Medical Research

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 […]

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

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 […]

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, […]

New Study Sheds Light on Diabetes and Periodontitis

The University of Pennsylvania study shows diabetes can affect the oral microbiome, potentially causing inflammation, periodontitis and bone loss. The researchers stress the importance of oral hygiene and glycemic control to help counteract these potential effects. Read more

Bariatric Surgery: The Best Cure for Diabetes?

Intestinal bypass surgery is used as a treatment for obesity, but also has the effect of improving or even curing diabetes. Surgeon Francesco Rubino is exploring why the surgery is so effective. It’s not because of weight loss, because the surgery has its effect on diabetes even before the patient loses weight. So what is the mechanism? […]

The Link Between Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer

Risk of pancreatic cancer rises dramatically among patients newly diagnosed with diabetes. Researcher Richard Frank is leading a study to examine the connection, in the hope of detecting pancreatic cancer earlier, when chances of a cure are higher. Read on

Can Metformin Really Slow Aging?

The diabetes drug metformin is reputed to have many beneficial effects. Researcher Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, believes it may be able to help us extend our years of healthy, illness-free life. Read more.

“Smart” Insulin Patches Getting Closer

A new “smart” insulin patch may make blood glucose monitoring more accurate and less painful. The patch, worn on the skin, would automatically deliver insulin as needed. It’s under development at The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University. Read more

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

First Images of Diabetes Receptors May Lead to New Treatments

Researchers have obtained the first cryo-electron microscopy images of a key cellular receptor for diabetes in action. These images provide new information about how G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) work. GPCRs conduct molecular messages for most functions in the human body. Read more

$10 Million in Research Funding for Stem Cell Type 1 Treatment

ViaCyte has obtained $10 million in financing to fund the clinical development of its stem cell-derived treatment for type 1 diabetes. The treatment uses stem cell-derived pancreatic cells in an implantable device. The cells are designed to mature into human pancreatic cells, including insulin-secreting beta cells. Read more

How Education is Linked to Diabetes

A study in Germany found those with lower levels of formal education scored higher in most risk factors for diabetes, including obesity, lack of exercise, and poor diet. Read more

Gene Therapy for Type 2?

Gene therapy, in which lab-designed genes are inserted into patients to treat their health conditions, often is focused on type 1 diabetes. However, researchers are now reporting an experiment in using gene therapy to treat type 2 diabetes is showing some success. Read more

One Year of Success with a “Bioengineered Pancreas”

An islet cell transplant, performed at the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute, is proving successful one year later. The islet cells, which produce insulin, were transplanted into a woman whose type 1 diabetes had been difficult for her to manage. Ideally, this research will help identify a suitable location within the body in which […]

Type 1 Cured in Mice?

Researchers believe they have found a way to “trick” the body into curing type 1 diabetes. While much testing remains to be done, they are hopeful this will have a great impact on the future for people with type 1 diabetes, and perhaps have potential to address type 2 as well. Read more

Scientists Closer to Finding Genetic Cause of Type 2

Researchers at University College, London, have reported that they are closer to unlocking the genetic causes of type 2 diabetes after identifying 111 new chromosome locations, in the human genome.  Read more