Type I

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 […]

Lack of Vitamin A May Be Factor in Diabetes

A new study has discovered that beta cells have numerous vitamin A receptors. Tests show that partially blocking these vitamin A receptors affects insulin production, and completely blocking them can cause cell death. This suggests a vitamin A deficiency could be a factor in type 1 diabetes. Read more

Cancer Drug May Slow Progression of Type 1

Gleevec, a drug used to treat leukemia, may also slow the progression of type 1 diabetes. In a new study, the drug appeared to boost insulin production in the study participants’ bodies. While this study was conducted in adults, the researchers’ goal is to obtain FDA approval to test children, as the greatest potential for […]

The Mysterious Link Between Asthma and Type 1

Researchers have examined the apparent link between type 1 and asthma many times, but results have been inconclusive. Now a new study from Finland offers tantalizing new findings, but the complexity of the relationship between the two conditions has only deepened. In the study, children with a previous diagnosis of type 1 had a lower […]

Can a “Penny Vaccine” Cure Diabetes?

An old and inexpensive vaccine may offer a cure for type 1 diabetes. BCG, a tuberculosis vaccine used worldwide, “Can reset the immune system to a normal state. It can get you back to normal levels of blood sugar,” according to Dr. Denise L. Faustman, who has launched a 5-year clinical trial to study BCG’s effect […]

Disappointing Results for Type 1 Vaccine in Children

The pilot study of a new “vaccine” for type 1 has yielded disappointing results so far, with children who received the vaccine no less likely to develop type 1 than children in the control group, researchers announced. However, researchers plan to test additional combinations of the formulation, and have not ruled out hope. Read more

A World-Class Cyclist With Type 1

Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 15 didn’t stop Romain Gioux from pursuing his dream. Now he competes professionally as part of Team Novo Nordisk, a group of elite athletes who haven’t let their diabetes diagnoses slow them down.

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Type 1

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in people with type 1 diabetes. A new study suggests that just one additional injection of insulin three hours after eating could provide protection. Read more

JDRF Campaigns for Better Type 1 Coverage

JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, has launched a new campaign aimed at adovating for better insurance coverage for Americans with type 1 diabetes. The campaign, called Coverage2Control, is aimed at the many people with type 1 who are facing healthcare uncertainties and concerns about treatment choices, particularly with the current controversy […]

$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

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 […]

Breastfeeding May Lower Children’s Risk of Type 1

A study says there may be another benefit to breastfeeding. Children who were breastfed had reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes if they had been breastfed exclusively for at least six months, or partially breastfed for a year or more. Read more

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

Does Synthetic Biology Offer a Cure for Type 1?

Type 1 diabetes requires constant vigilance. Patients with diabetes must track their blood sugar levels constantly, and calibrate insulin dosage accordingly; and even with constant management the risk of taking too much or too little insulin is always present. Can the field of synthetic biology — which incorporates computer science, engineering, and biology — offer the […]

Victoza Tested as Add-on Therapy for DKA in Type 1

A recent study has looked into whether Victoza and other drugs in its class (GLP-1 agonists) can help people with type 1 diabetes to lower their blood glucose levels and lower risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). The study, conducted by researchers at the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center of Western New York, investigated whether Victoza could reduce production […]

Type 1 Diabetes Risk May Come Down to Gut Bacteria Counts

Diabetes researchers have long noticed that labs have different rates of success breeding mice to have the equivalent of Type 1 diabetes. At first, many scientists attributed this to poor management of genetic drift in some labs, but this theory didn’t hold up. If you transferred a group of mice from a lab with a […]

American Diabetes Association Updates on Diabetic Retinopathy

A recent update on diabetic retinopathy by American Diabetes Association (ADA) has considerably improved in terms of diagnosing and treating this complication since the 2002 ‘Position Statement.’ The statement was comprised of natural history of diabetic retinopathy with associated risk factors and different stages categorized by the growth of new blood vessels on the retina […]

Fasting Diet Regenerates Beta Cells in Mice

For years, there has been a vocal minority of Type 1 diabetes activists who have claimed that a low-calorie, low-carb diet is a great, but often ignored, treatment option for maintaining blood glucose levels with Type 1 diabetes. Now, a new study may provide strong scientific evidence that such a diet-focused treatment restores beta cell […]

Diabetes could cause up to 12% of US deaths

The proportion of deaths attributable to diabetes in the US is as high as 12 percent—three times higher than estimates based on death certificates suggest—a new analysis shows.

Diabetes Tech ‘Spectations for 2017

We’ve been listening to earnings calls and talking with company execs, industry insiders and PR teams to get a sense of what else is on the horizon, compiled in the following report.