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Perspectives on Diabetes Care

This is the official blog of the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists where we share recent research and professional opinions on diabetes care and education.


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If you're looking for professional opinions on diabetes care and education, you're in the right place. Perspectives on Diabetes Care is the official ADCES® diabetes care and education blog that shares helpful views on diabetes care and education. 

This is where you'll find practical tips on working with people affected by prediabetes, diabetes and related cardiometabolic conditions and the latest research and viewpoints on issues facing diabetes care and education specialists and the people they serve.



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Research on Insulin Nasal Sprays

Feb 4, 2014, 06:00 AM

While reading one of my favorite nutrition newsletters, Nutrition Action Health Letter, I came across a new approach to insulin therapy using intranasal insulin to boost cognitive ability.

In the January/February 2014 issue, the feature article, “Trouble Ahead? How to Keep Your Brain Sharp” highlights this research through a sub-article called “Insulin, by a Nose.” After realizing that patients with prediabetes had low insulin levels in their brain (despite high insulin blood levels), they started giving insulin nasal sprays. Researchers at Wake Forest with the Study of Nasal Insulin to Fight Forgetfulness (SNIFF) tested patients with mild memory impairment or Alzheimer’s disease. They found that there is a strong connection between insulin and memory. (Click here to read the article)

As diabetes educators, we know that insulin has receptors in the brain working on glucose metabolism. What I didn’t realize is that those insulin receptors also work closely with memory formation and retention. When there is a problem with those insulin receptors, memory is affected.

I found out that they are now recruiting patients for the next phase of the SNIFF study to administer intranasal insulin and look at the effect on patient’s abilities to complete memory tests and improvements on daily functions.

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