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Some COVID-19 survivors are developing diabetes. Experts don’t know why.

Experts have found that some COVID-19 patients are developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It’s not clear whether diabetes could be a permanent side effect of coronavirus infection. People with autoimmune disorders, prediabetes, or obesity have high risks of COVID-19 complications. Visit the Business section of Insider for more […]
Some COVID-19 survivors are developing diabetes. Experts don’t know why.
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How to use an insulin pump to easily manage blood sugar levels

To use an insulin pump make sure you’re changing out the insulin regularly and always carry extra batteries with you. Insulin pumps are a safe and effective option for people with diabetes to make it easier to manage glucose levels. Costs related to an insulin pump may be pricier than […]
How to use an insulin pump to easily manage blood sugar levels
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How to raise blood sugar levels quickly and safely

To raise blood sugar levels quickly, eat or drink something containing about 15 grams of simple carbs for a quick boost to restore blood glucose. Frequent low blood sugar episodes can cause a potentially dangerous condition called hypoglycemia unawareness, where there are no warning signs until more severe symptoms, like […]
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Sugar can cause headaches, and it’s more likely if you have diabetes

Eating too much or too little sugar can trigger a headache. This is because sugar consumption affects blood sugar levels, and can lead to hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia, which both include symptoms like headaches. Sugar headaches are more common for people with diabetes, as they have more difficulty regulating blood sugar […]
Sugar can cause headaches, and it’s more likely if you have diabetes
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Why your blood sugar is high in the morning and how to lower it

Your blood sugar levels might be high in the morning if you are experiencing the dawn phenomenon or the Somogyi effect. The dawn phenomenon is most common in people with type 2 diabetes, while the Somogyi effect is more common for people with type 1 diabetes. To lower your morning […]
Why your blood sugar is high in the morning and how to lower it
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The different types of insulin and how to use them for diabetes treatment

The major types of insulin include short-acting, rapid-acting, intermediate-acting, long-acting, ultra-long-acting, and inhaled. About 24% of people with diabetes use insulin, and they usually need a combination of short-acting and long-acting to regulate blood sugar levels. This article was reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family-medicine physician and […]
The different types of insulin and how to use them for diabetes treatment
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How to inject insulin properly

To inject insulin properly, you need to put it into the fat layer under the skin. The most effective way to inject insulin is through the abdomen, though you should slightly change your location every day. You should also make sure to hold the injection at the right angle – […]
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The most common signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar

Hyperglycemia is when blood sugar levels are 130 mg/dL before a meal, or 180 mg/dL two hours after a meal. Signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia include increased thirst, urinating more frequently, and blurry vision. Hyperglycemia mostly occurs for people with diabetes, though it can also happen as a result of […]
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How to recognise the symptoms of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar

Hypoglycemia is the medical term for low blood sugar, which is less than 70 mg/dL. Common symptoms of hypoglycemia include feeling irritable, shaky, or anxious. To treat hypoglycemia, you should eat 15 grams of carbohydrates and wait 15 minutes to see if your blood sugar levels improve. This article was […]
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The best exercises to manage diabetes and lower blood sugar

The best exercises for diabetes include any type of moderate physical activity, such as walking, gardening, or playing tennis. If you have diabetes or may be at risk, it’s important to get about 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week, as it can help lower blood sugar levels. Make sure […]
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How metformin works and why it’s effective for type 2 diabetes

Metformin works by decreasing the amount of sugar in your blood and increasing your body’s response to insulin. Metformin is one of the most commonly used oral medications for people with type 2 diabetes, and it is very effective at lowering blood sugar and A1C levels. There are a few […]
How metformin works and why it’s effective for type 2 diabetes
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5 ways to lower A1C and manage your blood-sugar levels

To lower A1C levels, you may need to lose weight, get regular exercise, regulate your carbohydrate intake, take insulin, or use medication like metformin. A1C levels measure your blood sugar over a period of about 12 weeks and are an important indicator for people with type 1 or type 2 […]
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4 of the best ways to treat diabetes and lower blood sugar

To treat diabetes, you may need to take insulin, use medication like metformin, get regular exercise, and maintain a healthy diet. The best treatment for your diabetes depends on whether you have type 1 or type 2, but regardless, you will need to follow similar recommendations to effectively lower blood […]
4 of the best ways to treat diabetes and lower blood sugar
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5 of the best foods to lower blood sugar and manage diabetes

