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.

Older type 2 diabetics with low blood sugar may have higher mortality rate
04/18/2011 - 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
04/17/2011 - 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.
Many individuals with type 2 diabetes are unaware of the dangers of hypoglycemia
04/14/2011 - 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
04/14/2011 - 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.
Low testosterone increases risk of death in men with type 2 diabetes
04/13/2011 - 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.
Treating type 2 diabetes may lower Alzheimer's disease risk
04/13/2011 - 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.
Regular exercise improves liver function and cuts type 2 diabetes risk in obese individuals
04/12/2011 - 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.
Researchers come to new understanding of process that contributes to type 2 diabetes
04/10/2011 - 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
04/10/2011 - 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
04/07/2011 - 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
04/07/2011 - 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
04/06/2011 - 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.
Online tool helps people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes manage their condition
04/05/2011 - A new Web application released by the American Diabetes Association that allows individuals with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes to upload information about their condition could help patients manage their symptoms and improve their care.
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes also linked to liver cancer
04/04/2011 - Individuals who have metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases the risk of suffering from type 2 diabetes, may also be more likely to develop liver cancer, according to a new study from the National Cancer Institute.
Regularly fasting may cut type 2 diabetes risk
04/03/2011 - Regularly fasting for 24-hour periods may help individuals reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and lower their overall risk of heart disease, according to a new study from researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute.
Type 2 diabetes and obesity epidemic cause increase in NAFLD rates
04/03/2011 - Unless efforts are made to reduce the prevalence of type 2 diabetes and obesity, the rates of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, will soon reach epidemic proportions, according to a new study recently presented at the International Liver Conference.
NIH plans to push obesity research forward
03/31/2011 - Moving research aimed at fighting obesity from the laboratory into clinical settings is the main focus of the new Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research, a program of the National Institutes of Health. Officials said that the plan would help cut back on many of the diseases associated with excessive weight, including type 2 diabetes.
Researchers find why some type 1 diabetics live free of health complications
03/29/2011 - While individuals who have suffered from type 1 diabetes for many years are significantly more likely to experience complications resulting from their condition, some with the metabolic disease remain free of these problems.
Treating gum disease may lower type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes costs, study finds
03/28/2011 - Treating individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes for gum disease could lead to lower overall medical costs for those patients, according to a new study from dental plan provider CIGNA.
New report recommends bariatric surgery for people with risk factors for type 2 diabetes
03/28/2011 - Bariatric weight loss surgery should be considered earlier in the treatment process for obese individuals who are risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new policy statement from the International Diabetes Federation.
New medication may prevent onset of type 2 diabetes
03/27/2011 - A medication commonly used to control blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes may also be useful in helping those with pre-diabetes avoid developing the full condition, according to a new study from researchers at Case Western Reserve University.
Omega-3s may help obese individuals ward off type 2 diabetes
03/24/2011 - Eating more omega-3 fatty acids could help individuals avoid many of the chronic diseases that accompany obesity, including type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
New findings could end the need for type 1 diabetics to take insulin
03/24/2011 - A team of researchers may have discovered a new mechanism in the digestive tract that could lead to improved treatments for type 1 diabetes. The hormone interaction described has similar functions to insulin, and could spare diabetics from the need for insulin injections.
Drug shown to prevent type 2 diabetes in those with risk factors
03/23/2011 - A medication currently used to treat high blood sugar may help most individuals who are obese and have other metabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes completely avoid developing the condition. The findings could have implications for millions of Americans.
Obese teens show risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes
03/22/2011 - Childhood obesity is becoming increasingly common in the U.S. Now, a new study has found that the condition may be putting millions of teenagers at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and that a poor diet is largely to blame.
 

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