National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, a time to think about the fact that one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems, including type 2 diabetes. Pediatric endocrinologist Sonia Caprio, MD, recalls a time when obesity was so rare in children that they didn’t get type 2 diabetes, which was referred to as “adult onset diabetes.” Today, because childhood obesity has escalated, type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise. “Diabetes is coming on board at least two decades earlier than what we saw in the past,” said Dr. Caprio.
Herold is New Chair of International Diabetes Consortium
Kevan C. Herold, MD, C.N.H. Long Professor of Immunobiology and professor of medicine (endocrinology) at Yale School of Medicine, has been named chair of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) TrialNet, an international consortium dedicated to finding ways to prevent, delay, and slow progression of the disease.
Conn. Health Providers Say Drug Maker Restrictions On Discount Program Will Leave Patients Stranded
The 340B Drug Pricing Program was created as a safety net to help uninsured and low-income patients afford medications. It requires drug manufacturers participating in Medicaid to sell outpatient drugs at discounted prices to hospitals, community health centers, clinics and other eligible health sites.Source: WNPR
Pandemic Creates Greater Financial, Physical And Mental Burdens On Conn. Diabetics
Managing a lifetime disease like diabetes often comes with a high price tag and can take a toll on someone’s mental health. Connecticut advocates and providers said adding in a global pandemic has left patients dealing with an even heavier burden of financial, physical and mental health needs.Source: WNPR
Diabetes Patients Shielded From Rising Insulin Prices?
For many patients on insulin, the necessary costs go beyond test strips, lancets, and syringes to include durable medical equipment for insulin pumps (infusion sets, reservoirs, and pods); continuous glucose monitoring devices (sensors, transmitters, and receivers); glucagon in case of a hypoglycemic emergency; glucose tablets or glucose gel; and ketone test strips for early detection of ketosis.Source: Medpage Today