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Diabetes Drugs Liver

Diabetes Drugs and Your Liver

A new study shows that metformin can help people with a type of liver disease tied to diabetes, while other diabetes drugs can worsen outcomes. Should you be concerned?

Coffee Benefits and Risks

Coffee Benefits and Risks

A recent review finds that drinking coffee is beneficial for a wide range of health conditions, but it carries some risk for others. Should you add or subtract coffee from your diet?

Popular Diabetes Drugs: Trends

Popular Diabetes Drugs: Trends

A recent study shows that certain drugs for Type 2 diabetes have gained popularity over the years, while others have lost ground. What’s behind these trends?

Refusing Insulin Therapy

Refusing Insulin Therapy

A new study shows that nearly a third of people with Type 2 diabetes refuse to take insulin when their doctor first recommends it. Why is this, and how dangerous is it?

Healthy Mindset, Longer Life?

Healthy Mindset, Longer Life?

A new study suggests that believing you’re less active than others may shorten your life, even if that isn’t actually the case. Can you live longer by thinking you’re healthier?

Artificial Sweeteners Weight Loss

Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Loss

A new study finds that zero-calorie sweeteners don’t seem to help people lose weight, and that people who use them may even be slightly heavier. Should you be concerned about these products?

Discussing Drug Costs

Discussing Drug Costs

A new poll shows that despite widespread anxiety about the cost of prescription drugs, relatively few people talk to their doctors about the issue. Should you have this conversation?

Telemedicine for Rural Residents

Telemedicine for Rural Residents

A new study shows similar outcomes from virtual doctor visits and traveling to an academic medical center. Is telemedicine the solution for people living in rural areas?

Is Brittle Diabetes Real?

Is Brittle Diabetes Real?

This term — usually describing unstable, hard-to-treat diabetes — has mostly fallen out of favor, but the phenomenon itself may have good scientific explanations…

HbA1c Weight Loss

HbA1c and Weight Loss

A recent study finds that if you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can reduce your HbA1c level — but not the same amount for everyone. Should you focus on weight loss to lower your HbA1c?

Outdoor vs. Indoor Exercise

Outdoor vs. Indoor Exercise

A recent article highlights the benefits of outdoor exercise. Should you always try to get outside, or does indoor exercise make sense sometimes?

Climate Change and Health

Climate Change and Health

A new study hints that warmer temperatures may be linked to Type 2 diabetes, on top of numerous other health-related problems. What does this mean for your health?

Lowering Drug Prices

Lowering Drug Prices

Some Democrats think they may find common ground with President Trump on reducing drug prices, especially for Medicare recipients. How can this be done?

Fear of Hypoglycemia

Fear of Hypoglycemia

A new study finds that fear of hypoglycemia leads to worse diabetes-related outcomes in the short term. Can you be too concerned about avoiding low blood glucose levels?

Counting Steps for Diabetes

Counting Steps for Diabetes

A new study finds that wearing a pedometer and getting a “prescription” for a daily number of steps leads to benefits for Type 2 diabetes. Should you count your steps?

Deductibles and Diabetes Care

Deductibles and Diabetes Care

A new study shows that health insurance deductibles have an impact on both out-of-pocket costs and what care people with diabetes receive. Is your care affected by high deductibles?

Birth Control Diabetes

Birth Control and Diabetes

A new study shows that most forms of hormonal birth control are safe in women with diabetes — but with slightly different risks of heart-related complications. Which birth control option is best for you?

Expensive Food = Healthy?

Expensive Food = Healthy?

A new study shows that people think more expensive food is healthier — and may doubt that a food is healthy if it’s not expensive. How can you avoid doing this?

Beverage Industry Study Funding

Beverage Industry Study Funding

A new review finds that studies on sugar-sweetened beverages produce very different results depending on whether they’re funded by the beverage industry. What accounts for this difference?

Nuts and Disease Risk

Nuts and Disease Risk

A new analysis shows that eating nuts can dramatically reduce your risk of developing several diseases. Should you be eating more of them?

Blood Pressure and Your Kidneys

Blood Pressure and Your Kidneys

A new study shows that having blood pressure that’s below current recommendations may lower your risk of kidney disease. Should lower blood pressure be a higher priority?

U.S. Health Care: America's Sick Health System

U.S. Health Care: America’s Sick Health System

A new study shows — yet again — that the United States pays far more for health care than any other country, with limited access and only mediocre outcomes. What can be done to lower prices and improve quality and access?

Exercise Prescriptions?

Exercise Prescriptions?

Some medical schools offer their students training on how to prescribe movement to patients, but this practice remains rare. Should more doctors be writing exercise prescriptions?

The Fate of Obamacare

The Fate of Obamacare

After the election of Donald Trump as president, it’s unclear what will happen to the Affordable Care Act. How will the millions of people insured under the law be affected?

HbA1c Test Accuracy

HbA1c Test Accuracy

A new study shows one way that the HbA1c blood test could be made more accurate. How much does the margin of error matter?

Wellness Programs: Coercion?

Wellness Programs: Coercion?

A newly filed lawsuit by AARP claims that workplace wellness programs are coercing employees into sharing confidential medical information. Are these programs truly voluntary?

Diabetes Shame

Diabetes and Shame

A writer discusses the role that shame regarding her body and disease play in her diabetes management. Is there a way to overcome, or minimize, this role?

