Early Menopause Linked to Increased Risk of Type 2

A new study found that the earlier the onset of natural menopause, the greater the risk of a woman developing type 2 diabetes. The risk was independent of other risk factors such as BMI, glucose levels, genetic factors and hormone levels. Read more

Not Getting Enough Sleep Increases Diabetes Risk for Kids

Children who don’t get enough sleep are at greater risk of developing type 2, according to new research. That’s because obesity and elevated blood sugar are risk factors for type 2, and each additional hour of sleep children get at night is associated with a lower body weight, more lean muscle mass and less accumulation […]

Liver Inflammation Contributes to Heart Issues for Diabetes Patients

A new study has found that inflammation in the liver can lead to increased cholesterol levels in people with diabetes, contributing to their later development of heart disease. Since cardiovascular problems are a leading cause of death and disability in people with diabetes, the discovery of this previously unknown mechanism could potentially help researchers find […]

Diabetes on the Rise In Sub-Saharan Africa

Diabetes used to be considered a disease that afflicted primarily people in wealthy countries. Now it’s on the rise worldwide, partly as a result of economic changes and the more sedentary lifestyles brought by increased urbanization. Its rapid increase in Africa is of particular concern to researchers. Read more

Health Benefits of Coffee

A new study which looked at coffee consumption across multiple ethnic groups over 16 years may have delivered the definitive conclusion about whether coffee should be part of a healthy diet. The study found coffee consumption lowers the rate of death, especially for people with diseases of the digestive tract and circulatory diseases, and its […]

Immunotherapy for Type 1 Shows Promise in New Trial

Type 1 diabetes is widely believed to be an autoimmune disorder, in which the body mistakenly attacks the pancreas’ own insulin-producing beta cells. If this is the case, immunotherapy could potentially be used to treat it, yet few trials to date have examined its potential. A new trial from researchers in the UK has investigated […]

Do Diet Drinks and Diet Foods Actually Cause Weight Gain & Diabetes?

Researchers at Yale University say that diet drinks or foods may promote weight gain and trigger diabetes. The brain misreads the number of calories present in the diet food and beverages and reduces metabolism. According to the study, this is due is a ‘mismatch’ between food sweetness and calories. Read more

Diabetes Increases in the Young

Diabetes is increasing in young people aged 18-34, and this age group is also showing the greatest growth in obesity rates, according to a new national study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Diabetes is more prevalent in the Southeast and Central South United States. Read more

Living Successfully with Type 1

Dr. Sheri Colberg, an exercise physiologist and diabetes educator, has herself been living with type 1 diabetes for nearly 50 years. She shares what has led to her success in managing her diabetes: her decision to be physically active, and making “a conscious choice to live my life by one guiding principle: Live life first, […]

Most Primary Care Physicians Unable to ID Prediabetes Risk Factors

A recent study set out to assess primary care physicians’ (PCPs) knowledge of risk factors that should prompt prediabetes screening, laboratory criteria for diagnosing prediabetes and guidelines for management of prediabetes. Only 6% of PCPs were able to identify 11 prediabetes risk factors that would prompt them to screen patients under the ADA guidelines. Read […]

Is Type 2 Like Mad Cow Disease?

New research raises the possibility that type 2 diabetes could be transmissible, similar to prion disorders like “mad cow disease.” The research suggests that type 2 diabetes has similarities to transmissible neurodegenerative diseases known as “prion diseases,” a group that includes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (a.k.a. “mad cow disease”) and the human equivalent, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Read more

Does Moderate Drinking Help Prevent Diabetes?

There’s a lot of information around on the possible benefits of moderate drinking. Now, a new study from Denmark suggests that moderate drinking 3-4 days a week may be linked to a lower risk of developing diabetes. According to the researchers, how often people drink is just as important as how much. Read more

Is Pharma Research Doing Enough for Diabetes?

With prediabetes and type 2 on the rise in the U.S., are pharma companies doing enough to develop new treatments? Harvard researchers argue that companies are doing less R&D into diabetes drugs than would be expected given the prevalence of the disease, and suggest FDA requirements to determine the cardiovascular safety of new drugs may […]

Longer Lives for Those with Type 1

People with type 1 are living longer, and the complications of type 1 are taking longer to appear, according to the Joslin 50-Year Medalist Study. The study examines over 900 people who have had type 1 for at least 50 years. Researchers cite good blood glucose control and exercise as key factors in helping these […]

More than Half of Men with Diabetes Experience Erectile Dysfunction

A new analysis of past research finds erectile dysfunction (ED) affects 53 percent of men with diabetes. The study looked at data for nearly 90,000 men and found that those with diabetes are three and a half times more likely than men without the disease to experience ED. In addition to the sexual issue itself, ED can be a […]

Slacking on Sleep May Speed Type 2 Progression

Previous studies have suggested that sleep deprivation is linked to type 2. A new study from South Korea provides more evidence for this, finding that adults with prediabetes who report sleeping 5 hours or less per night were nearly 70% more likely to progress to type 2 diabetes over 2 years compared with those who reported sleeping […]

Ramadan Fasting with Type 2 Diabetes

Studies have found that Muslims with type 2 diabetes who observe fasting for Ramadan can experience problems with their blood sugar control. The fast is observed from sunrise to sunset for 30 days during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. While patients with type 2 are exempt from fasting during Ramadan, many individuals still choose […]

What’s the Value of Home Blood Sugar Monitoring?

A new study casts doubt on whether regular home blood sugar monitoring is really helpful for many patients. The study divided patients with type 2 into two groups, one of which monitored blood sugar closely; the other did not. After one year the researchers found that the patients who self-monitored did not have improved blood […]

Vaccine for Type 1 Will Have Human Trial in 2018

A prototype vaccine will soon be ready for a clinical trial in humans, after two decades of research at the University of Tampere in Finland. Researchers have found evidence linking a type of virus called coxsackievirus B1 with an autoimmune reaction that causes the body to destroy its own pancreatic cells. The vaccine, if successful, […]

Depression Linked to Gestational Diabetes

A new study found that gestational diabetes (GDM) increases the risk of depression in women both during and after pregnancy. While the study did not investigate the role a woman’s social support system and other factors might have in increasing her depression risk, it suggests doctors and their patients with GDM should be extra vigilant for signs […]

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