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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers hopeful of a diabetes cure
12/20/2010 - While there is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes, researchers are growing increasingly confident that science will be able to put an end to the debilitating disease within a handful of years.
Groups raise diabetes awareness through social media sites
12/20/2010 - Despite the fact that millions of Americans suffer from either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, there is relatively little known about the disease. In order to raise awareness of the conditions and lifestyle factors that may impact them, groups are taking to popular media outlets to help spread their messages.
Medication along with insulin may result in better blood sugar control
12/20/2010 - Exenatide helps individuals with type 2 diabetes achieve improved control over their blood sugar levels to a greater degree than insulin injections alone, according to a new study from University of North Carolina researchers.
Second-hand smoke increases diabetes risk
12/17/2010 - Cigarette smoke is known to be one of the leading contributors to the development of type 2 diabetes. However, the effect on the friends and family of smokers until recently went untested.
Genetic variation leads to increased risk of obesity
12/17/2010 - A team of researchers from the University of Oxford have confirmed that a gene previously identified as a potential cause of increased obesity and type 2 diabetes risk does in fact play a role in these two conditions.
Misconceptions about diabetes abound
12/17/2010 - More than 23 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. What's even more startling is that almost 6 million of these individuals don't know that they have the condition.
Lifestyle intervention may benefit the heart health of diabetics
12/17/2010 - Heart disease is one of the most common killers of individuals with type 2 diabetes. However, a new study from University of Texas researchers has shown that an intensive one-year intervention program can reduce blood levels of a protein that is considered a marker of poor heart health.
Socio-economic factors may play a role in determining who develops diabetes
12/16/2010 - The income gap between England's richest and poorest citizens is leading to dramatic health disparities, according to a new national survey. These inequalities are showing most strongly in the number of poor who have type 2 diabetes.
Parents have little influence over their children's diets
12/16/2010 - Parents who are looking to cut their child's risk of type 2 diabetes by setting a good dietary example may need to rethink their approach. A new study from Johns Hopkins University researchers has shown that the eating habits of children rarely mirror their parents.
Group calls for greater physician involvement in fight against childhood obesity
12/16/2010 - The prevalence of childhood obesity is growing at a rapid rate. This is leading to a sharp increase in type 2 diabetes cases among adolescents, as well as in the general public. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that half of all U.S. adults will have diabetes by the year 2020.
Researchers discover key protein in insulin production
12/16/2010 - A team of UK researchers has discovered a protein that is vital in maintaining blood sugar levels. The finding could lead to the development of drugs that offer individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes better control over their blood sugar levels.
 

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