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 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.
Researchers work to develop new artificial pancreas technology for use in type 1 diabetes treatments
06/06/2011 - A new artificial pancreas system being developed by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute could potentially save individuals with type 1 diabetes from the persistent demands of regularly checking blood sugar levels, its inventors said.
Excess fat consumption during pregnancy is shown to increase type 2 diabetes risk in future generation
06/05/2011 - Obesity during pregnancy is known to increase a child’s future chance of being overweight and developing type 2 diabetes. However, a new study from a team of University of Illinois researchers suggests that a fatty diet during pregnancy may be just as great a risk as excess weight.
Researchers find new indicators of gestational diabetes risk
05/26/2011 - It may be possible for doctors to predict a woman's risk of developing gestational diabetes up to seven years before she becomes pregnant through blood sugar testing and body weight assessments, according to a new study out of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research.
Natural substance may improve insulin sensitivity and limit fatty liver deposits in individuals with type 2 diabetes
05/25/2011 - A natural substance known as dilauroylphosphatidylcholine, or DLPC, has been shown by a recent study to reduce fatty deposits in the liver and improve insulin sensitivity, two major problems among individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Drug pairing may raise blood sugar, putting type 2 diabetics at risk
05/25/2011 - The antidepressant Paxil and cholesterol-lowering drug Pravachol are commonly prescribed in conjunction with one another, but a new study indicates that the combination may lead to dangerous increases in blood sugar in all patients, particularly those with type 2 diabetes.
Broken ankles do not necessarily indicate osteoporotic fracture risk among aging women
05/25/2011 - Though a number of studies have associated hip and vertebral pressure fractures with an increased likelihood of osteoporosis, a new study from a team of Canadian researchers indicated that broken ankles do not confer a greater risk of subsequent osteoporotic fractures among women age 50 or older.
Type 2 diabetes patients may be more likely to contract tuberculosis
05/24/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes are already known to be at an increased risk of several other diseases, including heart disease, kidney failure and neuropathy. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Texas has found that they may also be more likely to acquire tuberculosis (TB).
Low-fat diet may be more important for lowering type 2 diabetes risk than losing weight
05/23/2011 - Doctors commonly advise overweight individuals who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes to lose weight. However, a new study out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that this may not be the most important recommendation.
Weight gain between pregnancies shown to increase risk of gestational diabetes
05/23/2011 - In women who experience two pregnancies, too much weight gain in the interim may predict an increased risk of gestational diabetes during the second pregnancy, according to a new study from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research.
Inflammation may be behind diabetic nephropathy in individuals with type 2 diabetes
05/22/2011 - Changes that control inflammatory responses within the kidneys may be the root cause of severe nephropathy stemming from type 2 diabetes, according to a team of researchers from the University of Louisville.
Arterial plaque test may accurately predict risk for cardiovascular complications among type 2 diabetics
05/22/2011 - Testing for coronary artery calcium levels may be an effective way to indentify type 2 diabetes patients who are at the greatest risk of dying at a young age from a cardiovascular event, according to the results of a new study out of Wake Forest University.
Common type 2 diabetes medication may raise risk of bladder cancer
05/19/2011 - The type 2 diabetes medication pioglitazone may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, according to a new review of Food and Drug Administration data conducted by a team of Italian researchers.
Type 2 diabetes often precedes mood disorders
05/19/2011 - Type 2 diabetes and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety are known to co-occur at high rates. However, doctors have been unsure whether one condition causes the other or if a single underlying factor is responsible for both ailments.
Uncovering process that determines fate of stem cells may lead to better treatments for type 1 diabetes
05/18/2011 - By looking at markers on proteins known as histones, around which DNA molecules wind, a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania believes that it may be possible to predict the fate of embryonic stem cells. This knowledge could be used to steer these cells toward developing into insulin-producing pancreatic cells, which individuals with type 1 diabetes lack.
Men with type 2 diabetes are more likely to suffer cardiovascular complications than women
05/18/2011 - Type 2 diabetes is known to increase an individual's risk of developing cardiovascular complications, but a new study from a group of Yale University researchers shows that men are at significantly greater risk than women.
Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is tied to increased risk of metabolic problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes
05/17/2011 - Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can dramatically increase a woman's odds of becoming obese later in life and developing associated health problems, which often include type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a team of British researchers.
Enzyme may increase insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes risk
05/16/2011 - Higher levels of an enzyme known as PKC-delta may lead to greater insulin resistance and a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the Joslin Diabetes Center. Researchers said that their findings may lead to the development of new medications that improve insulin sensitivity.
 

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