Glycemic Index: Unreliable?

Glycemic Index: Unreliable?

A recent study suggests that the glycemic index isn’t a reliable guide to how the body responds to different foods. Should you use this system, or is it too risky?

A Soda Tax in Action

A Soda Tax in Action

The nation’s first tax aimed at sugary beverages has now been in effect for over a year — and it seems to be working as designed. Should this kind of tax be more widespread?

Is Your HbA1c Goal Right For You?

Is Your HbA1c Goal Right For You?

A recent study shows that most people’s target HbA1c level isn’t tied to their medical condition, age, or any other personal factors. Are you and your doctor setting the right HbA1c goal for you?

Surprise Hospital Charges

Surprise Hospital Charges

A new law aims to let seniors know if they might face unexpected charges — not covered by Medicare — related to staying in a hospital for “observation.” But is this notification enough to fix the problem?

Cheaper Health Insurance, Less Doctor Choice

Cheaper Health Insurance, Less Doctor Choice

A new health insurance company is trying to lower its costs — and premiums — by limiting enrollees’ choice of doctors, while making it easier to work with doctors who are in the network. Will this plan work?

Junk Food Ads and Cravings

Junk Food Ads and Cravings

A new study shows that watching TV ads for junk food leads to increased food intake among children — practically right away. Are there good ways to limit exposure to these kinds of ads, or the cravings that follow?

Food and Sex

Food and Sex

A new study suggests that in people with diabetes, what you eat can have an impact on your sexual function…

Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb

Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb

A new study on low-carb and low-fat diets has drawn conflicting claims from different researchers. Which diet is best for weight loss?

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Foods

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Foods

Nutrition experts and “regular” people sometimes disagree on what foods are healthy or unhealthy, as shown in a recent survey. What makes a particular food good or bad?

Dogs for Hypoglycemia?

Dogs for Hypoglycemia?

A new study indicates that there’s a scientific basis for the ability of trained dogs to detect low blood glucose. But has continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) made dogs obsolete?

Flying With Diabetes

Flying With Diabetes

A recent survey shows that people with diabetes who use insulin frequently experience problems when flying on airplanes. Can flying and traveling be made any easier for this group?

The Work of Being a Patient

The Work of Being a Patient

A new article argues that many patients are forced to spend so much time coordinating their care, they’re essentially unpaid health-care workers. Why is being a patient so difficult?

Unhappy Marriage, Less Diabetes?

Unhappy Marriage, Less Diabetes?

A new study finds that men who are less satisfied with their marriages are less likely to develop diabetes. Can healthy living and a happy marriage go hand in hand?

Breakfast: Important or Not?

Breakfast: Important or Not?

A new article argues that eating breakfast isn’t as beneficial as many people — and studies — make it out to be. Should you eat it or skip it?

Keeping Weight Off

Keeping Weight Off

A new study helps explain why it’s so difficult to keep weight off once it’s been lost. Is there any strategy that works?

Active Neighborhoods

Active Neighborhoods

A new study shows that living in a bustling neighborhood encourages greater physical activity. How much does your neighborhood encourage — or discourage — exercise?

Medicare's Diabetes Supply Disruption

Medicare’s Diabetes Supply Disruption

Medicare is poised to expand its competitive bidding program for blood glucose testing supplies — even though this program has been found to disrupt the regular delivery of items to some people. Should Medicare suspend the program?

Food Shaming and Diabetes

Food Shaming and Diabetes

Written comments about diabetes that a Starbucks employee left for a customer have outraged many people. What leads some people to think food shaming is acceptable?

Coffee and Diabetes

Coffee and Diabetes

A new study adds to the body of evidence that coffee can improve insulin sensitivity — especially in people with diabetes. Should you pour yourself another cup?

Alcohol and Longevity

Alcohol and Longevity

A new study calls the health benefits of moderate drinking into question. Should you reconsider your relationship with alcohol?

How Safe Are Paleo Diets?

How Safe Are Paleo Diets?

A new study calls the safety of “paleo” diets — based on prehistoric eating patterns — into question. What do these results mean?

Is Marriage Bad for Weight-Loss Surgery?

Is Marriage Bad for Weight-Loss Surgery?

A recent review of studies finds that single people who undergo bariatric surgery lose more weight than married people — and that the aftermath of the surgery can strain relationships. Can these pitfalls be avoided?

Inhaled Insulin Flops Again

Inhaled Insulin Flops Again

Afrezza, the second inhaled insulin product to reach the market, is suffering from disappointing sales — just like the first attempt at inhaled insulin. Is the idea of inhaled insulin doomed, or could another attempt succeed?

Weight-Loss Incentives

Weight-Loss Incentives

A new study suggests that getting paid to lose weight isn’t a very effective motivational tool. What incentives can help people lose weight?

Healthy Foods = Less Filling?

Healthy Foods = Less Filling?

A new study shows that when told a food is healthy, people tend to see it as less filling — and actually feel less full after eating it. Can we trick ourselves into feeling satisfied when eating healthier foods?

Type 1 Diabetes on the Rise

Type 1 Diabetes on the Rise

A new data analysis shows that rates of Type 1 diabetes have risen substantially over the last 10 years. What can, and should, be done about it?

Filling the Veggie Void

Filling the Veggie Void

A recent report shows that only 4% of Americans include enough vegetables in their diet. What can be done to get people to eat more vegetables?

