Tag: diabetes

First prick-free glucose monitor covered by Medicare announced

Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes now have access to Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre System, a device that allows individuals to keep track of their glucose levels without having to routinely prick their finger. The device was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in September and started being offered in U.S. pharmacies this past November. Patients […]

Duration of diabetes predicts stroke factor

For patients with both diabetes and atrial fibrillation (AF), how long someone has had diabetes is a better predictor of stroke than glycemic control of that patient. Adding this metric to stroke risk models could provide more accurate stroke risk predictions. More than 2,000 patients enrolled in the Anticoagulation and Risk Factors in Atrial Fibrillation […]

New ADA Guidelines for Diabetes Management in LTC Facilities

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) released new guidelines that address diabetes management in long-term care (LTC) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). The guidelines focus on simplification of treatment, strategies to avoid hypoglycemic episodes—which can be particularly dangerous for older adults, and to reassess treatment goals near end of life. The Annals of Long-Term Care reports […]