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 find way to regrow insulin-producing beta cells
09/13/2011 - 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
09/12/2011 - 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.
New study suggests inflammation may not be cause of obesity-type 2 diabetes link
09/07/2011 - 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
09/06/2011 - 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
09/05/2011 - 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
08/31/2011 - 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
08/28/2011 - 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
08/24/2011 - 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
08/22/2011 - 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
08/21/2011 - 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
08/18/2011 - 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.
Researchers identify protein that may control appetite and blood sugar, promising improved type 2 diabetes treatments
08/16/2011 - 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
08/15/2011 - 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
08/10/2011 - 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
08/09/2011 - 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
08/08/2011 - 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
08/07/2011 - 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
08/04/2011 - 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
08/03/2011 - 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
08/02/2011 - 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.
Growing prevalence of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes may be behind rising liver cancer rates
07/31/2011 - 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.
Dentists can aid in identifying individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes
07/26/2011 - 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.
Patient centered medical homes reduce costs and improve outcomes for type 2 diabetics, study finds
07/19/2011 - 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 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.
 

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