Public Transit and Health Benefits

Public Transit and Health Benefits

A new study finds that people who take a bus or train to work are less likely to be overweight or have diabetes or heart disease. Should you swap your daily drive for a ride?

Scaling Back Diabetes Treatment

Scaling Back Diabetes Treatment

A new study shows that even when blood glucose and blood pressure are controlled to the point of being low, treatments are rarely adjusted. Are you at risk of being overtreated?

Organic Food, Pesticides, and Diabetes

Organic Food, Pesticides, and Diabetes

A new study shows that eating organic foods can lower the level of pesticides found in children’s blood. Exposure to pesticides has been tied to Type 2 diabetes. Should you be eating organic?

How Bad Is Sitting for Health?

How Bad Is Sitting for Health?

According to a new study, sitting for extended periods doesn’t seem to be as unhealthy as previous research has suggested. Should you stop worrying about the time you spend seated?

Calcium, Bones, and Fractures

Calcium, Bones, and Fractures

Two new studies question the wisdom of taking calcium supplements to prevent bone fractures in older people. Should you be taking extra calcium, or are there good reasons not to?

Dealing With Diabetes at Work

Dealing With Diabetes at Work

A new study shows that for some people with diabetes, high blood glucose after meals hurts their productivity on the job. What problems does diabetes pose in the workplace?

Obamacare: How Effective?

Obamacare: How Effective?

A recent study examines the health-care law’s effects on insurance coverage, access to care, and affordability. How does the law stack up?

Eye Screening Too Early?

Eye Screening Too Early?

A new study suggests that children with diabetes can safely wait longer to be screened for eye disease than is currently recommended. What are the benefits, and risks, of waiting?

Insulin: Newer vs. Cheaper

Insulin: Newer vs. Cheaper

A recent article argues that older, cheaper varieties of insulin may be a good choice for many people with Type 2 diabetes. Would you sacrifice some convenience for a lower cost?

Diabetes Drug Costs

Diabetes Drug Costs

A recent study shows that the cost of drugs for people with diabetes is rising. How big is the problem, and what can be done about it?

Inhaled Insulin and Needle Avoidance

Inhaled Insulin and Needle Avoidance

A new study of inhaled insulin shows its effectiveness — and that it’s being touted as a way to avoid injections. How much weight should needle avoidance be given in choosing a therapy?

Preventing Hospital Readmissions

Preventing Hospital Readmissions

For the last three years, Medicare has penalized hospitals for readmitting too many patients after certain procedures. Is this fair, and are there better ways to prevent complications and readmissions?

Not Meeting Goals

Not Meeting Goals

A recent study shows that most older adults don’t meet recommended blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol guidelines. But is this really a bad thing?

Following Your Gut

Following Your Gut

A large body of evidence shows that gut bacteria play an important role in our health — but feeding and supporting those bacteria can be difficult and even uncomfortable. How far should you go for your gut?

Secret Health Costs

Secret Health Costs

A new study shows that in most states, it’s next to impossible to find out the actual price of a medical procedure. What should be done about this?

Calorie Counts, Delayed

Calorie Counts, Delayed

More than five years after Congress passed a requirement for chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus, the FDA has delayed implementing the rule by another year. Is this delay justified?

The Diabetes and CrossFit Uproar

The CrossFit Uproar

Outrage ensued after the CEO of fitness company CrossFit posted insulting comments about people with diabetes on Twitter. What was the best way to respond, and did the CEO have a valid point underneath the insult?

Setting Exercise Goals

Setting Exercise Goals

A recent article examines the conventional wisdom that you should walk 10,000 steps each day. What walking and other exercise goals should you set for yourself?

Diabetes and Sugar

Sugar, By Any Other Name

Experts disagree on whether some forms of added sugar — such as table sugar, honey, or high-fructose corn syrup — are worse than others. Should you care about the type of sugar you’re eating?

Distracted Eating

Distracted Eating

A new study suggests that when people are distracted while eating a meal, they tend to snack more later on. Should you get rid of phones and screens during mealtimes?

Injections in School

Injections in School

A bill in Massachusetts would allow school personnel other than nurses to administer diabetes drugs like insulin and glucagon. What’s the right approach?

Metformin and Prediabetes

Metformin for Prediabetes

A new study shows that people with prediabetes are barely ever prescribed metformin, despite it being recommended for many people. Should more doctors prescribe this drug?

Certified Diabetes Educator

Call the CDE?

A new study shows that meeting with a certified diabetes educator who was trained by an endocrinologist can improve diabetes control. Should more medical practices take this approach?

Diabetes and Shopping Lists

Shopping Lists and Health

A new study shows that people who write grocery lists tend to make healthier choices and weigh less. But is this really because of the lists, and are there downsides to writing one?

Added Sugars

Ally on Added Sugars

Candy manufacturing giant Mars Inc. has declared its support for requiring “added sugars” to be listed on every food nutrition label. Can a candy maker be a partner in the effort to reduce sugar consumption, or should its motives be questioned?

Medicaid

Paid to Be Healthy

In many states, people enrolled in Medicaid can get financial rewards for health-related behaviors. Should more health insurance plans take this approach?

Overweight overblown

Overweight = Overblown?

Several new studies add to a body of evidence that being overweight may have health benefits. How much stock should you put in weight recommendations?

