Why Where You Live Can Increase Your Diabetes Risk

Black and Latino Americans are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as white Americans, but the reasons for this difference haven’t been clearly determined. Now, a new study suggests that causes may be environmental, rather than genetic. The study, published in Diabetes Care, reexamined multiple scientific studies from the last 50 years on toxic chemicals known […]

Diabetes Increases Risk of Heart Attack Death Sevenfold

For people younger than 50 with diabetes, the risk of dying from a sudden cardiac event is seven times greater than for those without diabetes, according to a long-term Danish study. They also have a risk of dying from any kind of heart disease that is eight times higher than for people without diabetes. The […]

Magnesium Can Help Prevent Type 2

A new study has found that participants who consumed high amounts of magnesium, either through diet or through supplementation, had a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The patients who benefitted most from magnesium supplementation were those whose overall diets were poor; the added magnesium resulted in greater reduction in risk for these patients. […]

Psoriasis Linked to Type 2

People living with psoriasis have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and those whose psoriasis is severe are at greatest risk, according to new research. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia found that the risk of diabetes rises in psoriasis patients according to the severity […]

“Reduced Sugar” Claims Can Be Misleading

A new study suggests that common packaged food claims like “reduced in sugar” or “no added sugar” can be misleading. The study looked at nutrient content, overall healthfulness and use of sweetener ingredients between products with and without claims of reduced or no added sugar. It found that products claiming reduced or no added sugar […]

Antioxidant-Rich Foods May Help Prevent Type 2

Eating a diet that is rich in antioxidant foods can help reduce your type 2 diabetes risk, according to new research. There’s been previous research that has suggested oxidative stress — cumulative damage done by free radicals that haven’t been neutralized by antioxidants — might contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. Fruits, vegetables, […]

Vitamin D May Help Prevent Type 1 in Some Children

New research suggests vitamin D supplementation could possibly reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes in susceptible children. The infants and children who could benefit from the supplementation have a gene variation, VDR variant genes. Identifying vitamin D status and VDR variants may help determine which children  will most likely benefit from vitamin D therapy. […]

Can Playing Games Help with Diabetes?

A new study found that playing an online diabetes self-management game helped participants. The study participants answered questions from the game via email or a mobile app. Questions included topics like food and exercise choices, medication use and complications of diabetes. The study found that participating in the game helped the patients improve their blood […]

Sustained Lifestyle Changes, Medication Can Help Prevent Diabetes Progression

A new analysis of multiple studies examined health interventions and their effectiveness in people with prediabetes. The analysis found that changes in diet, physical activity and weight loss, along with the use of  certain insulin-sensitizing medications, can prevent progression to diabetes in at-risk individuals. However, the analysis also found that the risk rose again right […]

Liraglutide Helps Weight, Quality of Life

A new study suggests the diabetes drug liraglutide is effective in improving weight loss and quality of life in patients with obesity and prediabetes. A greater proportion of participants who lost weight over 3 years in the liraglutide group compared to the placebo group. Together with diet and exercise changes, liraglutide achieved long-term improvements in […]

Research into New Method for Islet Cell Implants

For several years many research trials have tested implanting pancreatic cells into people with type 1 diabetes. While these transplants have shown some effectiveness in producing insulin, their success has been limited because the patient’s immune system attacks the transplanted cells. This means that most patients will eventually need insulin injections again. Now a new […]

Diabetes and Joint Health

Exercise is important for people with diabetes, but joint issues are a problem for many. Overuse injuries  Overuse injuries  are more common in people with diabetes, likely due to changes in joint structures when exposed to hyperglycemia over time. Sheri Colberg, a diabetes educator who herself lives with type 1 diabetes, discusses the issues of […]

Alzheimer’s Linked to Type 3 Diabetes

Obesity and type 2 diabetes can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Now, researchers are also investigating the relationship between type 3 diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Type 3 diabetes occurs when brain neurons can no longer respond to insulin. This affects memory and learning, and some researchers now believe insulin deficiency may be key to […]

Monitoring Nocturnal Hypoglycemia

Both children and adults with diabetes frequently experience nocturnal hypoglycemia. Even when using long-acting insulin or insulin pumps, people may still find their blood sugar drops too low while they sleep. New research shows that the problem is particularly severe for type 1 diabetes patients, especially younger patients. The risk increases for patients while low […]

Artificial Cells May Offer New Ways to Manage Diabetes

Researchers are testing artificial cells, made from manufactured materials and biological ingredients like proteins. These cells would function much like the real beta cells that carry insulin. Like a real beta cell, these artificial cells would inject insulin into the bloodstream when blood sugar levels are high, and stop ejecting insulin when sugar levels drop.  […]

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

114 million Americans are currently living with diabetes or prediabetes. About 30 million — over 9 percent of Americans — have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and about 84 million have prediabetes. As awareness of diabetes grows, there is more focus on how to prevent prediabetes from progressing into type 2 diabetes. Read […]

“Ghost Pills” Not Just for Halloween

Have you ever heard of “ghost pills”? It’s nothing to do with Casper or poltergeists. It’s a situation you may experience with some controlled or extended release medications, such as extended release metformin. The formulation of the pills means they may look like they haven’t been “digested.” In other words, you may notice the remains […]

Long-Term Type 1 Linked to Kidney Disease

Researchers studying a large group of people who had type 1 for 50 years found that 60 percent of the participants were affected by end-stage renal disease (ESRD). 72% had macroalbuminuria and 88% had microalbuminuria affected 72 and 88 percent, respectively. The researchers concluded that some form of  kidney damage was universal in patients with […]

Weight Loss and Exercise Can Help Brain Function

Cognitive issues can be a complication of type 2 diabetes. This is because diabetes affects blood circulation, and impaired blood flow to the brain can have a negative affect on people’s ability to think and make decisions. A 10-year-long study examined whether participants with type 2 diabetes who lowered calories in their diet and increased […]

What is Type 3c Diabetes?

Most of us are familiar with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but have you heard of type 3c? This form of diabetes, identified only recently, results from damage to the pancreas. This can be caused by inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), pancreatic tumors,, or pancreatic surgery. Unlike other forms of diabetes, this type of […]

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