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 protein that may control appetite and blood sugar, promising improved type 2 diabetes treatments
08/17/2011 - Higher levels of a particular protein may be the key to controlling appetite and preventing unhealthy fluctuations in blood sugar and other diabetes complications, according to a new study out of New York University.
Losing a moderate amount of weight can significantly improve sexual function of men with type 2 diabetes
08/16/2011 - Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction in men, but new research suggests that simply losing a few extra pounds can help individuals regain their former levels of sexual function, as well as alleviate symptoms of incontinence.
Sedentary lifestyles connected to type 2 diabetes
08/11/2011 - People who regularly exercise may think that they are immune to type 2 diabetes risk, but new research shows that they may still be prone to the condition if their lifestyle is otherwise sedentary.
New study ties red meat and processed meat to increased type 2 diabetes risk
08/10/2011 - A diet heavy on red meat and processed foods can significantly increase a person’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic risk factors may contribute to cognitive decline
08/09/2011 - Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking and obesity may significantly increase a person’s chances of developing cognitive problems later in life, according to a new study out of the University of California, Davis.
Mobile phone technology may improve type 2 diabetes treatments
08/08/2011 - Using mobile phone technology could lead to significant improvements in the ability of individuals with type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar and other aspects of their condition, according to a new study out of the University of Maryland.
Adding muscle mass may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
08/05/2011 - Losing excess fat is widely considered to be one of the most important things an obese person can do to limit their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, new research suggests that adding more muscle mass may be equally as important.
HbA1c testing accurately predicts future heart disease risk in type 2 diabetics
08/04/2011 - Type 2 diabetes is a known risk factor for heart disease, but some diabetics appear to be at greater risk than others. This can make it difficult for medical professionals to accurately forecast which of their patients need to take steps to improve their heart health.
Type 2 diabetes may lead to pregnancy complications independent of obesity
08/03/2011 - Obesity is a well-established risk factor for pregnancy complications, but what happens when the mother-to-be also has type 2 diabetes? New research suggests that the metabolic condition dramatically compounds the chances of experiencing potentially serious complications.
Menopause plays no role in type 2 diabetes risk
08/02/2011 - Going through menopause is thought to increase a woman's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, particularly if she has one or more risk factors for the condition. But to what degree does the hormonal change actually affect diabetes risk?
Growing prevalence of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes may be behind rising liver cancer rates
08/01/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes and other metabolic problems may be more likely to develop either of the two most common types of liver cancer, according to a new report published by a group of researchers from the National Cancer Institute.
Cholesterol medication may have big benefits for individuals with type 2 diabetes
07/28/2011 - An experimental medication designed to raise levels of HDL good cholesterol may also help individuals with type 2 diabetes improve their blood sugar control, according to a new study out of the University of Sydney.
Dentists can aid in identifying individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes
07/27/2011 - Enlisting dentists in the fight against type 2 diabetes could lead to earlier diagnosis of many individuals who are unaware that they have the metabolic condition, according to a new study out of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
Researchers find no benefit to aggressive blood sugar lowering
07/25/2011 - Excessively high blood sugar is one of the main reasons for complications in individuals with type 2 diabetes, but aggressively lowering these levels may not be necessary. A new study from a team of German researchers shows that bringing glucose levels to near normal levels has few health benefits.
Researchers find way to create stem cells for type 1 diabetes treatment
07/21/2011 - Fully developed adult cells may retain a "memory" of their past as pluripotent stem cells, which could potentially enable them to be re-engineered to serve multiple purposes, including treatments for type 1 diabetes, according to a new study out of Tel Aviv University.
Patient centered medical homes reduce costs and improve outcomes for type 2 diabetics, study finds
07/20/2011 - Anyone who suffers from type 2 diabetes knows that it can be an extremely expensive condition to live with. The frequent testing and constant need to take medications drive up costs significantly. Additionally, the complications that often occur add fuel to an already incendiary situation.
Researchers identify process that prevents type 1 diabetes from progressing
07/19/2011 - 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
07/18/2011 - 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
07/15/2011 - 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
07/14/2011 - 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
07/13/2011 - 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
07/12/2011 - 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
07/11/2011 - 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
07/07/2011 - 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
07/06/2011 - 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.
 

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