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.

Language barriers interfere with diabetes control
10/08/2010 - Language barriers may contribute to significantly poorer treatment outcomes in individuals with type 2 diabetes who cannot discuss their condition with their doctor in their native language.
Research helps explain differences in diabetes among American and Brits
10/07/2010 - Despite many similarities in type 2 diabetes risk factors, the disease is much more prevalent among American men and women than it is among British adults. For years, scientists have been hard pressed to explain this difference.
Hypoglycemic events may predict poor outcomes in type 2 diabetics
10/07/2010 - Episodes of severe hypoglycemia in type 2 diabetics may contribute to more cardiovascular complications and an increased risk of death, according to a new study.
Experts recommend call for changes in diabetes testing and treatment
10/07/2010 - In light of recent scientific findings, experts are calling for a realigning of testing and treatment strategies for type 2 diabetes.
Immune cells may be responsible for type 1 diabetes, study finds
10/06/2010 - New research into the role that the immune system plays in type 1 diabetes may lead to improved treatments for the condition in the near future.
Harvard researchers look to the wisdom of crowds to solve diabetes problem
10/06/2010 - After decades of research and trials, scientists have been unable to cure type 1 diabetes. While advancements have been made in testing and treatment strategies, the ultimate answer to the question has remained elusive to researchers.
Physical activity may help women avoid gestational diabetes
10/05/2010 - As obesity rates continue to rise, the number of women who develop gestational diabetes is also increasing. However, a new study has found that physical activity and improved fitness levels prior to pregnancy may help women avoid the condition.
Implantable beads may end finger-prick blood sugar testing
10/05/2010 - While there are several potentially serious health complications that may arise from type 1 diabetes, many diabetics report that one of the most frustrating aspects of their condition is the continual pricks on the fingers they must endure to test their blood sugar.
Halloween may pose temptations for diabetics
10/04/2010 - With Halloween approaching, some individuals with type 2 diabetes may have a difficult time resisting the temptation to indulge in sugary candy. While overdoing it may have serious consequences for these individuals, some experts say that it may be acceptable to eat Halloween candy in moderation.
Waistline and cholesterol linked to gestational diabetes
10/04/2010 - Gestational diabetes poses significant risk to women and their babies. However, tests for the condition have traditionally been invasive and unreliable. Results from standard tests may not be available until six months into the pregnancy, which may be too late for women to seek adequate treatment.
Genetic link between type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease discovered
10/01/2010 - Type 2 diabetes has long been known to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. However, doctors were not sure the reasons for this correlation.
Garlic oil may benefit the heart health of diabetics
10/01/2010 - Cardiomyopathy, a type of heart disease, is one of the leading causes of death among individuals with type 1 diabetes. However, a recent study has shown that garlic oil may provide diabetics with significant protection against the deadly condition.
More individuals with type 2 diabetes use oral medication to control their condition
09/30/2010 - As new treatment options become available, fewer individuals with type 2 diabetes are using insulin to control their condition, according to a recently released report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Study finds link between air quality and diabetes
09/30/2010 - Air pollution may be contributing to a rise in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the U.S., according to recent research from Children's Hospital Boston.
Blood pressure not linked to better diabetes outcomes
09/29/2010 - Doctors commonly tell their type 2 diabetes patients to closely monitor their blood pressure, as it is believed that elevated pressure may add to the workload of the heart, which may lead to poorer treatment outcomes.
Improvements in diet and exercise reduce heart risk for type 2 diabetics
09/29/2010 - Lifestyle changes that include improving diet and getting more exercise are among the most important things that individuals who have type 2 diabetes can do to improve their overall health.
Pregnant women with large waistlines and high triglyceride levels risk developing gestational diabetes
09/24/2010 - According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a large waistline and high levels of triglyceride in a pregnant woman could indicate a risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Biomarkers could help determine a child's predisposition to type 2 diabetes
09/24/2010 - A study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has revealed that biomarkers could help in the early identification of a child's risk for type 2 diabetes.
Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes may be more prone to developing renal complications
09/24/2010 - According to research published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, four common variants of a gene have been implicated in renal disease development in Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes indicator is different in African-American and Caucasian children
09/24/2010 - A recent study conducted at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans has reported that the hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) response to blood glucose is different in African-American and Caucasian children with type 1 diabetes.
Mothers who breastfeed may reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes
09/23/2010 - Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have discovered that mothers who do not breastfeed their children may have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Women who develop type 2 diabetes before pregnancy are at risk for birth complications
09/23/2010 - According to Canadian researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Women's College Hospital, nearly 50 percent of women who have type 2 diabetes before pregnancy have a potentially avoidable Caesarean section. Complications during pregnancy are becoming more common among women who develop diabetes during childbearing age.
Hyperglycemia during acute illness could indicate risk for type 2 diabetes
09/22/2010 - A patient who experiences hyperglycemia during a critical illness may be in danger of developing type 2 diabetes. A new study published in the journal Critical Care has revealed that there may be a significant association between hyperglycemia during acute illness and the future development of diabetes or glucose intolerance.
New online resource assesses an individual's risk for type 2 diabetes
09/22/2010 - A team of researchers from the University of Leicester in the UK has developed an easy assessment of type 2 diabetes risk that is available to people online.
Survey: Busy lifestyles may keep type 2 diabetics from taking insulin as prescribed
09/22/2010 - According to the Global Attitudes of Patients and Physicians in Insulin Therapy (GAPP) study, more than one in three patients with type 2 diabetes fail to take their insulin as prescribed.

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