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.

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.
Scientists test efficiency of BCG vaccination in type 1 diabetes treatment
07/29/2010 - Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Iacocca Foundation have announced the completion of the first phase of clinical trials for type 1 diabetes, which suggest that bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccination may prove to be a viable treatment.
Protein fragments may trigger type 1 diabetes in mice
07/29/2010 - A study at National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has revealed a protein fragment that may be responsible for triggering type 1 diabetes in mice.
Study: Gestational diabetes test may also help predict onset of type 2 diabetes
07/28/2010 - There is evidence suggesting that the test that helps diagnose gestational diabetes may also have a predictive value when it comes to the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Texas scientists make inroads into possible type 1 diabetes cure
07/28/2010 - Type 1 diabetes is a currently incurable condition that affects some 340,000 Americans. Fortunately, recent genetic studies have shown that there may be ways to reverse the disease and improve these individuals’ quality of life.
Drinking coffee regularly may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes
07/21/2010 - A new research study published by scientists from the Nagoya University Department of Applied Molecular Bioscience in Japan has revealed that drinking coffee may play a role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Dealing with Diabetes in the Summer Heat
07/08/2010 - Both type 1 and type 2 diabetics may develop diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) which makes it difficult to cope with the summer heat. A large number of people with diabetes have neuropathy (between 60% and 70%), which may affect the ability to sweat and therefore cool the body.
A New Way to Check Blood Glucose Levels?
12/31/1969 - No More Pricking Fingers? We start out this week's diabetes news and research review with news about a new continuous glucose monitor which does not rely on pricking fingers for blood samples.
Does Diabetes Raise Your Risk of Cancer?
12/31/1969 - Diabetes and Cancer:  Are Diabetes Risk Factors and Treatments Linked to Cancer? We begin this week’s headlines with news from the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association which has published a review of literature that suggests that diabetes risk factors and treatments may be associated with cancer.
 

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