Diabetes Forecast

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Diabetes Discovery Podcast

Diabetes Discovery presented by Diabetes Forecast, the healthy living magazine of the American Diabetes Association, shares what's new in diabetes research—and what it means for you.

Diabetes Discovery Podcast

Listen in as a doctor and a person with diabetes chat about new diabetes science.

Neil S. Skolnik, M.D.

Cohosts Neil S. Skolnik, MD, professor of family and consumer medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and associate director of the family medicine residency program at Abington Memorial Hospital, and Kelly Rawlings, PWD, editorial director of Diabetes Forecast magazine, discuss highlights from the American Diabetes Association's professional scientific journals.
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Episode 22

Gastric Bypass Surgery and Clinical Inertia in Type 2

October 2016

Listeners, we’re going to focus on learnings from a study about gastric bypass surgery in type 2 diabetes, at 3 years after the surgery. Then, we’ll turn to a study that looks at clinical inertia in people newly diagnosed with type 2. Clinical inertia is a term for a delay in prescribing more aggressive treatment when a health target, such as A1C, isn’t achieved.

Listen to Episode 22 now.

Episode 21

Weight Loss in Type 2 & High-Fat/High-Carb Diets

October 2016

We have two studies about T2 diabetes today. The first looks at weight loss and regain and CVD risk factors. The second is an analysis of a lot of studies that compared certain types of high-fat diets with high-carb diets and CVD risk factors. Lot of food for thought!

Listen to Episode 21 now.

Episode 20

Type 2 Blood Glucose Control & Wearable Artificial Pancreas

October 2016

Today we have a study that shows us that tight blood glucose control in type 2 diabetes for a relatively concentrated amount of time can have positive effects that last for years when it comes to the eyes. Then, we’ll turn to the world of type 1 diabetes and some really interesting “real world” use by kids of a wearable artificial pancreas.

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Episode 19

Get Fit, Don’t Sit & Lowering “Bad” Cholesterol

October 2016

As part of today’s edition, we’ll look at the topic of sitting—or rather, how breaking up sitting with some brief bouts of gentle movement can improve type 2 diabetes. Then, we’ll look at the value of using treatments to lower “bad” cholesterol in type 1, and how that can protect your heart and brain.

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Episode 18

Episode 18: Intensive Glucose Control

October 2016

Hello, listeners! Thanks for being part of today’s diabetes conversation. We’re going to talk about intensive glucose control and what it means in terms of preventing long-term heart disease in T1D and end-stage kidney disease in T2.

Listen to Episode 18 now.

Episode 17

Bariatric Surgery & Barriers to Diabetes Health

October 2016

Today we’re focusing on bariatric surgery and a study that looked at long-term changes in fasting glucose and insulin to see if the type of surgery seems to matter. Then we’ll look at a round-up that discusses some of the reasons people and doctors may hesitate to start of insulin therapy—and ways to overcome the barriers in order to reach better diabetes health.

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Episode 16

Severe Lows: How Often? & Potatoes: Healthy or Not?

March 2016

Find out how often severe low blood glucose episodes happen in real life. Also, you say "potato," researchers say eating lots of spuds may be linked to developing type 2 diabetes.

Listen to Episode 16 now.

Episode 15

Group Medical Appointments & Testing Inhaled Glucagon

March 2016

Forget going solo: Group medical appointments are a new way to see your doctor in good company. Plus, "inhaled" glucagon, a potential new way to treat severe lows.

Listen to Episode 15 now.

Episode 14

Loud Snoring: Sounds Like Type 2 Diabetes & 3 Important Vaccinations

December 2015

Problems breathing during sleep may be a sign that a person is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Plus, find out which three vaccinations are recommended for people with any type of diabetes.

Listen to Episode 14 now.

Episode 13

Type 2 Diabetes Drug News & Better Blood Glucose With Breakfast

October 2015

For the first time, a diabetes med reduces heart event risk in type 2 diabetes. Plus, why eating breakfast can help you control blood glucose levels later in the day.

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Episode 12

Physical Activity and Heart Health in Type 1 & Avoiding Hypoglycemia

September 2015

A large study found that physical activity is associated with healthier blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight, which help protect the heart and brain. Also, find out what an expert panel says about avoiding or minimizing serious lows (hypoglycemia).

Listen to Episode 12 now.

Episode 11

Physical Activity and Heart Health in Type 1 & Avoiding Hypoglycemia

August 2015

A large study found that physical activity is associated with healthier blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight, all of which help protect the heart and brain. Also, find out what an expert panel says about avoiding or minimizing serious lows (hypoglycemia).

Listen to Episode 11 now.

Episode 10

Diabetes Medications and Pancreatitis Risk & After-Meal Glucose in Type 1

June 2015

Do certain type 2 diabetes medications lead to painful pancreatitis? And how do fat, protein, and high glycemic foods affect after-meal glucose levels in type 1 diabetes?

Listen to Episode 10 now.

Episode 9

A Look at Viruses in Type 1 & Fitness for Glucose Control

May 2015

Researchers look for viruses in pancreatic cells of people newly diagnosed with type 1. Plus, how cardiorespiratory fitness helps blood glucose control in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Listen to Episode 9 now.

Episode 8

Bariatric Surgery & Building Muscles for Health

April 2015

New research on bariatric surgery in people with type 2 diabetes who use insulin. Then, how muscle-building strength-training exercises improve health.

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Episode 7

SGLT-2 Medications Roundup

March 2015

Find out more about a newer class of type 2 diabetes medications called SGLT-2 inhibitors. We'll look at a roundup of studies.

Listen to Episode 7 now.

Episode 6

News About Kidney Disease & Hypoglycemia in Insulin Users

February 2015

People with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease may have another, affordable medication option. Plus, hypoglycemia—low blood glucose—and the risk for heart disease in people using insulin.

Listen to Episode 6 now.

Episode 5

Diabetes Medications and Cancer Risk & Losing Weight Online

January 2015

Do certain diabetes medications increase the risk of cancer? Plus, how to lose weight using an online weight-loss program.

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Episode 4

Beating Type 2 & Hypoglycemia and the Heart

December 2014

Can you really reverse—or beat—type 2 diabetes? And does having severe low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) make heart attacks and strokes more likely?

Listen to Episode 4 now.

Episode 3

Combo Medications & High-Intensity Statins

November 2014

Learn about a combination diabetes medication aimed at A1C reduction (combo meds can help save money). Plus, find out whether high-intensity statins reduce heart disease risk in people with diabetes.

Listen to Episode 3 now.

Episode 2

Prediabetes & About the A1C Test

October 2014

The effects of weight loss and weight regain in people at risk for type 2 diabetes. Plus, how often to have an A1C blood test when you're trying to lower high blood glucose levels.

Listen to Episode 2 now.

Episode 1

Lifestyle Changes & Nutrition Guidelines

August 2014

How intensive changes in diet and exercise in people with type 2 diabetes affect health care costs. Plus, what to eat with diabetes: new nutrition recommendations from the American Diabetes Association.

Listen to Episode 1 now.

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