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Diabetes

What is Diabetes?


Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how the body uses glucose (blood sugar). Diabetes is one of the most prevalent conditions in the country and recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report as many as 30 million Americans (one in ten) have the disease.

Diabetes type 1 accounts for around one in ten cases of diabetes in the United States, with diabetes type 2 making up the remaining 90 percent. Diabetes is associated with a number of other medical conditions and complications, including diabetic neuropathydiabetic retinopathy, and diabetes insipidus.

Common symptoms associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes include unexplained weight loss, frequent urination, increased thirst, extreme hunger, fatigue, irritability, frequent infections, and slow healing sores.  

Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, but the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be reduced through lifestyle changes. Risk factors include family history; certain medical conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome or some viral conditions; age; physical inactivity; obesityhypertension (high blood pressure); and poor diet. 

Patients with prediabetes, can reduce the chance it will develop into type 2 diabetes by eating healthier foods, getting more exercise and losing excess weight. Treatment of diabetes usually involves lifestyle changes, monitoring blood sugar levels, administering insulin, and certain oral or injected medications.

Left untreated or poorly controlled, diabetes can lead to a variety of other medical conditions and health complications, including cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, skin conditions, and retinopathy (eye damage). 



Recent Diabetes Blogs and News


Products Related to Diabetes


Drugs to Help Manage Diabetes

Neuropathic Pain and Peripheral Neuropathy Agents
Commonly used to treat Depression, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Neuropathies, Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Anticonvulsants, Miscellaneous
Commonly used to treat Diabetic Neuropathy, Epilepsy, Diabetic Neuropathies, Fibromyalgia, Postherpetic Neuralgia.
Neuropathic Pain and Peripheral Neuropathy Agents
Commonly used to treat Depression, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants, SNRIs
Commonly used to treat Depression, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Vasopressin (ADH) and Analogs
Commonly used to treat Diabetes Insipidus, Hemophilia, Hemorrhage, hemarthrosis, bleeding prophylaxis, enuresis.
Antidiuretic Hormones
Commonly used to treat Diabetes Insipidus, Hypotension, septic shock.
Vasopressin (ADH) and Analogs
Commonly used to treat Diabetes Insipidus, Hemophilia, Hemorrhage, hemarthrosis, bleeding prophylaxis, hemophilia A.
Antidiuretic Hormones
Commonly used to treat Diabetes Insipidus, Hypotension, septic shock.
Antidiuretic Hormones
Commonly used to treat Diabetes Insipidus, Hypotension, septic shock.
Intermediate-acting Human Insulins and Analogs
Commonly used to treat gestational diabetes.

Recent Diabetes Blogs and News

Top 5 Significant New Diabetes Drugs and Treatments in 2017

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent conditions in the United States, with figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggesting almost one in ten people live with the condition, the equivalent to 30 million people across the country.  The majority of cases - nine out of ten...

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Top 5 Alternatives to Medication for Chronic Pain Management

Everyone has experienced physical pain at some point in their lives, sometimes severe or unbearable pain, yet with proper pain treatment and time, pain recedes in the majority of cases. However, as many as 100 million Americans suffer from persistent or chronic pain (pain which lasts several...

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Take Control of Your Diabetes Management Plan

A diabetes diagnosis may seem overwhelming at first, but learning to manage diabetes mellitus enables you to start taking control of your condition, reducing the risk of further diabetes complications and improving your quality of life. Many healthcare professionals can help...

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Two type 2 diabetes drugs from Merck and Pfizer gain FDA approval

Pharmacies in the United States will soon stock two more medications for treating type 2 diabetes after pharmaceutical giants Merck and Pfizer had a pair of products approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Steglujan (ertugliflozin and sitagliptin) and Steglatro (ertugliflozin) were...

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NCHS: Adult obesity and diabetes on the rise in the United States

Obesity and diabetes are significantly more common in the United States than 20 years ago, according to recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In 1997, under 20 percent of American adults over 20 years of age were classified as obese, a figure that rose to 31.4 percent...

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Teva's generic Vytorin brings cheaper statin to US patients

A generic version of the cholesterol-lowering medication Vytorin has been launched by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, bringing another cheaper statin medication to US pharmacies. Vytorin is an HMG-COA reductase inhibitor/statin with a lipid modifying agent developed by Merck.  IMS data from...

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Diabetic patients warned about NovoPen Echo recall

Novo Nordisk has announced a recall of six batches of the insulin cartridge holders used in its NovoPen Echos due to the possibility they will crack or break when exposed to certain chemicals. The company revealed some cleaning agents may contain agents that could leave the device susceptible to...

