Type II

Weight at Birth Linked to Type 2 Risk

A birthweight of 2.5 kg (about 5.5 pounds) or more is linked to increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life, researchers say. A person’s susceptibility to type 2 diabetes is determined by various risk factors over the course of their lives. Read more

For COVID-19 Mortality, Type 2 Diabetes “Adds 20 Years” to Age

The risk of dying from COVID-19 infection is higher in middle-aged adults with type 2 diabetes versus adults without diabetes, and is the equivalent of adding 20 years of chronological age in assessing overall related death risk. Read more

Does Your Pet’s Diabetes Increase Your Own Risk?

Having a dog that is diagnosed with diabetes was related to a increased risk of type 2 diabetes in the owner, a recent study found. Potential causes of this link in dog-owner pairs might possibly have something to do with shared health habits, such as physical activity level, and shared environmental exposures. Read more

Social Deprivation Increases Risk for Diabetic Foot Complications

People who suffer from social deprivation, which can be caused by factors including poverty and mental illness, and who have type 2 diabetes are at greater risk for complications of diabetic foot disease, including diabetic foot ulcers, lower limb amputation, and gangrene. Read more

The Role of Weak and Strong Cells in Insulin Production

Type 2 diabetes is the condition that results when β-cells (beta cells) cannot release enough insulin for the body’s needs. A group of researchers say they have new insight into how “weak” beta cells bond with other, more mature cells to boost insulin production, which can help us understand more about the processes that lead […]

Type 2 Increases Liver Disease Risk

Some metabolic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, can increase the risk of severe non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition which can cause inflammation, cirrhosis, and possibly liver cancer. People with type 2 diabetes have twice the risk of severe liver disease than people without type 2, researchers say. Read more

Add-on Therapy Can Reduce Insulin Use for Type 2 Patients

Insulin is the mainstay treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes who also have beta-cell failure; however, some insulin regimens can be complicated to manage and may increase the risk of hypoglycemia. Now, researchers say that a simple add-on therapy with the GLP-1 Agonist medication albiglutide can reduce insulin use for patients with type 2 […]

Can Potatoes Be Part of a Diabetes-Friendly Diet?

Limiting intake of high-carbohydrate foods like pasta, breads and potatoes, has long been a staple of diabetes lifestyle management. However, a recent study of people with type two diabetes suggests that eating white potatoes may not be incompatible with a healthy diabetes diet after all, as consuming potatoes did not affect the study participants’ blood […]

Why People with Diabetes Experience the “COVID Effect”

It’s been known since the early days of the pandemic that having diabetes increases the risk for severe COVID-19 complications. There are multiple factors that make the combination of diabetes and COVID-19 so serious. Some patients experience an increase in insulin resistance that raises blood glucose levels; plus, COVID-19 is sometimes treated with steroids, and […]

Six Types of Prediabetes Identified

Prediabetes is the term for the condition when blood sugar levels are consistently high, but the patient has not yet developed full-blown type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes are often treated with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, and sometimes with medication. However, a team of researchers now say that there are in fact […]

Psoriatic Arthritis Linked to Diabetes

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is connected to metabolic disorders including obesity and diabetes. Patients with PsA have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than the general population, or than patients with psoriasis alone. Read more

Both Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes Patients Should Be Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccinations

 People with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at similar risk for increased COVID-19 severity, new findings conclude. Therefore, people with either type of diabetes should be prioritized in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, researchers say. Read more

How SGLT2 Inhibitors Affect Risk of Death

A recent study that aimed to review and assess all the current evidence regarding SGLT2 inhibitors and their impact on death from all causes in diabetes patients found that overall, this class of diabetes drug was associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality. Read more

What are the Long-Term Outcomes for Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery, which consists of (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass [RYGB] or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding [LAGB]), was originally intended as a weight loss treatment. However, the surgery has also been shown to cause significant improvements in type 2 diabetes and reductions in cardiovascular disease and death. But there are still questions about its long-term side effects and outcomes. Read […]

How to Make the Most of Telemedicine with Type 2

Due to the pandemic, many of us are “visiting” our healthcare professionals virtually much of the time. When you have type 2 diabetes, virtual healthcare visits and telehealth tools can very useful, as doctors can monitor your blood glucose, diet, medications, and overall health even if they aren’t seeing you in person. Read more

Effect of Empagliflozin on Kidney Disease

Empagliflozin (sold under the brand name Jardiance) may reduce major adverse kidney events in some type 2 diabetes patients better than other medications, researchers say. The study used U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data to assess the effectiveness of empagliflozin versus other antihyperglycemic drugs. Read more

Younger Age at Onset of Type 2 Means Worse Outcomes

The younger the age at which a person develops type 2 diabetes, the worse their health outcomes later in life, researchers say. Data from 1.3 million individuals showed that each additional year of age at type 2 diagnosis was linked to 4% lower risk for death from all causes. Read more

How Accurate are Diabetes Tests?

Detecting diabetes early through screening can help to reduce or delay many diabetic complications to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, feet, and heart. Most screening for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes involves questionnaires/risk scoring tools and tests involving fasting plasma glucose, HbA1c, and random blood glucose. But how accurate are these diagnostic tests for type 2 […]

Knee Arthritis Linked to Diabetes, Heart Disease

Knee osteoarthritis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are all conditions that are common in older individuals, and frequently coexist with each other. In addition to aging, osteoarthritis is also associated with cardiovascular risk factor like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Read more

Handgrip Strength Could Be Used to Predict Diabetes Risk

Researchers say that measuring people’s handgrip strength could be a relatively simple and inexpensive means of predicting a patient’s future risk of type 2 diabetes.  Read more