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Increased risk of death, cancer linked to very low blood sugar in type 2 diabetics

Type 2 diabetics with severe hypoglycemia, or very low blood sugar, are at an increased risk of death and of developing various cancers, a new study finds. Hypoglycemia can happen suddenly and if left untreated can worsen and cause confusion, clumsiness, or fainting. Severe hypoglycemia can lead to seizures, coma, and even death. Many medications to treat type 2 diabetes can cause very low blood sugar levels. For the study, researchers from Hong Kong studied 8,767 patients with a mean age of 57.4, and divided them into two groups – those with severe hypoglycemia and those without the condition. Both also had ... Read More

Abbott recalls FreeStyle, FreeStyle Flash blood glucose meters

Abbott’s FreeStyle and FreeStyle Flash blood glucose meters are being recalled because when used with the Abbott FreeStyle test strips the meters may produce mistakenly low blood glucose results. Both the FreeStyle and the FreeStyle Flash meters have been in production since 2010. Blood glucose meters are used to measure blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Those who have the meters affected by this recall should immediately contact Abbott Diabetes Care at 1-888-345-5364 to receive a replacement meter. Consumers who have access to an alternative glucose meter should immediately discontinue using their Freestyle or FreeStyle Flash meter and take the necessary ... Read More

Diabetes blood glucose testing meters recalled

About 600 TRUEbalance and TRUEtrack blood glucose meters, made by Nipro Diagnostics are being recalled both in the United States and abroad because the meters have a an incorrect factory set unit that displays the glucose result in mmol/L rather than mg/dl. It is possible for the meter to be read by users as lower than the expected blood glucose result. A total of 501 TRUEbalance meters and 105 TRUEtrack meters are affected by the recall. These meters were distributed in the United States from September 2008 to May 2013. Nipro Diagnostics is sending notifications to pharmacies, durable medical equipment ... Read More

Nova diabetes test strips recalled

Several lots of Nova Max Glucose Test Strips used to test blood sugar levels  are being recalled because they may report a false, abnormally high blood glucose result. This defect could, under certain conditions, result in an insulin dosing error that could lead to serious health risks requiring immediate medical attention. The recall, initiated by Nova Diabetes Care, affects 21 lots of Nova Max Glucose Test Strips and Nova Max Plus glucose meter kits that include the test strips. The affected products were distributed both within and outside the continental USA. Nova Diabetes Care has notified all registered users, health ... Read More

Diabetes organizations broaden definition of hypoglycemia to better serve patients

The Endocrine Society and the American Diabetes Association broadened the definition of hypoglycemia to include events during which a diabetic experiences symptoms consistent with low blood sugar without a supporting blood test. Hypoglycemia occurs when a person has low blood glucose concentrations that puts him at risk for injury or death. Acute hypoglycemia can cause confusion, loss of consciousness and seizures. The definition of hypoglycemia was broadened because experts noted that episodes of hypoglycemia can occur even when blood tests show glucose levels are in the normal range. The organizations also emphasized the importance of using hypoglycemic risk as one ... Read More

Advocates push for more aggressive approach to gestational diabetes

A change in the way pregnant women are tested for gestation diabetes could greatly increase the number of women diagnosed with the disease, which may help keep both mother and baby healthier in the future. Gestational diabetes is a form of the disease that either starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy. It is a growing problem, as more women are waiting until their 30s or 40s to have babies, and more women are overweight before they become pregnant. It is one of the most common complications of pregnancy. Almost all pregnant women are checked for gestational diabetes because if ... Read More

Study shows daily insulin injections do not raise risk for heart attack, stroke, cancer

The safety of diabetes medications has been a concern since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings about cancer and heart attacks associated with the type 2 diabetes drugs Actos and Avandia. For decades, people have wondered if the use of another diabetes medication – insulin – made diabetics more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and cancer. But, a new study offers some peace of mind, indicating long-term, daily injections of insulin do not appear to increase the risk for heart attacks, strokes, or cancer in people with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. The new international study, led by Canadian researchers, ... Read More