Dairy and diabetes

Dairy Fat and Diabetes

A new study shows that high-fat dairy products may help prevent Type 2 diabetes. Should you ignore long-standing recommendations against eating these foods?

Eggs and diabetes

Good Eggs, Bad Eggs?

A new study shows that eggs may help prevent Type 2 diabetes — but that they may be bad if you already have the condition. Should you be including them in your diet?

Diabetes detection

Diabetes Detection Surge!

A study has found that diagnoses of diabetes have surged in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. What does this mean for you, your state, and this federal program?

Too Much Protein

Too Much Protein?

A new article by a prominent doctor questions the wisdom of higher-protein diets. Should you be worried about consuming too much meat, dairy, and eggs?

Diet soda and your belly

Diet Soda and Your Belly

A new study finds that in older adults, drinking diet soda is associated with having a larger waistline. What do these results mean for you and your diabetes?

Exercise and cravings

Exercise and Cravings

A new study suggests that a brief stint of physical activity can reduce cravings for a sugary snack. Should you go for a walk when temptation strikes?

Skimpy health plans

Skimpy Health Plans

Several large companies are offering their employees low-cost, low-benefit health insurance plans that don’t follow federal guidelines for coverage and affordability. Should these “skinny plans” be allowed?

Medical procedure risks versus benefits

Harm vs. Benefits

A new study finds that most people overestimate the benefits, and underestimate the risks, of a wide variety of medical treatments. What does this mean for your care?

Cholesterol guidelines

Cholesterol for All?

According to published reports, this year’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans will no longer recommend limiting cholesterol in the diet. Should you eat your eggs without fear?

Accommodating diabetes

Special Treatment

A recent incident involving a school bus driver and a girl with diabetes has raised eyebrows, and tempers. But it begs a larger question: When is it appropriate to accommodate the needs of people with health conditions like diabetes?

Diabetes

Diabetes Alarmism?

A recent video in The New York Times has received complaints that it takes too grim a view of Type 1 diabetes. Are intensely negative media portrayals of diabetes a good or bad thing?

Health vs. Taste

A recent study finds that taste dominates over health consciousness when consumers select food products. Is there any way to overcome this preference?

salt

Salt: How Bad?

A new study raises questions about how important it is to limit sodium intake. Should you worry about salt in your diet?

diabetes overtreatment

Too Much Treatment?

A new study suggests that many older people with diabetes may be treated too aggressively, putting their health at risk. Should you be worried about overtreatment?

Metformin Warnings

Two new studies conclude that the diabetes drug metformin may be safe for people with reduced kidney function. Should the FDA change its black box warning?

Restaurant Calorie Counts

Calorie Counts, At Last

The FDA has announced that starting in November, chain restaurants will have to post calorie counts on their menus. Is this the right move, and should the rules go even further?

eating in peace

Eating in Peace

A new study provides further evidence that people adopt healthier eating behaviors in more serene environments. Should you make an effort to feel calm when you eat?

Sugar vs. Salt

A new research review concludes that when it comes to blood pressure and death from cardiovascular disease, sugar is much worse than salt. Have you been worried about the wrong nutrient?

chocolate and diabetes

Chocolate to Fight Diabetes?

A new study shows that eating chocolate regularly helps reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Can chocolate help people who already have diabetes, too?

Metformin for All?

Metformin is recommended as the first-line drug for Type 2 diabetes, but doctors disagree on how strong the evidence is in its favor. Should everyone with Type 2 take metformin?

An Aspirin a Day?

A new study sheds doubt on some of the benefits of daily low-dose aspirin. Which people with diabetes are likely to benefit from this preventive therapy?

Bills and Empty Pockets

A new survey finds that many people with private health insurance still pay large sums in out-of-pocket medical costs. What should be done?

What to Drink?

A recent study shows that milk may be problematic, joining other beverages with known health risks. What should you be drinking?

Fasting for Blood Tests

A new article suggests that fasting for routine blood tests may be unnecessary and even harmful for people with diabetes. Is fasting more trouble than it’s worth?

Insurance, Unclaimed

The country’s top health official is urging doctors to get their patients signed up for health insurance. Who should be responsible for educating the public about their insurance options?

Potatoes: Good or Bad?

A new study offers mixed results on potatoes and weight loss. What role, if any, should potatoes play in the diets of people with diabetes?

Sandwich Trouble

A new study shows that sandwiches contribute significant sodium and calories to the typical diet. Should you go sandwich-free, or are there fixes (and fixings) that can make sandwiches healthier?

Soda Surrender?

Three huge beverage companies have pledged to help cut the calories Americans get from their drinks. Are soda makers showing their willingness to cooperate with health advocates, or will the fight to limit sugary beverages continue?

Marketing to Kids

A food industry group has created standards for its member companies’ marketing to kids. Is self-policing enough to stem the tide of obesity?

Obamacare, Round 2

The health-care law’s second open enrollment period begins later this fall. Will this one be more successful than the first?

Added Sugars, Added Confusion

According to a survey, some shoppers find nutrition labels listing “added sugars” confusing. How important are added sugars, and are label designs clear enough?

Weight and Diabetes Risk

A new study shows that extra body weight raises the risk of Type 2 diabetes, even if someone has no other metabolic problems. Is “healthy obesity” a myth?

Caving to Cravings

A new report shows that Americans believe in the power of healthy nutrition, even if they’re not actually practicing it. What’s the barrier between belief and action?

