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.

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.
Low magnesium levels may increase the risk of complications in type 2 diabetics
02/04/2011 - A new study from a team of Brazilian researchers has found that low levels magnesium may worsen the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, as this often results in low levels of insulin and elevated blood sugar.
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.
 

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