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Endocrinology News and Research Articles

Viagra Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Those with Prediabetes
11/23/2015 - Viagra, a drug better known for its ability to improve men's erections, can also help improve insulin sensitivity in those who have prediabetes, potentially helping to delay or avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to new research. 
Newborn Probiotic Use May Decrease Risk of Type 1 Diabetes
11/19/2015 - Probiotics given to infants during the first month of life can reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes among those genetically predisposed to the condition, new research suggests.
Longer Sleep May Predict Women’s Diabetes Risk
11/12/2015 - Women who increase their sleep by two hours or more a night over time face a 15% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women who regularly sleep between 7 and 8 hours a night, concludes a recent study in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the study of Diabetes.
Mild Thyroid Disorder Could Hurt Brainpower
11/11/2015 - People younger than 75 with subclinical hypothyroidism are at “significant risk” of cognitive impairment and even dementia, according to a new review of studies published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Early Insulin: Better First Treatment for Type 2?
10/22/2015 - Patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may do better long term if they go on early, intensive insulin treatment instead of the standard route of using oral medication first, according to new research.
When Graves' Disease Patients Should Stop Methimazole Before RIT
10/19/2015 - For years, there's been no clear agreement on the best time for Graves' Disease patients to stop taking methimazole (Tapazole) before they undergo radioactive iodine therapy or RIT. Now a new study finds that there may be a wider window in which to safely stop the medication. 
Red Wine with Dinner? A New Study Says Yes, You Can
10/14/2015 - Sipping a glass of red wine with dinner modestly boosted levels of “good” HDL cholesterol in a two-year study of 224 people with type 2 diabetes, led by researchers from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Medications Reduced Risk of Repeat Fragility Fractures by 40 Percent
10/13/2015 - Medications that improve bone health can help men and women who have suffered one so-called fragility fracture avoid another one, new research has found.
Skipping Breakfast: Bad Idea for People With Type 2 Diabetes
10/11/2015 - Breakfast, often called the most important meal of the day, may be especially crucial if you have type 2 diabetes, suggests new research published in October in Diabetes Cares.
No More Insulin Shots, Thanks to a New Type of Islet-Cell Transplant
10/08/2015 - Decades after her own pancreas stopped producing insulin, a Texas woman with tough-to-control type 1 diabetes no longer needs daily insulin shots thanks to a new transplant procedure developed at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at UHealth — University of Miami Health System
Endoscopic Surgery Shows Promise in Lowering Glucose Levels
10/06/2015 - A new experimental endoscopic procedure significantly improved blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. The results of the pilot study were presented at the 3rd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes.
Taking Blood Pressure Meds at Nighttime May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
10/05/2015 - A pair of studies published last week in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, concluded that taking blood pressure medications at night reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 57%.
NPH Insulin: Mixing Is Critical for Best Results
09/28/2015 - Surprising results from a new study involving patients on insulin known as NPH (Humulin N, Novolin N) compared the effects of mixing or not mixing the insulin to the insulin concentrations in the blood following an injection.
Marijuana Use Linked to Prediabetes
09/24/2015 - A recent University of Minnesota study has uncovered 49-65% higher odds for prediabetes in current marijuana smokers and former “heavy” users. The study was published in the September issue of the journal Diabetologia.
The Link Between Diabetes, Pesticides and PCBs
09/23/2015 - New research presented last week at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Stockholm adds weight to the growing body of evidence linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) with diabetes.
Diabetes Drug Jardiance Reduces Heart Disease Death
09/20/2015 - A new glucose-lowering drug, empagliflozin (Jardiance), can not only help treat diabetes, but can protect against cardiovascular-related deaths, new research suggests.
Partial Fasting a Treatment for Diabetes?
09/17/2015 - New research has found that following a diet that mimics fasting, but is less difficult, may slow aging and reduce the incidence of chronic diseases including diabetes.
Smoking and Secondhand Smoke Boost Diabetes Risk
09/16/2015 - Smokers and anyone exposed regularly to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who have never smoked, new research has confirmed.
Brief, High-Intensity Exercise May Reverse Diabetes-Related Heart Problems
09/15/2015 - Exercising intensely for just a few minutes at a time may help those with diabetes reverse diabetes-related heart problems and also improve their blood sugar control, new research from Newcastle University in the U.K. suggests.
Study Links Low Selenium Diet with Thyroid Disease
09/13/2015 - A new study from China supports previous research showing an association between adequate dietary selenium and heathy thyroid function. The study also found that low intake of the mineral, reflected by serum levels, correlates with increased risk of a variety of types of thyroid disease.
Could This Mini-Pump Control Your Type 2 Diabetes?
09/08/2015 - A matchstick-sized pump that releases a constant trickle of the blood-sugar-lowering drug exenatide helped people with type 2 diabetes reduce their A1c levels further and lose more weight than those who took the blockbuster drug sitagliptin (Januvia) in a year-long study, according to a recent announcement from pump developer Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc.
Antibiotic Use Linked to Increased Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes
08/31/2015 - A new study found an increased incidence of type 2 diabetes in people who took more antibiotics. The authors caution that the study does not show whether the antibiotics increase the risk of diabetes or that the findings reflect the fact that people with diabetes have a higher incidence of infections and therefore take more antibiotics.
Diabetes Drug Liraglutide Shows Promising Weight Loss Benefit
08/30/2015 - The drug liraglutide, taken at high doses, can help people with type 2 diabetes shed pounds, new research has found.
Higher Insulin Resistance Causes Language Problems—If You’re a Woman
08/23/2015 - Insulin resistance is a somewhat silent condition in that you can have it for years with no noticeable symptoms. Now a Finnish study has identified a significant symptom—but only for women. And it may signal a greater risk for Alzheimer’s.
Acetaminophen Can Falsely Elevate CGM Readings
08/20/2015 - A new study finds that acetaminophen may affect the accuracy of continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) more than was previously thought. 
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