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.
- Surprising results from a new study involving patients on insulin known as NPH (Humulin N, Novolin N) compared the effects of mixing or not mixing the insulin to the insulin concentrations in the blood following an injection.
- A recent University of Minnesota study has uncovered 49-65% higher odds for prediabetes in current marijuana smokers and former “heavy” users. The study was published in the September issue of the journal Diabetologia.
- New research presented last week at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Stockholm adds weight to the growing body of evidence linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) with diabetes.
- New research has found that following a diet that mimics fasting, but is less difficult, may slow aging and reduce the incidence of chronic diseases including diabetes.
- Smokers and anyone exposed regularly to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who have never smoked, new research has confirmed.
- Exercising intensely for just a few minutes at a time may help those with diabetes reverse diabetes-related heart problems and also improve their blood sugar control, new research from Newcastle University in the U.K. suggests.
- A matchstick-sized pump that releases a constant trickle of the blood-sugar-lowering drug exenatide helped people with type 2 diabetes reduce their A1c levels further and lose more weight than those who took the blockbuster drug sitagliptin (Januvia) in a year-long study, according to a recent announcement from pump developer Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc.
- A new study found an increased incidence of type 2 diabetes in people who took more antibiotics. The authors caution that the study does not show whether the antibiotics increase the risk of diabetes or that the findings reflect the fact that people with diabetes have a higher incidence of infections and therefore take more antibiotics.
- The drug liraglutide, taken at high doses, can help people with type 2 diabetes shed pounds, new research has found.
- Insulin resistance is a somewhat silent condition in that you can have it for years with no noticeable symptoms. Now a Finnish study has identified a significant symptom—but only for women. And it may signal a greater risk for Alzheimer’s.
- A new study finds that acetaminophen may affect the accuracy of continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) more than was previously thought.
- People with type 1 diabetes who used an insulin pump to control their blood sugar were 58% less likely to have a fatal heart attack, stroke or other deadly cardiovascular disease than those who gave themselves daily insulin injections in a recent, 6.8-year study published in the British Medical Journal.
- Scientists say they may have discovered the mechanism that triggers high glucose levels to unleash destructive molecules that hamper the body's natural immune defenses that fight infections.
- Using ultrasound on skin wounds, which are a common problem for those with diabetes, can speed healing, according to a new study. Faster healing could help prevent the need for amputations.
- Dexcom and the new Google Life Sciences company are teaming up to develop bandage-thin continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices. Google Life Sciences is one of the new companies that Google created under its restructured and newly named company, Alphabet.
- Can people who are overweight or at risk for diabetes drop pounds and get healthy via exercise alone, without thinking about calories or what they eat? In the wake of a report in The New York Times about the Coca-Cola Company’s $1.5-million funding of the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN) and its researchers, experts say the group’s focus on burning calories through activity— and downplaying of the role food intake plays—could spell trouble for people with blood-sugar or weight concerns.
- A new study sheds light on the risk of women drinking alcohol while trying to conceive. The study on laboratory rats found an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in the offspring of rats that were given alcohol around the time of conception.
- People with type 2 diabetes who aren't on insulin can benefit from monitoring their own blood sugar, just as those on insulin can, according to new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
- An eating disorder unique to people with type 1 diabetes called diabulimia, has become more prevalent in recent years and been gaining attention among experts, according to Lorraine Platka-Bird, PhD, RD, a diabetes educator who will be discussing the condition at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting in New Orleans this week.
- 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.