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.

Weight Loss Drug Slashes Prediabetes Risk
04/25/2016 - A higher-dose version of a diabetes medication liraglutide improves weight loss and reverses prediabetes in a new study. 
Dexcom Recall of Continuous Glucose Monitor Receivers
04/18/2016 - Dexcom, Inc., one of the largest makers of continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMs) in the U.S. is recalling receivers for its G4 Platinum and G5 Mobile CGM systems because of consumer complaints that alarms for low and high blood sugar levels may not sound.
Diabetes Drug Increases Bladder Cancer, Study Shows
04/06/2016 - A new study reveals strong evidence that pioglitazone does in fact increase the risk of bladder cancer, and that the increased risk can occur as quickly as about 22 months on the drug. 
Out-of-Pocket Spending on Insulin Tripled in 11 Years
04/05/2016 - People with type 2 diabetes who use insulin saw out-of-pocket expenses triple between 2002 and 2013, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 
America’s First Biosimilar Insulin: Coming to Your Drugstore
04/01/2016 - The first biosimilar, a less expensive copy of the popular, long-acting brand-name drug Lantus, is set to hit U.S. pharmacy shelves later this year.
Excess Leptin in Obese Pregnant Women May Cause Type 2 Diabetes in Children
03/29/2016 - Having an excess of the hormone leptin while pregnant could be one of the reasons why children born to obese women are at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, cites a new study in the journal Cell Reports.
Long-Term Metformin Use Linked with Vitamin B12 Deficiency
03/16/2016 - Long-term use of the popular diabetes drug metformin is linked with vitamin B12 deficiency and anemia, according to new research that solidifies some previous research.
Being Obese Can Lead to Weak Bones
03/14/2016 - A new study published in the journal Metabolism found that obesity and type 2 diabetes led to weakened bones. 
Diabetes Treatment May Increase Breast Density
03/11/2016 - Women on insulin tended to have higher breast density, a risk factor for breast cancer, than those on metformin or dietary control.  
Blood Pressure Medicine May Treat Diabetes, Too
02/18/2016 - The blood pressure-lowering medicine verapamil may also help lower blood sugar levels in those with diabetes, cites new research published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 
Diabetes Diagnosis of the Future: 11 Types?
02/08/2016 - Diabetes researchers propose a new way to classify high blood sugar problems based on 11 factors that threaten insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.
Women's Sleep Problems Up Diabetes Risk
02/05/2016 - Women who have sleep problems such as insomnia have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, finds research in the journal Diabetologia.
Diabetes, Obesity During Pregnancy May Up Autism Risk
02/02/2016 - The risk of autism may increase substantially for children born to mothers with diabetes who are also obese, says new research published in the journal Pediatrics. 
A New Gut Bug Threat Menaces the Brain, Kidneys and Heart
02/01/2016 - An artery-damaging compound linked with higher risk for atherosclerosis and heart attacks –trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO)—also increases risk for heart failure, kidney failure and strokes, according to a string of recent research from the Cleveland Clinic.
New Diabetes App Can Predict Danger Hours Ahead
01/28/2016 - Medtronic, maker of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems, has teamed up with IBM and its supercomputer, Watson, to develop an app usable on smart phones that can predict a potential problem hours before it's reality.
Catch-Up Sleep May Help Keep Diabetes at Bay
01/19/2016 - After sleep deprivation, sleeping in can help normalize body's use of insulin, reduce diabetes risk, experts found.
Bariatric Surgery Complications: A Survey Follow Up
01/11/2016 - Gastric bypass surgery for obese individuals can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life and reduce type 2 diabetes symptoms, but the surgery also comes with risks of complications and symptoms.
Can Brief Periods of Alcohol Abstinence Really Improve Insulin Resistance?
12/17/2015 - Abstaining from alcohol on a short-term basis improved insulin resistance, according to new research by scientists in the U.K.
Metformin for Protection Against Alzheimer's, Cancer and Heart Disease?
12/07/2015 - Metformin, a drug taken by many with diabetes, may have much greater potential beyond controlling blood sugar, some experts say.
Bariatric Surgery After 60 is Safe, Says Study
12/03/2015 - Weight loss surgery in patients age 60 and over is safe and effective, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity Surgery. 
Researchers Coax Leftover Pancreatic Cells to Morph Into Insulin-Producing Cells
11/24/2015 - Using a growth factor produced naturally by the human body – and used in spinal-fusion surgeries – scientists from the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have coaxed “leftover” cells from the pancreas to morph into insulin-producing islet cells.
Viagra Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Those with Prediabetes
11/23/2015 - Viagra, a drug better known for its ability to improve men's erections, can also help improve insulin sensitivity in those who have prediabetes, potentially helping to delay or avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to new research. 
Newborn Probiotic Use May Decrease Risk of Type 1 Diabetes
11/19/2015 - Probiotics given to infants during the first month of life can reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes among those genetically predisposed to the condition, new research suggests.
Longer Sleep May Predict Women’s Diabetes Risk
11/12/2015 - Women who increase their sleep by two hours or more a night over time face a 15% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women who regularly sleep between 7 and 8 hours a night, concludes a recent study in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the study of Diabetes.
Early Insulin: Better First Treatment for Type 2?
10/23/2015 - Patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may do better long term if they go on early, intensive insulin treatment instead of the standard route of using oral medication first, according to new research.
 
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