One Year of Success with a “Bioengineered Pancreas”

An islet cell transplant, performed at the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute, is proving successful one year later. The islet cells, which produce insulin, were transplanted into a woman whose type 1 diabetes had been difficult for her to manage. Ideally, this research will help identify a suitable location within the body in which […]

Will Apple Watch Soon be Tracking Your Glucose?

It looks like Apple’s attempt to integrate glucose-tracking technology into the Apple Watch may be getting closer to reality. CEO Tim Cook appears to be personally testing the device, which could make staying on top of blood sugar levels much easier for many diabetes patients. Read more

Breastfeeding May Lower Children’s Risk of Type 1

A study says there may be another benefit to breastfeeding. Children who were breastfed had reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes if they had been breastfed exclusively for at least six months, or partially breastfed for a year or more. Read more

ReviStim™ — Natural Neuropathy Treatment

The most frequent cause of neuropathy is diabetes. If you have diabetes and experience neuropathic pain the best natural way to reverse your symptoms is to reduce your blood sugar levels through a low carb high protein diet but this can take a long time to achieve. If you need to reduce your pain within […]

Type 1 Cured in Mice?

Researchers believe they have found a way to “trick” the body into curing type 1 diabetes. While much testing remains to be done, they are hopeful this will have a great impact on the future for people with type 1 diabetes, and perhaps have potential to address type 2 as well. Read more

Riding a Bike to Work Can Help Keep You Healthy

A new study found that commuting by bike is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer risk, diabetes, and premature death. In a five-year study, cyclists saw risk for heart disease, cancer, and early death cut by almost half. Read more

How a New Type of Rice Could Help Reduce Diabetes

Diabetes is a growing problem in China, and its staple grain, rice, is a major factor, as it affects blood sugar in much the same way as white bread. Scientists are seeking a way to reduce the growth of diabetes in the world’s most populous country through developing new strains of rice that are healthier, […]

The Financial Burden of Diabetes

Patients with diabetes sometimes don’t take their medications — including insulin — consistently or at the correct dose. How much of this “noncompliance” is due to financial concerns? A new study looks at the financial burden of out-of-pocket costs for patients with diabetes, and at how inability to afford medication impacts the choices diabetics make. Read more

Scientists Closer to Finding Genetic Cause of Type 2

Researchers at University College, London, have reported that they are closer to unlocking the genetic causes of type 2 diabetes after identifying 111 new chromosome locations, in the human genome.  Read more

A “Smart” Contact Lens to Detect Diabetes

Researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea may have gotten a step ahead of Google’s efforts to develop a contact lens that can detect diabetes and glaucoma. Using a hybrid film made from graphene and silver nanowires, the UNIST researchers have made contact lenses for detecting multiple biomarkers that are […]

New Program Seeks to Empower Self-Management

Diabetes is widespread in the U.S. More than  eight million Americans have the disease, and treatment costs each year exceed $320 billion. A new program in San Diego using innovative strategies to improve health and reduce the cost of diabetes by encouraging better self-management of the disease. Read more

How to Make Healthy Fast Food Choices

Eating out can take some careful planning when you have diabetes, especially when eating at fast food places where healthy choices can be hard to find. It is possible to occasionally incorporate fast food items into your diet, with a little extra attention. Read more

Healthy Eating — By Prescription?

A new “Fresh Food Canadian Pharmacy” program at a hospital in central Pennsylvania is aimed at getting patients with type 2 diabetes to change their diets and lose weight. Participants in the pilot program receive a free selection of healthy foods every week and meet with a registered dietitian. Read more

Electronic Registry Can Help Predict Diabetes Outcomes

Researchers at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists announced that using a chronic disease registry of nearly 50,000 people with diabetes helped them identify several predictors of better outcomes, including frequent visits with endocrinologists and seeing providers affiliated within the health system. Read more

Diabetes May Affect Brain Function

In a new study, patients with type 2 diabetes scored worse than the healthy controls on tests of memory and reaction times. The problem was worse in overweight diabetes patients than in those of normal weight. Read more

How to Get Started with Resistance Training when Your Mobility is Limited

Resistance, or weight, training can be very helpful in managing blood glucose, and is good for you in many other ways. If you’re older or have limited mobility for other reasons, it can be difficult to start a resistance training program, but it’s very important as it will help prevent loss of muscle mass and […]

Eating Fruit May Help You Avoid Diabetes or Its Complications

A new study suggests that eating fresh fruit may help reduce diabetes risk for those who don’t have the disease. Those who already have diabetes may have a lower risk for complications such as heart and kidney disease. The study was conducted for 7 years on half a million Chinese adults. Read more

Studies indicate patient knowledge of personal A1C level fosters better long-term health outcomes

Diabetes patients who receive immediate feedback on their A1C levels are better able to improve their glycemic control, which in turn reduces their risk of developing long term complications associated with diabetes. A decade long study entitled the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT), conducted from 1982 to 1993, tested the hypothesis whether complications associated […]

Does Synthetic Biology Offer a Cure for Type 1?

Type 1 diabetes requires constant vigilance. Patients with diabetes must track their blood sugar levels constantly, and calibrate insulin dosage accordingly; and even with constant management the risk of taking too much or too little insulin is always present. Can the field of synthetic biology — which incorporates computer science, engineering, and biology — offer the […]

Obesity Top Cause of Preventable Life-Years Lost

A new study says obesity resulted in up to 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco or high blood pressure. The study looked at how behavioral risk factors contribute to causes of death among Americans. Obesity and diabetes caused the highest number of preventable life-years lost, followed by tobacco use, high blood pressure and high […]

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