Medical Research

Are Migraines Associated with Diabetes?

Some studies have suggested that migraines and diabetes may be linked, but the idea remains controversial. A new study found that people with diabetes seemed to be at no greater risk of migraines than people without diabetes. Read more

Pancreas Transplants Growing as Option for Severe Diabetes Cases

Transplants of the pancreas have been an option to diabetes for many years, but were seldom used due to their high failure rate. Today,  advancements in treating rejection and a better understanding of the procedure have led to more frequent use of the procedure for people suffering from severe cases of diabetes.  While still a […]

The Link Between Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer

Diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance is found in 50 to 80 percent of patients with pancreatic cancer, researcher Donghui Li notes: “Diabetes is both a cause and consequence of cancer.” The relationship is perhaps unsurprising, given that the pancreas is the organ that controls blood glucose. But which comes first — diabetes or cancer? Read more

Saliva Test Can Identify Type 1 in Children

A new test using just a saliva sample could replace blood tests to assess and monitor diabetes. According to a new study, analysis of proteins in saliva can identify high blood sugar and related problems in children and adolescents with uncontrolled type 1 diabetes,  before the appearance of clinical symptoms. By identifying diabetes early, complications […]

Maternal Diabetes Linked to Autism Risk

A new study found that pregnant women who have any type of diabetes have increased risk that their child could develop autism. While the risk level varied depending on whether a woman had type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes, all forms of diabetes showed some increase in risk. The researchers say this does not […]

Is Exposure to a Common Pigment Linked to Diabetes?

Titanium dioxide is a common white pigment found in a range of ordinary items including paint and candy. Now a pilot study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has found crystalline particles of titanium dioxide in pancreas specimens with type 2 diabetes, suggesting that exposure to the white pigment is associated with […]

Should Bariatric Surgery Be Standard Treatment for Diabetes?

Bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypasses can have a dramatic impact on diabetes, even reversing the disease. However, it’s widely considered a treatment of last resort. Now many doctors and surgeons are starting to agree that surgery should be seen as a crucial aspect of diabetes care — perhaps even the best tool we have […]

Blood Glucose and Stroke Risk

Diabetes is a known risk factor for strokes. New research suggests that increased HbA1C levels are a key cause of first-time strokes, and researchers are now wondering if more stringent glycemic management at earlier stages may help in stroke prevention. Read more

Can Diabetes Drugs Fight Alzheimer’s?

Many recent clinical trials of new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease have ending in failure, and now some scientists are reconsidering whether we’ve been looking at the wrong things in our attempts to understand and treat the disease. Some researchers are now looking at the relationship between diabetes and Alzheimer’s, and how insulin may be the […]

Half of Prediabetes & Diabetes Missed with Current Screening

The current US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) screening criteria use just age and weight alone to screen for diabetes, which means that half of prediabetes and diabetes cases may be missed, according to a new study. Broadening the screening criteria could lead to earlier detection, enabling patients to make medical and lifestyle changes that […]

The Mental Health Impact of Diabetes

A new study found that more than half of adult diabetes patients will seek treatment for stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health problems each year, compared to about one in four people without diabetes. The researchers urge that mental health be considered an integral part of diabetes management. Read more

A Patch to Replace the Fingerstick

Scientists have created an adhesive skin patch that measures blood glucose levels every 10-15 minutes — a potential replacement for the fingerstick blood tests which many patients find painful. Created by researchers from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, the patch has performed well in tests of its function as a noninvasive strategy […]

Researchers Target New Treatment for Type 2

Researchers at Yale University believe targeting a protein called islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), a hormone made by the same cells that produce insulin, may lead to a new treatment for type 2 diabetes. The researchers say that when IAPP develops the wrong shape, it pokes holes in the membranes of pancreatic islets that are large […]

More about the Importance of Dental Care with Diabetes

Treating periodontitis (gum disease) is beneficial not only to prevent tooth loss – it’s helpful for blood sugar control in diabetes. A new study found that following non-surgical procedures for treating chronic peritonitis helped patients improve their fasting plasma glucose and HbA1c levels. The researchers note that proper periodontal evaluation is essential for patients with […]

Bariatric Surgery Better than Medication for Teens with Type 2

New research says that in teenagers who have severe obesity and type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery provides much better weight loss, diabetes remission, and improvement in heart risk factors than medical treatment.  The analysis of data from two large studies suggests a surgical solution to youth-onset type 2 may be preferable, despite the risks of […]

Recognition of New Types of Diabetes Could Change Treatment

How many types of diabetes are there? We’re familiar with type 1 and type 2, but is our current understanding too simplistic? In new research published in the medical journal The Lancet, researchers showed they could identify five separate forms of diabetes. The two that correspond to type 1 and type 2 represent about 6 […]

Is Diabetes Still Underdiagnosed?

Despite advances in medicine and diagnosis, diabetes remains poorly detected among adults in United States, according to new research. Mexican-Americans have the highest probability of doctors missing their diagnosis of diabetes. In recent years, there have been improvements in detection rates for  elderly, white individuals, and subjects with the highest poverty-income-ratio. Read more

Does Arsenic Play a Role in Development of Diabetes?

Much recent research has shown that environmental pollutants can play a role in the development of diabetes. Researchers are now looking at one of these pollutants, arsenic, to see exactly what its effects are. Arsenic contaminates the drinking water sources used by more than 100 million people around the world, and more water sources are […]

Prediabetes Raises Heart and Kidney Risks

Researchers have found that many people with prediabetes have serious risk for cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease. The researchers based their conclusions on data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys collected from 1988-2014. They found both cardiovascular and kidney issues associated with prediabetes (a term that describes people who have blood […]

Cognitive Decline is Key Factor in Life Expectancy for Diabetes Patients

On average, diabetes reduces life expectancy by about ten years. One key factor in the lower life expectancy for people with diabetes may be cognitive decline. Diabetes is a strong indicator of early onset cognitive decline. However, other factors such as socioeconomic status and education can play a role in the prevention or delay of […]