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.

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.
Gestational diabetes rates rising
12/16/2010 - More than 250,000 women who gave birth in 2008 had gestational diabetes, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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.
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.
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.
Genes that dictate fat storage may increase the risk of diabetes
12/16/2010 - One reason for the high rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes may be the fact that the human genome has yet to catch up with modern lifestyles, according to a new study from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Almonds may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
12/15/2010 - Adding more almonds to a diet may be an effective way to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Loma Linda University.
Ballooning diabetes rates spark investment in research
12/14/2010 - The dramatic increase in cases of type 2 diabetes has had major public health consequences, and rates are projected to continue to increase. However, the diabetes epidemic has in recent months sparked greater investment in research aimed at finding a cure.
Moderate alcohol consumption may protect kidney transplant patients from diabetes
12/14/2010 - Kidney transplant patients are commonly advised to avoid drinking alcohol at any point. However, a new study from European researchers has found moderate levels of drinking may actually help these individuals avoid developing type 2 diabetes.
Researchers uncover signaling pathway that controls insulin production
12/14/2010 - In a study that could have major implications for the treatment of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have decoded the system used by the body to signal pancreatic beta cells when it is time to produce more insulin.
Scientists use stem cells to produce insulin
12/13/2010 - Men with type 1 diabetes may be able to grow new, more effective insulin-producing cells from their own testicular tissue, according to a new study from Georgetown University researchers.
Disease management programs may help diabetics control blood sugar
12/13/2010 - Non-adherence to prescribed treatment plans is a major cause of hospitalization and death among individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, a new study has shown that disease management programs can help patients follow their doctor's orders more carefully, leading to improved health.
 

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