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.

Nutrient in birch bark may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
01/04/2011 - Birch bark may not be a staple of many people's diets. However, a new study from Chinese researchers has found that a nutrient in it may be able to improve metabolic function and limit the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Demographics may determine quality of type 2 diabetes care
01/03/2011 - Patient demographics such as ethnicity and age may play a large role in determining whether or not they receive appropriate type 2 diabetes care, according to a new study from Canadian researchers.
Type 2 diabetes-related hospitalizations increasing
12/30/2010 - Cases of reported type 2 diabetes are increasing across the country. As these numbers rise, so too do the number of people who experience potentially serious complications.
Treating multiple conditions including type 2 diabetes collectively may lead to better results
12/30/2010 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes are much more likely to develop depression, which can become extremely difficult to treat. However, a new study has found that a coordinated team-based approach to treating the conditions may yield much better results than traditional approaches.
American Diabetes Association recommends new standard of care for gestational diabetes
12/30/2010 - As the number of women diagnosed with gestational diabetes continues to rise, the American Diabetes Associations is recommending changes to standards of care that would increase the number of women who are tested for the condition.
Drinking may worsen the vision of diabetics
12/29/2010 - Moderate alcohol consumption among individuals with type 2 diabetes may increase the risk of poor visual acuity, according to a new study from UK researchers.
Anemic diabetics may have higher risk of heart complications
12/29/2010 - Individuals with untreated type 1 or type 2 diabetes may be at an increased risk of becoming anemic. Now, a new study has found that diabetics who do not respond well to anemia medications may be at a higher risk for developing heart disease.
Researchers develop vaccine against future loss of insulin-producing cells
12/29/2010 - A team of doctors may have developed a vaccine that could enable individuals with type 1 diabetes retain more insulin production following diagnosis than previously thought possible.
Holiday overeating may contribute to bleak diabetes picture
12/29/2010 - While many individuals may set New Year's resolutions to eat healthier and exercise more, studies have shown that few actually follow through. This means that weight gained during the holiday season may lead to obesity and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes later in life.
Insulin injections may be less effective in obese diabetics
12/29/2010 - In addition to being one of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes, obesity may also impair treatments for the condition, according to Canadian researchers.
Researchers find cause of body fat-related diabetes risk
12/28/2010 - A team of researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School may have found an explanation for why high levels of body fat tend to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes more than subcutaneous fat.
Type 2 diabetes becoming more common in adolescents
12/28/2010 - Children and adolescents are among the groups most affected by the growing obesity epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 17 percent of Americans between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese. This significantly increases their risk of a range of health problems, including type 2 diabetes.
International research partnership may speed the development of new diabetes drugs
12/28/2010 - While the prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes have increased dramatically over the last two decades, the pace of research aimed at solving these public health crises has been relatively slow. In an effort to address this situation, an international group of researchers recently announced an agreement to share resources to begin working towards a cure.
Ovarian condition may increase diabetes risk
12/28/2010 - Regardless of weight or other common risk factors, women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) stand a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes than women without the condition, according to a new study from University of California, San Francisco researchers.
Electronic health records may benefit diabetes care
12/28/2010 - The medical technology field is growing at a rapid rate and some experts believe that this new computing power could be used to help tackle the growing type 2 diabetes epidemic in the U.S.
Cost-cutting measures could jeopardize diabetes care
12/27/2010 - Across the country, state and federal lawmakers have called for budget cuts to some of the more expensive programs. However, in some areas, this may mean a painful reduction in services for individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Stem cell therapy may help diabetics avoid loss of feet due to complications
12/27/2010 - One of the greatest fears of many individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes is the potential loss of feet or legs due to complications from the disease. However, a new study has shown that stem cell therapy may be able to prevent the need for diabetes-related amputations.
Hormone may lead to improved diabetes treatments
12/27/2010 - A team of researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center has discovered a type of hormone that may prevent the death of insulin-producing beta cells. They believe the findings could lead to improved treatments for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Father’s diet may influence child’s metabolic function and diabetes risk
12/27/2010 - A father’s diet may have a significant impact on their child’s ability to metabolize fats, and therefore their risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers.
Higher soda tax may reduce obesity, diabetes risk
12/27/2010 - In recent years, some researchers have connected increasing consumption of soda to the rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Currently, some lawmakers are looking at raising taxes on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages as a way to curb consumption. A new study has found that there may be some benefit to this.
Augmenting type 1 diabetes treatments with alternative therapies may be harmful
12/23/2010 - Parents are increasingly seeking alternative treatments for their children who have type 1 diabetes. However, a new study from Australian researchers shows that complimentary medicines (CAMs) often do more harm than good.
Antioxidants found to mediate type 2 diabetes risk
12/23/2010 - Two natural compounds have been shown to prevent insulin resistance and inflammation in human tissue, which may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Boston University researchers.
Scientists study new drug that could reduce need for insulin among type 1 diabetics
12/22/2010 - Individuals with type 1 diabetes may soon have a new treatment option which could drastically improve their ability to control their condition.
Psoriasis may increase the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes
12/22/2010 - Individuals with psoriasis are much more like to have metabolic syndrome, which is a constellation of symptoms including type 2 diabetes that significantly increases a person's risk of heart disease. The researchers said that their findings could help doctors make an earlier diagnosis of metabolic issues.
Experts say solutions to the type 2 diabetes epidemic are already known
12/22/2010 - While chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and liver disease have collectively become the leading causes of death in the U.S., experts say that the conditions are largely avoidable and that simple steps can help reduce an individual's risk.

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