Type II

Making Bariatric Surgery More Accessible

The surprising effect of bariatric surgery on type 2 diabetes has been known about for years. For many patients, it can effectively send diabetes into remission almost immediately. Yet in many countries around the world, including the United States, fewer than 1% of people eligible for surgery have access to the procedure. Experts want to […]

Early Menopause Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

An analysis of the data of 13 studies shows a link between early menopause — entering menopause in your early 40s or earlier — and developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers say this is likely caused by a number of changes that occur during menopause, such as estrogen level changes. Read more

Diabetes Medications May Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s

Taking diabetes medication to treat type 2 diabetes may also help keep Alzheimer’s disease away. A recent study found that patients with untreated diabetes developed signs of Alzheimer’s disease 1.6 times faster than people who did not have diabetes. Read more

New Oral Drug for Type 2 Submitted to FDA

On March 20, 2019, Novo Nordisk announced the official submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the oral tablet semaglutide, a once-daily glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue. In trials, oral semaglutide caused reductions in both HbA1c and body weight when compared to placebo. Read more

Vegetarian Diet May Reduce Type 2 Risk

A study that followed healthy British adults for almost decades found that those who consumed little or no red meat were 11% to 36% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes vs. a large sample of red meat eaters, according to findings published in Nutrition & Diabetes. Read more

Does Mentally Fatiguing Work increase Women’s Diabetes Risk?

A new study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology found that women who find their jobs mentally tiring are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Mentally draining jobs like teaching increase risk, the researchers say, and employers and women should be more aware of the potential health risks associated with mentally tiring work. Read more

Is Testing Glucose at Home Beneficial for Non-Insulin Using Diabetes Patients?

A new study divided people with type 2 diabetes who don’t use insulin into three groups: were told to check their blood glucose once a day; the second group were told to check their blood glucose once a day, and then were given tailored advice depending on the results; and the third group was told […]

Breast Cancer and Type 2

A new study in a retrospective breast cancer cohort suggests that women with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk to be diagnosed with a more aggressive type of breast cancer. It is still unclear what the associations between diabetes and breast cancer are, and whether improvements in diabetes care can reduce the increased mortality […]

Type 2 Linked to Frailty, Fracture Risk

Type 2 diabetes is associated with significantly increased frailty compared with the general population, according to a new study. Frailty increases the risk for fragility fractures. In people with type 2, bone mineral density and body mass index are often both increased, which should have a protective effect against most fractures, but type 2 has […]

Genetics of Diabetes for Japanese Population

Research has shown there are many genetic factors that can make someone more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, as well as environmental and lifestyle-related causes. Much of this research has been conducted on people of European descent, meaning the results may not apply to people of other ancestries. New research has looked at data […]

Bariatric Surgery Shows Benefits for Heart, Brain Complications

“Macrovascular disease” is a term used to encompass both cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease, which are among the most dangerous complications of type 2 diabetes. Evidence has shown weight loss can help reduce the risk of these complications; a new study looked at whether weight loss through bariatric surgery was as effective in reducing macrovascular […]

Variability in Glycemic Control Linked to Retinopathy in Type 2

New research is suggesting that variability in glycemic levels is strongly linked to many complications in diabetes. Now a study says that glycemic variability is significantly associated with the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy in patients with type 2 diabetes. Read more

Obesity in the Family Means More Risk for Type 2

A new study found that someone who lives in a household where at least ¾ of the family members have obesity is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, regardless of whether the family members have diabetes themselves or not. Read more

Guidelines for Heart Health Can Also Reduce Type 2 Risk

Following the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) “simple 7” guidelines for maintaining heart health can also dramatically reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. AHA’s “Life’s Simple 7” risk factors are “smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure.” New research says keeping at least 4 of these factors at an […]

Can Text Messages Help Blood Sugar Control?

Many people with type 2 diabetes regularly miss their diabetes self-management appointments, putting themselves at increased risk for higher HbA1c levels compared to those who do not miss appointments. A study is examining whether text messages composed using a technique called “motivational interviewing” could potentially fill a gap in diabetes care. Read more

New Info about “Apple Shapes” and Diabetes

People who tend to accumulate excess fat in their bellies, rather than carrying excess fat around their hips, due to their genes are at higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart attacks, a new study says. While the association of “apple shaped” bodies with these conditions is not new, this research gives new insight […]

Can Skipping Breakfast Increase Diabetes Risk?

Skipping breakfast might increase your type 2 diabetes risk, according to a new review of six different studies. The researchers looked at the data from the studies, which involved over 96,000 people, 5,000 of whom had already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They found that skipping breakfast for one day of the week was […]

Two Common Diabetes Drugs Linked to Heart Disease

Two types of drugs widely prescribed for  type 2 diabetes in order to lower blood sugar levels may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, according to new research. The first, sulfonylureas, are oral medications that cause the body to release more insulin; they have been in use since the 1950s. The […]

Type 2 Linked to Language Memory Issues in Seniors

Type 2 diabetes is associated with a decline in verbal memory and verbal fluency among older adults, according to a new study. The researchers examined the correlation between type 2 diabetes and brain atrophy and cognitive decline. The researchers found associations between diabetes and verbal memory and verbal fluency issues, after adjustment for age, sex, […]

PCOS and its Link to Diabetes

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a poorly-named and often poorly-understood disease. For one thing, it doesn’t involve ovarian cysts; for another, it’s strongly linked to type 2 diabetes — and that link may run in families, and include increased diabetes risks for men as well as women. Andrea Dunaif, System Chief of Endocrinology Diabetes and […]