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Fiasp: New Rapid-Acting Mealtime Insulin Approved by FDA

Adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have a new treatment option available to them following the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to approve Novo Nordisk's rapid-acting mealtime insulin Fiasp (insulin aspart).  The drug is indicated to improve glycemic control in adults...

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Merck diabetes drug Lusduna Nexvue gains tentative FDA approval

Pharmaceutical giant Merck has been granted tentative approval for Lusduna Nexvue (insulin glargine injection) 100 units/mL by the US Food and Drug Administration.  The follow-on biologic basal insulin comes in a pre-filled dosing device and will be used to treat patients with type 2...

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Drugs to Help Manage Diabetes

Neuropathic Pain and Peripheral Neuropathy Agents
Commonly used to treat Depression, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Neuropathies, Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Anticonvulsants, Miscellaneous
Commonly used to treat Diabetic Neuropathy, Epilepsy, Diabetic Neuropathies, Fibromyalgia, Postherpetic Neuralgia.
Neuropathic Pain and Peripheral Neuropathy Agents
Commonly used to treat Depression, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants, SNRIs
Commonly used to treat Depression, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Vasopressin (ADH) and Analogs
Commonly used to treat Diabetes Insipidus, Hemophilia, Hemorrhage, hemarthrosis, bleeding prophylaxis, enuresis.
Antidiuretic Hormones
Commonly used to treat Diabetes Insipidus, Hypotension, septic shock.
Vasopressin (ADH) and Analogs
Commonly used to treat Diabetes Insipidus, Hemophilia, Hemorrhage, hemarthrosis, bleeding prophylaxis, hemophilia A.
Antidiuretic Hormones
Commonly used to treat Diabetes Insipidus, Hypotension, septic shock.
Antidiuretic Hormones
Commonly used to treat Diabetes Insipidus, Hypotension, septic shock.
Intermediate-acting Human Insulins and Analogs
Commonly used to treat gestational diabetes.
Wet AMD Treatment Products
Commonly used to treat Macular Degeneration, macular edema following retinal vein occlusion, diabetic macular edema, diabetic retinopathy.
Wet AMD Treatment Products
Commonly used to treat Macular Degeneration, macular edema following retinal vein occlusion, choroidal neovascularization (CNV), diabetic macular edema, diabetic retinopathy.
Rapid-acting Human Insulins and Analogs
Commonly used to treat type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Commonly used to treat type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Commonly used to treat type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Commonly used to treat type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Commonly used to treat Diabetes Type 1.

Commonly used to treat type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Thiazolidinediones/Glitazone and Other Oral Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Second Generation Sulfonylurea Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Incretin mimetics Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Biguanide Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Thiazolidinedione/Glitazone Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitor Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitor Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Needles, Syringes and Injection Supplies
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Thiazolidinedione/Glitazone Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Sodium-Glucose Co-Transporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4/DPP-4 Inhibitor Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Rapid-acting Human Insulins and Analogs
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Biguanide Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Metabolic Agents, Carnitine Deficiency
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4/DPP-4 Inhibitors and Biguanide Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Sodium Glucose Co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors and Biguanide Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Rapid-acting Human Insulins and Analogs
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Rapid-acting Human Insulins and Analogs
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Second Generation Sulfonylurea Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Biguanide Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4/DPP-4 Inhibitor Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Thiazolidinediones/Glitazone and Other Oral Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Sodium Glucose Co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors and Biguanide Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Thiazolidinedione/Glitazone Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Incretin mimetics Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4/DPP-4 Inhibitor Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Rapid-acting Human Insulins and Analogs
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Incretin mimetics Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Second Generation Sulfonylurea Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Sulfonylureas and Biguanide Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Second Generation Sulfonylurea Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Thiazolidinediones/Glitazone and Other Oral Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Biguanide Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Incretin mimetics Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Second Generation Sulfonylurea Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Second Generation Sulfonylurea Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitor Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Biguanide Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Biguanide Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Second Generation Sulfonylurea Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Thiazolidinediones/Glitazone and Other Oral Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4/DPP-4 Inhibitor Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Sodium Glucose Co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors and Biguanide Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4/DPP-4 Inhibitors and Biguanide Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Thiazolidinedione/Glitazone Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Meglitinide Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Meglitinide Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Sulfonylureas and Biguanide Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Second Generation Sulfonylurea Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Meglitinide Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Meglitinide Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4/DPP-4 Inhibitor Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Thiazolidinediones/Glitazone and Other Oral Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Sodium Glucose Co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors and Biguanide Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitor Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Other Antidiabetic Drugs
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Incretin mimetics Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Biguanide Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Incretin mimetics Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4/DPP-4 Inhibitors and Biguanide Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4/DPP-4 Inhibitors and Biguanide Antidiabetic Combinations
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
First Generation Sulfonylurea Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
First Generation Sulfonylurea Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
First Generation Sulfonylurea Antidiabetics
Commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.