Medical Research

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Diabetes Increases Risk of Heart Attack Death Sevenfold

For people younger than 50 with diabetes, the risk of dying from a sudden cardiac event is seven times greater than for those without diabetes, according to a long-term Danish study. They also have a risk of dying from any kind of heart disease that is eight times higher than for people without diabetes. The […]

Psoriasis Linked to Type 2

People living with psoriasis have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and those whose psoriasis is severe are at greatest risk, according to new research. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia found that the risk of diabetes rises in psoriasis patients according to the severity […]

Can Playing Games Help with Diabetes?

A new study found that playing an online diabetes self-management game helped participants. The study participants answered questions from the game via email or a mobile app. Questions included topics like food and exercise choices, medication use and complications of diabetes. The study found that participating in the game helped the patients improve their blood […]

Sustained Lifestyle Changes, Medication Can Help Prevent Diabetes Progression

A new analysis of multiple studies examined health interventions and their effectiveness in people with prediabetes. The analysis found that changes in diet, physical activity and weight loss, along with the use of  certain insulin-sensitizing medications, can prevent progression to diabetes in at-risk individuals. However, the analysis also found that the risk rose again right […]

Research into New Method for Islet Cell Implants

For several years many research trials have tested implanting pancreatic cells into people with type 1 diabetes. While these transplants have shown some effectiveness in producing insulin, their success has been limited because the patient’s immune system attacks the transplanted cells. This means that most patients will eventually need insulin injections again. Now a new […]

Alzheimer’s Linked to Type 3 Diabetes

Obesity and type 2 diabetes can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Now, researchers are also investigating the relationship between type 3 diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Type 3 diabetes occurs when brain neurons can no longer respond to insulin. This affects memory and learning, and some researchers now believe insulin deficiency may be key to […]

Artificial Cells May Offer New Ways to Manage Diabetes

Researchers are testing artificial cells, made from manufactured materials and biological ingredients like proteins. These cells would function much like the real beta cells that carry insulin. Like a real beta cell, these artificial cells would inject insulin into the bloodstream when blood sugar levels are high, and stop ejecting insulin when sugar levels drop.  […]

Long-Term Type 1 Linked to Kidney Disease

Researchers studying a large group of people who had type 1 for 50 years found that 60 percent of the participants were affected by end-stage renal disease (ESRD). 72% had macroalbuminuria and 88% had microalbuminuria affected 72 and 88 percent, respectively. The researchers concluded that some form of  kidney damage was universal in patients with […]

What is Type 3c Diabetes?

Most of us are familiar with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but have you heard of type 3c? This form of diabetes, identified only recently, results from damage to the pancreas. This can be caused by inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), pancreatic tumors,, or pancreatic surgery. Unlike other forms of diabetes, this type of […]

Can Diabetes Make a Heart Attack Feel Different?

A small study in the U.K. suggests that people with diabetes may not always feel classic symptoms like  chest pain when they have a heart attack. Most participants in the study reported that they didn’t feel the kind of acute chest pain they expected from a heart attack. The study’s authors suggest that long-term diabetes […]

New Artificial Pancreas Trial Shows Benefits for Type 1

Participants with type 1 diabetes in a 12-week clinical trial showed significant improvements in two important health measures. Their HbA1c decreased and the amount of time they spent in hypoglycemia was reduced. The artificial pancreas system consists of an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor, surgically placed under a patient’s skin, and is designed to […]

Genetic Research May Help Pinpoint Type 1 Risk

Genetic testing may soon play a larger role in diagnosing type 1 diabetes in children and adults, and helping doctors predict who will develop it in the future. While type 1 was long known as “juvenile diabetes,” in fact half of patients develop it after age 30. Genetic researchers believe they will one day be […]

New Study Shows SGLT-2 Inhibitors Have Heart Benefits for Elderly

New research led by the American insurance company Anthem Inc. looked at how the SGLT-2 inhibitor drug class, which includes drugs like Invokana and Jardiance, compares to the drugs in the DPP-4 inhibitor class (such as Januvia and Tradjenta). The study found a significant reduction in heart failure hospitalizations among older patients at risk of […]

Standard Test May Not Detect Diabetes in African-Americans

A common test used to diagnose type 2 diabetes is influenced by 60 genetic variants, according to a study by an international team of scientists. One genetic variant which is found only in African Americans significantly reduces the accuracy of the HbA1c blood test used to diagnose and monitor type 2. As a result, as […]

One Small Benefit for Type 2: Reduced Aortic Aneurysm Risk

Patients with type 2 diabetes were less likely to develop a serious aortic aneurysm, and had better short-term survival after an aortic aneurysm rupture than those without the disease, according to a large study. The new study supports older, smaller studies that suggest diabetes makes the aortic wall stronger. Unfortunately, patients with type 2 still […]

Does Eating Meat and Poultry Increase Diabetes Risk?

A plant-based diet is sometimes considered healthier than a meat-based diet in preventing the risk of diabetes, but not all meats affect the risk equally. A new research study suggests higher intake of red meat and poultry is associated with significantly increased risk of developing diabetes, partially attributed to their higher content of heme iron […]