People with diabetes are living longer and healthier lives than ever. The life expectancy for PWDs has dramatically increased through the years (yay!), but that doesn’t mean that diabetes gets any easier. In fact, as the well-respected endocrinologist and person with diabetes (PWD) himself Dr. Irl Hirsch put it at a conference earlier this year: we’re seeing more “geriatric PWDs” these days and that presents a new host of issues that endocrinologists and patients traditionally…Read more »
Three extra lines on an eye chart.
That may not seem like much at first glance (!), but those lines represent a significant step forward in the treatment of a form of diabetic retinopathy known as diabetic macular edema (DME).
In groundbreaking news this week, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the first drug of its kind to treat DME for people with diabetes, called Lucentis from California-based Genentech.
The FDA noted that this drug…
Here’s a quick biology quiz: what is the largest organ in your body?
It’s… your skin! Did you get it right? Despite the fact that your skin is on the outside, it is your largest organ and as we’ve discussed in previous editions in our 411 on Diabetes Complications series, diabetes can affect every organ in (or on!) your body. This goes for your skin too! With the summer heat barreling down, more…
June is Men’s Health Month, so as one of the ‘Mine’s men in the trenches, I’ve been asked to cover what’s unique about diabetes and men. You might be surprised to learn that it’s not all below the waistline (although some of it is). Diabetes uniquely effects men’s bodies differently from women’s, and yes — the classic male traits may get in the way of good healthcare as you’d expect.
But don’t worry guys, we’ve…
When I started writing our 411 series on diabetes complications, I expected that it would take me roughly a year to cover them all. Off the top of my head, I knew the Big Four: blindness, kidney failure, neuropathy, and heart disease. I knew there were some “lesser known” — or at least, lesser recognized — complications like depression and erectile dysfunction. But we’re now 18 months into the 411 series, and there are still…Read more »