Study finds sleep disturbance common among women with diabetes
In a Journal of Advanced Nursing study of 90 adults with type 2 diabetes published last week, female gender, elevated blood sugar levels, neuropathic pain, and fatigue were related to sleep disturbance, even after controlling for factors such as age, diabetes duration, depressive symptoms and distress.
The findings suggest that clinicians should pay extra attention to females when conducting sleep-related assessments. A comprehensive sleep evaluation should also include diabetes-related symptoms such as neuropathic pain and fatigue.
"Sleep disturbance in patients with diabetes is common and may negatively affect blood glucose," stated senior author Cynthia Fritschi of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. "A thorough sleep assessment, especially in female adults, must include a symptom assessment. To do otherwise limits our ability to treat sleep disturbance effectively in this population."
Ascensia Diabetes Care celebrates 30 women as part of World Diabetes Day recognition
Ascensia Diabetes Care, based out of Basel, Switzerland, is showing its support for World Diabetes Day 2017 by publishing 30 portraits of inspiring women who are making significant contributions to advancing diabetes care. The theme of World Diabetes Day is Women and Diabetes, and through this initiative, Ascensia aims to raise global awareness of diabetes and help to amplify the messages of the International Diabetes Federation.
"We are excited to be celebrating World Diabetes Day 2017 by showcasing the amazing women who have had a profound impact on diabetes," stated Michael Kloss, president and CEO Ascensia Diabetes Care. "As a company who are focused only on diabetes, we are proud to lend our support to raising awareness of this condition and what better way to celebrate World Diabetes Day than highlighting inspiring women who have and will continue to make a substantial difference for people with diabetes. We hope that the artworks of these inspiring women will capture the attention of the public and help to raise awareness of diabetes globally on this critical awareness day."
Pictured above is Kittie Wyne, American endocrinologist, lecturer and clinician. Wyne is an endocrinologist at Ohio State, specializing in type 1 diabetes, and was recently named in the Castle Connolly list of America’s Top Doctors for 2017. She is passionate about helping type 1 diabetes patients manage and monitor their condition with a personalized approach to care and organizes community-based activities and programs to provide networking opportunities for type 1 diabetes patients and their families. Wyne also works with students with diabetes through Ohio State’s chapter of the College Diabetes Network.
The portraits of women from around the world have been individually painted by hand on tablet devices. They will be published online and via social media to engage members of the public and mobilize them to support World Diabetes Day 2017.
The World Diabetes Day theme highlights that diabetes continues to be a critical global health issue for women, despite the progress that has been made. Through this theme the International Diabetes Federation is promoting the importance of affordable and equitable access for women with diabetes. Currently, one in 10 women around the world live with diabetes. Many do not have access to the right education, treatment or care, leading to badly managed diabetes, which can lead to serious complications. Over 199 million women are living with diabetes, a figure that is expected to rise to 313 million by 2040.
Pursuant Health intros retinal screening into its self-service retail kiosks
Atlanta-based Pursuant Health is ready to roll out new retinal screening capabilities into its self-service kiosks with the goal of preventing 95% of avoidable vision loss cases with early detection.
“Documented compliance with annual retinal exams is often less than 50%,” stated Ryan Sloan, chief revenue officer, Pursuant Health. “Our ability to use a health kiosk to capture retinal images, coordinate with eye specialists for processing and report results back to primary care physicians in the most convenient way possible changes the game for all concerned, especially health plans.”
“By getting diabetics and others the necessary eye screening that they are currently not getting, it will save people's eyesight,” suggested Kevin Lavery, Pursuant medical officer. “It has the power to transform how healthcare is delivered.”
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness. Over time, high blood sugar levels from diabetes lead to damage of the retina.
Pursuant Health screens more than 30 million Americans every year through its network of more than 3,600 self-service kiosks. Because diabetic retinopathy impacts up to 85% of individuals with diabetes, the ability to increase the total number of screenings can significantly reduce instances of preventable blindness and overall healthcare costs simultaneously.
Pursuant Health is negotiating pilot locations in retail pharmacy and healthcare provider settings for installation of the first 10-20 systems.