Type II

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 […]

Motivating Behavior Change in Young Women with PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition strongly linked with increased risk of type 2 diabetes. For this reason, it’s important for young women diagnosed with PCOS to adopt lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, diet and exercise changes, that can help reduce their diabetes risk. What’s the best way to motivate young women — […]

ADA’s New Position Statement on Type 2 in Young People

More and more children and teens are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which used to be considered a disease of middle and old age. The ADA’s position statement stresses that young people who have type 2 diabetes or who are at risk for type 2 diabetes need to be approached differently than adults. The […]

Effect of Fructose May Depend on Source

A new research review examined what role, if any, fructose plays in diabetes. Fructose occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables and is also added to many products as a sweetener. The researchers found that soda sweetened with fructose may increase risk factors for diabetes more than naturally-occurring fructose consumed in fruits and fruit juices. […]

How Intensive Diabetes Control Affects Quality of Life

People with type 2 diabetes may need more intense medications as their diabetes progresses. Patients often regard these changes in medication as a sign of decreased health. However, a new study found that intensifying diabetes medication regimes does not negatively impact their mental health or quality of life. Read more

UK’s National Health Tries 800-Calorie Diet for Diabetes

The United Kingdom’s NHS (National Health Service) will attempt to reduce type 2 diabetes in the UK by prescribing a very low calorie diet to thousands of people with type 2. Under this pilot program, participants will be restricted to 800 calories a day, consuming only soups and shakes for three months. A trial of […]

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Diabetic Neuropathy

A new study of people with type 2 diabetes found that vitamin D levels were significantly lower in people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy than in people without the condition. The study found that vitamin D deficiency is linked with painful and painless diabetic peripheral neuropathy despite age, BMI, activity level, or sun exposure. Read more

Millions Will Lack Access to Insulin by 2030, Researchers Warn

The number of people living with diabetes continues to rise, and access to insulin will fail to keep up with the growing demand, a new study says. The researchers predict that 79 million adults with type 2 diabetes will need insulin, but only half that number will be able to get an adequate supply if […]

Night Shifts, Unhealthy Habits Increase Type 2 Risk in Women

The combination of working night shifts and having an unhealthy lifestyle add up to increase the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes in women more than either alone, according to a new study. According to the researchers, every 5 years of rotating night shift work increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by around 30%. […]

Preserving Beta Cell Function for Young People with Type 2 or Prediabetes

Type 2 diabetes used to be considered a disease of older people, but it is occurring more often in children and teenagers, especially those between 10 and 19 years of age. Young people with type 2 tend to have faster progression of the disease and loss of beta-cell function than adults. A new study looked […]

New Treatment Could Put Type 2 in Remission for Some

A new treatment may have the potential to put diabetes into remission in some type 2 diabetes patients, researchers say. The treatment involves regrowing the cells on the surface of a patient’s small intestine; the new cells spur the pancreas to produce adequate amounts of insulin again. Read more

Oral Semaglutide Helps Glucose Control, Weight Loss

The GLP-1 agonist class of diabetes drugs is known to be effective in helping patients reduce weight and HbA1c. Oral semaglutide, currently in phase 3 trials, would be the first non-injectable drug in this class. Compared with placebo, the trial found people with type 2 diabetes had significant reductions in HbA1c and weight loss while […]

Gut Microbiota May Contribute to Diabetes

A new study has found that gut microbiota has the ability to affect how cells respond to insulin, and can thus contribute to type 2 diabetes. Over the past few years the gut microbiota has been associated with health and with various diseases; however, few studies have investigated whether an altered gut microbiota can directly […]

If You Have Diabetes, It’s Important to Get Your Flu Shot

Health experts say that it’s especially important for people with diabetes to make sure they’re up-to-date with their vaccinations, including the flu shot.People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of contracting seasonal viruses like the flu, and for being hospitalized while fighting the disease. There are also risks for people […]

Treating Gum Disease to Help Manage Diabetes?

Gum disease (periodontitis) is often found in people with diabetes. A new study suggests that treating periodontitis may actually help people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood glucose levels as well as reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications. The researchers say gum disease treatment may lead to a reduction in systemic inflammation, and improvements […]