Candy-Carrying Crisis

A drive-in movie theater turns away a teen with Type 1 diabetes for trying to bring in a juice box and candy. Where is the line between food and medicine?

Processed = Bad?

According to a new scientific statement, processed foods play a vital role in providing certain nutrients — while also contributing excess calories, sugar, and sodium. When are processed foods OK?

School Lunch Truce?

A new study finds that elementary school students have grown to like the healthier lunches they’ve been served since Congress enacted new standards in 2012. Will all students soon eat their vegetables?

Prediabetes: Overhyped?

A new article suggests that the definition of “prediabetes” includes too many people to be helpful. Should this word, and the diagnosis it represents, be scrapped?

Screen Time

A new study shows that young people get much more TV and computer time than is recommended. Is sitting in front of screens our destiny, or are there alternatives?

School Lunch Showdown

Congressional Republicans want to give schools more flexibility in their lunch programs, while Senate Democrats and Michelle Obama are standing by current nutritional standards. Which side should prevail?

Fruits, Veggies, and Weight

A new research review finds that fruit and vegetable intake has no meaningful effect on body weight. Are these foods irrelevant when it comes to shedding pounds?

Soda Warning Labels

California may require that sugary soft drinks carry warnings describing their health risks. Should the state, and the rest of the country, go in this direction?

Resveratrol Reconsidered

Although a study we featured last week found no health benefits from resveratrol, a chemical found in red wine, other research points to diabetes-related benefits. Which side is right?

Red Wine Blues

A new study finds that a key component of red wine may not be as beneficial to health and longevity as some prior studies suggested. Is red wine overrated?

Glucose Monitoring for All?

A new company is preparing to manufacture continuous glucose monitors aimed at the general population. Could this also help people with diabetes?

Rice: Vice or Virtue?

Several studies have shown that eating rice may bring health benefits, while a recent article highlights potential dangers. Should you eat this common crop?

Uncoordinated Care

Coordination among health-care providers improves outcomes, reduces errors, and saves money — and usually doesn’t happen. Is your care coordinated?

Doctor Payments Revealed

After decades of legal delays, Medicare has released data on how much it pays individual doctors. Is sharing this information a good idea?

The Costs of Innovation

A new article looks at the high costs of innovative treatments and devices for Type 1 diabetes. What’s the right balance between cutting-edge technology and affordable health care?

Diabetes to Go

Having access to diabetes-friendly food often means bringing it with you. Should businesses that sell food allow healthier carry-ins?

Veggie Persuasion

A study shows that up to 70% of fruits and vegetables in school lunches end up in the trash. How can schools persuade kids to eat their veggies, and can similar tactics work for adults?

Canned vs. Fresh vs. Frozen

A new study finds that canning fruits and vegetables preserves — and sometimes even enhances — their nutritional content. What are the advantages of using fresh, frozen, or canned produce?

Exercise and Sleep

A new study suggests that exercising in the evening doesn’t cause sleep problems. For optimal sleep and energy, when is the best time to exercise?

Seasonal Eating

Cooking with seasonal produce is touted by some as a key to better health. Do the benefits outweigh the downsides?

Weight and Diabetes

A new study suggests that the relationship between being overweight and developing Type 2 diabetes may be even more complicated than previously thought. Just how important is weight loss?

“Disease” or Not?

A recent study shows that viewing obesity as a disease, rather than simply a status, can change the way people feel and act. Could this also be true for diabetes?

Patients vs. Screens

A new study shows that doctors spend a lot of time during office visits gazing at computer screens. Are patients getting enough attention?

Statins and Diabetes, Reexamined

A new study concludes that while statins may raise the risk of developing diabetes, their cardiovascular benefits outweigh this risk. Are these drugs worth taking?

Walking Around (Diabetes)

A new study shows that living in a walkable neighborhood may reduce a person’s risk of developing diabetes. Are denser areas more conducive to exercise?

The Price is… Taboo?

A new survey shows that most people don’t ask about the cost of a doctor or hospital visit ahead of time. What’s standing in the way?

Holiday Food Habits

A new survey shows that more Americans are giving in to unhealthy holiday-season eating. Can — and should — this trend be reversed?

Health-Care Systems

Among rich countries, the United States is nearly unique in its widespread reliance on employer-provided health insurance. What other models do countries use?

Unhealthy Entertainment?

A new study finds that children’s movies often display unhealthy eating behaviors, while also stigmatizing overweight and obesity. Is Hollywood to blame for adding to these problems?

Mediterranean Gorge

A study shows that for people with Type 2 diabetes, a massive Mediterranean-style lunch may be healthier than three meals a day. Should you stuff yourself at lunch?

Good Acid, Bad Acid?

Several studies have shown that vinegar has glucose-lowering benefits. A new one suggests that acidic diets increase the risk of diabetes. What does this mean?

Statins in the Spotlight

New guidelines recommend a vast increase in the number of people taking these popular cholesterol-lowering drugs. But are they based on solid evidence?

Test Strip Trouble

Paying for blood-glucose test strips remains a challenge for many people with diabetes. Would a “universal” test strip help remedy this problem?

Errors and Apologies

Research shows that when health-care providers apologize for medical errors, patients are less likely to sue them. But can an apology sometimes not be enough?

