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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.