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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 

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