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 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.
New findings complicate association between diabetes and prostate cancer
01/03/2011 - A new study from University of Michigan researchers has shown that the prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels of men with type 2 diabetes increase more slowly over time than men without the condition.
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.
Groups warn against spiraling diabetes costs
12/30/2010 - As more and more individuals become obese and develop type 2 diabetes, the situation could begin to put a strain on the finances of local and federal governments.
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.

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