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Just Stand

Angie Szumlinski News

We all know the benefit of regular exercise and making healthy lifestyle choices, but did you know that these steps can also work in your favor as it relates to insulin and diabetes? In a recent study, the researchers found that the more time spent standing, the better insulin sensitivity is in sedentary adults. Of course, adipose tissue (nasty words) …

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Per an article published in JAMA Network, adults with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes had better outcomes using continuous glucose monitoring versus blood glucose meter monitoring. The trend in geriatric care has been to step away from using sliding scale insulin, opting for long-acting insulins such as Lantus instead. This recent study indicates that continuous monitoring using a medical device …

Is Diabetes Winning?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, trends in diabetic treatment and risk factor control were analyzed to assist in informing public health policy and planning. The study found that diabetes control improved from 1999 to the early 2010s among the participants but stalled and declined afterward. The study concluded that after more than a decade …

Neuropathic Pain

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Studies

MedPage Today reported on Erika A. Petersen, MD, of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock speaking at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology’s virtual meeting in May. Dr. Petersen discussed the use of a spinal cord stimulation device for relieving diabetic neuropathy pain. “This is the largest randomized controlled trial evaluating spinal cord stimulation for refractory …

Homemade Nutrition

Angie Szumlinski Health

The prevalence of nutrition-sensitive conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes has increased substantially in the US during the past 30 years. For decades, US policies to address hunger and food insecurity have focused largely on providing sufficient calories or quantities of food. However, effectively addressing the current diet-related challenges in the US will require a shift beyond these …

Type 2 Diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society published an article discussing the impact of Type 2 diabetes on Parkinson’s disease. Both of these diseases affect an aging population and although studies have explored the relationship between the two diseases, results have been conflicting. The objective of their study was to investigate Type 2 diabetes with Parkinson’s disease progression. At the …

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Prediabetes – Pathway – Diabetes

Angie Szumlinski Studies

The prevalence of prediabetes and diabetes increases substantially with age. In the U.S., an estimated 25% of adults 65 years or older have diabetes, whereas more than 50% meet criteria for prediabetes depending on the definition used. Despite the high prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes among older adults, progression of hyperglycemia over time (the transition from normoglycemia to prediabetes or …

Non COVID-19 Blog

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

Yes, this truly is a “non-COVID-19” blog! It has been a long time since we posted something like this and we are truly excited to do so! We have all taken care of residents with uncontrolled, type II diabetes, right? We adjust the oral medications unsuccessfully for as long as we can and then the physician writes orders for insulin. …

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Diabetes – The New Horizon

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

A recent article published in the Endocrine News identifies a new set of “quality measures” that outline key risk factors that raise an individual’s chances of developing hypoglycemia. Key risk factors include: Experiencing a hypoglycemic event where blood glucose levels dropped below 54 mg/dl and required immediate attention within the past year Experiencing altered mental or physical status requiring assistance …