Type I

Low Carb Diets for Athletes with Diabetes

With low carbs very much in the news, diabetes educator and exercise expert Sheri Colberg looks at low carb diets for athletes with type 1 diabetes. How low should an athlete with diabetes go? Read more

Very Low Carb Diets Provide Better Diabetes Control

Many diabetes experts have been fans of low carb diets for a while now. New research adds support to the idea, showing that patients with type 1 who followed a very low carb diet achieved better glucose control. Read more

Targeting the Gut to Prevent Type 1

A new study suggests that targeting specific gut microbes may be a way to protect against type 1 diabetes. Australian researchers found gut microbiota alterations in rodents and humans at high risk of type 1 diabetes, and that these gut microbiota alterations were a result of genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes, as well as […]

Can the Whole30 Diet Benefit Type 1 Patients?

The Whole30 Diet claims a variety of health benefits for following its rules for 30 days. It requires dieters to eat nothing but whole, unprocessed foods, and excludes alcohol, wheat, dairy, soy, sugar, and even peanuts and chickpeas. A patient with type 1 shares her experience with the diet and its effect on her blood […]

How Tech Can Help Patients Get Over Motivation Slumps

People who have been dealing with type 1 since childhood can get “burned out” on dealing with their diabetes every day, and lose the motivation to test numbers regularly and do the other tasks they need to do to manage their diabetes. For some of those patients, new technologies like CGMs can make managing their […]

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 […]

Diabetes Strong Website Offers Health and Fitness Info

Diabetes Strong, a new health and fitness website for people living with diabetes, offers information and advice on everything from exercise and nutrition to the latest diabetes products and tech. It’s run by Christel Oerum, a fitness professional with type 1 diabetes. The mission and design of the website is centered around the founders’ belief […]

Cow’s Milk Likely Not to Blame in Type 1

There’s been speculation that the consumption of cow’s milk proteins in infant formula may play a role in the increasing rates of type 1 diabetes in children. However, a new study suggests that’s not the case. An earlier, very small study had suggested that whole proteins from cow’s milk could trigger the immune reaction that […]

Winter Warning: Diabetes & Prediabetes Increase Frostbite Risk

People with diabetes or prediabetes can be at much greater risk of frostbite during the cold winter months, due to complications like neuropathy and poor circulation.The risk was dramatically illustrated a few years ago by the experience of British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who had to pull out of a grueling expedition to cross Antarctica […]

Obesity in Pregnancy Increases Type 1 Risk for Kids

A new study has found that mothers with obesity are more likely to have children who develop type 1 diabetes. While the risk is highest in children whose mothers also had diabetes themselves, maternal obesity alone increased the risk to children. Children of obese mothers also tended to be diagnosed with type 1 at earlier […]

ADA Issues New 2018 Standards for Diabetes Care

New recommendations in the 2018 edition of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA’s) Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes include advances in cardiovascular disease risk management, including hypertension; an updated care algorithm that is patient-focused; the integration of new technology into diabetes management; and routine screening for type 2 diabetes in high-risk youth. They also provide […]

Oral Insulin Not Adequate To Prevent Type 1

Taking a 7.5 mg dose of oral insulin every day doesn’t seem to be effective in delaying the onset of type 1 diabetes. A recent study followed a group of people who all tested positive for microinsulin antibodies and had a relative who’d been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Half the study participants took the […]

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Risk in Children

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) can affect patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It often affects the legs and feet, causing pain, numbness, and tingling. It can also affect the digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. It affects over a quarter of adults newly diagnosed with diabetes, but it has not […]

Many Adults with Type 1 Misdiagnosed with Type 2

Type 1 diabetes is frequently regarded as a disease of childhood – hence its old name, “juvenile diabetes.” While the name is no longer in common use, the image of type 1 as something that is diagnosed in the young may be contributing to misdiagnosis of adults with the condition. In Great Britain, more than […]

Metformin Helps Heart Health for Type 1 Kids

A new study found that the diabetes medication metformin, most commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes, also has particular benefit for children with type 1 diabetes, particularly for heart health. For children with type 1 who are above average weight,  metformin provided a significant improvement in vascular smooth muscle function. Metformin also improved HbA1c […]

Vitamin D May Help Prevent Type 1 in Some Children

New research suggests vitamin D supplementation could possibly reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes in susceptible children. The infants and children who could benefit from the supplementation have a gene variation, VDR variant genes. Identifying vitamin D status and VDR variants may help determine which children  will most likely benefit from vitamin D therapy. […]

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 […]

Monitoring Nocturnal Hypoglycemia

Both children and adults with diabetes frequently experience nocturnal hypoglycemia. Even when using long-acting insulin or insulin pumps, people may still find their blood sugar drops too low while they sleep. New research shows that the problem is particularly severe for type 1 diabetes patients, especially younger patients. The risk increases for patients while low […]

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 […]

Good News: Most People with Diabetes Properly Diagnosed

A new study suggests that U.S. diabetes cases that go undiagnosed may be just 11%, or just over one tenth of people with diabetes. This is much lower than the previously accepted estimates, which concluded one quarter to one third of people with diabetes went undiagnosed.  The proportion of undiagnosed cases has also been declining […]