Medical Research

Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet


New research shows that brain shrinkage is less pronounced in older folks whose diets hew closely to the traditional diet of Mediterranean peoples — including lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and olive oil, little red meat and poultry, and regular, moderate consumption of fish and red wine.

Exercise could improve memory loss in type 2 diabetes


A link between moderate aerobic exercise and improving memory loss in people with diabetes has been found in a new study. Researchers from the University of Tsukaba in Japan found four weeks of moderate activity improved memory dysfunction in mouse models of type 2 diabetes.

What is the relationship between diabetes and cognitive decline?


People with diabetes mellitus may be at increased risk for cognitive decline. Correlating these findings with activities of daily living and with degree of DM control is needed, but this study provides further evidence that treating DM may decrease the burden of cognitive decline in older adults.

Can Statins Offset Insulin-Related Cancer Risk in T2DM?


The researchers found that the risk of cancers of the colon (males only), liver (males only), pancreas, lung (males only), and brain (males only) were increased up to nine-fold for patients treated with insulin or insulin secretagogues; the risk of prostate cancer was decreased strongly. The risks were generally decreased for patients taking statins, with […]

Diabetes In Control – How To Drop Blood Sugars By 12%


Researchers concluded that telling patients with type 2 diabetes to “Take a short walk right after meals” may be one of the best exercise prescriptions a clinician can give. Results from the randomized crossover study show that post-meal blood glucose levels dropped 12%, on average, when patients with type 2 diabetes walked for 10 minutes […]

How Your Body Temperature Can Affect Your Metabolism


As humans, we need to generate body heat to keep all of the chemical processes that run our bodies functioning. “Maintaining proper body temperature is crucial,” says Yu Hua Tseng, Ph.D., Principal Investigator in the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism at Joslin Diabetes Center.

Exercise vs. diabetes: New level of detail uncovered


According to the analysis, cycling or walking briskly for 150 minutes each week cuts the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 26 percent. Those who exercise moderately or vigorously for an hour each day reduced their risk by 40 percent. At the other end of the scale, for those who did not […]

Misdiagnosing MODY Diabetes Can Accelerate Beta Cell Destruction


MODY is Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young, a form of diabetes that affects 1 percent to 2 percent of those with diabetes. MODY develops before age 25 and is genetically passed from one generation to the next. All children of a parent with MODY have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the gene and being […]

Can a drug eliminate daily injections for Type 2 Diabetics?


A new clinical trial is testing a study drug that could help the T2D community eliminate a daily injection: Key Inclusion / Exclusion Criteria: – Are between 18 and 80 years old – Have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes – Are taking both metformin and liraglutide (Victoza) – Have a BMI (body mass index) […]

Do You Need More T Cells to Stop Type 1 Diabetes?


A novel treatment meant to stop Type 1 diabetes by increasing the number of T cells in the body is being given special attention by the FDA. The treatment, called CLBS03, has recently been granted Fast Track status by federal regulators, a designation which speeds up the approval process.

BattleDiabetes – Type 2 Diabetes: New Treatment Can Extend Life by Eight Years


This study, published in Diabetologia followed up on the 1993 Steno-2 study. In the Steno-2 a group of 160 people with type 2 diabetes were randomized and treated with either a conventional treatment plan or an intensified treatment plan. The initial study ended after eight years.

diaTribe – Metabolic Surgery Suggested for Some People with Type 2 Diabetes


Diabetes Care, the journal of the American Diabetes Association, published a statement after the 2nd Diabetes Surgery Summit (DSS-II) recognizing metabolic (bariatric) surgery as a standard and safe treatment option for some people with type 2 diabetes.

T1 Diabetes Vaccines: Possibilities on the Horizon


The BCG vaccine is currently in phase II of a five-year trial, testing the vaccine’s effects on human patients. But lead researcher Dr. Denise Faustman, M.D, Ph.D., is optimistic of the vaccine’s ability to help people. As she said in an interview with Diabetes in Control, “We’re talking about a considerable number of people, 10 […]

Medical Xpress – Can long naps cause diabetes?


A study presented at a scientific congress Thursday reported a link between long naps and a higher risk of diabetes, though it couldn’t say if daytime sleeping was a symptom or a cause. People who slept more than an hour each day were 45 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a debilitating condition […]

Possible New Benefit For Metformin Users

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Many people with type 2 diabetes take the drug metformin to control their blood sugar levels. But now, new research suggests that his drug may also benefit type 1 diabetics, by slowing down the progression of heart disease.

Study Says “Healthy Eating” Means “Healthy Fats”


The results were, to many, surprising: “Among different fats, the most consistent benefits were seen for increasing polyunsaturated fats, in place of either carbohydrates or saturated fat,” said Imamura. In fact, these results revealed that a diet rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help improve blood sugar control.

Insulin Nation – Man Comes Off Insulin Therapy After Undergoing BioHub Islet Cell Transplant


This June, a 41-year-old man became the first European patient with Type 1 to come off insulin therapy after receiving a transplant of pancreatic islet cells using the BioHub technique. This therapy, engineered by the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), protects transplanted islet cells from immune system attack.

ASweetLife – Bloodless Glucose Testing Moves Closer to Reality


A bloodless way to test blood sugar has long been the stuff of science fiction. But, now, a group of researchers in Wales is moving an innovative idea of drawing blood without puncturing the skin from the conceptual world of Star Trek to perhaps being available at a pharmacy down the street.

Type 1, Celiac, and AutoImmune Thyroid Disease Go Together

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Unfortunately, researchers are finding that people with one autoimmune condition are prone to others. For example, a recent study has found that people with celiac disease and Type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of also developing autoimmune thyroid disease.

New link found between diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease

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Drugs used to treat diabetes could also be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, and vice versa, according to new research. This is also the first study of its kind to show that Alzheimer’s disease can lead to diabetes, as opposed to diabetes occurring first as was previously thought.