Type I

Childhood Infections Can Lead to Development of Type 1

Type 1 diabetes has both genetic and environmental components. New research suggests that children with certain disease markers are at greater risk of developing type 1 diabetes if they have respiratory infections at an early age. Read more

Learning to Exercise Without Fear

Exercise is important for everyone’s health, but it’s especially vital for patients with diabetes. However, exercising with diabetes offers unique challenges for many patients. The impact and challenges of exercising with type 1 are particularly under-studied. This video examines two papers that go in-depth on the issue of exercise and diabetes, especially type one diabetes. […]

Type 1 on the Rise in Kids

A new study in Philadelphia shows a concerning increase in the number of children being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. During the four year study period, the incidence rate of type 1 diabetes  increased by 29% among kids under 14 years of age in Philadelphia. Read more

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 […]

Kids with Type 1 at Higher Risk of Eating Disorders

Children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes are at risk of having disordered eating symptoms or full-blown eating disorders, according to new research. An analysis of six studies on disordered eating found that approximately 7% of adolescents with type 1 diabetes were diagnosed with EDs, compared to just 2.8% of the control group. Read more

Continuous Glucose Monitors Beneficial for Type 1

New research shows that use of real-time continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) produces significant long-term improvement in HbA1c in adult patients with type 1 diabetes. The benefit is present whether the patients  use insulin pumps or multiple daily insulin injections (MDI). In the study, patients had HbA1c reductions from 8.2% to 7.1% in the pump/CGM group […]

First Oral Drug for Type 1 Diabetes

A new oral medication for type 1 diabetes, sotagliflozin, has been developed by  Lexicon Pharmaceuticals; the company plans to file marketing applications worldwide in the first half of 2018. In trials, patients taking sotagliflozin in addition to insulin showed significant improvements in glucose control, a drop in systolic and diastolic blood pressure and weight loss. If […]

Alert: Medtronic Recalling Defective Diabetes Infusion Sets

Medtronic, a maker of medical devices, announced on Sept. 11 it would recall certain infusion sets used with its insulin pumps Infusion sets help connect insulin pumps to the body. According to Medtronic, a vent membrane in some of the infusion sets could be blocked by fluid during the process of priming, or removal of […]

The Rights of Patients with Diabetes in the Workplace

In the United States, many people have health insurance through their employers. It’s important for any patient with diabetes to know their rights pertaining to that insurance. Companies offer different options of healthcare coverage plans and are required to provide a summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) to their employees.  It is illegal under federal […]

New Guidelines for Managing High Blood Pressure with Diabetes

New recommendations from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) call for blood pressure to be measured in patients with diabetes at every routine clinic visit. The ADA Professional Practice Committee says the new recommendations are based on  “unequivocal evidence” that supports targeting blood pressure goal to <140/90 mm Hg in most adults with diabetes, as it […]

Coronary Bypass Better than Other Treatment Options in Type 1

A new study says that coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is the best method of treating artherosclerotic coronary arteries in patients type 1 diabetes and multivessel disease. Current guidelines have recommended CABG over the use of balloon catheters in patients with two or more diseased coronary vessels, but it had not been previously studied whether the benefits […]

Metformin for Type 1?

Metformin has long been considered exclusively a drug for type 2 diabetes, not useful for insulin-dependent patients with type 1. However, new studies have shown that the drug can help patients with type 1 reduce insulin requirements, maintain tighter glucose control, and lose weight. By keeping their glucose within goal range, patients can reduce their risk […]

Under-Skin Transplant May Help in Type 1

Researchers say a subcutaneous transplant may show promise in helping patients with Type 1 diabetes. In theory, transplanting insulin-producing cells into the body should be an effective type 1, but in practice finding an environment suitable for the cells has proved challenging. The new research uses a tissue engineering approach to create an environment under the skin. Read more

Immunotherapy for Type 1 Shows Promise in New Trial

Type 1 diabetes is widely believed to be an autoimmune disorder, in which the body mistakenly attacks the pancreas’ own insulin-producing beta cells. If this is the case, immunotherapy could potentially be used to treat it, yet few trials to date have examined its potential. A new trial from researchers in the UK has investigated […]

Living Successfully with Type 1

Dr. Sheri Colberg, an exercise physiologist and diabetes educator, has herself been living with type 1 diabetes for nearly 50 years. She shares what has led to her success in managing her diabetes: her decision to be physically active, and making “a conscious choice to live my life by one guiding principle: Live life first, […]

Longer Lives for Those with Type 1

People with type 1 are living longer, and the complications of type 1 are taking longer to appear, according to the Joslin 50-Year Medalist Study. The study examines over 900 people who have had type 1 for at least 50 years. Researchers cite good blood glucose control and exercise as key factors in helping these […]

More than Half of Men with Diabetes Experience Erectile Dysfunction

A new analysis of past research finds erectile dysfunction (ED) affects 53 percent of men with diabetes. The study looked at data for nearly 90,000 men and found that those with diabetes are three and a half times more likely than men without the disease to experience ED. In addition to the sexual issue itself, ED can be a […]

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, […]

Intestinal Viruses May Affect Children’s Risk of Type 1

Certain intestinal viruses can affect a child’s chances of developing type 1 diabetes, according to researchers. Children with less diverse gut viral communities are more likely to generate self-destructive antibodies that can lead to type 1, while children who carried a specific virus belonging to the Circoviridae family were less likely to develop diabetes than those […]

Why Diabetes Increases Risk of Cognitive Impairment

People with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at greater risk of cognitive impairment, including dementia, than those without diabetes. One of the main reasons is the damage diabetes causes to small blood vessels. Exercise, in addition to being good for physical health, can help brain health. Read more