Oral Insulin Not Adequate To Prevent Type 1

Taking a 7.5 mg dose of oral insulin every day doesn’t seem to be effective in delaying the onset of type 1 diabetes. A recent study followed a group of people who all tested positive for microinsulin antibodies and had a relative who’d been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Half the study participants took the […]

Tips for Dealing with Diabetic Foot Issues When Traveling

People with diabetes need to pay special attention to their feet. This is especially true when traveling, when as a tourist you may be walking long distances over unfamiliar terrain. A diabetes education shares her personal experience with dealing with cobblestone streets and new shoes while on vacation, and offers tips on how to respond […]

Why Kidney Disease Can Lead to Diabetes

It’s been well established that people with diabetes are at greater risk of developing kidney disease. Now, new research suggests the reverse is also true, and that people who already have kidney dysfunction have a higher risk of developing diabetes.  The researchers say that the likely cause is urea — a compound in human urine […]

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Risk in Children

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) can affect patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It often affects the legs and feet, causing pain, numbness, and tingling. It can also affect the digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. It affects over a quarter of adults newly diagnosed with diabetes, but it has not […]

Researchers Identify Abnormal Pancreatic Genes

Type 2 diabetes is caused by the failure of beta cells in the pancreatic islets to deliver enough insulin to maintain blood glucose levels in normal ranges. Researchers recently identified a novel cluster of dysregulated genes in the pancreatic islets of patients with type 2 diabetes. The researchers sought to identify which genes are abnormally […]

Treating Vitamin D Deficiency in Kids with Type 1 Helps Glucose Control

Vitamin D deficiency is common in children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes. Researchers have found that supplementation with cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) to bring Vitamin D to normal levels in children who were deficient also benefited their blood glucose control. The children with the highest blood glucose levels before the supplementation showed the greatest improvement. Read […]

Type 2 May Increase Breast Cancer Risk in African-American Women

A new study published in the journal Cancer links type 2 diabetes to a greater risk of breast cancer in African-American women. The study looked at whether diabetes may be linked to certain breast cancer subtypes. The study followed nearly 55,000 women participating in the Black Women’s Health study, for eighteen years. The researchers found […]

Calcium Test Score Can Predict Heart Attack & Stroke Risk

The results of a coronary artery calcium (CAC) score can better predict heart attack and stroke risk in patients with type 2 than traditional tests, according to new research. The researchers found that people with coronary calcium scores of 100 or higher were at two to three times greater risk than those with no calcium […]

Older Antiretroviral Treatments Raise Diabetes Risk for HIV Patients

For HIV-positive individuals, combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been a lifesaving treatment, allowing people with HIV to have near-normal life expectancies. However, these patients may have a higher risk of developing diabetes than the general population, and at earlier ages. The risk is higher for those who took older formulations of ART, and for those […]

Exercise Can Reduce Risk of Premature Death from Type 1

Research on lifespans for people with type 1 diabetes is often pessimistic, but a new study from Finland has some positive news. The participants who had higher rates of physical activity had lower risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease or any other cause. Intense exercise had the greatest benefit in lowering risk of early […]

Many Adults with Type 1 Misdiagnosed with Type 2

Type 1 diabetes is frequently regarded as a disease of childhood – hence its old name, “juvenile diabetes.” While the name is no longer in common use, the image of type 1 as something that is diagnosed in the young may be contributing to misdiagnosis of adults with the condition. In Great Britain, more than […]

What are Biosimilars, and What Do They Mean for Diabetes Treatment?

A biosimilar is a biological product defined as being comparable (but not identical) to an already FDA-approved biological product, in molecular structure, safety, and effectiveness. Because they are not identical to the reference product, they differ from generic drugs, which have identical molecular structures and active ingredients to those of the brand name products. The […]

800,000 Cancers Worldwide May be due to Diabetes and Obesity

A new study published in a major medical journal stats that nearly six percent of new cancers diagnosed worldwide in 2012, approximately 800,000 cases,  were caused by diabetes and obesity. The researchers note that while obesity has been associated with cancer for some time, it’s only recently that the link between diabetes and cancer has […]

New Faster-Acting Insulin Benefits Children with Type 1

Adjusting insulin dosage for children is especially tricky due to frequent changes in body weight and insulin sensitivity as they grow. Even fast-acting insulins may not be absorbed quickly enough to get young patients to target. A new study looks at whether the Faster-acting insulin Aspart (FIAsp), which is already approved for adults and has shown […]

Changing Prices of Seven Foods Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year

Adjusting the prices of seven foods through taxes and subsidies could save thousands of lives in the U.S. every year, according to a new study, by reducing deaths caused by stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.  The researchers used a risk assessment model to estimate the potential effects of making healthy foods — fruits, vegetables, whole […]

Testing Glucose 1 Hour After Meal Predicts Type 2 Risk

A new study shows that a small time difference may have a big impact on testing for type 2 diabetes. Testing blood glucose levels one hour after a meal, instead of 2 hours after, can provide a better prediction. The researchers say that the one-hour test is more sensitive than the traditional two-hour post meal […]

Managing the Holidays with Diabetes

For people with diabetes, holiday celebrations can present special challenges. There’s a great deal of temptation to eat large holiday meals and desserts and to increase alcohol consumption in the season from Thanksgiving  to New Year’s. How can you handle the temptation without going overboard health-wise? Read more

Diabetes & High Blood Pressure Dangerous Combo in Pregnancy

Women who develop both high blood pressure and diabetes during pregnancy are at a far higher risk of future health complications than those who develop only one of these conditions, according to new research. The study found that while women who had either diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy had a future risk of […]

British Men at Greater Risk of Diabetes & Complications

A new report by the Men’s Health Forum says that men in Great Britain are now 26 per cent more likely than women to develop diabetes. They also tend to experience worse health outcomes because they do not take the necessary steps to improve their diet, or to get regular checkups. Nearly one British man […]

Metformin Helps Heart Health for Type 1 Kids

A new study found that the diabetes medication metformin, most commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes, also has particular benefit for children with type 1 diabetes, particularly for heart health. For children with type 1 who are above average weight,  metformin provided a significant improvement in vascular smooth muscle function. Metformin also improved HbA1c […]

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