Type I

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 […]

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 […]