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.

High cost of care may lead to worse condition for some diabetics and their families
12/02/2010 - Caring for a child with type 1 diabetes is often extremely expensive. Caregivers must pay for frequent doctor visits, testing supplies and specific food items. However, a new study has found that all of this expense may impair the ability of families to supply health food for their children, which often leads to health complications.
Frequent dieting may increase risk of diabetes
12/02/2010 - Yo-yo dieting may contribute to changes in the brain that contribute to overeating and weight gain during periods of stress, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania. This state may significantly increase an individual's risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Vitamin D levels connected to metabolic syndrome
12/01/2010 - Many individuals with metabolic syndrome, a constellation of diseases that significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, are more likely to have low levels of vitamins D, according to a new study from the University of California.
Report shows impact of diabetes on life expectancy
12/01/2010 - Recent medical advancements have significantly improved the quality of life of individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, the findings of a new study suggest that individuals with the disease still live significantly shorter lives than those who do not suffer from diabetes.
Low levels of specific protein leads to inactivity, increases diabetes risk
11/30/2010 - One of the most important things a person can do to combat the onset of type 2 diabetes is to lead an active life and get plenty of exercise. However, the findings of new study from the Stanford-Burnham Research Institute suggests that obese individuals may have an impaired ability to exercise, which may compound their risk for developing diabetes.
Moderate alcohol consumption may reduce diabetes risk
11/30/2010 - The findings of a recent study conducted by researchers at Boston University Medical Center indicate that moderate alcohol consumption may significantly reduce an individual's risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Many stop drinking following diabetes diagnosis
11/29/2010 - Drinking alcohol in excess can have particularly damaging consequences for individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. However, a new study has found that following diagnosis, a surprising number of individuals quit drinking for good.
Investigators warn about the dangers of added sugars
11/29/2010 - High fructose corn syrup and other added sugars are increasingly becoming a part of many American's everyday lives. However, scientists are beginning to warn consumers that excessive intake of these sugars may lead to many health complications, including type 2 diabetes.
Advice from dietitians may help diabetics control their condition
11/24/2010 - Individuals with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes know that maintaining a nutritious diet is one of the most important things they can do to control their disease. The findings of a new study suggest that the services of a registered dietitian may help individuals accomplish this goal.
Pressure may hinder the production of new fat
11/24/2010 - In a finding that could have major implications for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel have shown that mechanical loads may prevent fat cells from producing new fat in the body.
Researchers determine the best exercise for blood sugar control
11/24/2010 - Adding aerobic exercise and resistance training to a treatment plan may significantly improve blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to new research from Louisiana State University.
Diabetes and depression more closely linked than thought
11/23/2010 - Researchers have long noticed a strong correlation between depression and type 2 diabetes, which has presented them with a classic chicken-and-egg scenario. Until recently, it has been difficult to determine which condition occurs first and causes the other, which makes it hard to address the root cause of either condition.
HIV treatments may contribute to type 2 diabetes
11/23/2010 - Early treatment with new generations of HIV medication has significantly extended the life expectancy and quality of live of individuals infected with the disease. However, a new study from Washington University researchers has found that these drugs may also increase the risk of insulin resistance, which could cause type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes during pregnancy may increase the risk of kidney-related birth defects
11/22/2010 - Expectant mothers who are obese or have type 2 diabetes are significantly more likely to have children with chronic kidney disease, according to a new study from University of Washington researchers.
Study uncovers high price of childhood obesity
11/22/2010 - Children across the country are experiencing higher rates of obesity. This is having a damaging effect on their heart health and increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Fat outside the veins may contribute to poor heart health in diabetics
11/19/2010 - Fat outside the arteries may be one of the single most prominent factors that contribute to the development of heart disease in individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati.
BMI may be a poor measure of body fat
11/19/2010 - Body mass index - or BMI - is one of the most common measurements used by physicians to assess a patient's risk for developing type 2 diabetes. BMIs in the obese range have traditionally put an individual at significantly higher risk for developing the disease.
Researchers uncover enzyme that increases risk of type 2 diabetes
11/17/2010 - A team of researchers from the University of California have found an enzyme that plays a major role in processing fat. They believe that their findings could lead to the development of new drugs capable of significantly reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related diseases.
Organization plans study to test benefits of hormone
11/17/2010 - In an effort to help find a more effective treatment for individuals with type 1 diabetes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation recently announced that it will fund an investigation into the effectiveness of a new hormone therapy.
Early heart surgery may benefit diabetics
11/16/2010 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes face significant heart health risk, which they often struggle against for the remainder of their lives. However, a new study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions has found that seeking surgical procedures to open up blocked arteries soon after receiving a diagnosis of the condition may significantly improve diabetics' condition.
Group urges frequent diabetes testing for seniors
11/15/2010 - Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects older individuals. When it is left untreated, the disease can be crippling. For this reason, the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project recently launched a new campaign to alert seniors to the importance of getting tested for the condition.
Pharmacists may be able to help type 2 diabetics achieve better control over their condition
11/15/2010 - Type 2 diabetes can be a difficult disease to control. Between all the medications and testing, it can sometimes be easy for patients to let aspects of their health slip. However, a recent study from the University of Alberta found that patients who visited doctor's offices that had on-site pharmacies were able to significantly improve control of their symptoms.
Controlling diabetes may help reduce the cost of care
11/12/2010 - One thing that often gets lost in the discussion of type 2 diabetes is the cost associated with treating it. The American Diabetes association estimates the total cost associated with the condition was $174 billion in 2007. This can result in substantial out of pocket expenses, even for individuals who have insurance.
Group calls for more type 1 diabetes research funding
11/11/2010 - Despite recent advances in diabetes research, the number of individuals who have developed type 1 diabetes in recent years has increased dramatically. In order to address the situation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is calling for further funding to advance the treatment of these devastating conditions.
Dietary intervention may lower risk of type 1 diabetes
11/11/2010 - It is generally thought that genetic predispositions determine whether or not a child will develop type 1 diabetes. While genetics play a large role, a new study from European researchers has found that nutrition in the early stages of life may also factor into the equation.
 
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