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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists: People with undiagnosed diabetes should be screened for chronic kidney disease
09/10/2010 - According to a study that will be published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology, millions of Americans with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes may be unaware that they have chronic kidney disease (CKD).
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.
Scientists: People with undiagnosed diabetes should be screened for chronic kidney disease
09/10/2010 - According to a study that will be published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology, millions of Americans with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes may be unaware that they have chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Insulin resistance can affect the arteries of type 2 diabetics
09/09/2010 - A study published in the May issue of Cell Metabolism reports that insulin resistance may affect the arteries of people who have type 2 diabetes.
Hemoglobin levels differ in African-American and Caucasian type 1 diabetics
09/09/2010 - According to researchers at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and the Children's Hospital of New Orleans, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) responds differently to blood glucose in Caucasian and African-American children.
Overeating has bigger consequences in families with a history of type 2 diabetes
09/08/2010 - Australian researchers have revealed that healthy people who are genetically predisposed for type 2 diabetes gain more weight when they overeat.
Obesity may lead to insulin resistance associated with type 2 diabetes
09/08/2010 - Research conducted at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has revealed that insulin may reduce the inflammation that is caused by obesity, thereby lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Genes leading to insulin sensitivity may not be stimulated in type 2 diabetics
09/07/2010 - A study conducted at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland has shown that obese people carry abnormal genes and proteins that may contribute to insulin resistance.
Hepatitis C may increase risk of type 2 diabetes
09/07/2010 - Scientists have known for years that people who have Hepatitis C are up to four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. An Australian research team has confirmed that these individuals have a high level of insulin resistance in muscle, a common precursor to the disease.
 

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