Diabetes Care

How Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease are Connected

2015-05-06 08:18

A new study provides significant evidence that diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease have a special relationship. Experts at Washington University School of Medicine report that high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can raise the levels of key protein fragments found in Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Numerous previous studies have suggested the relationship between diabetes and the most common form of dementia.

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More morning protein could help treat type 2 diabetes

2015-05-02 19:45

University of Missouri-Columbia investigators have shown that eating more protein at breakfast can prevent blood sugar spikes for people trying to control type 2 diabetes.

One of the biggest challenges for people with diabetes is keeping glucose levels from going too high later in the day.

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Replacing one sugary drink with unsweetened tea, water lowers diabetes risk

2015-05-02 17:31

A new study suggests that replacing one sugary drink, such as soda or sweetened milk, with water or unsweetened tea or coffee can significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Researchers recorded the beverage consumption of 25,639 adults between the ages of 40 and 70 years old in the UK who participated in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition

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Critical gene discovery could change type 2 diabetes treatment

2015-04-30 08:07

Researchers have made what they say is a critical gene discovery that could change the way type 2 diabetes is prevented and treated. The new finding uncovers a gene mutation that protects people from type 2 diabetes.

The investigation also showed the GLP1R gene mutation protects from diabetes but has no impact on obesity of

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Oral insulin protects high risk children from type 1 diabetes in first study

2015-04-22 07:34

New research funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Association found taking insulin by mouth helps boost immunity to prevent type 1 diabetes in children at high risk for the disease.

Results of a small pilot study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is the first to show insulin provokes a protective immune response against type 1 diabetes.

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The happy balance between blood sugar control and diabetes cost saving

2015-04-14 19:11

An article by Deborah Mitchell published in diabetes care, summarizes a study that suggests that many people with Type II Diabetes mellitus can stop home glucose monitoring and can eliminate the pain and stress for millions in both type I and type II as well as the costs (Finger stick several times a day).

This conclusion comes from a team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London. The study conclusion is very interesting and purely monetary.

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What could childhood stress and type 1 diabetes have in common?

2015-04-11 10:57

Type 1 diabetes develops when the immune system goes awry. But what triggers the disease to affect children is unknown. Now researchers have found a link between psychological stress and the development of diabetes.

According to the research published iDiabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes), psychological stress in childhood related to any number of events bef

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Stop Monitoring for Type 2 Diabetes?

2015-04-04 12:50

A team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London suggest that it’s possible for many people who have type 2 diabetes to stop self monitoring their blood glucose. If this approach is implemented, it could mean a significant cost savings and the elimination of discomfort and stress for millions of people.

Self monitoring for type 2 diabetes, as it does for type 1 diabetes, typically involves performing a finger prick several times a day to identify blood sugar levels.

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Eggs and diabetes: Are they good or bad?

2015-04-03 09:55

Could eggs help thwart type 2 diabetes? Researchers from Finland suggest eating whole foods such as eggs might indeed help prevent the disease. Scientists found lower blood sugar levels and lower risk of type 2 diabetes among men studied who ate four eggs a week, compared to those who consumed just one egg a week.

The study that was carried out as part of the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study, KIHD, at the University of Eastern Finland in 1984 to 1989 found a thirty-seven percent lower chance

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Impact of TV, Sitting on Type 2 Diabetes Risk

2015-04-01 18:19

People who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes may reduce their chances by getting up and walking away from the TV. The team at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, which conducted the study, has also been awarded a grant to help implement their findings in a community-based lifestyle intervention project to help reduce type 2 diabetes risk.

Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease, and it’s been shown that modifying factors such as diet, exercise, stress,

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Some Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Linked to Weight Gain

2015-03-26 12:11

Overweight and obesity are generally associated with type 2 diabetes, so it seems sensible you would not want to treat the disease with drugs that can cause weight gain. Although an increase in body fat has been observed for some time with use of certain type 2 diabetes drugs, a research team believes they now know why.

Among the different classes of drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes are thiazolidinediones (

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Erectile Dysfunction Drug Could Help Diabetes

2015-03-18 15:30

A research team has found that an erectile dysfunction drug could help treat a common complication of diabetes called peripheral neuropathy. Thus far, the studies have been conducted in animals only, but the investigators suggest their findings could lead to a new way to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy among individuals with either type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes is the most common complication of this disease.

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Gene therapy offers new hope for diabetic neuropathy

2015-03-06 11:57

Diabetes can lead to nerve damage known as neuropathy that is painful, permanent, irreversible and progressive. The most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy that occurs in the extremities is a feeling of numbness and tingling and sharp, stabbing pain, especially in the feet. Researchers at Northwestern University have uncovered a new way to help diabetics get relief from diabetic neuropathy.

Researchers for the study that included 84 patients found patients with diabetes who were given two low dose rounds of a non-viral gene therapy called VM202 reported pain relief for more than a yea

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How lack of sleep could lead to type 2 diabetes

2015-02-22 13:02

A first study helps explain why sleep is so important for curbing obesity and type 2 diabetes. Researchers have uncovered how lack of sleep leads to metabolic problems.

Past studies have linked sleep disorders to weight gain and diabetes but why it happens has been somewhat

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Best Time To Exercise If You Have Type 2 Diabetes

2015-02-21 11:07

It is well accepted that physical activity is a critical and fundamental part of managing glucose levels in people with diabetes. Now the authors of a new study have identified what they believe to be the best time to exercise if you have type 2 diabetes.

