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.

Educational programs help older minorities manage their type 2 diabetes
11/10/2010 - Low-income, minority and aging communities have been hit particularly hard by type 2 diabetes in recent years. Individuals in these groups are significantly more likely to develop the condition than the general population.
Obesity may cause dangerous changes in the way the body stores fat
11/10/2010 - A team of European investigators has found that fat cells and surrounding tissue may have certain limitations when it comes to storing excess fat. When these limits are exceeded, a chain of reactions begins to take place which may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Study uncovers the reason for the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes
11/09/2010 - It has long been known that obese individuals are significantly more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. However, until recently the exact reason for this association was not known precisely.
Insulin-producing cells stop replicating after age 30
11/09/2010 - Type 2 diabetes is significantly more common among older individuals. New research suggests that this may be because insulin-producing cells in the body stop replicating in people around their 30th year.
Telemedicine may help individuals with type 2 diabetes improve their diet
11/08/2010 - Type 2 diabetes requires significant amounts of dietary planning and continued consumption of healthy foods. However, due to the struggling economy, low wages and high unemployment, many individuals with the condition are finding it difficult to maintain a healthy diet and to stay in touch with their physicians.
Liver hormone may contribute to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
11/04/2010 - A team of Japanese researchers has discovered that a hormone produced and secreted by the liver may contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes, which may provide a target for the development of future drugs.
Dentists may help diagnose type 2 diabetes
11/04/2010 - Individuals who believe they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes may benefit from visiting the dentist. Experts say that oral health professionals may be among the first to notice certain warning signals associated with development of the condition.
Study uncovers protein that sparks inflammatory response leading to insulin resistance
11/03/2010 - It has long been known that overactive immune cells can cause inflammation throughout the body, leading to insulin resistance and eventually type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study from University of California, San Diego researchers has found a protein that plays a vital part of regulating this process.
New study helps bring into focus genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes
11/03/2010 - A team of researchers from the National Institutes of Health may have found a set of genes that control the function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, which may shed more light on the causes of type 2 diabetes.
Explosion of type 2 diabetes put strain on local health resources
11/01/2010 - Type 2 diabetes can be an extremely expensive and time consuming disease to manage, and helping individuals control their symptoms is starting to become a major burden for local health departments.
Inhaled steroids may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes
10/31/2010 - Patients who take inhaled steroids for conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may be at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new researcher from Jewish General Hospital researchers.
Glucosamine supplements may increase diabetes risk
10/27/2010 - Glucosamine supplements have become a popular option for individuals with arthritis and other conditions who are looking to improve their joint health. However, the findings of a new study indicate that prolonged exposure to this amino acid may kill pancreatic cells and increase the risk of developing diabetes.
Sugar-sweetened drinks increase type 2 diabetes risk
10/27/2010 - In recent years, the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages - including sodas and sports drinks - has risen sharply. Meanwhile, the increases in obesity and type 2 diabetes rates have followed a similar curve.
Women who don't breast feed risk type 2 diabetes
10/26/2010 - Women who breast feed their children for less than one month may be putting themselves at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from University of Pittsburgh researchers.
Experts express concerns about non-insulin diabetes treatments
10/25/2010 - Therapies for treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes that do not include insulin are becoming increasingly popular. However, some health experts are not totally convinced of their safety.
Diabetics find communication with doctors important, but aren't willing to pay for it
10/25/2010 - Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be difficult conditions to control. They demand constant attentiveness and collaboration between patients and their physicians.
Group releases manual to help diabetics avoid foot problems
10/24/2010 - Individuals who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes often have difficulty with their feet. In the extreme, these issues can force them to have their feet or lower legs amputated. In fact, the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society estimates that diabetes is the cause of more than 60,000 lower extremity amputations each year.
Higher education may increase risk of autoimmune diabetes
10/24/2010 - Individuals who choose to pursue higher education may be putting themselves at risk for developing a rare form of diabetes, according a recent study from investigators at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
Diabetes rates set to rise sharply
10/24/2010 - Unless new strategies are implemented to help reduce the number of obese individuals, the rate of type 2 diabetes is going to skyrocket in the coming years, according to a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.
Living in low-income neighborhoods may increase the risk of mobility problems among diabetics
10/21/2010 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes who live in bad neighborhoods may be at an elevated risk for developing mobility issues, according to a new study from Indiana University researchers.
Low testosterone linked to increased type 2 diabetes risk
10/20/2010 - For years it was thought that high testosterone levels may increase a man's chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. However, the findings of a new study indicate that this may not be the case.
Whole grains may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
10/20/2010 - Individuals who consume more whole grains may be able to limit their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from USDA researchers.
Father's health may influence child's type 2 diabetes risk
10/20/2010 - Men who eat an unhealthy diet and have excess fat may be putting their unborn children at a greater risk for type 2 diabetes. A new study from University of New South Wales researchers has shown that a man's weight and diet at the time of conception can affect their child's likelihood of developing the condition.
Insulin resistance may contribute to cognitive decline
10/19/2010 - Diabetes and its symptoms may have many negative consequences. In fact, recent findings from University of Texas researchers indicate that insulin resistance may interfere with cognitive function.
Brain may play an important role in the benefits of leptin
10/19/2010 - Studies have suggested that the hormone leptin may help alleviate many of the metabolic symptoms of type 1 diabetes. However, little was known about how the hormone delivers the benefits.
 
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