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March 2011

Diabetes Education Under-used by Medicare Recipients

A paid Medicare benefit for diabetes education is rarely used by those who qualify for it, despite the fact that diabetes education provides clear health benefits.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2011

December 2010

Twenty Community-Based Organizations Across the United States Receive Awards to Encourage Seniors to Get Screened for Diabetes

Leaders of the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project (MDSP) announced that twenty community-based organizations from 17 states were given awards of $2,500 each to be used to encourage seniors ages 65 and older who are covered under Medicare to get screened for diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 10, 2010

Health Law Cut Some Health Costs in Retirement, But Retirees Will Need Big Savings

WASHINGTON-Even though the new health reform law will reduce some health costs in retirement for many people, retirees will still need a significant amount of savings to cover their out-of-pocket health expenses when they retire, according to a report released by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Women in particular will need more savings than men because they tend to live longer.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 2, 2010

October 2010

New Studies Reveal Hidden Benefits of Exercise for Local Seniors

As the weather turns and leaves begin to fall this year, new research shows that local aging seniors are well served to get up and grab a rake themselves - for more reasons than one. A group of four recent studies published in 2010 Harvard University health and medicine journals shows a surprising and strong connection between seniors, exercise, and mental and physical health, especially among aging women. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 19, 2010

Are You Dealing with an Ongoing Health Condition?

Better Choices, Better Health is the new online version of Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP).  This six-week, interactive workshop is designed for people with a range of chronic health conditions, including diabetes.  It is free for people in seven pilot states, thanks to a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2010

September 2010

NIHSeniorHealth Site Offers Tips on Creating a Family Health History

At your next family reunion or gathering, consider discussing a different type of family tree-the family health history. Find out how to collect, organize and use information about your family's health at Creating a Family Health History, the newest topic on the NIHSeniorHealth website. NIHSeniorHealth is a health and wellness website designed especially for older adults from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), both part of the National Institutes of Health.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 23, 2010

Joslin 50-Year Medalists Give Clues to Cures

In type 1 diabetes, the body relentlessly attacks and destroys its own insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. But a study by Joslin Diabetes Center scientists now has firmly established that some of these cells endure for many decades in a small group of people with the disease-offering clues to potential treatments for preserving and even restoring the crucial cell population.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 14, 2010

Type 2 Diabetes Raises Alzheimer's Disease Risk

Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease are two distressing, but increasingly common, diseases seen in our aging population. At some point in the future, they may well overwhelm the healthcare system.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 5, 2010

Bone Breakdown Helps Regulate Blood Sugar

The routine breakdown of old bone during skeletal growth has an important role to play in regulating blood sugar, according to Columbia University Medical Center researchers. The process, known as resorption, goes on throughout life. It stimulates insulin release and sugar absorption, helping healthy people maintain normal blood glucose levels. The new study, published in Cell, suggests that skeletal changes could causes diabetes for some and that possible treatments for type 2 diabetes could come from the bone-insulin connection.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2010

August 2010

Joslin Diabetes Center 50-Year Medalist Program

Since 1970, Joslin Diabetes Center has awarded a 50-year bronze medal and certificate to recognize the remarkable achievement of a successful life with insulin-dependent diabetes for half a century or more. To date there have been approximately 2,663 50-Year Medals awarded by Joslin Diabetes Center.  Joslin Diabetes Center has awarded medals to recipients throughout the world, including individuals from Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South America, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 21, 2010

New Portable Digital Medical Information Storage Device

The 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health Care System, found that preventable medical errors caused 44,000 to 98,000 preventable deaths each year, with an associated cost of $17 to $29 billion. Even using the conservative estimate, this placed medical errors among the leading causes of death in the U.S.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 3, 2010

July 2010

Testosterone Gel in Older Men Leads to Increased Cardiovascular Problems

A clinical trial that used testosterone gel, a topically applied ointment, to increase muscle strength in older men with low testosterone levels was stopped because adverse cardiovascular events increased significantly among patients receiving the treatment.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 7, 2010

June 2009

Great Meter for the Sight-Impaired

Here’s a handy meter to have if reading your meter is a challenge. The Prodigy Autocode meter speaks your test results in seconds, and it’ll do so in English or Spanish. The audible function also promotes team work by allowing you to hear your child’s or spouse’s test result from across the room and work together as a team to manage diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2009

April 2009

Hypoglycemic Episodes Connected to Higher Risk for Dementia in Type 2s

Although researchers reporting the phenomenon can't quite put their fingers on how it works, a newly released study says that severe hypoglycemic episodes requiring hospitalization among older people with type 2 diabetes create a greater risk - 32 percent - for developing dementia.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 29, 2009

