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.

New study suggests link between childhood obesity and poor bone health
08/19/2010 - Research has shown that overweight children who do not receive enough exercise may be at high risk for type 2 diabetes. However, a study recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggests that these children may also be at risk for osteoporosis.
Gene associated with type 2 diabetes may be related to protein in sea creatures
08/18/2010 - According to a study conducted at Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences in London, new insight has been shed upon type 2 diabetes with the discovery of a protein released by sea creatures.
Surgery for cancer may be dangerous for type 2 diabetics
08/18/2010 - A study published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Diabetes Care has revealed that type 2 diabetes patients who undergo cancer surgery are more likely to die after the operation than cancer patients without diabetes.
Chinese herb may lessen the effects of type 2 diabetes
08/17/2010 - Research conducted at the Chinese Academy of Science in Shanghai, China has revealed that emodin - a natural product extracted from herbs such as Rheum palmatum and Polygonum cuspidatum - may be a useful treatment for type 2 diabetes.
Bone mass may be directly related to metabolic health
08/17/2010 - According to two recent studies that are published in this month's edition of Cell, there may be a key molecular link between bone remodeling and metabolism. Researchers found evidence that bone acts as an endocrine organ through the release of osteocalcin hormone, which causes cells in the pancreas to produce insulin.
Recurring gestational diabetes may lead to birth complications
08/17/2010 - A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that women who developed gestational diabetes during their first and second pregnancies may experience a recurrence during their third pregnancy.
Proteins identified in type 2 diabetes-induced erectile dysfunction
08/16/2010 - According to a study published in the March issue of Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have discovered molecular changes associated with erectile dysfunction induced by type 2 diabetes.
People with type 2 diabetes may have a higher risk of developing liver disease
08/16/2010 - Researchers from St. Michael's Hospital, the University of Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Canada report that adults newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are at risk for developing serious liver disease.
Omega-3 fatty acids may not prevent heart disease for type 1 diabetics
08/15/2010 - A study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has revealed that consuming more omega-3 fatty acids does lower the risk of heart disease for women with type 1 diabetes.
Insulin delivery technology may help diabetics better control blood glucose
08/15/2010 - According to medical experts, the use of insulin delivery devices - such as pens and pumps - may enable diabetic patients to better control their blood glucose and minimize their risk for chronic health problems.
Study: Prediabetics are not taking proper precautions to avoid type 2 diabetes
08/12/2010 - A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine revealed that only half of prediabetic adults in the U.S. take precautionary measures to avoid developing the disease.
Vascular compression procedure may relieve symptoms of type 2 diabetes
08/12/2010 - Physicians at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have discovered that the central nervous system may be linked to the onset and progression of type 2 diabetes.
High blood glucose during pregnancy may decrease child’s insulin sensitivity
08/11/2010 - A study presented at an Endocrine Society meeting reported that women with high levels of blood glucose during pregnancy are more likely to have children with low sensitivity to insulin.
Study: Immigrants have high risk of type 2 diabetes
08/11/2010 - According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, immigrants who are female and of South Asian or African descent are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than long-term residents of Ontario.
South Asian and African-Caribbean children may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes
08/09/2010 - A recent study published in the Public Library of Science Medicine reports that South Asian and African-Caribbean children may be predisposed to developing type 2 diabetes.
Sensors can help type 1 diabetics control their blood glucose levels better
08/09/2010 - According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attaching a blood sugar sensor to an insulin pump helps patients with type 1 diabetes control their glucose level better.
Misfolded polypeptides may disrupt insulin secretion in type 2 diabetes
08/08/2010 - A research team at the University of California, Los Angeles has discovered that small clusters of islet amyloid polypeptides (IAPPSs) may play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.
Proper education may prevent the development of type 2 diabetes
08/04/2010 - The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) urged private insurers this week to include access to educational resources as a benefit for diabetics.
Prevalence of type 2 diabetes increases in First Nations population
08/03/2010 - A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has revealed that the incidence of type 2 diabetes in First Nations people - those of Aboriginal descent - is greatly increasing. Men and women from this background were 2.5 and 4 times more likely to have diabetes than people in other regions.
Insulin-producing cells continue to proliferate, offer hope for type 1 diabetics
08/03/2010 - A research team at the Peninsula Medical School in England has observed that insulin-producing beta cells are capable of proliferating in patients with type 1 diabetes.
Obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes exhibit poorer cognitive performance
08/02/2010 - Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered that obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have cognitive impairments. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has also revealed that these individuals possess subtle neurological abnormalities.
Structure of insulin receptor may lead to potential type 1 diabetes treatments
08/01/2010 - Scientists at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have revealed the structure of a lesser-known component of the insulin receptor, creating the potential for new type 1 diabetes treatments.
German researchers: Waist circumference a better predictor of diabetes
08/01/2010 - As part of the quest to pinpoint the most effective approaches to diabetes risk assessment, a team of researchers has found that, contrary to a popular belief, waist circumference can be a better predictor of diabetes than body mass index (BMI).
Diabetics should be more aware of heat exposure risks, doctors say
07/29/2010 - Although heat increases the risk of diabetes complications, a new report has found that many people who live in hot climates are not aware of precautions they need to take.
Healthier gums may lead to better outcomes in people with type 2 diabetes
07/29/2010 - As researchers continue to seek cures for chronic diseases that have a high individual and social cost, they sometimes stumble on unexpected discoveries. For example, an international team of scientists recently found that treating periodontal disease can help lower blood sugar level.
 
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