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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Type 2 diabetes patients may benefit from cholesterol testing
09/22/2010 - According to health officials, patients with type 2 diabetes would greatly benefit from receiving a cholesterol test.
Biological clock protein may be tied to type 2 diabetes
09/22/2010 - A protein that regulates the biological clock in mammals may also regulate glucose production in the liver. According to scientists at the University of California, San Diego, changing the levels of this protein has been shown to improve the health of diabetic mice.
Unique class of blood markers found in type 2 diabetics
09/21/2010 - A study published in Circulation Research: Journal of the American Heart Association has revealed that people who have type 2 diabetes may have different blood levels of some ribonucleic acids (RNAs) than non-diabetic individuals.
New drug developed that may help people with type 2 diabetes
09/21/2010 - Australian scientists have found a drug that may potentially be useful in helping to treat type 2 diabetes.
Prevalence of type 2 diabetes and obesity rising in California
09/21/2010 - According to a recent study, the majority of adults in California classify as obese or overweight and more than 2 million individuals have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Bariatric surgery before pregnancy may increase risk for gestational diabetes
09/17/2010 - A recent study published in the August issue of The Journal of the American College of Surgeons reveals that obese women who undergo bariatric surgery before pregnancy have three times the risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Fish oils could help reduce inflammation associated with type 2 diabetes
09/14/2010 - University of California, San Diego School of Medicine scientists have unveiled the mechanism behind the effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids in reducing inflammation and insulin resistance associated with type 2 diabetes.
Cinnamon may protect prediabetics from developing type 2 diabetes
09/14/2010 - A study conducted by chemists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests that cinnamon - which is known to contain powerful antioxidative compounds - could potentially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Study links obesity and type 2 diabetes to infertility in women
09/14/2010 - Insulin resistance - defined by persistently elevated levels of insulin and the abnormal regulation of blood sugar - is a common characteristic of type 2 diabetes. According to a recent study, it is also a feature of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is the most common cause of infertility and affects up to one in 10 women.
Gastrointestinal symptoms may be linked to type 2 diabetes
09/10/2010 - Several studies have reported that gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms may be closely linked to type 2 diabetes. However, more evidence is needed, as epidemiological data has been somewhat inconsistent and the frequency of upper and lower GI symptoms varies between different ethnic groups and populations.
 

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