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.

Researchers find why some type 1 diabetics live free of health complications
03/30/2011 - While individuals who have suffered from type 1 diabetes for many years are significantly more likely to experience complications resulting from their condition, some with the metabolic disease remain free of these problems.
Treating gum disease may lower type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes costs, study finds
03/29/2011 - Treating individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes for gum disease could lead to lower overall medical costs for those patients, according to a new study from dental plan provider CIGNA.
New report recommends bariatric surgery for people with risk factors for type 2 diabetes
03/29/2011 - Bariatric weight loss surgery should be considered earlier in the treatment process for obese individuals who are risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new policy statement from the International Diabetes Federation.
Researchers uncover first hard evidence that nicotine raises blood sugar levels in individuals with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes
03/28/2011 - For years, health experts have known that there was an association between smoking and poor blood sugar control in individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes. However, they lacked the hard evidence to show that any substance in cigarette smoke actually caused unhealthy blood sugar levels.
New medication may prevent onset of type 2 diabetes
03/28/2011 - A medication commonly used to control blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes may also be useful in helping those with pre-diabetes avoid developing the full condition, according to a new study from researchers at Case Western Reserve University.
Omega-3s may help obese individuals ward off type 2 diabetes
03/25/2011 - Eating more omega-3 fatty acids could help individuals avoid many of the chronic diseases that accompany obesity, including type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
New findings could end the need for type 1 diabetics to take insulin
03/25/2011 - A team of researchers may have discovered a new mechanism in the digestive tract that could lead to improved treatments for type 1 diabetes. The hormone interaction described has similar functions to insulin, and could spare diabetics from the need for insulin injections.
Drug shown to prevent type 2 diabetes in those with risk factors
03/24/2011 - A medication currently used to treat high blood sugar may help most individuals who are obese and have other metabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes completely avoid developing the condition. The findings could have implications for millions of Americans.
Obese teens show risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes
03/23/2011 - Childhood obesity is becoming increasingly common in the U.S. Now, a new study has found that the condition may be putting millions of teenagers at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and that a poor diet is largely to blame.
Changing cooking oil may benefit postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes
03/22/2011 - A daily dose of safflower cooking oil may help postmenopausal women who suffer from type 2 diabetes improve many of the symptoms of their condition, according to a new study from Ohio State University researchers.
Researchers find amino acids that increase type 2 diabetes risk
03/21/2011 - Measuring five amino acids in the blood may help doctors identify patients who are at the greatest risk of developing type 2 diabetes decades before they present symptoms, according to a new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Type 2 diabetes medication may increase risk of heart complications
03/18/2011 - The medication rosiglitazone has been proven effective in reducing the blood sugar of patients with type 2 diabetes. However, it has also been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems. A new study has confirmed these risks, and its authors warn that there may be safer alternatives.
Researchers find mechanism that controls insulin production
03/18/2011 - A team of Johns Hopkins University researchers may have discovered the chemical switch that signals beta cells in the pancreas to begin secreting insulin. They said that their findings could have major implications for treating type 2 diabetes.
Cost of treating type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes disproportionately falls on 10 states
03/17/2011 - A new report from the Institute for Alternative Futures shows that 10 states currently bear a disproportionate segment of the type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes burden in terms of costs, and predicts that the situation will only worsen in the coming years unless something is done to slow the spread of the disease.
Understanding a condition that results in low blood sugar could yield new treatment for type 2 diabetes
03/17/2011 - A potential new treatment for a condition that is essentially the opposite of diabetes could offer hope for those who suffer from type 2 diabetes, as findings from a team of British researchers suggest that it is possible to reverse defects in the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
New device could ease pain of blood sugar testing in people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes
03/16/2011 - One of the more unpleasant aspects of having type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes is monitoring blood sugar levels. This often involves somewhat painful pricks on the fingers to draw blood for testing. However, a new system being developed by a team of engineers at Arizona State University may help individuals avoid this process by testing their tears.
Newer drugs may be less effective at treating type 2 diabetes than older options
03/15/2011 - In recent years, pharmaceutical companies have touted their new type 2 diabetes drugs as significant breakthroughs that could lead to much better control of the disease. However, a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University recently found that older, less expensive medications may be just effective and carry a lower risk of side effects.
Antioxidants during pregnancy may reduce type 2 diabetes risk in offspring
03/14/2011 - A diet that is rich in antioxidants and low in fat and carbohydrates may help pregnant women protect their unborn children from future obesity and type 2 diabetes risk, according to a new study from Philadelphia Children's Hospital researchers.
Researchers find link between cigarette smoke and type 2 diabetes
03/14/2011 - Exposure to cigarette smoke - even secondhand smoke - can significantly increase an individual's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Disease management programs help type 2 diabetics improve their condition
03/11/2011 - Type 2 diabetes can be difficult to control. Many people don't fully understand how aspects of their lifestyle can impact their condition or the best ways to take charge of their symptoms.
Women who eat a poor diet during pregnancy increase their child's type 2 diabetes risk
03/10/2011 - Women who eat an unhealthy diet during pregnancy may be putting their offspring at risk for later developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Cambridge in the UK.
Researchers discover protein that determines body types associated with type 2 diabetes
03/10/2011 - A single protein may be responsible for determining whether a person is pear-shaped or apple-shaped, according to a new study from a team of British researchers. The finding could also help doctors understand why some people are at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than others.
Mediterranean diet cuts risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes
03/09/2011 - A Mediterranean-style diet may help reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a constellation of conditions that increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a team of Greek researchers.
Researchers find 'diabetes belt' running through Southern U.S.
03/08/2011 - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a group of states that officials are referring to as the "diabetes belt" of the U.S. for its high rates of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The officials said that identifying these states could help them direct resources to prevent the disease.
Diabetics face heightened risk of premature death
03/07/2011 - Despite the widespread belief that type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes can be cared for relatively easily, individuals with the disease still die much earlier than healthy people, according to a new study from University of Miami researchers.

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