Accuracy of Key Diabetes Test Varies by Race

The A1C test is a standard way of diagnosing diabetes, by assessing the average levels of glucose attached to red blood cells. However, various genetic factors can affect the accuracy of the test’s results. Now, a new study in patients with type 1 shows that the tests are likely to overestimate the glucose levels of […]

Lack of Vitamin A May Be Factor in Diabetes

A new study has discovered that beta cells have numerous vitamin A receptors. Tests show that partially blocking these vitamin A receptors affects insulin production, and completely blocking them can cause cell death. This suggests a vitamin A deficiency could be a factor in type 1 diabetes. Read more

Cancer Drug May Slow Progression of Type 1

Gleevec, a drug used to treat leukemia, may also slow the progression of type 1 diabetes. In a new study, the drug appeared to boost insulin production in the study participants’ bodies. While this study was conducted in adults, the researchers’ goal is to obtain FDA approval to test children, as the greatest potential for […]

Diabetes Drug Canagliflozin Shows Heart Benefits

Canagliflozin (marketed under the brand name Invokana) is one of a newer class of diabetes drugs, the SGLT-2 Inhibitors, that have received much attention in the last few years.  Now a new study shows that patients taking canagliflozin have a significantly reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes when compared to placebo. Since most patients […]

The Mysterious Link Between Asthma and Type 1

Researchers have examined the apparent link between type 1 and asthma many times, but results have been inconclusive. Now a new study from Finland offers tantalizing new findings, but the complexity of the relationship between the two conditions has only deepened. In the study, children with a previous diagnosis of type 1 had a lower […]

Can a “Penny Vaccine” Cure Diabetes?

An old and inexpensive vaccine may offer a cure for type 1 diabetes. BCG, a tuberculosis vaccine used worldwide, “Can reset the immune system to a normal state. It can get you back to normal levels of blood sugar,” according to Dr. Denise L. Faustman, who has launched a 5-year clinical trial to study BCG’s effect […]

Broccoli Compound May Help Treat Diabetes

Treating diabetes may not be quite as simple as eating your vegetables, but a compound found in broccoli called sulforaphane shows promise in helping patients with type 2, according to a new study. The researchers, who in part were looking for an alternative to metformin for those patients with reduced kidney function, found that giving study […]

Untreated Sleep Apnea and Diabetes Risk

Measures of blood sugar, as well as of heart health, worsen when sleep apnea is not treated, researchers have found. Sleep apnea has long been associated with these health issues, but cause and effect have not been established. This study found patients’ blood sugar and heart markers worsened when they did not use their CPAP […]

Disappointing Results for Type 1 Vaccine in Children

The pilot study of a new “vaccine” for type 1 has yielded disappointing results so far, with children who received the vaccine no less likely to develop type 1 than children in the control group, researchers announced. However, researchers plan to test additional combinations of the formulation, and have not ruled out hope. Read more

Diabetes Drug Shows Benefits for Heart & Kidney Disease

A new study from Australia reports that the diabetes drug canagliflozen may have benefits beyond lowering blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. It also may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and kidney disease significantly. Read more

Can a Text Message Lead to Better Diabetes Management?

A new clinical trial has found people with diabetes who received health-related text messages every day for six months showed improvement in their blood glucose levels. The improvement was comparable to that achieved with some diabetes drugs. The trial focused on low-income Hispanics with type 2, and assessed texting as a low-cost intervention that could […]

Binge Drinking Affects Women’s Blood Glucose Levels

High alcohol consumption and binge drinking starting in the teens is associated with raising women’s blood glucose levels, putting them at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Men are not similarly affected. Read more

Nevada Bill Would Track Insulin Profits

Nevada is considering legislation that would track the profits pharmaceutical companies make on sales of insulin. It’s a move hailed by many patients with diabetes – yet patient advocacy groups have had little to say on the subject. Read more

A World-Class Cyclist With Type 1

Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 15 didn’t stop Romain Gioux from pursuing his dream. Now he competes professionally as part of Team Novo Nordisk, a group of elite athletes who haven’t let their diabetes diagnoses slow them down.

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Type 1

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in people with type 1 diabetes. A new study suggests that just one additional injection of insulin three hours after eating could provide protection. Read more

Can Liraglutide Prevent Diabetes?

A new study found the diabetes drug liraglutide performed better than placebo in reducing the risk that patients with prediabetes would progress to type 2 diabetes, when combined with a program of diet, exercise and weight loss. Read more

Should You Check with Your Doctor Before a New Exercise Program?

Most exercise programs run a disclaimer: check with your HCP before starting this program! But do you really need to? That depends on your overall health and the type of exercise program. For walking or other simple exercises, the American Diabetes Association doesn’t recommend you need to wait to talk to your doctor before starting. […]

New Treatment Could Lead to Once-a-Month Insulin

Biomedical engineers have created a technology that might mean current daily or weekly insulin shots for type 2 diabetics might one day be administered just once or twice a month. In primate tests, the drugs last for weeks rather than days. Read more

Blood Marker Can Predict Heart Attack Risk in People with Diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes are often at increased risk of cardiovascular problems. Researchers have announced that measuring a blood marker called copeptin can successfully predict which patients are at risk, and may be used to prevent heart disease in patients with diabetes. Read more

JDRF Campaigns for Better Type 1 Coverage

JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, has launched a new campaign aimed at adovating for better insurance coverage for Americans with type 1 diabetes. The campaign, called Coverage2Control, is aimed at the many people with type 1 who are facing healthcare uncertainties and concerns about treatment choices, particularly with the current controversy […]

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