Posts Tagged ‘type 2 diabetes’

Obesity and the Elusive Goal of Diabetes Remission

June 20, 2022 — Seeking remission from type 2 diabetes is an elusive goal for people who are facing this diagnosis. The very human wish is to banish this disease forever, but that’s not what remission really is. In fact, remission means a respite from an illness – not the promise of a cure. Physician Anne Peters describes the […]

Managing Risks, Gaining Life in Type 2 Diabetes

April 19, 2022 — The problem with doing things to prolong your life is that all the extra years come at the end, when you’re old. Bob Mankoff captured this fundamental quandary in a New Yorker cartoon years ago. But the problem of managing health and risks remains on our minds nonetheless. So a new study in JAMA Network […]

Two New Studies Point to Diabetes from COVID

March 22, 2022 — Very early in the pandemic, it was clear that diabetes and COVID had a deep relationship. Along with obesity, diabetes was a key risk factor for a rough ride with COVID. But as the pandemic unfolded, data started suggesting this was a two-way street. COVID could give patients a higher chance of developing diabetes. A […]

Drinking Wine Prevents Diabetes? Not Exactly

March 7, 2022 — A glass of wine is a fine complement to a good meal, but could it also be a tool for preventing type 2 diabetes? A sampling of recent headlines prompted by the American Heart Association might certainly lead you to think so. Like this one from Martha Stewart Living: Science Says Drinking a Glass of […]

Sleeve vs Bypass: Effect on Liver Fat

November 30, 2021 — Following closely on a landmark study of bariatric surgery and liver fat, today we have a new RCT comparing the effects of gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. In short, these two procedures work equally well. After one year, patients with both procedures had about a 20 percent reduction in liver fat. The other endpoint was […]

Headlines vs Science: Calorie Restriction and Diabetes

November 22, 2021 — The PR for a new analysis of dietary strategies for weight management in diabetes certainly is an attention grabber. The only trouble is that the headlines don’t line up with the science and real world outcomes in diabetes. The press release says: Low energy diets and meal replacements appear best for kicking diabetes But in […]

Tying Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Closer Together

October 6, 2021 — Understanding the chronic disease of obesity is growing clearer. As this understanding grows, we’re seeing the tie between obesity and type 2 diabetes grow closer. Of course, the overlap of these two diseases is not 100 percent, but it is considerable. Two notable papers this week serve to illustrate. One explains more fully how fat […]

Is Diabetes Incidence Flat or Declining?

February 24, 2021 — Good news seems a bit rare these days. So reading that a robust new analysis says type 2 diabetes incidence is dropping in high-income countries prompts more questions. Is this trend real? Or is it an artifact of this one, very large dataset? Does this represent progress? Or merely a shift in the global patterns […]

Compelling Outcomes in Metabolic Surgery Over Time

January 23, 2021 — Time ticks by. Millions of people live with obesity and its complications. Meanwhile, a steady stream of new studies offers compelling data on metabolic surgery outcomes. This week, it was a ten-year study in Lancet. This study provides the first data for an RCT of surgery versus medical therapy for type 2 diabetes beyond five […]

Metformin in Diabetes and COVID-19: Boon or Bane?

December 19, 2020 — Metformin is one of those drugs that is older than dirt and still quite useful. It has helpful effects in obesity. It’s a mainstay of drug therapy for type 2 diabetes. But metformin presents a bit of a puzzle in patients with diabetes who become infected with COVID-19. Some signs point to a benefit for […]