Diabetes News and Research

As a patient, it’s so important to understand your condition. This is especially true for people with diabetes. Though diabetes has no known cure right now, you should be aware of the recent medical advances and discoveries as researchers work on finding a cure and improving treatments.

Having access to up-to-date news about diabetes research is one of the best ways to become an educated patient. That’s why we’ll update you with weekly research and treatment information, so that you can take the best care of your diabetes, whether it’s type 1, type 2, or gestational.

The goal is to make you an informed person who can talk with ease about diabetes, not just with relatives and friends but also with your doctor. The more you know, the more involved you can be in your healthcare decisions.

New study links BPA exposure to increased risk of type 2 diabetes
10/25/2011 - High levels of exposure to the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA as it is commonly known, may increase a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.
Researchers find link between gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes
10/24/2011 - African American women may be significantly more likely to develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives if they experience gestational diabetes while they are pregnant, according to a new study from a team of Kaiser Permanente researchers.
Moving to better neighborhoods may help individuals lower their type 2 diabetes risk
10/20/2011 - Simply moving to a more prosperous community may help individuals significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity, according to a new study out of the University of Chicago.
Neural stem cell transplants may improve type 1 diabetes treatments
10/18/2011 - Transplanting a patient's neural stem cells to their pancreas may be a viable treatment for type 1 diabetes, according to a new study from a team of Japanese researchers.
Researchers identify molecular pathway that may become target of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes medications
10/17/2011 - There are many causes of both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Now, a team of researchers from Stanford University may have found a common treatment for both disorders.
Many clinical practice guidelines for treating type 2 diabetes may be influenced by industry
10/13/2011 - Clinical practice guidelines are used by millions of doctors across the country to treat their type 2 diabetes patients, but a new analysis suggests that many of them are influenced by industry, as most of their authors have conflicts of interest.
New guidelines suggest continuous glucose monitoring may be beneficial to type 1 diabetics
10/12/2011 - Continuous glucose monitoring technology has come a long way in recent years and thanks to this progress the Endocrine Society is now saying that it can be a useful tool for managing blood sugar levels in certain individuals with type 1 diabetes.
Disease management shown to be effective tool for glucose regulation in type 2 diabetics
10/11/2011 - In order to control the rising cost of treating type 2 diabetes and improve the health of individuals with the condition, experts say diabetics need to be prepared to care for themselves.
Researchers uncover link between breast cancer treatment and type 2 diabetes
10/10/2011 - Tamoxifen is one of the most widely prescribed drugs to prevent a recurrence of breast cancer in women who have been treated for the condition, but new research suggests that the drug may contribute to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
More screen time associated with poorer glucose regulation in type 1 diabetics
10/06/2011 - Type 1 diabetics who get more screen time each day may have poorer blood sugar regulation than those who spend less time in front of the TV and computer, according to a new study from a team of German researchers.
Researchers to investigate female hormone's role in metabolic processes
10/05/2011 - Estradiol, a hormone similar to estrogen that is commonly associated with female functions, may play an important role in the metabolic health of both men and women, and a team of researchers is trying to determine whether or not it can be connected to the development of type 2 diabetes.
Shift work may cause hormonal changes that increase type 2 diabetes risk
10/04/2011 - Working an overnight shift may cause metabolic changes in individuals that make them more prone to obesity, putting them at risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.
New study explains why different types of fat have different health effects
10/03/2011 - Saturated fats activate a key metabolic pathway associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, while polyunsaturated fats like omega-3s shut this pathway down, according to a new study from a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego.
Study determines potential cause for diabetes-cancer link
09/29/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes are known to be at a higher risk for developing certain forms of cancer. However, medical professionals have been largely unclear on some of the potential causes for this correlation.
Researchers find cellular abnormalities cause some people's bodies to store more fat, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes
09/28/2011 - Dysfunctions in the fat cells of some individuals may predispose them to obesity, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders, according to a new study from a team of Swedish researchers. They said they hope their findings could lead to the development of new therapies that target these irregularities.
Improving type 2 diabetes treatment outcomes may be key to controlling healthcare costs
09/27/2011 - Lowering healthcare costs while improving treatment outcomes are among the top concerns of medical professionals and lawmakers at the moment. Improving the care of individuals with type 2 diabetes may be one of the most effective areas to begin addressing these problems.
Asthma linked to poorer blood sugar management in children with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes
09/26/2011 - Children who suffer from asthma and type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may be more likely to have poorly regulated blood sugar levels, according to a new study.
Researchers find high risk of side effects associated with two new type 2 diabetes medications
09/22/2011 - Two new drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes may be associated with an increased risk of severe pancreatic and thyroid side effects, according to a new study out of the University of California, Los Angeles.
A poor night's sleep may increase teens' risk of type 2 diabetes
09/21/2011 - A troubling number of adolescents are overweight or obese, which puts them at a significantly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. New research suggests that they may be even more vulnerable to the condition if they have poor sleep habits.
Type 2 diabetes may increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease, study finds
09/20/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes may be significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as they grow older, according to a new study from a team of Japanese researchers.
Researchers discover new protein that plays a key role in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
09/19/2011 - In a finding that could have important implications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, a team of researchers has discovered a protein that plays a key role in the ability of cells to absorb glucose from the bloodstream.
Researchers uncover rising prevalence of alcohol-related deaths among type 1 diabetics
09/15/2011 - Individuals with type 1 diabetes are commonly advised to avoid drinking alcohol, as this may interfere with their blood sugar management. Yet, a new study indicates that many individuals with the condition may be ignoring this advice.
Researchers find way to regrow insulin-producing beta cells
09/14/2011 - A team of researchers may have identified a molecule present in the body that stimulates the production of insulin-producing beta cells, which are lacking in individuals with type 1 diabetes, as well as developed a compound that protects this molecule.
Amount and length of time a person has been obese impact type 2 diabetes risk
09/13/2011 - A person's "lifetime dose" of obesity may be a better predictor of their risk of developing type 2 diabetes than a single reading of their body mass index, according to a new study out of the University of Michigan.
Researchers develop new type 2 diabetes medication that produces few side effects
09/12/2011 - A team of researchers from Harvard University and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute is reporting it has developed a new compound that may effectively treat the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, while avoiding many of the side effects that accompany most currently available medications.