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.

More screen time associated with poorer glucose regulation in type 1 diabetics
10/06/2011 - Type 1 diabetics who get more screen time each day may have poorer blood sugar regulation than those who spend less time in front of the TV and computer, according to a new study from a team of German researchers.
Researchers to investigate female hormone's role in metabolic processes
10/05/2011 - Estradiol, a hormone similar to estrogen that is commonly associated with female functions, may play an important role in the metabolic health of both men and women, and a team of researchers is trying to determine whether or not it can be connected to the development of type 2 diabetes.
Shift work may cause hormonal changes that increase type 2 diabetes risk
10/04/2011 - Working an overnight shift may cause metabolic changes in individuals that make them more prone to obesity, putting them at risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.
New study explains why different types of fat have different health effects
10/03/2011 - Saturated fats activate a key metabolic pathway associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, while polyunsaturated fats like omega-3s shut this pathway down, according to a new study from a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego.
Study determines potential cause for diabetes-cancer link
09/29/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes are known to be at a higher risk for developing certain forms of cancer. However, medical professionals have been largely unclear on some of the potential causes for this correlation.
Researchers find cellular abnormalities cause some people's bodies to store more fat, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes
09/28/2011 - Dysfunctions in the fat cells of some individuals may predispose them to obesity, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders, according to a new study from a team of Swedish researchers. They said they hope their findings could lead to the development of new therapies that target these irregularities.
Improving type 2 diabetes treatment outcomes may be key to controlling healthcare costs
09/27/2011 - Lowering healthcare costs while improving treatment outcomes are among the top concerns of medical professionals and lawmakers at the moment. Improving the care of individuals with type 2 diabetes may be one of the most effective areas to begin addressing these problems.
Asthma linked to poorer blood sugar management in children with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes
09/26/2011 - Children who suffer from asthma and type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may be more likely to have poorly regulated blood sugar levels, according to a new study.
Researchers find high risk of side effects associated with two new type 2 diabetes medications
09/22/2011 - Two new drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes may be associated with an increased risk of severe pancreatic and thyroid side effects, according to a new study out of the University of California, Los Angeles.
A poor night's sleep may increase teens' risk of type 2 diabetes
09/21/2011 - A troubling number of adolescents are overweight or obese, which puts them at a significantly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. New research suggests that they may be even more vulnerable to the condition if they have poor sleep habits.
Type 2 diabetes may increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease, study finds
09/20/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes may be significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as they grow older, according to a new study from a team of Japanese researchers.
Researchers discover new protein that plays a key role in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
09/19/2011 - In a finding that could have important implications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, a team of researchers has discovered a protein that plays a key role in the ability of cells to absorb glucose from the bloodstream.
Researchers uncover rising prevalence of alcohol-related deaths among type 1 diabetics
09/15/2011 - Individuals with type 1 diabetes are commonly advised to avoid drinking alcohol, as this may interfere with their blood sugar management. Yet, a new study indicates that many individuals with the condition may be ignoring this advice.
Researchers find way to regrow insulin-producing beta cells
09/14/2011 - A team of researchers may have identified a molecule present in the body that stimulates the production of insulin-producing beta cells, which are lacking in individuals with type 1 diabetes, as well as developed a compound that protects this molecule.
Amount and length of time a person has been obese impact type 2 diabetes risk
09/13/2011 - A person's "lifetime dose" of obesity may be a better predictor of their risk of developing type 2 diabetes than a single reading of their body mass index, according to a new study out of the University of Michigan.
Researchers develop new type 2 diabetes medication that produces few side effects
09/12/2011 - A team of researchers from Harvard University and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute is reporting it has developed a new compound that may effectively treat the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, while avoiding many of the side effects that accompany most currently available medications.
New study suggests inflammation may not be cause of obesity-type 2 diabetes link
09/08/2011 - For years, it has been assumed that obesity led to type 2 diabetes by causing inflammation, which was thought to change the way the body reacts to the effects of insulin. However, a new study suggests that this hypothesis may need an update.
Resveratrol shown to reduce risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes
09/07/2011 - The antioxidant resveratrol, which is commonly found in red wine and grapes, may significantly reduce an individual's chances of developing metabolic syndrome, a collection of cardio-metabolic risk factors that often leads to type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.
Opticians may help identify undiagnosed type 2 diabetes cases
09/06/2011 - Type 2 diabetes is an extremely common metabolic disorder, but estimates have indicated that up to 50 percent of the people with the condition are unaware they have it. New research suggests that opticians my have a role to play in identifying the undiagnosed.
Electronic health records shown to improve type 2 diabetes care
09/01/2011 - Electronic health records (EHRs) may help doctors provide significantly better care to individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
New study explains why only some obese people get type 2 diabetes
08/29/2011 - Obesity is widely regarded as the leading risk factor for type 2 diabetes, yet some people who are overweight never develop the metabolic condition. Why is this? The question has plagued scientists and doctors for years, with few satisfactory answers.
Metformin-exercise combination may be ineffective for type 2 diabetics
08/25/2011 - Both exercise and the common type 2 diabetes medication metformin are known to dramatically reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Type 2 diabetes shown to increase glaucoma risk
08/23/2011 - The presence of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure may significantly increase an individual’s chances of developing glaucoma, according to a new study out of the University of Michigan.
New paper questions evidence behind common cardiovascular treatment for type 2 diabetics
08/22/2011 - People with type 2 diabetes are known to be at a significantly greater risk of suffering a heart attack, particularly if they have high cholesterol.
Researchers assess type 2 diabetes predictive qualities of BMI and waist circumference
08/19/2011 - Body mass index may be as effective a means of measuring a child's type 2 diabetes risk as looking at their waist circumference, according to a new study from a team of University of Michigan researchers.
 

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