Here is a selection of some of the most interesting diabetes news to help you stay up-to-date on your condition and diabetes care.
Apple Watch to debut diabetes app
In April, Apple Watch users who have diabetes can get an app to help them monitor their blood glucose levels, according to CNet. The app was designed by DexCom, a medical products maker, and will use a body sensor worn around the abdomen. The sensor will measure glucose levels every five minutes and send that data to the Apple Watch. Users will be able to see this information in the form of a graph or chart if they like, which can be very helpful in identifying trends in blood sugar management. It can also alert users if their blood glucose level is headed toward being too high or low. The app should be available at the same time in April when the Apple Watch itself is released.
Women with Type 1 diabetes have a greater chance of death
A new study from Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, which analyzed 26 previous diabetes studies, found women with Type 1 diabetes have a 37 percent greater chance of dying than men with the same condition, according to Forbes. Women also had more than double the risk of dying of heart disease when compared to men. In absolute terms, more men than women die of diabetes, because more men have the disease. However, women with diabetes appear to be at a greater risk of death from the disease than men who have it. It has long been known that women have a greater risk of cardiac complications from diabetes, as well.
"This paper is a little bit of a new message," Helen Nickerson, director of translational research at JDRF, told Forbes. "We know that women lose their cardio-renal protection, but not necessarily that women beyond that have a higher risk of death."
Lowering blood pressure may reduce the risk of diabetes complications
A new review of data from 40 trials that involved more than 100,000 people with diabetes, published in JAMA, has found lowering blood pressure may reduce the risk of diabetes complications. Lowering systolic blood pressure(the top number) 10 points below 140 brought a 13 percent reduction in the risk for death. The risk of coronary heart disease also dropped, as did the risk of stroke, blindness, and kidney problems.
"If you are diabetic with a reading of 135 and not taking medication for high blood pressure, you are likely to benefit from taking it," study co-author Dr. Kazem Rahimi, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at Oxford, told The New York Times.