About 5% of the United States population has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and the great majority are diagnosed before age 25. Since a diabetes diagnosis prevents enlistment in the military, relatively few veterans have the condition compared to type 2 diabetes, which affects about a fourth of VHA patients.
OAKLAND, CA—Data from more than 1.3 million VHA patients was used to help validate a practical tool for identifying people with diabetes who are at the highest risk for being admitted to an emergency department... View Article
BOSTON—Clinical guidelines recommend relaxing glycemic control target levels for patients with diabetes and advanced disease and eventual discontinuation of medications as patients near death to avoid hypoglycemia. A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine... View Article
LOUIS—For years, research has shown that patients with diabetes have an increased risk of kidney disease. But what about the reverse? A new study published in the journal Kidney International provides evidence that kidney dysfunction... View Article
It’s not only the VA that struggles with the balance between just enough treatment of older Type 2 diabetes patients and too much.
BETHESDA, MD—Past research has raised the possibility that a common blood sugar-lowering drug could be associated with improved survival in cancer patients with Type 2 diabetes. A study published recently in the International Journal of Cancer assessed... View Article
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) have long been known to increase the risk of infection and amputation.
By Annette M. Boyle LONG BEACH, CA—In recent years, the American Diabetes Association and other organizations have recognized that very low glycemic rates do not provide a cardiovascular benefit and might instead increase mortality risk... View Article
How diabetes affects pathophysiological processes among patients with acute heart failure (AHF) is unclear, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure.1
Some Youths More Likely to Get Type 1 Diabetes Technology By Brenda L. Mooney BETHESDA, MD—The U.S. military touts the equal access to healthcare it offers to servicemembers and beneficiaries. Despite that, new research found... View Article
Hemoglobin A1c might be underestimating glucose levels in a meaningful percentage of African-American and other patients.
SAN DIEGO — Many veterans drift for years with out-of-control diabetes, despite regular visits with their primary care physician and prescriptions for anti-glycemic agents.
Obesity and related health issues remain a significant concern for U.S. servicemembers and veterans, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.
With Type 2 diabetes increasingly common in HIV-infected individuals, are standard oral diabetes medications as effective in that population?
Cardiovascular risk is increased in patients with Type 2 diabetes, at least partly because of hypertriglyceridemia and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
A free online certificate course on diabetes made available at the VA and DoD earlier this year already has had more than 550 enrollments and awarded 15 certificates.
For 30 years, Americans have focused on reducing fat to lower their risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases.
To reach the growing number of individuals in their care who have diabetes, both the Army and the Indian Health Service have aggressively adopted telemedicine
DENVER—Endocrinology telehealth consultations improved short-term glycemic control as effectively as traditional face-to-face visits in a veteran population with diabetes, according to a new study.The article published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology noted... View Article
SEATTLE—Blacks have high rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality, as well as diabetes and chronic kidney disease, and risk factors for cardiovascular mortality in the general population are common among blacks.A report published recently in... View Article
NASHVILLE—How do common type 2 diabetes treatment intensification regimens at the VA affect glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and body mass index (BMI)?A study published recently in the journal BMC Endocrine Disorders sought to answer that question.1A... View Article
WASHINGTON—The VA treats about a million veterans for diabetes, nearly one-fourth of its patient population.
BALTIMORE — Real-time continuous glucose monitoring (RT-CGM) is cost-effective in diabetes patients, according to a military study.In making that determination, a study team led by Walter Reed National Military Medical Center researchers used evidence from... View Article
TRAVIS Air Force Base, CA — Severity of combat injuries influences the risk of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans to develop diabetes and other chronic diseases, according to a new study.The report, published recently in... View Article
PHOENIX — Is serious hypoglycemia associated with progression of atherosclerosis in veterans?An investigation published recently in the journal Diabetes Care sought to answer that question and came up with a mixed answer.1Researchers from the Phoenix... View Article
Does therapy with a common diabetes drug class decrease the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations?
LOS ANGELES — Diabetes prevention is especially important at the VHA where 1 in 4 veterans has the disease, according to a small study citing growing evidence for the use of Web-based diabetes prevention program... View Article
NEW ORLEANS — Most diabetes patients don’t have levels of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) under control, either individually or in combination, according to a new study seeking to determine the value... View Article
CHARLESTON, SC — Costs of treating diabetes increase when patients also have mental health issues, according to a new VHA study.The study, which was published recently in the American Journal of Managed Care, looked at... View Article
The Zanesville Community Based Outpatient Clinic is pretty typical when it comes to VA community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs).
