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 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).
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.
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.
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.
Limiting cholesterol levels may minimize inflammation and reduce type 2 diabetes risk
05/16/2011 - By stimulating the enzyme CEH to remove more cholesterol from cells, it may be possible to limit inflammation, improve insulin sensitivity and reduce an individual's type 2 diabetes risk, said a group of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
Researchers identify single gene that controls many risk factors for type 2 diabetes
05/15/2011 - A team of British researchers has found that the KLF14 gene, which was already known to play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels, may serve a much broader purpose in the body, regulating many metabolic functions.
New study finds link between growth hormone therapy and type 2 diabetes in children
05/12/2011 - In recent years, prescribing growth hormone has become a common treatment for many childhood conditions. However, a new study from the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has found that this therapy may dramatically increase young people's risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Evidence mounts for possible link between autism and type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes
05/12/2011 - While the causes of autism remain unknown, new evidence suggests that a child may be more likely to develop the condition if their mother had type 2 diabetes, was obese or had high blood pressure.
Researchers identify genetic pathway involved in fat storage that may predispose individuals to type 2 diabetes
05/11/2011 - The discovery of a new genetic pathway that controls the storage of energy as fat and its subsequent expenditure could lead to the development of new medications aimed at treating metabolic conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes, says a group of researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Blocking a set of enzymes in the liver may turn off glucose production, leading to healthier blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics
05/11/2011 - A new study from researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has shown that a group of enzymes known as histone deacetylases (HDACs) may play a key role in regulating the liver's production of glucose. The finding could lead to the development of new medications that allow individuals with type 2 diabetes to maintain tighter control over their blood sugar levels.
Researchers say type 2 diabetes may actually be an autoimmune disease
05/10/2011 - A new study from a group of Stanford University researchers suggests that, similar to type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes may be an autoimmune disorder. The classification of the disease as such could drastically change the way that doctors and scientists think about it, which may lead to the development of different treatments and medications.
New study links reliance on car to obesity, with implications for type 2 diabetes
05/10/2011 - The surging obesity rates and the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes may be closely associated with Americans' growing reliance on automobiles, suggests a new study out of the University of Illinois.
 
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