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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Probiotics could reduce type 2 diabetes risk
12/23/2010 - In recent years, scientists have increasingly looked to probiotics to help treat conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and gingivitis. Now, a team of Irish researchers has found that specially engineered bacteria may be able to reduce the prevalence of obesity and the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Many pregnant women are not screened for gestational diabetes
12/23/2010 - Despite the fact that the rate of gestational diabetes is rising at a dramatic rate, a new study has found that only two out of three women are tested for the condition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Survivability of heart attack low in women with type 2 diabetes
12/22/2010 - Following a heart attack, women who have type 2 diabetes have a much lower survival rate than those without the condition, according to a new study from German researchers.
Birth control medications shown not to lead to development of type 2 diabetes
12/21/2010 - Despite recent evidence suggesting that there may be adverse side effects from taking certain forms of birth control that may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, a recent study from University of Texas researchers has found that birth control does not in fact increase risk.
Fatty acid in dairy products may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
12/21/2010 - Given the high fat content of dairy products, many obese individuals and those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes tend to stay away from these foods. However, a team of researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health has found that some dairy fat make actually reduce diabetes risk.
Scientists identify fat cells that could reduce type 2 diabetes risk
12/21/2010 - A team of researchers from the Joslin Diabetes Center has discovered a type of cell that is capable of transforming into energy-burning brown fat cells. The findings could help millions of obese individuals cut excess body fat and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Scientists uncover key mechanism causing type 2 diabetes-related inflammation
12/21/2010 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes are at a much higher risk of developing heart and kidney disease. A new study has helped shed some light on why this is.
Diabetic cancer patients at greater risk of rare food poisoning
12/20/2010 - Individuals who are suffering from cancer and type 2 diabetes have a hard enough road as it is. However, a new study has found that these individuals are at a dangerously elevated risk of developing listeria.

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