Formerly Fat Elders Wear Out Earlier

Well, it's official: If you're elderly and fat, you're more likely to have problems getting around than if you're thin and elderly. A new study proves it.  But here's the real kicker: If you're thin and elderly, but you used to be fat, you're more likely to develop problems getting around than people who were never fat.  As a matter of fact, you're almost as likely to have mobility problems as people who are fat and elderly. Apparently, you just can't win for losing. 

comments 3 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2009

February 2009

This is Your Brain on Insulin

Remember that public service advertisement that showed a frying egg and then announced, "This is your brain on drugs"? Well, now American researchers think that insulin might be able to shield that brain from the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 10, 2009

January 2009

Nursing Home Care for People With Diabetes a Mixed Bag

As the 76-million-member Baby Boomer generation ages-its oldest members are now 63-nursing homes are bracing for an unprecedented demand for their services. Along with increased pressure from the sheer number of patients, nursing homes will also have to deal with the skyrocketing number of seniors with type 2 diabetes.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jan 15, 2009

Controlling Blood Sugar May Lead to Fewer “Senior Moments”
Controlling Blood Sugar May Lead to Fewer “Senior Moments”

They start in your forties as periodic mental hiccups where you suddenly lose the thread of a thought. By your fifties, they happen often enough to make you jokingly introduce the phase "senior moment" to your vocabulary. And by the time you enter your sixties, there's not a lot of humor in them any more. Senior moments become an often exasperating stall in conversations and thought.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 6, 2009

November 2008

Making the Medicare Prescription Drug Program Work For Boomers and Their Parents
Making the Medicare Prescription Drug Program Work For Boomers and Their Parents

No one knows better than people with diabetes how expensive prescription drugs are.  A recent DH article reported that the annual cost for drugs to treat type 2 diabetes nearly doubled between 2001 and 2007, skyrocketing from $6.7 billion to $12.5 billion six years later.

comments 3 comments - Posted Nov 17, 2008

January 2008

Insulin, Leptin, Diabetes, and Aging: Not So Strange Bedfellows

To successfully treat any disease, one must know what disease to treat. Treating only a symptom of the disease will leave the underlying disease unchecked and possibly worse. For example, we evolved the "runny" nose to help us clean out upper respiratory infections. So taking a decongestant to eradicate the symptom of a "runny" nose is actually counterproductive for the underlying disease.

comments 23 comments - Posted Jan 13, 2008

Depressed Older People With Diabetes Live Longer If They Are Treated

A five-year medical study in three eastern U.S. cities confirms what common sense would tell you: Depressed older people with diabetes live longer if they are treated for their depression.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 9, 2008

November 2007

Is Alzheimer's a Form of Diabetes?

Insulin resistance specifically in the brain is being proposed as the reason for the memory loss that characterizes Alzheimer's disease. Because Alzheimer's may be caused by insulin-related dysfunction, some scientists are calling Alzheimer's by a new name: type 3 diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 27, 2007

Q and A: Can My Father Avoid Amputation?

Q: Dear Diabetes Health, My 82-year-old father is a type 2 diabetic. He is in extreme pain due to an ulcer on his toe and is at risk of amputation of his foot. Here in Canada, the doctors are quick to amputate.

comments 11 comments - Posted Nov 24, 2007

October 2007

A Low-GI Diet Better for Avoiding Age-Related Macular Degeneration

A study of 4,099 non-diabetic elderly patients has found that a low-glycemic index diet reduces the incidence and severity of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of irreversible blindness.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 3, 2007

July 2007

More Evidence Linking Insulin Resistance to Alzheimer's Disease

Diabetes and pre-diabetes are associated with a seventy-five percent increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. Research has already shown that insulin resistance, with its accompanying high levels of circulating insulin, increases brain and spinal cord inflammation markers and neurotoxic peptides (molecules that cause brain and nervous system damage), just like early Alzheimer's.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 28, 2007

April 2007

Diabetes a Risk Factor for Failing Memory in Elders
Diabetes a Risk Factor for Failing Memory in Elders

Research has already linked diabetes to a greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease, possibly because diabetes contributes to the build-up of plaques in the brain and to cerebrovascular disease, which reduces the brain’s blood supply. Now a new study has implicated diabetes in the development of mild amnestic cognitive impairment, characterized by mild problems with memory and recognition.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 30, 2007

February 2007

ACE Inhibitors Beneficial in Hypertensive Type 2

Patients with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes benefit from taking an angiotensin-convertingenzyme (ACE) inhibitor to lower blood pressure—even if they have no evidence of kidney or heart disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

May 2004

Insulin Doser Called Easier to Use Than Vial

A Novo Nordisk-sponsored study demonstrated that eight out of 10 elderly people with diabetes who have visual and motor difficulties preferred the Novolin Innolet doser to vials and syringes.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2004

March 2004

Diabetes Care Better Served on Older People

People with diabetes aged 65 and older receive better diabetes care than do younger patients.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2004

December 2002

Insulin Treatment Risk?

