Type II

Could Working Long Hours Increase Diabetes Risk for Women?

New research suggests that women who work at their jobs for 45 or more hours a week have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than women who work 35 to 40 hours each week. It’s not clear why working longer hours may increase diabetes risk in women, but the researchers suspect that doing more […]

Artificial Pancreas Helps Hospital Patients

The “artificial pancreas” (an automated insulin delivery system) performed better in controlling blood sugar levels in hospitalized patients with type 2 diabetes compared than manual insulin delivery, a new study says. These devices have been used sucessfully to treat type 1 diabetes in non-hospitalized patients. The researchers believe their future use in hospital settings may […]

Is Exposure to a Common Pigment Linked to Diabetes?

Titanium dioxide is a common white pigment found in a range of ordinary items including paint and candy. Now a pilot study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has found crystalline particles of titanium dioxide in pancreas specimens with type 2 diabetes, suggesting that exposure to the white pigment is associated with […]

Medicare Launches New Diabetes Program

Medicare, which provides insurance coverage to millions of U.S. seniors, has announced a new program designed to prevent prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes. Nearly have of U.S. seniors have prediabetes, and many have not been diagnosed. Prediabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 and also increases risk of heart disease and stroke. […]

Are the ACP’s “Brand New” Guidelines Already Outdated?

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently issued a set of guidelines for glycated hemoglobin (A1c) treatment targets in patients with type 2 diabetes. These guidelines generated immediate controversy. An endocrinologist reviews the new guidelines and explains exactly why she disagrees with several of their key points: setting most A1c targets between 7% and 8%, […]

Researchers Target New Treatment for Type 2

Researchers at Yale University believe targeting a protein called islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), a hormone made by the same cells that produce insulin, may lead to a new treatment for type 2 diabetes. The researchers say that when IAPP develops the wrong shape, it pokes holes in the membranes of pancreatic islets that are large […]

Losing Excess Weight Before Adolescence May Help Avoid Type 2

Excess weight is a risk factor in developing type 2 diabetes at any age. A new study has found that adolescence may be a vital cutoff point for weight management to reduce type 2 risk. The researchers found that overweight children who were able to achieve a healthy weight by age 13 had the no […]

Bariatric Surgery Better than Medication for Teens with Type 2

New research says that in teenagers who have severe obesity and type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery provides much better weight loss, diabetes remission, and improvement in heart risk factors than medical treatment.  The analysis of data from two large studies suggests a surgical solution to youth-onset type 2 may be preferable, despite the risks of […]

Microneedle-Array Patches Offer Innovation in Type 2 Treatment

New microneedle-array patches are painless and non-invasive and allow treatment particles to be released iin response to biological stimuli. The patch incorporates a glucose-sensing element and a drug-releasing component This design hopes to serve as a reliable and effective treatment option for glucose management in type 2 diabetes. Read more

ADA and Doctor’s Group Disagree on Blood Sugar Goals

A new recommendation from the American College of Physicians that many people with type 2 should relax their blood sugar goals has drawn strong disagreement from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Based on research analysis, the College has decided that the problems caused by trying for for the lowest blood sugar score outweigh the benefits, […]

Night Shift Work Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

Medical research has found frequent night shift work can have many negative effects on health. Now, increased risk of type 2 diabetes has also been connected to working at night. Healthcare workers, security guards and other frequent night shift workers are significantly more likely to have Type 2 diabetes than workers who work only days, […]

Type 2 Can Begin 20 Years Before Being Diagnosed

The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is associated with subtle elevations of glucose and lipids more than 20 years before diagnosis, according to a new study. This suggests that the process that results in insulin resistance takes years or decades to develop into type 2 diabetes. Earlier screening for these subtle changes may be […]

Type 2 Diabetes is Not a Disease of Obesity Everywhere

In the U.S., obesity is strongly associated with the development of type 2 diabetes; while not all people with type 2 are obese, the majority of them are. But 80 percent of worldwide type 2 diabetes cases are now in the developing world, and the association with obesity in these patients is not nearly so […]

Are Seniors with Type 2 being Overtreated?

Dutch researchers suggest that older people with type 2 diabetes are being overtreated, and guidelines in many countries aren’t taking their frailty, other health issues, and differing needs into account. The researchers found that of participants in their study, almost 40% of those with type 2 and normal HbA1c levels were being given too much […]

Reducing Heart Disease Risk with Diabetes

People with diabetes are more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those without diabetes. To help reduce the risk of heart disease and manage type 2 diabetes, it’s important to eat healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats, along with getting regular exercise. But even […]

UnitedHealth Announces Wearable Glucose Monitoring Program

UnitedHealth Group announced it has partnered with DexCom and will launch a glucose monitoring program. The program will use a wearable device aimed at helping older Americans continuously manage their type 2 diabetes via mobile technology. The program will initially have a pilot period, in which a number of enrollees in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans […]

Friendship Can Help Protect Against Type 2

A new study suggests that having close ties and social interaction with friends and family may help people reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study found that socially isolated women were more than twice as likely to have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than women who were socially active, and 60 […]

Why Winter Can Affect Your Blood Glucose Readings

Keeping your blood sugar under control when you have type 2 diabetes isn’t just about watching what you eat. If your are less active when it’s cold and snowy, that lack of activity can affect your blood glucose, even if your diet hasn’t changed. Taking small steps to boost your activity in winter can have […]

Hypoglycemia in Hospice Patients

A new study found that hospice patients with type 2 diabetes may be treated too aggressively for blood sugar control, leading to a high number of hypoglycemia cases among them. The researchers urge that avoiding hypoglycemia may be more important than strict blood sugar contorl. When it comes to hospice patients with type 2 diabetes, […]

Is Your Doctor Staying Informed on the Latest Treatments?

You may trust your doctor to keep up to date with the latest treatments for diabetes, but a new poll shows that many doctors struggle to stay informed on all the new drugs and devices entering the market. In a recent survey, 149 endocrinologists about a new drug ertugliflozin. (At the time of the survey, […]