Carb Counting

A new research review calls into question whether counting carbs is the best way to calculate mealtime insulin doses. What works best for you?

The Same, But Different

A new study finds that a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle for someone with diabetes is the same as for the general population. Should people with diabetes receive the same advice as anyone else?

Eat Junk! (Slam Dunk)

A study shows that professional athletes tend to endorse high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and beverages. Do athletes — or people with diabetes — have a special responsibility to promote healthful products?

Long-term Anxiety

Most Americans will need long-term care someday, yet few have any idea how they will pay for it. What should be done?

Obamacare: Day 1

The health-care law’s online insurance exchanges opened yesterday, but technical glitches and a shutdown of the federal government prevented a smooth rollout. Will the system work?

To Nap or Not?

A new study finds that taking longer naps is associated with a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. Does this mean you should give up napping?

Type 1 and Eating Disorders

A new study finds that nearly 20% of young people with Type 1 diabetes engage in behaviors consistent with having an eating disorder. What can be done to address this problem?

Medicaid Cuts

Even as many states are expanding this public health insurance program, a handful are tightening eligibility and kicking people out. What’s the right approach?

Insulin in Schools

The California Supreme Court has ruled that school staff members other than nurses may be trained to administer insulin to children with diabetes. Is this a good idea?

Ads for Aspartame

Coca Cola has commissioned a print ad to defend the safety of this widely used artificial sweetener. Will the ad be reassuring, or just raise more questions?

Food Warning Labels

A new study finds little value in putting nutrition information on the front of food packages. But could warnings on certain foods be more effective?

Skipping Breakfast

A new study suggests that skipping breakfast may be a helpful weight-loss strategy. Is this the best choice for some people?

Stairway to Health

New York City’s mayor wants more people to take the stairs instead of elevators. Is promoting this a good idea, or going too far?

Medicare and Chronic Care

A proposed rule change would let Medicare pay doctors to coordinate the care of patients with multiple chronic conditions outside of face-to-face appointments. Will this improve the quality of care?

Miniwalks

A new study indicates that very short, frequent walks may be better for blood glucose control than extended walks. But is it practical to walk like this?

Graze or Gorge?

A new study finds that eating two larger meals each day may be better for weight loss than six smaller meals. What’s best for you?

Red Meat Risk

A new study finds that increasing red meat consumption also increases Type 2 diabetes risk. But is all red meat equally bad?

Doctor Ratings

A survey shows that most doctors in management positions see little value in online patient-created ratings of doctors. Can these ratings be useful, or are they junk?

Say No to Joe?

A new study suggests that a compound found in coffee may increase the risk of glucose intolerance. What’s the skinny on that latte?

Rename Type 2?

A diabetes expert suggests that Type 2 diabetes should get a new name, since it isn’t an easily defined condition. Is this a good idea, or would it just cause confusion?

Diabetes and Cancer

Having diabetes appears to increase a person’s risk of developing cancer. Should you take special precautions for cancer prevention and detection?

Fired for Diabetes

A professional football player is dismissed because of his Type 2 diabetes. When is it acceptable for employment decisions to be based on diabetes?

Gastric Banding vs. Bypass

A governor’s gastric banding surgery has refocused attention on the options available for weight loss — and possible diabetes resolution. Is any surgery right for you?

Paid to Lose Weight

A study shows that as little as $20 can get someone to stick with a weight-loss program. Should this concept be expanded?

Money From Mistakes

A recent study finds that hospitals routinely profit from medical errors, since correcting them lets them bill for more services. What’s the solution?

Walking vs. Running

Two recent studies show that while runners seem to have better health outcomes than walkers, running may not be inherently better than walking. Which is best for you?

Rename Diabetes?

An online petition asserts that Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are often confused and should be given more descriptive names, for the sake of everyone involved. Do you agree?

Diabetes for Two

Studies show that diabetes can add strain to intimate relationships, but that relationships can also help ease the stress of diabetes. What’s the best role for a partner to play?

The Scoop on Fruit

A study finds that eating fruit regularly has no negative effects on blood glucose control. Should you have a fruit-filled diet?

Fewer Calories, More Obesity?

A new study finds that average daily calorie consumption has fallen over the last few years, while the rate of obesity has risen. How can this be explained?

Errors and E-prescribing

A study finds that e-prescribing of drugs reduces errors, yet most doctors still prefer to use pen and paper. What’s to be done?

Diabetes From Sugar?

A new study finds that rates of diabetes are strongly linked to how available sugar is. Should sugar be treated as dangerous?

Medicare Mail Orders

Starting July 1, Medicare will be starting a national mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies. What effects will the program have, and should you participate?

Diabetes From Sweeteners?

Both artificial sweeteners and high-fructose corn syrup in soft drinks have recently been implicated in the development of Type 2 diabetes. Should you avoid these ingredients?

Too Old to Diet?

A recent study suggests that many of the benefits of good nutrition may not apply to older people. Is this true for you?

Whole Grain Hoax?

A recent study finds that foods labeled with the “Whole Grain Stamp” are not always healthier. Are whole grains all they’re cracked up to be?

Snack Attack!

According to a recent report, Americans consume more snacks than they used to. Is this a bad thing?

Menus and Miles

A new study shows that people may order lower-calorie items when menus list the number of miles needed to walk off those calories. Should all menus have this information?

Aging Doctors

As the population of doctors grows older, some hospitals and medical groups have begun to screen for age-related decline. Is this a good idea, or unfair age discrimination?