Older women who take insulin are more likely to fall than women who don't have diabetes or women who take oral medications to treat their diabetes, according to a multicenter prospective study of 1,640 women ages 67 and older.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2002

Urinary Tract Infections: Postmenopausal Women Who Take Diabetes Medications are at Greater Risk

Postmenopausal women who have diabetes and take oral diabetes medications or insulin are more likely to have acute, symptomatic urinary tract infections (UTIs) than women who don't have diabetes, women who manage their diabetes by lifestyle changes - or even women with untreated diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2002

October 2002

Aging Gracefully With Diabetes in Your Golden Years

As a nation, we are aging. By the age of 65, two-thirds of us take one or more medications a day—and a lot of us take as many as three.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2002

Aging Gracefully With Diabetes: The Golden Years

As a nation, we are aging. By the age of 65, two-thirds of us take one or more medications a day-and a lot of us take as many as three.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2002

January 2002

Seniors in the Kitchen

Seniors with diabetes may need to make changes to their diet to remain healthy, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In addition, people may have more difficulty preparing food as they get older.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 2, 2002

Eva’s Insulin

At 81 years of age, Eva Saxl has a lifetime of rewarding accomplishments behind her—careers as a writer, teacher, philanthropist and lecturer and a history of living with type 1 diabetes for more than 60 years with no complications.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2002

July 2001

Wisdom of the Elders

Karl Smith, a type 1 for 79 of his 85 years, remembers having type 1 diabetes as a child but not having any insulin with which to treat the disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2001

June 2000

A Fiber Diet Helps Older Women Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

Older women with higher intakes of whole-grain foods and dietary fiber have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to findings published in the April issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2000

March 2000

Declining Cognitive Function More Likely in Diabetic Elderly

In a study involving almost 10,000 elderly women, Edward W. Gregg, MD, and researchers from the Centers for Disease Control found that long-time sufferers of diabetes were more susceptible to failing memory and other cognitive problems. Those who had diabetes for more than 15 years were 57% to 114% more likely to suffer a decline in cognitive function and mental faculties than women without diabetes. The findings were reported in the January issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2000

November 1999

Medicare to Cover Insulin Pumps for Beneficiaries

After years of lobbying and letter writing by endocrinologists and thousands of people with diabetes, Medicare will finally cover insulin pumps for its beneficiaries with type 1 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1999

October 1999

May 1999

Calcium Channel Blockers Reduce Stroke and Heart Trouble in Elderly People with Diabetes

Treatment with nitrendipine, a calcium channel blocker, was proven to be beneficial in older patients with diabetes and hypertension.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 1999

February 1999

High Blood Glucose Could Lead to Cataracts in Older Type 2 People

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are suggesting that high blood glucose levels help cause cataracts in older patients with type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1999

October 1998

Fasting Glucose Test Could Hurt Elderly Women Through Failure to Detect Diabetes

Two-thirds of people with type 2 diabetes are experiencing high blood sugar after eating, but not after fasting. Thus, a fasting glucose test fails to identify this type of diabetes, known as IPH, or Isolated Postchallenge Hyperglycemia. Because IPH diabetes prevalence increases with age, a fasting glucose test will miss a diabetes diagnosis among the elderly population, particularly elderly women.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1998

September 1998

Insulin Therapy Safe for Elderly Type 2s

A recent study published in the May issue of Practical Diabetes International showed that insulin therapy is a safe option for elderly type 2s and can significantly improve their metabolic control.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1998

February 1998

Insulin Bottles More Accessible for the Visually Impaired

Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and the FDA met in June of last year to discuss how to make insulin bottles more distinguishable for the visually impaired. Participants agreed that a coding system using horizontal raised bars would be the most effective. If the FDA accepts the plan, the four code categories will be as follows: one bar for rapid-acting insulin analogs, two bars for regular insulins, three bars for insulin mixtures and four bars for intermediate- and long-acting insulins.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1998

January 1996

Prozac May Aid Weight Loss in Elderly Type 2 Patients

Fluoxetine is the generic name for Prozac, the increasingly-popular antidepressant drug. A study published in Diabetic Medicine, May 1995, reported that fluoxetine may help elderly people with type 2 diabetes lose weight.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1996

December 1992

Premixed Insulin Easier to Use For the Elderly

A study from Italy has found that elderly diabetes patients using self-mixed insulin commonly make errors in the measurement of their insulin. The researchers recommend using premixed insulin to reduce difficulty and increase accuracy of insulin injections. The report of the study is published in Diabetes Care, November 1992.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 1992

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