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.

Medical costs are higher for children with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes than healthy youths
04/28/2011 - Young people who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes have significantly higher annual medical expenses than children who do not have the disease, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to type 2 diabetes risk in Caucasians, study finds
04/27/2011 - Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to racial differences in the way fat is stored in the body and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes among obese Caucasian children, according to a new study from a team of University of Pittsburgh researchers.
Researchers identify amino acids that may explain the benefits of gastric bypass surgery for type 2 diabetics
04/27/2011 - Lower levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) may explain why obese individuals with type 2 diabetes who opt for gastric bypass weight loss surgery are often able to improve their blood sugar control even before they lose any weight, according to a new study out of Duke University.
Nutrient in tangerines shown to limit type 2 diabetes risk
04/26/2011 - The antioxidant nobiletin, which occurs naturally in high levels in tangerines, may help individuals avoid the symptoms of metabolic syndrome and prevent them from developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a group of University of Western Ontario researchers.
Researchers look at protein that may contribute to development of type 1 diabetes
04/25/2011 - Low levels of the protein interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) may predict an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes in children, according to a study currently being conducted by researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University.
New study describes molecular process that causes type 1 diabetes
04/22/2011 - A team of scientists from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research has identified a group of previously unknown immune system cells that may play a major role in the development of type 1 diabetes. The researchers believe that their findings could lead to the creation of new medications to suppress these cells and help individuals avoid the condition.
New medication may limit kidney damage in individuals with type 2 diabetes
04/22/2011 - A new medication developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego may improve kidney function in individuals with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease, and help them avoid end-stage renal disease, according to a new study from the group.
Low-carbohydrate diets shown to improve kidney function in individuals with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes
04/21/2011 - Low-carbohydrate diets may reverse impaired kidney function in individuals with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
High levels of certain protein may throw off metabolic processes and increase risk of type 2 diabetes
04/20/2011 - An overabundance of the thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP) in the brain could throw off a metabolic regulatory mechanism and increase an individual's risk of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Yeshiva University researchers.
Counseling patients with depression and type 2 diabetes may improve treatment outcomes
04/20/2011 - Addressing symptoms of depression may be one of the most important aspects of treating a person with type 2 diabetes, according to a new investigation from the VA Ann Arbor Health System.
Older type 2 diabetics with low blood sugar may have higher mortality rate
04/19/2011 - In addition to worrying about excessively high blood sugar levels, older adults with type 2 diabetes should be concerned about very low blood glucose levels as well. A new study from University of Chicago researchers has shown that this may result in a modest increase in their risk of death.
Artificial pancreas technology may be effective in adults with type 1 diabetes
04/18/2011 - During the night, many adults with type 1 diabetes experience dangerously low blood sugar levels. This can result in a number of potentially serious health complications. However, the use of an artificial pancreas may significantly improve the ability of these individuals' bodies to regulate glucose levels, according to a new study from University of Cambridge researchers.
Mother's diet during pregnancy can affect her child's obesity and type 2 diabetes risk
04/18/2011 - A woman's diet during pregnancy can cause changes to her unborn child's DNA that may significantly increase its risk of obesity and make it more likely to developing type 2 diabetes during its lifetime, according to new research from the University of Southampton.
Many individuals with type 2 diabetes are unaware of the dangers of hypoglycemia
04/15/2011 - A majority of individuals with type 2 diabetes experience low blood sugar levels during the course of everyday activities like working, driving and exercising. In some of these situations, the consequences could be serious, as low blood sugar often results in fainting and loss of consciousness.
Researchers seek to explain mechanism behind the type 2 diabetes benefits of weight loss surgery
04/15/2011 - It's a mystery that has vexed type 2 diabetes researchers and doctors for years: why are obese patients who undergo weight loss surgery able to resolve their diabetes so quickly, often before they have even lost any weight? A team of researchers from the Lund University Diabetes Center plan to answer this question.
Treating type 2 diabetes may lower Alzheimer's disease risk
04/14/2011 - Controlling type 2 diabetes symptoms may produce many health benefits. Now, a new study from a team of Chinese researchers adds the decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease to the list.
Low testosterone increases risk of death in men with type 2 diabetes
04/14/2011 - Allowing low testosterone levels to go untreated may sharply increase the risk of early death among men with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a group of British researchers.
Regular exercise improves liver function and cuts type 2 diabetes risk in obese individuals
04/13/2011 - Obese individuals with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) who are also at risk of developing type 2 diabetes may be able to improve the condition of their livers and boost their metabolic health through moderate amounts of aerobic activity, according to a new study from researchers at the Cleveland Clinic.
Anti-seizure medications may help type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes patients who suffer from nerve pain, new report says
04/12/2011 - A number of medications currently available for treating seizures and other medical conditions may be effective in treating the pain and burning sensations experienced by many individuals who suffer from type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, according to new treatment guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology.
New medication may help obese people at risk for type 2 diabetes lose weight
04/12/2011 - An experimental combination of drugs may result in unprecedented weight loss and dramatic improvements in metabolic risk factors among obese individuals who are in jeopardy of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a team of Duke University researchers.
Researchers come to new understanding of process that contributes to type 2 diabetes
04/11/2011 - A new study conducted by a group of researchers from the University of North Carolina may help clarify the connection between high levels of body fat, inflammation and insulin resistance, three factors that are known to increase type 2 diabetes risk but are still poorly understood by science.
Problem-solving lessons help individuals with type 2 diabetes improve self-care
04/11/2011 - Disease management programs that teach participants general problem-solving skills in addition to providing disease-specific information may be able to greatly improve the ability of individuals with type 2 diabetes to control and in some cases resolve their condition, according to a new study out of Johns Hopkins University.
Teenagers' BMI may predict their future type 2 diabetes risk
04/08/2011 - Increases in body mass index, or BMI, during the late teen years and early adulthood may predict an individual's chances of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease later in life, according to a new study from a team of Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers.
Coffee may increase risk of type 2 diabetes, worsen blood sugar control
04/08/2011 - A growing body of evidence suggests that caffeine may disrupt several metabolic processes and increase an individual's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new report from a Duke University researcher.
New study explains factors that contribute to childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes
04/07/2011 - Some aspects of modern lifestyle may be encouraging childhood obesity and putting young people at a greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life, according to new research out of Binghamton University.
 

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