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Continuous sensors will change everything for people with diabetes. That’s the view of some top diabetologists who met in Washington, D.C., on December 19.
The National Institutes of Health , the U.S. Food and Drug Administration , and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International organized the meeting to discuss “Obstacles and Opportunities on the Road to an Artificial Pancreas: Closing the Loop.” While they haven’t published their discussions, I just got an extensive draft of the discussions from diabetes consultant Kelly Close, who has a summary on her website.
Reading what those experts said convinced me that diabetes control is about to take as big a leap forward as it did in the early 1990s when the conclusions of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) became clear. The DCCT showed that people with diabetes who keep their A1C levels close to 7 percent have a much better chance of delaying or preventing diabetes complications that affect the eyes, kidney...
Menopause is linked to diminishing sex drive for some women. The most common culprit has been the drop in estrogen. In The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause , Dr. Holly Thacker wrote that this decline can cause several ripple effects. The first involves mood changes that can affect a woman’s interest in sex. The second is vaginal dryness, which can make sex uncomfortable. But researchers are finding that a third issue – diabetes – may also be causing problems for menopausal women.
A new study out of the University of California, San Francisco found that having diabetes can cause perimenopausal and menopausal women to be less satisfied with their sex lives, according to MedLinePlus, which is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Researchers surveyed approximately 2,300 women who were between the ages of 40 and 80. About six percent of the participants in the study had diabetes that had to be treated with insulin. Another 15 percent had diabe...
Definition This test measures the concentration of sodium in the blood. Alternative Names Serum sodium How the test is performed Blood is drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood. Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm. Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding. In infants or young children, a sharp tool called a lancet may be used to puncture the skin and make it bleed. The blood collects into a small glass tube called a pipette, or onto a slide or test strip. A bandage may be placed over the area if there is any bleeding. How to prepare for the test Y...
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