December 8, 2022

It’s “In the News…” Got a few minutes? Get caught up! Our top stories this week include new information about the temperature at which insulin can be safely stored, a warning about men taking Metformin, news about sexual health and women with diabetes, and a heads up about a virtual mental health conference coming up for people with diabetes.

Hello and welcome to diabetes connections in the news i’m stacy sims and these are the top diabetes stories and headlines of the past seven days as usual all sources linked up at when this airs as a podcast in the news is brought to you by the world’s worst diabetes mom real-life stories of parenting a child with type 1 diabetes winner

Of the best new non-fiction at the american book fest and named a book authority best parenting book available in paperback ebook or audiobook at our top story a look at how insulin holds up under real world and often hotter conditions than is recommended doctors without borders found that a range of insulins can be stored at warmer temperatures than

Previously recommended they showed its okay above 77 degrees all the way up to 99 degrees for four weeks this is really important not just for emergency settings like refugee camps but for people who live in areas without refrigeration they often have to travel to health clinics which may be far away which can’t send them home with the insulin the group now says

Pharmaceutical companies should urgently submit to regulatory authorities for use of insulin under expanded temperature ranges this story came out a few weeks back but i haven’t seen it anywhere big headlines this week about metformin and the risk of birth defects in the babies of men who take it metformin is a very common diabetes drug taken by tens of millions

Of people around the world sons born to men taking it were more than three times as likely to have a genital birth defect as unexposed babies these problems were relatively rare occurring in fewer than one percent of all babies with dads who took metformin but it is significant because of the number of people who take it these researchers say the paper’s findings

Are preliminary and observational only and that men with diabetes should not abruptly stop metformin before trying to conceive reassuringly the researchers saw no effect for men who took the drug earlier in life or even a year before the baby was born expect a lot more research to come out on this one grain of salt needed here but new research may show that

People with type 1 are likely to manage better if they have high levels of psychological resilience this was a british study that followed 1800 people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes they used a questionnaire to determine how they adapted to change and focused under pressure the researchers found people with type 1 diabetes who had low psychological resilience

Also had poorer blood sugar control after two years the idea is that something like this would offer the opportunity to identify those who might benefit most from additional support when they are first diagnosed among patients with diabetes women are just as likely as men to suffer from sexual dysfunction but their issues are overlooked big session on this at the

Diabetes uk professional conference this week researchers say women with diabetes can experience reduced sexual desire painful sex and other issues which can increase the risk of depression but these issues are usually untreated despite help being available they talk about the embarrassment factor here and the idea that many women with sexual dysfunction don’t

Realize diabetes could be a factor and they encourage healthcare professionals to go beyond conversations about contraception pregnancy and menstruation a recent study led by belgian researchers found an equal number of men to women with diabetes reported sexual dysfunction concerning new trend about pre-diabetes it has doubled among children over the last 20

Years the increase was seen over almost all sub-populations of young americans regardless of income ethnicity and education this study in the journal of pediatrics included kids 12 to 19 years old from 1999 to 2018 and the rate went from 11.6 percent to 28.2 pre-diabetes means blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet at the diabetes threshold the

Researchers here are quick to point out they don’t know the reason why this is happening while diet and exercise are usually what’s pointed to it is not clear that’s the reason behind this rise huge new study of more than 3 million people say those with type 2 have a higher risk of 57 other health conditions experts described the findings as stark and alarming

And said it underlined the urgent need to reduce the risk of more people developing type 2 this study is not yet peer reviewed it focused on people over 30 these researchers say the higher risk occurs when people are diagnosed with type 2 before the age of 50. so that’s why they focused on this younger cohort want to let you know about the diabetes plus mental

Health virtual conference coming up in may this is a two-day event that will highlight ways in which living with diabetes affects mental health there are two tracks one for patients one for caregivers and providers i am excited to let you know i’m taking part in here just in a very lighthearted way i am hosting a game show type session where you’ll be able

To meet some of the presenters and participants lots more information i will link it up registration is open now and early bird pricing ends april 3rd on this week’s long format episode we’re talking to jdrf about the new non-profit insulin that they have backed they’ve given financial backing to why will this effort from civica rx be different we will talk

About it and next week we’re gonna have a conversation with one of the women in the joslin medalist study she was diagnosed nearly 70 years ago shares her story and why she’s excited about being part of this incredible group and boy the joslin medalists really are just a terrific group listen wherever you get your podcasts and that is in the news for this week

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In the News… rethinking insulin temperature, Metformin warning, diabetes & sexual health and more! By Diabetes Connections