Delicious Temptation

A new study finds that warnings against fattening treats can have the opposite of their intended effect. What’s the best way to deal with dietary temptation?

Forbidden Fruit?

A new review finds that grapefruit interacts negatively with more drugs than was initially believed. Should you cross it off your grocery list?

Diabetes Strikes Back

A new study shows that diabetes symptoms often return years after they disappear following bariatric surgery. Does this change your view of the surgery?

Hear Ye?

A new analysis finds that diabetes increases the risk of hearing loss, although the exact reasons are unknown. Should screening for it be standard for people with diabetes?

Doctor—Patient Ethics

A new survey shows that doctors don’t all agree on some vital ethical questions. Should you care what your doctor’s views are?

Coffee vs. Tea

A new study shows protective effects from drinking tea for diabetes, while others have hinted that coffee might be more powerful. Which beverage is right for you?

Early Workouts

A new study finds that exercising before breakfast may result in greater health benefits. Should you work out on an empty stomach?

Voting Health Care

Next week’s presidential and congressional elections could greatly shape the course of health-care policy in the United States. Will you be a “health-care voter”?

Standing at Work

A study shows that when given the option, office workers will choose to stand for part of the day. Should flexible workspaces be universal?

Workouts at Work

A new study finds that physical activity is down worldwide, mostly due to jobs that are less physically demanding. Should people try to be more active at work?

Trashing Veggies

New school-lunch guidelines requiring more fruits and vegetables may be resulting in more students simply throwing them away. What should change?

Gym Class: Is It Necessary?

As the problem of childhood obesity grows, states and districts are rethinking the importance of gym class. Should gym teachers or students be held to tougher standards?

Wine = Fine?

A new study adds to evidence that alcohol, especially red wine, can have benefits for people with diabetes. Is it right for you?

Food Insecurity

A new report shows that lack of access to adequate food has been a persistent problem since the economic downturn. What does this mean for people with diabetes?

Setting the Mood

A new study shows that people eat less food more slowly when they are in a relaxing environment. Can you reap these benefits?

Diet vs. Exercise

A study of hunter-gatherers suggests that lack of exercise may not be what makes us overweight. Does your personal experience support this idea?

Breakthrough or Tease?

Dr. Denise Faustman’s lab has found that a 90-year-old drug reverses markers of Type 1 diabetes. Should her research get more support, or are critics right to be skeptical?

Paying for Care

A new report examines the different ways doctors and other health-care providers could be paid in the future. How might this affect your care?

Slow Eating

A study finds that eating more quickly is associated with having diabetes. Is eating slowly the answer?

Corrupting Coworkers

A survey shows that many people on special diets feel pressure from colleagues not to stick to them. Are coworkers harming your diabetes management?

Exercise Comfort

A study finds that cooling the palms of the hands during exercise leads to increased performance. What does this mean for your workout?

Fast-Food Factors

Experts debate the reasons for the continuing popularity of fast food. What factors lead you to eat either in or out?

DNA Decisions

Personal genetic sequencing is becoming more and more common. What information should be reported to patients, doctors, and relatives?

Trails to Wellness

A case study finds that building a recreational trail in a low-income area leads to increased exercise. Would a trail enhance your neighborhood?

Doctor Delays

A survey finds that patient satisfaction with doctors drops as waiting times for appointments increase. What can be done?

Carb Quality

People disagree about which forms of carbohydrate are best for health. What should you look for in carbs?

Denying Coverage = Good?

Insurance plans cover some expensive treatments found to have little value in studies. How should insurance plans decide what treatments not to cover?

Too Mean to Paula Deen?

The celebrity chef has been under attack since she announced her diabetes diagnosis and a sponsorship deal. Is the outrage justified?

Exercise Incentives

Two recent articles promote rival sources of motivation: enjoying the outdoors, and a fine when you skip a workout. Would either work for you?

Driving With Diabetes

A new policy statement from the American Diabetes Association recommends evaluating fitness to drive on an individual basis. How should this be accomplished?

Doctor Gifts & Payments

A proposed federal rule requires drug companies to publicly disclose all payments and gifts to doctors and medical schools. How important is this information to you?

To Nibble or Not?

A recent study finds that nibbling food between meals is not associated with being overweight or obese, but its methods have been called into question. Should you nibble?

Shorter Exercise = Better?

A British study finds that extremely short exercise bike routines lead to improved insulin sensitivity. What does this mean for your exercise planning?

Medicare Privatization

Some members of Congress want to limit Medicare spending by privatizing the program. What would this mean, and is it a good idea?

French Fries & Pizza = Veggies?

Congress blocks new school lunch rules that would have limited French fries and stopped counting pizza as a vegetable. Is there any hope for healthier lunches?

Killed Bill

A report describes how medical advocacy groups killed a bill in Congress that would have required health insurance plans to offer discounts for healthy behaviors. An outrage, or the right move?

Diabetes from Plastic?

A recent study shows that a higher urine level of the chemical BPA, found in certain plastics, corresponds to a higher likelihood of diabetes. Should you avoid certain plastics?

The Payment Gap

A study finds that for a typical medical practice, the cost of diabetes patients is much more than reimbursement for them. Does this hurt diabetes care?

Paying for Long-Term Care

The Obama administration drops a planned long-term care insurance program, raising the question: How should long-term care be paid for?

