New Guidance for Treating Diabetic COVID-19 Patients in the ICU

June 10, 2020

According to the report, more than 20 percent of COVID patients in the ICU are patients with diabetes, presenting challenges for the clinicians managing their care.  Diabetic patients with COVID-19 in the ICU need both complex medical management of their COVID disease, along with blood sugar control to minimize complications and mortality risk- and that can require multiple patient interactions that put the provider at risk.

ACE’s and ARBs Not Linked to COVID-19 Mortality But Hypertension Doubles Risk

June 09, 2020

Hypertensive patients have a two-fold increased risk of dying from the coronavirus COVID-19 compared to patients without high blood pressure, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal.  In addition, if the hypertension is untreated, the risk is greater.

Mortality Estimates in Elderly Atherosclerosis Patients Improved By Knowledge of Exercise Habits

June 09, 2020

When asked to elderly patients undergoing coronary artery calcium (CAC) scans, the results of a single question offer providers a better understanding of the individual’s risk of death: "On a scale of 1 - 10, how much do you exercise (0-none, 10-always)?"

Diabetes and Heart Disease? Adherence to Antihypertensive Drugs Increase Life Expectancy in Frail Elderly Populations

June 08, 2020

When antihypertensive medications are taken with regularity, life expectancy is increased says a new study published in the American Heart Association Journal Hypertension.

Chemical Exposure May Cause Early Menopause

June 03, 2020

Women exposed to Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS), a chemical commonly used in nonstick and waterproof products and firefighting foams, experience menopause earlier according to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Ticagrelor Now For Use in Diabetic Patients Without History of MI or Stroke Says FDA

June 02, 2020

The oral antiplatelet drug Ticagrelor (Brilinta, Astra Zeneca), was approved this week by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who are at high risk for a first heart attack or stroke.  The change adds new treatment options to diabetic pateints at high risk for cardiac events.

Oral Diabetes Drugs May Improve Survival In Diabetics With Colorectal Cancer

June 02, 2020

A common problem among diabetic patients is adherence to medications.  A new study has found that colorectal cancer patients who are compliant in taking oral diabetes drugs fare better than those who do not.

Image IQ: 50 year old man with nausea, vomiting, mental status change and rash

June 01, 2020

How good are your diagnostic skills?  Test them here with this month's Visual Dx quiz!