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.
- A new randomized, controlled study from the University of California at San Diego finds that inhaling cannabis can blunt diabetic neuropathic pain for several hours.
- Coffee drinkers are at lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a study involving nearly 1,500 men and women finds. Over a 10-year period, the researchers found, people who drank about a cup and a half of Greek-style coffee every day were 54% less likely to be diagnosed with the disease than non-drinkers.
- Teens who eat food that's been packaged in plastic wrap or stored in plastic food containers may be at higher risk of getting diabetes, according to new research published in the July 2015 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
- Is weight-loss surgery better than nutrition and physical activity alone for reversing Type 2 diabetes? That controversial question has occupied researchers, doctors, insurers and people with diabetes for more than a decade. Now, a small yet well-designed study seems to have the answer.
- A common gut microbe with a tongue-twisting name — Akkermansia muciniphila —helped overweight and obese people lose more belly fat and gain better blood-sugar control in a recent study from the Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris.
- A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has found that the gender of the baby is a risk factor for developing gestational diabetes.
- A bug that thrives on the surface of the skin — Staphylococcus aureus (staph) — may trigger blood-sugar problems and diabetes, according to new research from the University of Iowa.
- The combination of a low-fat and vegan diet can reduce nerve pain in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research published in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes.
- In a move that many health care practitioners consider long overdue, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) pose too much of a health risk to be used as an ingredient in foods. Consumption of PHOs is linked to coronary heart disease and thousands of fatal heart attacks each year, according to the FDA.
- People with type 2 diabetes who carried extra pounds had a survival advantage over those at a normal weight in a recent, controversial study from the University of Hull in the UK. But does extra weight really help to extend your life?
- Researchers announced the approval of a new phase II clinical trial to test whether a vaccine can reverse type 1 diabetes. Details from the study were shared at the American Diabetes Association's 75th Annual Meeting.
- Telemedicine is changing the way people manage diabetes and depression. Find out how technology is helping people become healthier, and learn the pitfalls to avoid.
- People with diabetes who take blood sugar-lowering drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors were recently warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they should watch for signs of a life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis.
- Preliminary results of a new study presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Prague, found that adults with diabetes may be able to safely drink in moderation and reap the heart benefits.
- Women who develop gestational diabetes early in their pregnancy have a slightly higher risk of having a child diagnosed with autism, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Learn the best ways to manage diabetes if you're diagnosed during pregnancy.
- Endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are chemicals that act the same as, block, or change the way that natural hormones act in the body. Learn more about EDCs and how you can avoid exposure to these chemicals.
- Women who undergo weight loss surgery (or bariatric surgery) before becoming pregnant have a lower chance of developing gestational diabetes and giving birth to large babies, according to a recent study. Learn more about the study and the results.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the t:flex™ insulin pump for marketing. The pump, manufactured by Tandem Diabetes Care, can store the largest amount of insulin (480 units) of any pump available in the United States.
- Managing type 1 diabetes during the teenage years is challenging. Physical changes, social pressures, and stress can make it harder for teenagers and young adults to control their blood sugar levels.
- A big challenge for people with type 1 diabetes is managing blood sugar (or glucose) levels when they are asleep. Dips in blood sugar levels overnight may go unrecognized and can lead to serious consequences, including seizures and coma or, in rare cases, death.
- People who develop diabetes or prediabetes in middle-age are more likely to have memory and cognitive problems over the next 20 years compared to people without diabetes in midlife, according to a study in the December 2 Annals of Internal Medicine.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.