Medical Research

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 […]

Risk of Cataracts Higher with Diabetes – Especially in Your 40s – 50s

A large study conducted in Great Britain has found that diabetes vastly increases the risk of diabetes. The study compared people, aged 40 and older,  with diabetes to people who didn’t have diabetes but were otherwise comparable in age, gender, and other factors. It found that the incidence rate of cataract diagnoses and surgery cases […]

Does Spinal Cord Stimulation Help in Painful Diabetic Neuropathy?

Many patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes suffer from painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDPN). Patients with this complication experience irreversible peripheral nerve damage resulting in severe pain, which is difficult to manage. When medication is not enough to provide pain relief, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is sometimes used as a last-resort therapy. While […]

New Japanese Drug May Help Lipid Profiles

A new drug, Pemafibrate, currently in a phase 3 clinical trial in Japan, may significantly improve lipid profiles and insulin resistance in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertriglyceridemia. The results follow those of several large-scale clinical trials which show that treatment with drugs of the fibrate class can decrease triglyceride levels and increase high-density […]

Can AI Do a Better Job than Doctors in Treating Diabetes?

Research from Indiana University says that a new computer program is doing a better job than doctors in diagnosing and treating health conditions using artificial intelligence and robotics. The system uses decision-making processes similar to the Jeopardy-bot, Watson. Researchers had the system analyze and predict health outcomes for 500 real individuals who had conditions like […]

Gene Therapy May Hold Promise for Type 1

Type 1 diabetes researchers have long sought a treatment that would preserve and restore function to insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. In type 1 diabetes, the patient’s own immune system destroys these beta cells. One hurdle researchers have faced is that any new cells created via beta cell replacement therapy might also be destroyed by the […]

Protein Associated with Anxiety & Depression Linked to Type 2

Researchers have found that a protein associated with anxiety and depression may also contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. The protein, FKBP51, plays a part in the regulation of the stress system. A mutation in the gene that controls the production of FKBP51 can lead to a dysregulation of the stress system. This […]

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 […]