Type II

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 […]

Researchers Identify Abnormal Pancreatic Genes

Type 2 diabetes is caused by the failure of beta cells in the pancreatic islets to deliver enough insulin to maintain blood glucose levels in normal ranges. Researchers recently identified a novel cluster of dysregulated genes in the pancreatic islets of patients with type 2 diabetes. The researchers sought to identify which genes are abnormally […]

Treating Vitamin D Deficiency in Kids with Type 1 Helps Glucose Control

Vitamin D deficiency is common in children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes. Researchers have found that supplementation with cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) to bring Vitamin D to normal levels in children who were deficient also benefited their blood glucose control. The children with the highest blood glucose levels before the supplementation showed the greatest improvement. Read […]

Type 2 May Increase Breast Cancer Risk in African-American Women

A new study published in the journal Cancer links type 2 diabetes to a greater risk of breast cancer in African-American women. The study looked at whether diabetes may be linked to certain breast cancer subtypes. The study followed nearly 55,000 women participating in the Black Women’s Health study, for eighteen years. The researchers found […]

Calcium Test Score Can Predict Heart Attack & Stroke Risk

The results of a coronary artery calcium (CAC) score can better predict heart attack and stroke risk in patients with type 2 than traditional tests, according to new research. The researchers found that people with coronary calcium scores of 100 or higher were at two to three times greater risk than those with no calcium […]

Magnesium Can Help Prevent Type 2

A new study has found that participants who consumed high amounts of magnesium, either through diet or through supplementation, had a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The patients who benefitted most from magnesium supplementation were those whose overall diets were poor; the added magnesium resulted in greater reduction in risk for these patients. […]

Psoriasis Linked to Type 2

People living with psoriasis have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and those whose psoriasis is severe are at greatest risk, according to new research. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia found that the risk of diabetes rises in psoriasis patients according to the severity […]

Antioxidant-Rich Foods May Help Prevent Type 2

Eating a diet that is rich in antioxidant foods can help reduce your type 2 diabetes risk, according to new research. There’s been previous research that has suggested oxidative stress — cumulative damage done by free radicals that haven’t been neutralized by antioxidants — might contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. Fruits, vegetables, […]

Weight Loss and Exercise Can Help Brain Function

Cognitive issues can be a complication of type 2 diabetes. This is because diabetes affects blood circulation, and impaired blood flow to the brain can have a negative affect on people’s ability to think and make decisions. A 10-year-long study examined whether participants with type 2 diabetes who lowered calories in their diet and increased […]

New Treatment for Insulin Resistance May Be On the Way

Insulin resistance, which occurs when the body’s cells are no longer able to respond to insulin, is a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. For people with insulin resistance, blood glucose levels can become too high, which over time can contribute to the development of type 2. Currently, medications such as thiazolidinediones are […]

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 […]

Pharma Companies Work on Predictive Model for Diabetes

Boehringer and Eli Lilly and Co. are working together to develop a risk model using anonymized patient data. The model will predict how likely patients are to develop three health issues associated with type 2 diabetes: cardiovascular death, kidney failure and hospitalization for heart failure. The goal is to create a model that will help […]

Sanofi & Innovation Health Partner on New Digital Diabetes Program

Sanofi and Innovation Health (an insurance company run by Inova and Aetna) are collaborating on a pilot program that will look at how digital health strategies can improve care for patients with type 2 diabetes. The program will use the diabetes self-management app One Drop along with Gocap, an insulin dose management platform that emphasizes […]

Standard Test May Not Detect Diabetes in African-Americans

A common test used to diagnose type 2 diabetes is influenced by 60 genetic variants, according to a study by an international team of scientists. One genetic variant which is found only in African Americans significantly reduces the accuracy of the HbA1c blood test used to diagnose and monitor type 2. As a result, as […]

One Small Benefit for Type 2: Reduced Aortic Aneurysm Risk

Patients with type 2 diabetes were less likely to develop a serious aortic aneurysm, and had better short-term survival after an aortic aneurysm rupture than those without the disease, according to a large study. The new study supports older, smaller studies that suggest diabetes makes the aortic wall stronger. Unfortunately, patients with type 2 still […]

Seniors with Type 2 at Higher Risk of Fractures

According to researchers, seniors with type 2 diabetes have a higher fracture risk, even if they have normal or higher bone density than their peers. Most concerningly, they have a 40 percent to 50 percent increased risk of hip fracture. Researchers believe type 2 contributes to bone weaknesses that are not visible on standard bone […]

Report Says Type 2 Diabetes “Reversible through Weight Loss”

A new report by British researchers says that there is consistent evidence that “total remission” of type 2 diabetes can often be achieved by losing about 33 pounds (15 kilograms). If this were better known by doctors and patients, the authors state, many patients could escape the burden of living with type 2 diabetes, and […]

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 […]