Type II

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 […]

New Insights into Old Diabetes Drug

Metformin has been used for decades as a first-line drug for treating type 2 diabetes. It lowers blood glucose levels by inhibiting glucose production in the liver, and also improves glucose uptake and use by muscle tissue. Yet until now, exactly how the drug works to increase glucose uptake in muscle tissue has been unknown. […]

For Diabetes and GERD, Not All Bariatric Surgery is the Same

Many people with obesity choose bariatric surgery to help them lose weight and treat their diabetes and other health issues like GERD. However, not all forms of surgery have the same effects. For example, sleeve gastrectomy may actually increase GERD, and is not as effective for the treatment of type 2 diabetes or for weight […]

Weight Loss Drug Belviq May Help Prevent Diabetes

New research supports earlier findings that the weight loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin) may play a role in helping delay or manage the progression of type 2 diabetes. In the study, Belviq performed better than a placebo in helping people with prediabetes and diabetes lower their A1C, effectively helping those with prediabetes avoid full-blown diabetes.  Read […]

Can Exercise Help Overcome Pollution?

Many studies have examined the association between type 2 diabetes and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) like those found in pesticides; there’s also evidence that air pollution plays a role in health conditions like type 2 diabetes. Can exercise, which has so many benefits, help people overcome the effects of pollution on the body? Read more

Diabetes May Begin Many Years Before Diagnosis

It’s possible to identify early signs of type 2 diabetes more than 20 years before diagnosis, says a new study. Japanese researchers followed 27,000 adults without diabetes between 2005 and 2016 and found that increased fasting glucose, higher body mass index (BMI) and impaired insulin sensitivity could be detected up to 10 years before diabetes […]

Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking Linked to Diabetes

Quitting smoking has many health benefits, but the weight many ex-smokers gain after quitting can increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The risk was highest in people who had recently quit smoking. The researchers recommend ex-smokers take care to eat a healthful diet and exercise regularly to help diminish […]

Bariatric Surgery May Be as Effective as Medication

A new study, Beta Cell Restoration through Fat Mitigation, or BetaFat, followed patients with mild to moderate obesity and either prediabetes or new-onset type 2 diabetes. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either a gastric banding procedure, which places a band around the upper part of the stomach to slow digestion, or the medication metformin. […]

Poor Blood Sugar Control Raises Risk of Serious Infections

A new study of over 85,000 people with diabetes has found that those who have the poorest control of their blood sugar are three times more likely to be hospitalized due to serious infections. Their risk was higher with all types of infections, but especially for bacterial infections. Read more