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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?