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LIBRE LIFE: NEWS DECEMBER 2023

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In this update we are covering the news stories from December 2023, keeping you informed whether you are managing your own diabetes or doing so as a carer.

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ARTHRITIS DRUG OFFERS HOPE FOR T1D

A drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis has been found to suppress the progression of type 1 diabetes in recently diagnosed patients. 
 
A clinical trial carried out inAustralia and supported by JDRF has shown that baricitinib, known in the UK asOlumiant,  can safely and effectively preserve the body’s own insulin production in those newly diagnosed with the condition.
 
The drug works by retraining the immune system to hold off its attack on the pancreas and whendiagnosed early enough, there could be up to 20% of beta cells that can potentially be 'saved' and their ability to produce insulin prolonged.
 
Using the drug could mean delaying the onset of type 1 and less reliance on insulin in the early stages of diagnosis.
 
Find out about more here.

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WALKING FASTER IMPROVES GLUCOSE LEVELS

A study of people's walking pace has found that thosewho walked faster than 3km/h were 15% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared to those walking slower. Those walking between 5-6km/h had a 24% lower risk and people with a speedier stride of more than 6km/h lowered their risk of developing the condition by 39%.
 
Walking speed is an important indicator of overall health and brisk walking is beneficial for maintaining muscle mass, weight loss and can improve insulin sensitivity.
 

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NEW ENZYME DISCOVERY OFFERS HOPE FOR TYPE 1

A Study published in the Science Journal, Cell, offers hope for new treatment of type 1 diabetes.
 
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University and UniversityHospitals in Cleveland have identified an enzyme that blocks insulin produced in the body. It is hoped the discovery will lead to a better understanding of how type 1 develops and could lead the way to better treatment.  

Read more in the Mirror, click here.

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WARNING FOR TYPE 1s USING FITNESS VIDEO GAMES

A Study carried out by Staffordshire University with Federal University of Vale do Sao Francisco has warned that type 1s need to exercise caution when using 'exergames'. 

The Study analysed data from participants either running or playing the Kinect Adventures! video game. They found that it was difficult to measure intensity in the same way as real physical activity and noted that  users were less aware of the effort they were using when participating virtually.

Participants didn't always recognise when they were fatigued and this could be dangerous for T1Ds.
Read more here.

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BROWN SEAWEED GOOD FOR T2D

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An analysis carried out at Seoul National University of Science and Technology has shown that consumption of brown seaweed could be beneficial to persons with type 2 diabetes.

The researchers deduced from data looking at 23 previous studies, that consuming seaweed could prevent type 2 developing and also help to stabilise glucose levels in those with the condition. At least 1000 mg/day of seaweed or seaweed extract was needed to have a lowering effect on HbA1c.

Read more here.

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DEXCOM G7 & TANDEM GETS FDA CLEARANCE TO LOOP

Following approval by the FDA in the USA, Tandem Diabetes Care’s t:slim X2 insulin pump is now able to connect with the Dexcom G7 CGM as an automated insulin delivery system using Tandem's Control-IQ algorithm.  

This is set to clear the way for use soon in the UK and Europe, subject to approval & costs. Read more here.

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iLET BIONICS PANCREAS LINKS TO DEXCOM G7 CGM

Beta Bionics have also announced that it has also partnered with Dexcom to enable an automated insulin delivery system using the G7 CGM, Beta Bionics’ insulin pump and dosing software, dubbed the iLet Bionic Pancreas.

Read more here.

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MEDTRONIC PULLS OUT OF EOFLOW DEAL

Medtronic has pulled out of a $738 million deal to take over the South Korean company EOFlow, who manufacture an insulin patch-pump similar in design to Omnipod.

In October, Insulet (owner of the Omnipod brand) won a preliminary injunction in the USA against EOFlow, in relation to breaches of its patents. Insulet have also won similar legal cases brought in France and Germany. 

Read more here.

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