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 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.
Lowering drug co-pays may help diabetics stay healthier
01/11/2011 - Type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions can be the most costly diseases to care for. However, a new study from a team of Florida researchers has found that lowering insurance copayments could result in lower costs for everyone.
Genetic variations may hinder weight loss efforts
01/10/2011 - While losing weight may significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, some individuals may have a harder time than others accomplishing this. According to a new study from Finnish researchers, certain genetic variations may make it difficult to burn fat and achieve healthy blood sugar levels.
Magnesium supplementation may cut diabetes risk
01/10/2011 - Daily magnesium supplementation may help overweight individuals who have become insulin resistant improve their condition and avoid type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from German researchers.
More diabetes testing may help millions avoid the condition
01/07/2011 - Routine blood testing may help identify individuals who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, which could cut the rate of disease and help lower the costs associated with treating and caring for metabolic conditions.
Type 1 diabetes advocates seek name change
01/06/2011 - Fearing the negative associations that may be attached to type 2 diabetes, some of those with type 1 diabetes are pushing for a change in classification so that their disease can be viewed as distinct and unique.
As diabetes becomes more common, costs continue to rise
01/06/2011 - The number of individuals receiving care for type 1 and type 2 diabetes more than doubled since the past decade, and the cost of caring for these patients is continuing to spiral out of control, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Mortality rate for type 1 diabetes is declining, but more progress is needed
01/05/2011 - The mortality rate of individuals with type 1 diabetes has decreased in recent years, but those with the condition still face a much higher risk of death than those in the general population, according to a new study from University of Pittsburgh researchers.
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.
Women with type 2 diabetes and depression may be at increased risk of heart disease
01/04/2011 - Women who have both depression and type 2 diabetes may be at an increased risk of dying from heart disease, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health researchers.
Type 1 diabetics worry about stigma associated with the disease
01/03/2011 - Despite the many differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the two conditions are often lumped together. While this may be a handy way to classify the diseases, some individuals who suffer from them now find the shared nomenclature to be irksome.
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.
 

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