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Why Being Physically Active Does a Body Good

By Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, FACSM

How active are you? Unless you’re exercising more than several hours a day already, you probably have room to add more in for additional health benefits. Exercise is about the best medicine that there is for so many health conditions, including diabetes. Being active helps manage emotional stress and stave off depression—far better than antidepressant medications and with no bad side effects. It naturally bestows your body with antioxidant effect, making you less likely to develop most types of cancer—or even the common cold.

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Counterpoint: The Pros and Cons of AI-based “Diagnosis” of Diabetic Retinopathy

By A. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO, CDE

The FDA just gave first approval to an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm for the detection of diabetic retinopathy in the offices of non-ophthalmic health care practitioners. Dubbed the IDx-DR (IDx, LLC, Coralville, Iowa), and paired with a Topcon NW400 non-mydriatic retinal camera, captured images are sent to a cloud-based server that utilizes the IDx-DR software and a ‘deep learning’ algorithm to detect retinal findings consistent with diabetic retinopathy based on autonomous comparison with a large dataset of representative fundus images.

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The Joint is Jumping: CGMS, AI and Wearables

Guest Post by David Kliff, Editor, Diabetic Investor
Senseonics has taken their Eversense implantable CGM before an FDA panel, and Bigfoot has announced they have closed their series B $55 million financing round. The FDA has approved Dexcom’s G6 system, pushing shares in the company higher in early trading. And while they didn’t announce anything recently, our friends at Tandem are feeling the love as shares continue to surge higher in anticipation of their new system, which has low glucose suspend.

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Motivational Tips for Getting and Staying Fit

By Sheri R. Colberg, PhD
You may have started the new year out with the best of intentions to increase your fitness and better manage your diabetes by exercising regularly. If you have diabetes or are at risk for developing the disease, deciding to commit to fitness could be a real lifesaver. That’s why it’s more important than ever that you make sure this decision sticks. Here are some motivational tips for getting started being more active.

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Get off the Couch and Work Your Core: 10 Exercises for Core Fitness

By Sheri R. Colberg, PhD

If you suffer from diabetes, you already know that staying fit greatly benefits your health. Yet, many of the complications caused by diabetes can make it difficult to get the exercise you need; in fact, they can make a normal exercise routine difficult or even dangerous. For example, peripheral neuropathy (numbness in the feet caused by nerve damage) may affect your balance and put you at risk for a fall, or could lead to slow-healing ulcers that keep you inactive. On top of that, diabetes patients may have heart disease symptoms or vision problems that make getting up and going for a walk more risky than helpful.

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The Coming Debate on Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery Systems

Guest Post by David Kliff, Editor, Diabetic Investor

As I left Vienna after attending the 11th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes, my thoughts turned to what does this all mean, what was the most significant takeaway? By far the most significant development coming out of ATTD is the long quest to have a REAL closed-loop insulin delivery system is no longer a pipe dream. This is going to happen and for once I believe it will happen in my lifetime. It is difficult to overstate the power of the data I witnessed. The reality here is that some very smart people have come a very long way.

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How To Overcome The Complexities of Treatment Decisions For Your Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Part 1 of a four part series on a framework developed by Dr. Bradley Eilerman and Len Testa for recommending medications for treating patients with type 2 diabetes.

A thousand times today, in offices all over America, hospital patients will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. When that happens, a healthcare provider has to make a treatment decision of enormous complexity, often with partial information to go on, and in the span of just a few minutes.

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There’s a New Diabetes Website in Town

Decades ago, going to an International Diabetic Athletes Association (IDAA) meeting in 1990 helped shaped the future direction of my career in diabetes and exercise. I remember talking with people about managing blood glucose with type 1 diabetes during activities of varying types and intensities, and my interest in compiling such useful information led to my first book attempting to create a guide for exercisers with diabetes in 2001. IDAA later became the Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association (DESA), and it later combined with InsulinDependence.org. Sadly, all those organizations are now defunct, the latest casualties of money problems that many not-for-profit organizations have experienced of late.

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Exercise to Lower Your Risk of Dying (Prematurely) with Type 1 Diabetes

By Sheri R. Colberg, PhD: Much of the research on length of life for individuals living with type 1 diabetes is pessimistic, which makes a new study released recently a breath of fresh air. Data were collected for the ongoing nationwide, multicenter, Finnish Diabetic Nephropathy (FinnDiane) Study that tracked the death rate of 2,639 study participants.

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