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.

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.
Groups applaud Congress for extending diabetes programs
12/10/2010 - Diabetes advocacy groups are praising the efforts of Congress following their renewal of funding for several diabetes initiatives.
Silencing a gene may benefit cardiovascular health of diabetics
12/10/2010 - Silencing a particular gene may eliminate much of the cardiovascular risk associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Canadian researchers.
Genetics are important in diabetes risk, but more research is needed
12/09/2010 - Genetic factors may play a large role in the development of obesity and, consequently, type 2 diabetes, but more research is needed to be able to turn this information into useful therapies, according to a new study from University of Oxford researchers.
Statement recommends more exercise for those with type 2 diabetes
12/09/2010 - Obese individuals and those with type 2 diabetes should exercise at least 150 minutes per week, according to a new joint policy statement from the American Diabetes Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Computer model may help speed the pace of type 1 diabetes research
12/09/2010 - The pace of type 1 diabetes research is often agonizingly slow, while the cost of studies remains high. This may prevent further breakthroughs in treating the disease. In an effort to remove these stumbling blocks, a team of computer scientists recently developed a virtual model that will enable researchers to test their hypotheses online rather than in clinics.
Videogames may help youths make better lifestyle decisions
12/08/2010 - The obesity epidemic has spread to preteens and young adults in recent years. Some adolescents have even been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However, a team of researchers is reporting that videogames may help combat this development.
Risk of death from obesity identified
12/08/2010 - Obesity is becoming one of the largest public health concerns in today's society. While the condition has generally been linked to an increased risk of a number of health problems, including heart disease, certain cancers and type 2 diabetes, studies have been unable to determine the specific level of obesity at which risk is the greatest, until now.
Combination treatments involving insulin may lead to improved blood sugar control
12/07/2010 - Combining cutting edge medications with traditional treatments may provide the best results to individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to new research from University of North Carolina researchers.
Many young diabetics smoke, few doctors warn them of the consequences
12/06/2010 - Smoking is known to dramatically increase an individual's risk of heart disease. However, the problem is even more severe if that person has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Despite this danger, many with the disease continue to use tobacco.
Researchers discover molecular function that increases type 2 diabetes risk
12/06/2010 - In a study that could have major implications for the treatment of metabolic disease like type 2 diabetes, a team of researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health has discovered a molecular switch that can turn off cellular mechanisms that protect against aging and metabolic dysfunctions.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation mourns the death of Ron Santo
12/03/2010 - Fundraising efforts for research aimed at findings a cure for type 1 diabetes took a hit recently, as former All-Star third baseman Ron Santo, a major supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, has died.
Air pollution may increase risk of type 2 diabetes
12/03/2010 - Exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of developing obesity-related insulin resistance, which often develops into type 2 diabetes, according to new researchers from Ohio State University.
 
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