The best foods to eat to lower blood sugar include whole grains, fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, nuts, and garlic. If you have diabetes or may be at risk, it’s important to regulate your blood-sugar levels with a healthy diet and be aware of the glycemic index of the foods you […]
5 of the best foods to lower blood sugar and manage diabetes
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The 3 best types of snacks to eat if you have diabetes

The best snacks for diabetics are high in protein, fibre, or healthy fats – and lower in carbohydrates. If you have diabetes, you should try to avoid starchy or sugary snacks, which can cause your blood sugar levels to rise. Read on to learn about the best and worst snacks […]
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6 ways to lower your blood sugar naturally

To lower your blood sugar, it’s important to exercise regularly and lose weight. You should make sure to drink lots of water, eat less unhealthy carbohydrates, and increase your fibre intake. It’s also important to manage stress if you want to lower blood sugar and keep it under control. This […]
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How to recognise 3 early signs of diabetes

The early signs of diabetes are excessive hunger, increased thirst, and frequent urination. Type 1 diabetes can cause further severe symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or extreme weight loss. Type 2 diabetes symptoms can be harder to detect, and you may not realise you have it until a doctor measures […]
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What causes type 1 diabetes and how to know whether you’re at risk

Type 1 diabetes occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks the pancreas and it no longer produces insulin. The major risk factors for type 1 diabetes are a family history of the condition, the presence of other autoimmune diseases, and living in colder climates. Scientists don’t yet know how to […]
What causes type 1 diabetes and how to know whether you’re at risk
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Why it’s so important for people with diabetes to limit their carb intake

Experts recommend that people with diabetes get 45% of their daily calories from carbohydrates. People with diabetes should consume more complex carbs from high-fibre foods than simple carbs like from fruit and milk. Limiting carbs more than the recommended 45% of daily calories may provide even better results in controlling […]
Why it’s so important for people with diabetes to limit their carb intake
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How to know if your blood sugar levels are healthy

It’s important to know what a normal blood sugar is if you have diabetes, or if you may be at risk. For diabetics, normal blood sugar levels are considered between 80 to 130 mg/dL after fasting, and less than 180 mg/dL one to two hours after eating. For those without […]
How to know if your blood sugar levels are healthy
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The best fruits for diabetics — and how much you should eat

Yes, diabetics can eat fruit, but it’s important to pay careful attention to your fruit intake. Even though fruit is a carbohydrate high in sugar, which can spike blood sugar, it also is high in fibre, which can help regulate blood sugar. Fresh fruit is better for diabetics than dried […]
The best fruits for diabetics — and how much you should eat
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11 ways post-traumatic stress disorder can affect your body

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is caused by a severe traumatic experience and can affect your body, as well as causing mental impairment or anguish. People with PTSD may suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure), which can potentially cause a heart attack or stroke. Studies have shown a potential link between […]
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Doctors are bracing for the coronavirus pandemic to meet America’s obesity epidemic. Some experts worry the stigma could be dangerous by itself.

As more people get sick and die from COVID-19, scientists and public health professionals are learning more about which populations are most vulnerable. Emerging research and anecdotal evidence suggests obesity may exacerbate COVID-19 symptoms, and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention now considers “severe obesity” a high-risk condition. But […]
Doctors are bracing for the coronavirus pandemic to meet America’s obesity epidemic. Some experts worry the stigma could be dangerous by itself.
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Skipping breakfast frequently may be bad for your heart

Skipping breakfast may be bad for your heart, as research has found that it is associated with risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, smoking, and diabetes. Research has also found that skipping breakfast is associated with a greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease, even when […]
Skipping breakfast frequently may be bad for your heart
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7 signs you have high blood sugar even if you don’t have diabetes

High blood sugar or hyperglycemia happens when a person’s body doesn’t properly make or use the hormone insulin. Insulin helps the body convert the glucose from foods into energy. High blood sugar doesn’t only affect people with diabetes. It can also come about from infections, stress, inactivity, and other issues. […]
7 signs you have high blood sugar even if you don’t have diabetes
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Outrage over the cost of the life-saving drug insulin has drugmakers scrambling, but Congress and the public demand a price cut

