: 87 percent of respondents, including 79 percent of Republicans , said in one poll that insurers should be required to cover people with pre-existing conditions. The bill could have allowed insurers in certain states to charge more for such coverage.
Who doesnt have a family member or friend with a long-term or potentially recurring medical condition, whose life is maintained by expensive treatments patients with diseases like Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, heart failure, cystic fibrosis and cancer? They are grateful for medical innovations that allow them to lead long, productive lives but afraid of financial ruin or an inability to get good coverage.
But there is one large group of patients whom the federal government long ago effectively immunized against these now-widespread fears. Through a quiet act of Congress in 1972, people on dialysis with end-stage kidney failure can gain automatic Medicare coverage.
When the law passed, dialysis patients probably seemed pretty exceptio Continue reading

CMS Urged to Include mHealth in Diabetes Prevention Program

CMS Urged to Include mHealth in Diabetes Prevention Program


CMS Urged to Include mHealth in Diabetes Prevention Program
mHealth advocates say virtual coaching programs that target weight loss should be included in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, set to become a national program in 2018.
-Digital diabetes coaching providers are joining forces in an effort to convince the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include mHealth in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program .
Some virtual coaching is included in the MDPP, which was unveiled in early 2016 following a successful pilot conducted by the CMS Innovation Center and is slated to become a fully reimbursed Medicare program beginning in April 2018. But CMS has said it wont cover virtual programs that focus on self-reported weight measurements because self-reported weight loss is not reliable for the purposes of performance payment."
Thats disappointing news for Mary Pigatti, CEO of RetroFit, who feels virtual diabetes coaching programs are as effective as in-person programs and better for Medicare beneficiaries with mobility, transportation or access issues.
Without effective lifestyle intervention strategies, as many as 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years, according to the CDC. Studies have shown that lifestyle intervention strategies like the MDPP can reduce the risk of people developing type 2 diabetes by some 58 percent.
According to CMS, Medicare spent $42 billion more in 2016 on beneficiaries with diabetes than it would have spent if they hadnt developed diabetes. That amounts to, per beneficiary, an est Continue reading

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