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 identify new cause of loss of insulin production among those who have type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes
03/02/2011 - One of the main causes of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes is the death of insulin-producing beta cells. Doctors have worked for years to find a way to prevent the death of these vital cells, and now researchers from the University of Texas may have found a clue that could lead to the development of more effective treatments.
Evolutionary factors may have led to increased diabetes susceptibility in humans
03/01/2011 - An evolutionary "wrong turn" may be responsible for humans' propensity to become obese and develop type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Diego.
Fatty liver may predict type 2 diabetes onset
02/24/2011 - Measurements of insulin resistance and blood sugar levels are commonly used to assess patients for diabetes risk. However, a new study out of Stanford University shows that the presence of fat in the liver may be one of the strongest predictors of whether or not a person will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.
High blood sugar levels increases death risk in hospitalized elderly
02/24/2011 - A group of Spanish researchers is calling for elderly patients who are admitted to hospitals to be tested for type 2 diabetes following a recent study they conducted, which found that many individuals die while in the hospital from undiagnosed blood sugar-related problems.
Aspirin may help diabetics with kidney disease avoid heart complications
02/23/2011 - Heart disease is the most common cause of death for individuals who have type 2 diabetes. However, a new study from a team of Japanese researchers shows that low daily doses of aspirin may help reduce some this risk in patients who have both diabetes and kidney disease.
Gastric bypass shown to provide better results for diabetics than other types of weight loss surgery
02/22/2011 - Gastric bypass surgery may be a better option than sleeve gastrectomy similar lap-band surgeries for individuals who are severely obese and struggle with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
While diabetes becomes more common, treatment options improve
02/22/2011 - The bad news is that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is rising faster than ever before. A combination of sedentary lifestyles, poor diets and possibly even genetic factors has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people living with the condition.
Researchers identify risks for kidney disease and death among type 1 diabetics
02/21/2011 - Individuals who have type 1 diabetes often develop kidney disease at some point in their lives. Additionally, these patients tend to die at an early age. However, the two problems have a range of causes, and identifying specific risk factors has been difficult.
Statins may lower risk of diabetic retinopathy
02/18/2011 - Certain statin medications, which are commonly used to treat high cholesterol levels, may limit the risk of a person with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes of losing their eyesight to retinopathy, according to a new study from University of Georgia researchers.
Researchers look for ways to improve type 1 diabetes treatment
02/17/2011 - Islet cell transplantation is a promising field of study that many experts believe could one day result in a cure for type 1 diabetes. These cells play an important role in insulin production, and diabetics often have too few.
Dwarfism genes may provide protection against diabetes
02/17/2011 - Individuals with a certain type of dwarfism may have a genetic protection against type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the University of Southern California. Researchers hope that their findings could eventually lead to a new treatment for the disease in all individuals.
Southern and Appalachian states lead CDC's list of least active and have highest rates of type 2 diabetes
02/16/2011 - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that residents of the South and Appalachia have the highest rates of leisure time inactivity, obesity and type 2 diabetes in the country.
Signs of heart disease may be clear in type 1 diabetics at an early age
02/15/2011 - The early signs of cardiovascular disease in children with type 1 diabetes are likely to present before the onset of puberty, according to a new study from Medical College of London researchers. The findings could provide doctors with clues to help them identify patients who are most at risk for cardiovascular complications.
Blood sugar levels may predict future retinopathy risk
02/15/2011 - Individuals who have poorly controlled type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may be at greater risk of developing retinopathy, according to a new study from a team of French researchers. They found that persistently high levels of blood sugar are a strong indicator of future retinopathy risk.
New guidelines help schools care for children with type 1 diabetes
02/14/2011 - In an effort to help the caregivers of children with type 1 diabetes keep these youths healthy, the National Diabetes Education Program, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, has updated its manual on caring for diabetic children.
Researchers identify new pathway to solve insulin dependency
02/14/2011 - Whether an individual has type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, they are often burdened by the need to take insulin to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. However, a team of researchers from Children's Hospital in Boston has shown that it may be possible to control blood sugar without needing to inject insulin.
Researchers test effects of bariatric surgery in lower BMI diabetes patients
02/11/2011 - While the best medicine for avoiding type 2 diabetes - eating well and exercising - may be relatively simple, it is something that many people have an extremely hard time doing. Because of this, a team of researchers from New York-Presbyterian Hospital is planning to test the effectiveness of bariatric surgery in treating the symptoms of diabetes in people who are overweight but not obese.
Children at risk for type 2 diabetes may be more likely to develop osteoporosis
02/11/2011 - Children who develop risk factors for type 2 diabetes before hitting puberty may also be more likely to have weak bones in adulthood, according to a new study from Medical College of Georgia researchers.
Handling fruit before blood sugar testing may throw off results
02/10/2011 - While eating more fruit can help diabetics minimize their risk of heart disease, it may lead to elevated blood sugar test results. However, this is not necessarily because their blood sugar is higher after eating a piece of fruit. Researchers Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine in Tokyo have found that tiny scraps of fruit can stay on the fingers of diabetics, which can throw off test results.
Omega-3s may fight diabetic retinopathy
02/10/2011 - One of the most common complications of type 2 diabetes is retinopathy. This condition has robbed more than 4 million diabetics of their eyesight and is expected to become even more common as the number of people with diabetes is expected to grow. However, a new study from researchers at Children's Hospital of Boston has shown that omega-3 fatty acids may be a useful tool in the fight against retinopathy.
Few diabetics are aware of the potential for kidney complications, study finds
02/09/2011 - Despite the fact that type 2 diabetes significantly increases the risk of developing kidney problems, a low percentage of patients are aware of the connection and even fewer know how to avoid kidney problems, according to a new study from a team of researchers from UK.
More education helps diabetics stick to treatment plans
02/09/2011 - While tremendous strides have been made in the last couple of decades in medications for treating type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, these advancements mean nothing if patients are unwilling or unable to following instructions for taking these drugs.
Blocking immune cells may be key to preventing diabetic wounds
02/08/2011 - Many individuals who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes eventually develop wounds on their lower extremities that refuse to heal. Occasionally, these sores become so bad that the limb needs to be amputated. However, research from Loyola University may soon yield a new medication that could prevent this process, as scientists say they are getting close to a cure for the problem.
Evolutionary changes produce increased diabetes risk today, study finds
02/08/2011 - Genetic variations that occurred in humans' long distant past as a result of evolutionary demands may now be placing more individuals at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Stanford University. The findings may help doctors better understand patients' diabetes risks based on genetic and environmental factors.
Liver disease associated with increased risk of death among diabetics
02/07/2011 - Individuals who have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, in addition to type 2 diabetes are significantly more likely to die from all causes, according to a new study from a team of Australian researchers.
 
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