Insulin is a decades-old, lifesaving medicine. But prices have increased so much that many Americans with diabetes cannot afford it. The outcry has heated up lately, including with multiple inquiries from lawmakers and hearings. Healthcare companies have responded with new programs to ease costs for certain patients and certain products. […]
Outrage over the cost of the life-saving drug insulin has drugmakers scrambling, but Congress and the public demand a price cut
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A drugmaker just released a half-price version of a life-saving diabetes medication in a bet that a lower price tag will help it escape the political crosshairs

On Monday, diabetes drugmaker Eli Lilly said it plans to make an “authorised generic” version of its life-saving diabetes medication Humalog and sell it for half the price of the branded version. Humalog is a type of short-acting insulin, which helps people with diabetes process the sugar in their blood. […]
A drugmaker just released a half-price version of a life-saving diabetes medication in a bet that a lower price tag will help it escape the political crosshairs
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Why insulin is so expensive

Colorado became the first state to pass a bill capping the monthly cost of insulin per resident at $US100. Type 1 diabetics need insulin to survive. Due to drastic price increases, many diabetics are struggling to afford the lifesaving drug. In the past 15 years, insulin prices have tripled. There […]
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No one could explain why this college student saw the price of his life-saving diabetes medication jump 150%, and it reveals a key problem with the US healthcare system

For the 1.25 million Americans living with Type 1 diabetes, insulin is a life-saving drug that helps them process the sugar in their blood. Price increases for insulin have put pressure on people living with diabetes who don’t have insurance, or whose insurance plans require them to pay the full […]
No one could explain why this college student saw the price of his life-saving diabetes medication jump 150%, and it reveals a key problem with the US healthcare system
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A Silicon Valley startup that pioneered a new way to fight diabetes is tackling depression after its CEO noticed a disturbing trend

Silicon Valley digital health startup Omada told Business Insider that it’s expanding beyond treating obesity-related diseases like diabetes into depression and anxiety. The move, which was officially announced on Monday, includes a partnership with the mental-health startup Lantern to offer customers cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Omada has prominent backers, including […]
A Silicon Valley startup that pioneered a new way to fight diabetes is tackling depression after its CEO noticed a disturbing trend
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7 health tests all people in their 20s need to get

If you’re in your 20s, it’s important to get some health screening tests. Everyone in this age group should get screened for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and HIV, experts say. Those with certain risk factors may need screenings for diabetes, skin cancer, and the STDs gonorrhea and chlamydia. People […]
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7 ways you can prevent prediabetes from becoming type 2 diabetes

Prediabetes is a serious condition that signifies an early onset insulin resistance- it can also potentially become type 2 diabetes. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, untreated prediabetes can lead to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis within five years. The good news is, early intervention can help […]
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19 things you may not know about diabetes

It’s no secret that diabetes is a complicated condition. It’s a chronic disease caused by high levels of blood sugar, and there are lots of causes and long-term health risks of diabetes. And although many have it – almost 10% of the US population, according to the CDC – there […]
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10 things that can increase your risk for diabetes

If you don’t have it, you may be confused about what exactly diabetes is and what can cause it. Generally, diabetes is a condition where the body has chronically high levels of sugar in the blood. There are two types of diabetes: type 1, which is an immune disease diagnosed […]
10 things that can increase your risk for diabetes
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10 signs you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition that causes your blood sugar to become too high due to a problem with your body’s ability to produce insulin. In some cases, this life-altering condition can be prevented if you recognise the warning signs when there’s still enough time to make lifestyle […]
10 signs you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes
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DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Google targets hospital interoperability — Lyft, Allscripts partner for medical transport — Samsung Health gets diabetes program

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All the ways you’re sabotaging your health by overdoing it on sugar

Sugar lurks in dozens of unsuspecting foods, from yogurt and salad dressings to granola bars and sauces. Another big source of sugar in our diets is high-carbohydrate food like bagels and rice, which are quickly broken down into sugar in our bodies. Occasionally indulging in a sweet treat isn’t a […]
All the ways you’re sabotaging your health by overdoing it on sugar
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DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Cerner, Surescripts bring transparency to drug costs — Ericsson, Sony plan wearable for diabetics — Practice Fusion scraps free EHR service

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DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Cardiogram uses Apple Watches to detect diabetes — Kansas physicians weigh-in on telehealth bill — GE to bring health solution to the Olympics

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DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: ASCO’s new partnerships aim to improve oncology care — MedStar Health provides digital tools for prenatal care —  DarioHealth awarded new patent to improve its offerings

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