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.

Cold virus associated with type 1 diabetes risk
02/04/2011 - People who have type 1 diabetes and prediabetes autoimmunity are 10 times more likely to be infected by the enterovirus, a microbe that causes everything from the common cold to meningitis and polio, than the general population, according to a new study from a team of Australian researchers.
Individuals with metabolic syndrome risk memory problems in addition to type 2 diabetes
02/03/2011 - Older individuals who have metabolic syndrome - a cluster of conditions which often leads to type 2 diabetes - may be at an increased risk of developing memory problems, according to a new study from a team of French researchers.
New dietary guidelines may curb rising diabetes rates
02/02/2011 - Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released an updated list of dietary guidelines, which calls for vast reductions in the amount of fat and salt consumed by Americans. If followed closely, these guidelines may help halt skyrocketing type 2 diabetes rates.
Disease management programs help non-insulin-treated diabetic patients control their symptoms
02/02/2011 - A new disease management program developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego has been shown to help individuals with type 2 diabetes lower their HbA1c levels, improve blood sugar control and improve overall quality of life, according to a new study.
Researchers identify protein that is critical to insulin production
02/01/2011 - A team of researchers from the UK has identified a particular protein that plays a critical role in the release of insulin. The researchers believe that their findings could lead to improved treatments for individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Researchers identify mechanism behind diabetic complications
01/31/2011 - Blood vessel problems are among the most common complications for individuals with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. However, a team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis recently discovered the underlying cause of these complications, which may enable them to produce improved medications that help individuals avoid the problems.
Spouses of type 2 diabetics often experience symptoms of depression
01/28/2011 - Living with type 2 diabetes doesn't just affect the person with the disease. New findings suggest that it can also have a major impact on an individual's spouse, which may result in high levels of anxiety and even depression.
Researchers find possible solution for insulin dependence in type 1 diabetes
01/27/2011 - In what some are calling a potential cure for type 1 diabetes, researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that suppressing a single hormone may make the condition completely asymptomatic and eliminate the need for insulin injections.
CDC updates diabetes prevalence estimates
01/26/2011 - The number of individuals who have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes continues to rise at an alarming rate, according to new numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Most med school grads are unprepared to treat diabetes
01/26/2011 - Many recent graduates of medical school programs may have very little training in how to care for chronic disease, which could greatly impair their ability to treat a patient who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University.
Children who get short sleep are more likely to be obese and develop diabetes
01/25/2011 - Children who have poor sleep habits are more likely to be obese and are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from University of Chicago researchers.
Researchers identify mechanism in diabetics that increases stroke risk
01/24/2011 - Strokes pose a tremendous risk for individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. They are much more likely to experience uncontrolled bleeding in the brain during a stroke, which increases the risk of poor outcomes and death.
National economies shown to influence obesity, diabetes rates
01/24/2011 - Obesity rates in the U.S. have reached epidemic proportions. This is leading to a sharp increase in the number of people who have type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study from Oxford University researchers shows that the country's economic system may be one of the greatest contributing factors.
New research hopes to find protection against diabetic complications
01/21/2011 - Kidney disease, vision loss and cardiovascular complications are common among those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. These conditions affect anywhere from 85 to 90 percent of diabetics. But what about the other 10 to 15 percent?
Researchers plan to study resveratrol's ability to curb diabetes risk
01/20/2011 - A team of researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University was recently granted $600,000 by the American Diabetes Association to study the effects of the antioxidant resveratrol on individuals with insulin resistance, a condition that often develops into type 2 diabetes.
Excess fat may cause genetic alterations that increase type 2 diabetes risk
01/20/2011 - High levels of body fat may cause chemical changes in DNA, according to a new study from Medical College of Georgia researchers. The findings could help explain the high prevalence of chronic disease among obese individuals, including type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes may worsen breast cancer outcomes
01/19/2011 - Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer may be up to 50 percent more likely to die from any cause if they also have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, according to a new investigation from Johns Hopkins University researchers.
Chemical exposure may increase type 2 diabetes and obesity risk
01/18/2011 - Researchers are increasingly coming to the conclusion that environmental chemicals to which nearly everyone is exposed may have a role in increasing the odds of developing type 2 diabetes. Several recent studies have shown that environmental toxins may be a major risk factor for the condition.
Study finds Asian Americans have high rate of type 2 diabetes
01/18/2011 - Despite having a lower prevalence of obesity, Asian Americans are more likely to have type 2 diabetes, and the numbers continue to worsen, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University researchers.
Researchers find the enzyme at the heart of retinopathy caused by type 1 or type 2 diabetes
01/17/2011 - One of the greatest fears of most of those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes is that they will eventually suffer diabetic retinopathy and lose their vision. However, a team of researchers has found that inhibition or removal of certain enzymes may prevent the process that eventually leads to the loss of sight.
Electric light exposure before bed may alter metabolic function, increase type 2 diabetes risk
01/14/2011 - Exposure to electric light in the hours just before going to bed may cause a disruption to the metabolic system that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new report from Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers.
Increasing step count may lower diabetes risk
01/14/2011 - Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be a complicated process. In addition to making improvements in diet, a new study has found that simply taking a few extra steps each day can dramatically cut the chances of developing the metabolic condition.
Researchers discover process by which coffee lowers type 2 diabetes risk
01/13/2011 - Millions of people turn to coffee each morning to get a jumpstart on their day, but most probably don’t realize their morning ritual may actually be lowering their risk for type 2 diabetes.
Obesity may cluster among social groups
01/12/2011 - Obesity has become a nationwide epidemic. This has had a destructive impact on the rate of type 2 diabetes. A new study from a team of Miriam Hospital researchers has shown that a person’s social network may play a large role in whether or not they are obese or able to lose weight.
Researchers uncover cellular process that increases amputation risk in diabetics
01/12/2011 - The smallest units of the human genome may have a major impact on the amputation risk of individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. A team of UK researchers has found that certain types of micro-RNA molecules may cause damage in the vascular system of diabetics, which can lead that leads to amputation.
 
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