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.

Researchers identify process that prevents type 1 diabetes from progressing
07/18/2011 - Promoting levels of a certain protein may prevent the immune system of a person with type 1 diabetes from attacking the pancreas, which could prevent the disease from progressing in individuals newly diagnosed, according to a new study from a team of University of British Columbia researchers.
Researchers uncover why TZDs cause weight gain in type 2 diabetics
07/17/2011 - The class of type 2 diabetes medications known as thiazolidinediones, or TZDs, is very effective at lowering blood sugar levels in most people.
Daily high-dose aspirin therapy may support heart health in type 2 diabetics
07/14/2011 - Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among individuals with type 2 diabetes, but a simple over-the-counter medication may significantly reduce an individual's risk of experiencing a heart attack.
Common amino acid may help prevent type 2 diabetes
07/13/2011 - Adding more leucine, a common amino acid, to the diets of individuals at risk for developing type 2 diabetes may help them avoid the condition completely, according to a new study from researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center.
Researchers find way to prevent excess fat storage, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes in mice
07/12/2011 - Excessive fat buildup is one of the leading risk factors for type 2 diabetes, but a team of researchers from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases may have found a way to get the body to burn excess calories rather than store them as fat.
Key to inflammation-related diseases like type 2 diabetes may lie in fat tissue
07/11/2011 - Obesity, and more specifically excess body fat, is a well known risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Poor diet before pregnancy could lead to metabolic problems including type 2 diabetes for offspring
07/10/2011 - It is well established that eating an unhealthy diet during pregnancy may impact the health of a woman's unborn child, but a new study suggests that this effect may extend to before conception.
Zinc found to be critical for preserving insulin production
07/06/2011 - Zinc may play a crucial role in preventing molecular reactions that lead to the destruction of insulin-producing beta cells and the development of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a team of University of Michigan researchers.
Antioxidant may protect type 1 diabetics from health complications
07/05/2011 - An antioxidant commonly found in strawberries may hold the key to preventing health complications related to type 1 diabetes, according to a new study out of the Salk Institute.
Existing medication may reverse symptoms of type 1 diabetes
07/05/2011 - A medication that has long been used as a vaccination against tuberculosis and a treatment for bladder cancer may alleviate symptoms of type 1 diabetes, according to results from a clinical trial, which were presented recently at a meeting of the American Diabetes Association.
Young people with type 1 diabetes show signs of cardiovascular risk factors
07/04/2011 - Despite advancements in the treatment and care of individuals with type 1 diabetes, a new study out of Cincinnati Children's Hospital has found that young people with the condition are at a considerably higher risk of developing heart disease at a young age.
Life expectancy increases for individuals with type 1 diabetes
06/28/2011 - Individuals with type 1 diabetes are living longer than ever. In fact, the life expectancy of diabetics is increasing at rates faster than those seen in the general population, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh.
New medication may improve kidney function in individuals with type 2 diabetes
06/27/2011 - Kidney failure is one of the most common complications of type 2 diabetes, but a new study has shown that individuals with the disease may be able to preserve and potentially even repair damage to their kidneys with the help of a new anti-inflammatory drug.
Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes grow in prevalence
06/26/2011 - The number people in the world with either type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes has more than doubled over the last three decades, according to a new paper from an international group of researchers.
Rising type 2 diabetes rate shown to contribute to increasing kidney disease burden
06/22/2011 - The prevalence of type 2 diabetes has increased dramatically over the course of the last couple decades, and a new study from a team of University of Washington researchers suggests that this trend may be taking a toll on the kidney health of Americans.
Researchers identify genetic cause of inflammation-related tissue damage that causes type 2 diabetes
06/21/2011 - Inflammation caused by obesity is one of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes. However, it may be possible to limit inflammation in overweight individuals through gene therapies, according to researchers from Case Western Reserve University.
Type 2 diabetes medication could be useful in controlling blood sugar of type 1 diabetics
06/20/2011 - In addition to treating the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, the medication liraglutide could help individuals with type 1 diabetes control their blood sugar levels, according to a new study out of the University of Buffalo.
Researchers uncover potential genetic link behind higher rates of type 2 diabetes among African Americans
06/19/2011 - African Americans are known to have higher rates of type 2 diabetes than Caucasians, but the reasons behind this association are not well understood. Now, a new study suggests that the answer may lie in their genes.
Excessive TV viewing may be linked to increased type 2 diabetes risk
06/15/2011 - Watching TV is the most commonly reported activity in the U.S. after working and sleeping, but a new study suggests that overindulging in television viewing may be associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications.
Preventing the breakdown of insulin may be possible with new treatment for type 2 diabetes
06/14/2011 - A new study out of the Mayo Clinic in Florida suggests that it may be possible to control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics by preventing the breakdown of insulin, rather than continually working to boost insulin levels.
Type 2 diabetes may increase risk of second stroke or heart attack, study finds
06/13/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes who have suffered a heart attack or stroke may be significantly more likely to experience a second cardiovascular event, according to a new study from researchers at Vanderbilt University.
High-fat diet may damage weight-regulating process in the brain, increasing type 2 diabetes risk
06/12/2011 - Many overweight individuals have had the experience of trying unsuccessfully to lose weight. This contributes to the obesity epidemic that is putting millions of people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Many young people with type 2 diabetes have impaired cardiovascular function
06/09/2011 - As a symptom of the childhood obesity epidemic, many young people are testing positive for type 2 diabetes, something that was previously thought to be nearly impossible. Now, a new study suggests that the condition may be taking a toll on the cardiovascular health of adolescents.
Researchers use genetic therapy to cure type 1 diabetes in mice
06/08/2011 - A team of Baylor College of Medicine researchers may have identified a genetic therapy that can stimulate the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells and reverse the symptoms of type 1 diabetes, according to a recent presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society.
Hormone therapy for prostate cancer may raise type 2 diabetes risk
06/07/2011 - Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a common treatment for men with aggressive forms of prostate cancer and has saved countless lives. However, a new study from a team of Philippine researchers suggests that the treatment may also raise a man's risk of type 2 diabetes.
 
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