Type II

Diabetes Rates are Falling – The Reasons Aren’t Simple

Despite climbing rates of obesity among U.S. adults, diabetes rates have been falling for close to a decade. Recently released federal data found new diabetes diagnoses were about 1.3 million in 2017, down from 1.7 million in 2009. The reasons aren’t clear, health officials say; possibilities include changes in testing and lifestyle interventions aimed at […]

Can Time-Restricted Eating Help Avert Diabetes?

A new study looked at the benefits of time-restricted eating (for example, a time restricted diet can involve all meals being eaten within the hours of 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day). The study examined whether, without changing other dietary habits, time restricted eating during the day would help blood glucose levels stay under […]

Prostrate Drugs May Increase Type 2 Risk

Results from a new study led by the University of Edinburgh and UCL suggests men taking the medicines dutasteride or finasteride to reduce the symptoms of prostate disease may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more

Common Prostate Medications May Increase Diabetes Risk

Two widely used drugs for treating an enlarged prostate may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A study examined of two similar drugs, finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart), in 39,000 men; the 11-year study used 16,000 men taking tamsulosin (Flomax), a different type of drug for B.P.H., as controls. Compared with those using […]

Diabetes Treatment May Ward off Alzheimer’s

Taking medication for type 2 diabetes may also help deter the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say. USC Dornsife psychologists found that patients with untreated diabetes developed signs of Alzheimer’s disease 1.6 times faster than people who did not have diabetes. The stuy compared the rate of developing the pathology for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia […]

Canagliflozin Study Stopped Early Due to Positive Results

Clinical trials are really stopped early, but the phase 3 trial of “Canagliflozin and Renal Events in Diabetes with Established Nephropathy Clinical Evaluation” a.k.a. CREDENCE, was halted early due to demonstration of significant heart and kidney benefits for canagflozin, (Invokana, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.). Read more

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 […]