LOUIS — New-onset diabetes mellitus (NODM) in adults can be an indicator of pancreatic cancer, although the incidence remains low in that cohort. A new study sought to determine whether other factors could help determine... View Article
Could a common drug used for gout lower the risk of diabetes? That’s what a recent study in the journal Clinical Therapeutics endeavored to find out.
Some Clinicians Worry More About Malpractice Than HypoglycemiaBy Brenda L. MooneyANN ARBOR, MI — Despite a VA campaign to raise awareness of hypoglycemia and recommendations from the national Choosing Wisely campaign to less aggressively treat... View Article
PLAINSBORO, NJ – Physicians treating diabetes patients have new weapons in their arsenal.The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Tresiba (insulin degludec injection) and Ryzodeg 70/30 (insulin degludec/insulin aspart injection) to improve glucose control in... View Article
SAN DIEGO — Fewer beneficial and more harmful intestinal bacteria appear to exist in African-American men at elevated risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a veterans’ study.The research was presented at the ENDO... View Article
AUGUSTA, GA — Thiazolidinediones (TZDs) appear to activate sensors in brain cells diabetes patients, increasing hunger and causing users to gain more body fat, according to a new study.The animal study, published recently in the... View Article
Statins Increase Diabetes Risk 87% in TRICARE StudyDALLAS — Even for generally healthy patients, statins substantially increase the risk of developing diabetes.That’s according to a new database study of nearly 26,000 beneficiaries of the Military... View Article
VA Researchers Warn About Too ‘Tight’ Blood-Sugar ControlBy Brenda L. MooneyANN ARBOR, MI — The VA’s balanced approach to glycemic control — keeping blood sugar levels low but not too low — appears to be... View Article
OAKLAND, CA – American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are more than twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic Caucasians, and the prevalence of diabetes in the AI/AN populations has increased by more than... View Article
ANN ARBOR, MI – A new “precision medicine” approach to diabetes prevention uses existing information such as blood sugar levels and waist-to-hip ratios, rather than a genetic test, to determine who has the highest risk... View Article
BEDFORD, MA – African-American women who work night shifts are significantly more likely to develop diabetes, and their risk increases the longer they work that schedule. That’s according to a new study published in Diabetolgia,... View Article
Effort Seeks to Reduce Hypoglycemia in Older Veterans WASHINGTON - At the beginning of the 21st century, tight glucose control for patients with type 2 diabetes was all the rage.
PITTSBURGH – Veterans who double dip benefits, receiving glucose test strips through both the VA and Medicare, use more strips and are more likely to potentially overuse the measurement devices, according to a new study.... View Article
BETHESDA, MD – Chronic insomnia doubles the risk of developing hypertension and type 2 diabetes in servicemembers compared to military personnel who have not been diagnosed with that sleep problem. That’s according to a report... View Article
PITTSBURGH – Veterans who participated in mindfulness training lowered their diabetes-related distress and glucose levels while improving their self-management of the disease, according to a new study. The training included focused breathing and awareness training,... View Article
SAN ANTONIO - For many veterans, leaving the service marks the beginning of a new battle — the constant fight against obesity. Sudden weight gain often accompanies the transition to civilian life, with more than 70% of veterans ending up overweight and at elevated risk of developing diabetes and a complex cascade of related health issues.
By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON – In 1964, a diagnosis of diabetes led to immediate discharge from the Army. Today, soldiers with well-managed diabetes can continue to have long and successful military careers. “With the... View Article
Early Insulin, Singular Focus on HbA1c Not Always Best By Brenda L. Mooney NASHVILLE — New VA research soon might change the way clinicians treat veterans with type 2 diabetes. Despite the increased push for... View Article
DURHAM, NC – Poor adherence to antiretroviral therapy in veterans with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) also is a good predictor of whether those same patients will achieve good control if they have diabetes. That’s according... View Article
DURHAM, NC – Patients may rush to start a weight loss program upon diagnosis of an obesity-related disease but often are unable to sustain the effort on that basis alone, according to a new VA... View Article
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