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.
- Liraglutide (Victoza), a drug used to help control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes, also reduces the risk of dying from heart disease, new research suggests.
- When researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, checked the hearts and medical records of 9,498 people over nine years, they found nearly equal numbers of untreated, silent heart attacks and recognized heart attacks that had received medical attention.
- An animal study found that injecting a hormone directly into the brain of rodents put type 2 diabetes in remission for several months, reports the journal Nature Medicine.
- People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) – including many with diabetes – who took cholesterol-lowering statin drugs had a 22-33 percent lower risk of losing a leg or other limb to amputation in a new Emory University study.
- Women who have had pregnancy-related diabetes may be able to reduce their future risk of hypertension by maintaining a healthful diet, shows new research published in the journal Hypertension.
- A higher-dose version of a diabetes medication liraglutide improves weight loss and reverses prediabetes in a new study.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 use of the popular diabetes drug metformin is linked with vitamin B12 deficiency and anemia, according to new research that solidifies some previous research.
- A new study published in the journal Metabolism found that obesity and type 2 diabetes led to weakened bones.
- Women on insulin tended to have higher breast density, a risk factor for breast cancer, than those on metformin or dietary control.
- 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 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 who have sleep problems such as insomnia have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, finds research in the journal Diabetologia.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- After sleep deprivation, sleeping in can help normalize body's use of insulin, reduce diabetes risk, experts found.
- 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.
- Abstaining from alcohol on a short-term basis improved insulin resistance, according to new research by scientists in the U.K.
- Metformin, a drug taken by many with diabetes, may have much greater potential beyond controlling blood sugar, some experts say.
- Weight loss surgery in patients age 60 and over is safe and effective, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity Surgery.