Daily exercise is recommended for type 2 diabetes to help manage blood glucose and fat levels, which in tu

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Berry Compounds Anthocyanins Help Type 2 Diabetes

2015-02-19 14:02

Compounds found in berries as well as other fruits, vegetables, and some grains, have been tested in humans and appear to be helpful in type 2 diabetes. The berry compounds, known as anthocyanins, are potent antioxidants that have a positive impact on factors involved in this common disease.

The pigments that are responsible for the red, purple, and blue colors of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and cereal grains are one class of flavonoid substances.

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Nightscout Helps Monitor Type 1 Diabetes Anywhere

2015-02-05 14:37

The Nightscout Project is an example of what passionate individuals can do when they are tired of waiting for the medical community to find answers. In fact, the mantra of the DIY group involved with the Nightscout Project is “We are not waiting.”

Nightscout is a CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) in the cloud (network of servers) project that allows children with type

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Inhalable Insulin Afrezza Joins Diabetes Treatment Options

2015-02-03 13:13

The long wait for people with diabetes for an alternative to injectable insulin may finally be over. An inhalable insulin called Afrezza Inhalation Powder (Sanofi and MannKind Corporation) has hit the market in the United States and is available by prescription, but it is not for everyone who uses insulin.

Scientists have been working for many years to develop alternatives to insulin injections for people with type 1 diabetes and for those with type 2 diabetes who need the hormone.

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Probiotic pill engineered to help treat diabetes

2015-02-01 12:25

Cornell scientists say the day may come when a probiotic could be used to treat diabetes. In a novel study, researchers used a probiotic pill, combined with an insulin stimulating hormone that lowers blood sugar. Targeting bacteria in the gut instead of the pancreas could mean a new diabetes treatment is on the horizon.

The researchers are testing the pill and have already licensed it so they can move forward with human studies.

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How Coconut Oil Regulates Insulin

2015-01-30 10:58

A staggering 30 percent of the U.S. population suffers from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and that number is on the rise with close to 2 million new diabetes diagnoses every year. You might be surprised to learn that coconut oil is a helpful dietary addition to the diabetic’s diet.

A study done in 2009 at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia found that a diet rich in coconut oil protected against insulin resistance.

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Type 1 Diabetes Prevented in Mice

2015-01-22 14:13

A team of scientists say they have developed a way to stop the process that results in type 1 diabetes. The study, which was conducted using a mouse model, also helped clarify the role of a certain type of T cell in type 1 diabetes.

This new study is the latest of several that have been published in recent years concerning attempts to stop the development of the autoimmune disease

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Tattoo Could Measure Blood Glucose in Diabetes

2015-01-17 14:56

Among the most common wish of people with diabetes is a way to measure blood glucose without needles. A group of nanoengineers has developed a temporary tattoo that could grant that wish, but it’s still in the testing stages.

Needle-less measurement of blood glucose levels has been a goal of numerous researchers for many years, and the quest has resulted in some innovative approaches, which are explained later.

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Advanced research reveals new type 1 diabetes finding

2014-12-21 11:53

A first of a kind study has found one in three people with type 1 diabetes continue to produce insulin. Some patients still secrete insulin 40 years after first being diagnosed. The finding, according to researchers, has major implications for how type 1 diabetes is treated.

Research published in the journal Diabetes Care erases the long-held notion that type 1 diabetes destroys the body's ability to produce insulin.

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Diabetes-Friendly Guide To Holiday Dinners and Parties

2014-12-09 10:44

Food plays a major role in holiday parties, and having diabetes shouldn’t mean that you can’t participate in the festivities.

Doctor Karin Hehenberger, the founder of Lyfebulb, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with chronic conditions invest in themselves and achieve their optimal lifestyle, has easy tips t

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Breath Test Could be Boon for Type 1 Diabetes

2014-11-28 10:17

Imagine taking a simple breath test to identify whether a child has type 1 diabetes or if someone with the disease is developing a potentially life-threatening condition. Researchers in the United Kingdom did more than imagine it; they have discovered a way that may do it.

A scientific team at the University of Oxford, under the direction of Professor Gus Hancock of the Department of Chemistry, has learned that the presence of acetone in the breath may be an early si

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Another reason to eat yogurt uncovered

2014-11-25 07:56

Harvard researchers claim eating a serving of yogurt daily could help lower our risk of developing type 2 diabetes when incorporated into an otherwise healthy diet. The finding, published in the journal BMC medicine, also sheds more light on how probiotics work to keep us healthy.

The study showed yogurt appeared to help stave off type 2 diabetes even after taking into account other factors like body mass index (BMI) and other chronic diseases.

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Diabetic Retinopathy, Eye Disease You May Not See

2014-11-23 10:02

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that can sneak up on you without warning. You can literally be blindsided by this complication of diabetes—significant or complete loss of vision can result--yet a little knowledge and action can help prevent you from falling victim to the condition.

Diabetic retinopathy is sneaky

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Thirty year old blood pressure pill could be first cure for type 1 diabetes

2014-11-06 22:36

Could it be possible that a 30-year old blood pressure pill could cure type 1 diabetes in humans? Mouse studies suggest it might indeed be possible, based on a decade of research that has lead to a clinical trial in humans beginning next year.

The common blood pressure drug, known as verapamil, lowers blood pressure and reduces the workload of the heart.

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Controlling diabetes could be easier with the help of one tiny protein

2014-11-06 20:52

Researchers have discovered a tiny protein that is linked to aging could play a big role in controlling blood sugar levels for those with diabetes. Findings published by Indiana University School of Medicine in the journal Diabetes found the protein, Sestrin 3, plays a critical role in controlling insulin sensitivity and glucose production.

What the researchers propose is a new target for treating type 2 diabetes that could be developed from the protein. Sestrin 3 could also be developed to prevent diabetes.

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