Type 2 Diabetes News and Research

BMI may be a poor measure of body fat
11/19/2010 - Body mass index - or BMI - is one of the most common measurements used by physicians to assess a patient's risk for developing type 2 diabetes. BMIs in the obese range have traditionally put an individual at significantly higher risk for developing the disease.
Researchers uncover enzyme that increases risk of type 2 diabetes
11/17/2010 - A team of researchers from the University of California have found an enzyme that plays a major role in processing fat. They believe that their findings could lead to the development of new drugs capable of significantly reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related diseases.
Early heart surgery may benefit diabetics
11/16/2010 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes face significant heart health risk, which they often struggle against for the remainder of their lives. However, a new study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions has found that seeking surgical procedures to open up blocked arteries soon after receiving a diagnosis of the condition may significantly improve diabetics' condition.
Group urges frequent diabetes testing for seniors
11/15/2010 - Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects older individuals. When it is left untreated, the disease can be crippling. For this reason, the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project recently launched a new campaign to alert seniors to the importance of getting tested for the condition.
Pharmacists may be able to help type 2 diabetics achieve better control over their condition
11/15/2010 - Type 2 diabetes can be a difficult disease to control. Between all the medications and testing, it can sometimes be easy for patients to let aspects of their health slip. However, a recent study from the University of Alberta found that patients who visited doctor's offices that had on-site pharmacies were able to significantly improve control of their symptoms.
Controlling diabetes may help reduce the cost of care
11/12/2010 - One thing that often gets lost in the discussion of type 2 diabetes is the cost associated with treating it. The American Diabetes association estimates the total cost associated with the condition was $174 billion in 2007. This can result in substantial out of pocket expenses, even for individuals who have insurance.
Educational programs help older minorities manage their type 2 diabetes
11/10/2010 - Low-income, minority and aging communities have been hit particularly hard by type 2 diabetes in recent years. Individuals in these groups are significantly more likely to develop the condition than the general population.
Obesity may cause dangerous changes in the way the body stores fat
11/10/2010 - A team of European investigators has found that fat cells and surrounding tissue may have certain limitations when it comes to storing excess fat. When these limits are exceeded, a chain of reactions begins to take place which may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Study uncovers the reason for the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes
11/09/2010 - It has long been known that obese individuals are significantly more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. However, until recently the exact reason for this association was not known precisely.
Insulin-producing cells stop replicating after age 30
11/09/2010 - Type 2 diabetes is significantly more common among older individuals. New research suggests that this may be because insulin-producing cells in the body stop replicating in people around their 30th year.
Telemedicine may help individuals with type 2 diabetes improve their diet
11/08/2010 - Type 2 diabetes requires significant amounts of dietary planning and continued consumption of healthy foods. However, due to the struggling economy, low wages and high unemployment, many individuals with the condition are finding it difficult to maintain a healthy diet and to stay in touch with their physicians.
Liver hormone may contribute to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
11/05/2010 - A team of Japanese researchers has discovered that a hormone produced and secreted by the liver may contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes, which may provide a target for the development of future drugs.
Dentists may help diagnose type 2 diabetes
11/05/2010 - Individuals who believe they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes may benefit from visiting the dentist. Experts say that oral health professionals may be among the first to notice certain warning signals associated with development of the condition.
Study uncovers protein that sparks inflammatory response leading to insulin resistance
11/04/2010 - It has long been known that overactive immune cells can cause inflammation throughout the body, leading to insulin resistance and eventually type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study from University of California, San Diego researchers has found a protein that plays a vital part of regulating this process.
New study helps bring into focus genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes
11/04/2010 - A team of researchers from the National Institutes of Health may have found a set of genes that control the function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, which may shed more light on the causes of type 2 diabetes.
Explosion of type 2 diabetes put strain on local health resources
11/02/2010 - Type 2 diabetes can be an extremely expensive and time consuming disease to manage, and helping individuals control their symptoms is starting to become a major burden for local health departments.
Inhaled steroids may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes
11/01/2010 - Patients who take inhaled steroids for conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may be at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new researcher from Jewish General Hospital researchers.
Sugar-sweetened drinks increase type 2 diabetes risk
10/28/2010 - In recent years, the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages - including sodas and sports drinks - has risen sharply. Meanwhile, the increases in obesity and type 2 diabetes rates have followed a similar curve.
Women who don't breast feed risk type 2 diabetes
10/27/2010 - Women who breast feed their children for less than one month may be putting themselves at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from University of Pittsburgh researchers.
Diabetes rates set to rise sharply
10/25/2010 - Unless new strategies are implemented to help reduce the number of obese individuals, the rate of type 2 diabetes is going to skyrocket in the coming years, according to a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.
Living in low-income neighborhoods may increase the risk of mobility problems among diabetics
10/22/2010 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes who live in bad neighborhoods may be at an elevated risk for developing mobility issues, according to a new study from Indiana University researchers.
Low testosterone linked to increased type 2 diabetes risk
10/21/2010 - For years it was thought that high testosterone levels may increase a man's chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. However, the findings of a new study indicate that this may not be the case.
Whole grains may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
10/21/2010 - Individuals who consume more whole grains may be able to limit their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from USDA researchers.
Father's health may influence child's type 2 diabetes risk
10/21/2010 - Men who eat an unhealthy diet and have excess fat may be putting their unborn children at a greater risk for type 2 diabetes. A new study from University of New South Wales researchers has shown that a man's weight and diet at the time of conception can affect their child's likelihood of developing the condition.
Insulin resistance may contribute to cognitive decline
10/20/2010 - Diabetes and its symptoms may have many negative consequences. In fact, recent findings from University of Texas researchers indicate that insulin resistance may interfere with cognitive function.

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