One Drop: The Data-driven Approach To Managing Diabetes

One Drop: The data-driven approach to managing diabetes

One Drop: The data-driven approach to managing diabetes

One Drop: The data-driven approach to managing diabetes
Diabetes is a data-driven disease, with patients suddenly finding themselves inundated with information that they need to measure, monitor and record to stay healthy. But in an age of algorithms that could lighten the load, diabetes care still largely relies on patients manually keeping track of everything themselves. The One Drop system is designed to let people manage their diabetes through an integrated app, smart meter and supplies service. New Atlas spoke to the company's founder, Jeffrey Dachis, to find out how it works.
At a glance, One Drop seems like what you'd expect diabetes care to be like in the modern day. It includes a lancet device to draw blood, a glucose meter that sends test results to a smartphone via Bluetooth, and an app that ties everything together. Users can sync information from fitness trackers, monitor their data over time, and easily share it with their doctor.
But as obvious as it sounds, this kind of modern data management system hadn't been applied to diabetes care before. Patients are generally expected to jot down their readings, or at best, enter them manually into an app. Managing the condition requires a lot of legwork, but time isn't the only thing diabetes drains from a person: as Dachis found out firsthand, it takes a massive mental toll that many doctors all but ignore.
In 2013, Jeff Dachis had been feeling under the weather for a while when he finally took himself to the doctor. He'd lost 20 lb (9 kg) in less than eight weeks, he was constantly tired and found he just cou Continue reading

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Too much salt could increase diabetes risk

Too much salt could increase diabetes risk

Too much salt could increase diabetes risk
The threat on your plate: salt may significantly increase the risk of developing different forms of diabetes.
Researchers suggest that sodium - which we commonly ingest through salt, or sodium chloride - could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and latent autoimmune diabetes in adults.
Diabetes is a common condition that affects more than 29 million people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Type 2 diabetes accounts for up to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases and is characterized by abnormal levels of blood sugar.
This type of diabetes is most often diagnosed in middle-aged and senior people. Another metabolic condition called latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) is often misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes; it also appears later in adulthood.
LADA is a more slowly progressing disease, and it does not initially require insulin treatment.
A new study conducted by Dr. Bahareh Rasouli, of the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden - in collaboration with researchers from other Swedish and Finnish institutions - now looks at the impact of sodium intake on the risk of type 2 diabetes and LADA.
The researchers havepresented their findings at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes , held in Lisbon, Portugal.
Existing research had already suggested that the sodium we usually absorb from our daily intake of salt may significantly increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The team explai Continue reading

What I have learned at the 2017 International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress in Abu Dhabi.

What I have learned at the 2017 International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress in Abu Dhabi.

What I have learned at the 2017 International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress in Abu Dhabi.
First, diabetes is a worldwide pandemic affecting people at all socio-economic levels. Rich or poor, young or old, thin or obese—diabetes crosses all boundaries and barriers, bringing with it serious and life-threatening consequences. Pandemic is an epidemic over a wide geographic area and affecting a large proportion of the population- DIABETES!, Which is not a disease that with a proper hygiene life could keep one away from developing diabetes and its complications.
Second, despite the progressive nature of this disease, not all nations are able to offer adequate and timely treatment and education. As the state of the science of diabetes care and education advances, new treatment and technology, modalities may be inaccessible to the populations most in need of care. Dr. Shaukat Sadikot shared a powerful story in one his presentation. He said that at one time he was educating people of diabetes about what is best to eat to better control diabetes. When he finished his talk, a person approached him to say that he appreciated the knowledge that he was sharing as a doctor to help him control his diabetes, but the problem that this person had was that he was not so sure if his family would have something to eat that day. Wow a powerful story, one that changed Dr. Sadikot and all of us who listened to him. Yes, we as healthcare professionals need to be reminded about the social determinants of health and the impact of these in all of the aspects related with diabetes care and diabet Continue reading

Government is helping to feed the diabetes crisis in Texas

Government is helping to feed the diabetes crisis in Texas

Government is helping to feed the diabetes crisis in Texas
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Type 2 diabetes is rampant in Texas. Two million residents have the condition, and that figure is expected to shoot up by another million by 2030.
The disease generally afflicts those with unlucky genes who eat poorly. But unhealthy diets are not entirely the fault of Texans. Federal dietary guidelines are based on weak science. These recommendations, which are developed by nutritionists who champion widely accepted but increasingly questionable advice, have a huge impact on how everyone eats. Given the scale of the diabetes epidemic, it's time to reform the process that produces our nation's nutritional guidelines.
Diabetes takes a huge and increasing toll here in Texas. From 2000 to 2010, the prevalence of the condition surged 57 percent. It kills 5,000 Texans annually. In 2012, diabetes caused $18 billion in medical expenses and another $5.5 billion in lost productivity.
Obesity is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight require much more insulin to control their blood sugar but often struggle to produce enough of the hormone. Since 1990, Texas's obesity rate has surged from below 10 percent to 34 percent. The epidemic in obesity indicates that our state could soon be overwhelmed by a wave of diabetes in adults.
The federal dietary guidelines were first published in 1980 and are updated by government officials every five years. They were designed to help keep Americans healthy Continue reading

5 Questions About Type 1 Diabetes and Mental Health Answered

5 Questions About Type 1 Diabetes and Mental Health Answered

5 Questions About Type 1 Diabetes and Mental Health Answered
We interview Dr. Beverly Adler about her work tending to the mental health needs of the diabetes community.
Dr. Beverly Adler (aka Dr. Bev, right) is an award-winning certified diabetes educator and diabetes psychologist. She has combined her first-hand knowledge of living with Type 1 diabetes with a PhD in clinical psychology to serve the mental health needs of those within the diabetes community. Shes also written two self-help books and many articles, and does speaking engagements. We caught up with her via email to ask her a few questions about mental health care for people with Type 1 diabetes.
What has been your experience, as a mental health professional, working with people with diabetes?
When I see patients who are newly diagnosed, they are generally stressed and feel overwhelmed with all the information which they have to learn. I try to help them reduce their anxiety levels. Many people with diabetes are in denial and dismiss the seriousness of living with this chronic illness. I think they so fear the possibility of serious complications in the future that they hide their heads in the sand like an ostrich. Some people are so angry about their diagnosis that they have a hard time managing a self-care regimen. My goal with everybody is to help them accept their diabetes. I think it helps them to know that I also live with diabetes and can be a role model for them. Our goal is to do the best that we can which does not mean being perfect, since there is no such thing.
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