Navigating Pregnancy

Diabetes and pregnancy have never had an easy relationship in the public eye. But while having diabetes makes pregnancy and childbirth more complicated, it does not rule out the possibility of having a healthy baby…

Portion Perfection

Companies are touting special plates and bowls aimed at helping people stick to healthy food portion sizes. Can cues from objects lead to lasting dietary changes?

Starch Clampdown!

A proposed federal rule would limit servings of starchy vegetables in school lunches. A step in the right direction, or the wrong approach?

Health-Care Cuts

The debt-reduction committee formed by Congress will most likely slash health-care spending, including Medicare and Medicaid. What should — and shouldn’t — the panel cut?

Mail-Order Meds

A new study shows that getting prescription drugs in the mail raises the chances of taking them as directed. Are mail-order pharmacies the way to go?

Serving Size Slyness

A recent survey shows that serving sizes on food nutrition labels often don’t match the amount a typical person eats. Should this be changed?

Intensive Control

A report concludes that intensive blood glucose control does not produce better medical outcomes than standard control. Is its logic sound?

Food Ads for Kids

The food industry introduces new guidelines on the heels of a stricter government proposal. Should such self-policing be encouraged?

Fighting Fatigue

A survey finds that an overwhelming majority of people with diabetes suffer from fatigue. What is the solution?

Health vs. Money

A new study shows that lifestyle programs prevent diabetes better than drugs, but cost more than they save. What should insurance companies pay for?

Weight Loss Information and Support

Weight management is a constant struggle for many people with diabetes. While the exact relationship between overweight and Type 2 diabetes is not known, there is ample evidence that losing at least some excess weight tends to help with diabetes control…

Diabetic Apathy?

A survey shows that most people with diabetes know they should make lifestyle changes but don’t. How can this be changed?

Meal Timing

How — for the best health — should you space out your day’s caloric intake?

Single-Payer Health Care

Vermont approves a plan that may lead to state-run health insurance for everyone. Would this help limit health spending, or possibly jeopardize care?

Appetite Reduction

Studies show that eating certain foods may help people consume fewer calories in a sitting. Could this approach be helpful to you?

Disparities and Decline

A report finds troubling disparities in diabetes care based on race, income, and education level — and by some measures care is getting worse. What should be done?

Old vs. New

Diabetes-related spending has increased rapidly in the last decade, with little evidence of a corresponding benefit. For physical and fiscal health, are older drugs the answer?

Health Insurance Mandates

With a challenge in court, the individual insurance mandate from last year’s health care act is in the spotlight. Should health insurance be mandatory?

Exercise and HbA1c

A review finds that structured exercise programs can significantly lower HbA1c in people with Type 2 diabetes. Should health insurance cover them?

Drug Marketing in Court

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments on a Vermont law that denies drug companies records of doctors’ prescribing habits. Which side is right?

Type 2: Autoimmune?

A recent study concludes that an attack by the immune system plays a significant role in Type 2 diabetes. What does this mean for you?

Sweet Poison?

A new article examines the case that sugar is a toxin that may lead to numerous diseases, including Type 2 diabetes. How strong is this argument?

No Diabetes Allowed

A pilot’s plans bring to light the restrictions — and exclusions — that people with diabetes face in many occupations. What rules are appropriate, and which ones are too strict?

Controlling Carbs

A new study finds that counting carbs can be beneficial. But is it the best method for tracking carbohydrate in the diet?

Insulin Innovations

New forms of insulin and insulin delivery systems are in development. Which ones could make your life easier, and which don’t sound attractive to you?

Going Vegetarian

Several studies show that a vegetarian or vegan diet can be beneficial to people with diabetes. Is it right for you?

Race and Obesity Treatment

A study finds that that the race of obese people — and of their doctors — affects how likely they are to receive different forms of counseling. Why?

Taxing Calories

A new study suggests that taxing high-calorie food items would discourage their consumption. Would it work — and would it be right?

Skipping Insulin

A survey explores how often — and why — people intentionally skip insulin doses. Where do you fit into the picture?

Toxins and Type 2

A scientific conference finds that several toxins can lead to both obesity and diabetes. Could this lead to changes in diagnosis and treatment?

Money Talks

When and how should you talk to your doctor about saving money on health care?

Co-pays and No-pays

A recent study finds that many prescription drug orders are abandoned because of high co-payments. What’s the solution?

Diabetes From Education?

A new study finds higher education levels associated with a higher rate of autoimmune diabetes in adults. What might explain the connection?

All About Walking

Walking is the most popular form of exercise in the United States and throughout most of the world. Regular walking has been linked to significant health benefits, including weight loss, reduced cardiovascular risk, and reduced risk of cancer…

Wisdom of Crowds

Winners are announced in a Harvard contest that sought ideas from anyone on how to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Should this approach be repeated?

Drugs, Data, Decisions

The long Avandia controversy raises the question: How should the FDA respond to a massive increase in available data on drugs?

Avandia’s Farewell

The FDA issues regulations ensuring almost no Avandia sales without actually banning the drug. Too quick, a bold compromise, or corporate pandering?

Plus-Size Products and Services

According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one-third of adults in the United States are obese. This proportion is certainly higher among people with diabetes; insulin resistance, a hallmark of Type 2 diabetes, and obesity are both elements of the metabolic syndrome…