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Learn about early diabetes symptoms, diabetic diet information, diabetes care, type 1 diabetes, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Read the latest medical research on diabetes.

Researchers are getting more out of the sweat they've put into their work on a wearable diagnostic tool that measures three diabetes-related compounds in microscopic amounts of perspiration. In a study, the team describes their wearable diagnostic biosensor that can detect three interconnected compounds - cortisol, glucose and interleukin-6 - in perspired sweat for up to a week without loss of signal integrity.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 5:15 pm
Decades after the discovery of anti-obesity hormone, scant evidence that leptin keeps lean people lean, scientists caution.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 2:07 pm
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) and osteoporosis often coexist in patients, but managing both conditions can be a challenge. A comprehensive review highlights the most effective treatment options for treating these conditions together.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 6:21 pm
Monitoring and maintaining glucose levels of critically ill patients after admission from ICU, to general care through their discharge from the hospital may have positive impact on outcomes.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 7:42 pm
Infections during infancy are associated with increased risk for gluten intolerance (celiac disease) later on. Apparently the risk is particularly high in the case of repeated gastrointestinal infections in the first year of life, new research demonstrates.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 1:38 pm
Diabetes is a serious health condition that affects millions of people in the United States and has more than doubled in prevalence over the past 20 years. Diabetes brings a wide array of complications that can harm the cardiovascular system and other organs, and it has been found to affect some groups, such as racial and ethnic minorities and people with low incomes, at a disproportionate rate.
Posted: June 19, 2017, 8:54 pm
Despite mixed evidence recently about an association between atopic dermatitis and cardiovascular disease, a new study that analyzed more than 250,000 medical records suggests there is no link.
Posted: June 16, 2017, 2:21 pm
Physicians and patients need to focus on remission of diabetic ulcers -- that is, extending the time between their formation, experts say.
Posted: June 15, 2017, 2:06 pm
Concentrated broccoli sprout extract may help type 2 diabetes patients manage their blood sugar, according to a new study.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 6:15 pm
A drug that lowers blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes has also been revealed to significantly reduce the risk of both cardiovascular and kidney disease. The study has major implications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes which affects around 450 million people worldwide.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 3:42 pm
Researchers have developed a therapeutic approach that dramatically promotes the growth of muscle mass, which could potentially prevent muscle wasting in diseases including muscular dystrophy and cancer.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 3:28 pm
More work needs to be done to examine the real world effects of the commonly prescribed diabetes drug empagliflozin, new research finds.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 1:27 pm
Seal oil has the potential to help promote nerve regeneration in patients with Type 1 diabetes, new research indicates.
Posted: June 13, 2017, 6:51 pm
There has been no known link between diabetes and vitamin A -- until now. A new study suggests that the vitamin improves the insulin producing ?-cell's function.
Posted: June 13, 2017, 3:16 pm
People with diabetes who took their medications at least 80 percent of the time and people who exercised four or more times per week were at lower risk for poorly controlled blood sugar, according to a new study.
Posted: June 13, 2017, 2:20 pm
Traditional Chinese medicine might be effective as a complement or alternative to traditional Western medicine for primary and secondary prevention of heart disease, according to a new paper.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 7:41 pm
Dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-calorie diets but also improve their metabolism by reducing muscle fat, a new study has found.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 1:44 pm
A Preliminary study finds that study participants with high fasting plasma glucose lost more weight than those with low fasting plasma glucose when following a high-fiber, low-glycemic load diet.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 1:41 pm
Blood glucose testing does not offer a significant advantage in blood sugar control or quality of life for type 2 diabetes patients who are not treated with insulin, suggests new research.
Posted: June 11, 2017, 2:21 am
Interim results from a FDA-approved clinical trial testing the generic vaccine bacillus Calmette-Guérin to reverse advanced type 1 diabetes demonstrate a potential new mechanism by which the BCG vaccine may restore the proper immune response to the insulin-secreting islet cells of the pancreas.
Posted: June 10, 2017, 5:48 pm
Low-income Hispanics with Type 2 diabetes who received health-related text messages every day for six months saw improvements in their blood sugar levels that equaled those resulting from some glucose-lowering medications, researchers report.
Posted: June 9, 2017, 4:04 pm
A new report provides an overview of incidence, mortality, and survival rates and trends for liver cancer, a cancer for which death rates have doubled in the United States since the mid-1980s
Posted: June 8, 2017, 4:36 pm
Regular high alcohol consumption and binge drinking from age 16 is associated with higher glucose concentrations in women's blood -- an important risk factor for type 2 diabetes -- later in life, according to a study.
Posted: June 8, 2017, 2:24 am
Children born to women with gestational diabetes whose diet included high proportions of refined grains may have a higher risk of obesity by age 7, compared to children born to women with gestational diabetes who ate low proportions of refined grains, according to results of a new study.
Posted: June 8, 2017, 2:24 am
A new study emphasizes the importance of the neuronal mechanisms in the detection of nutrients and the control of glucose levels. The results help to understand diabetes in greater detail.
Posted: June 7, 2017, 4:39 pm
Type 2 diabetes causes pathological changes in the beta cells. Scientists have now successfully depicted the processes on the basis of the metabolome and proteome for the first time.
Posted: June 7, 2017, 4:37 pm
Children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy were more likely to be overweight or obese at age 7, compared to children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank water instead of artificially sweetened beverages, according to a study.
Posted: June 6, 2017, 5:57 pm
A newly discovered mechanism behind reduced insulin production in type 2 diabetes has been identified by scientists. They describe how insulin-producing cells regress in their development, become immature, and do not work properly. A finding that opens the doors to new clinical treatments.
Posted: June 6, 2017, 3:27 pm
Building on its pioneering work to better control type 1 diabetes, the University of Virginia Center for Diabetes Technology is using new investment and four new team members to seek better treatments.
Posted: June 6, 2017, 1:09 pm
Overconsumption of a Western diet high in fats and refined sugars has contributed to a global increase in obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Obese and diabetic premenopausal women are more at risk of developing heart disease -- even more than men of similar age and with similar health issues. A new study has found that the diabetes medication linagliptin can protect against stiffening of the left ventricle of the heart in overweight female mice.
Posted: June 5, 2017, 7:19 pm
Biomedical engineers have created a biopolymer that can provide weeks of glucose control with a single injection. The new tool has the potential to replace daily or weekly insulin shots with bi-weekly or once-a-month treatments of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP1) for type 2 diabetes.
Posted: June 5, 2017, 4:13 pm
One additional injection of insulin three hours after eating has been shown to protect people with type 1 diabetes from cardiovascular disease -- the leading cause of death among people with the condition.
Posted: June 5, 2017, 2:10 pm
Combining a new hydrogel material with a protein that boosts blood vessel growth could improve the success rate for transplanting insulin-producing islet cells into persons with type 1 diabetes. In an animal model, the technique enhanced the survival rate of transplanted insulin-producing cells, restoring insulin production in response to blood glucose levels and curing these diabetic animals.
Posted: June 5, 2017, 1:22 pm
Preliminary data from two studies suggest that mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of developing hypertension and diabetes.
Posted: June 5, 2017, 12:53 pm
We can now cure 19 out of 20 cases of testicular cancer, but a significant number of testicular cancer survivors have low testosterone, and that can affect other aspects of their health. Based on this study and others, clinicians should ask testis cancer survivors whether they have symptoms of low testosterone and should watch for signs of associated health problems.
Posted: June 4, 2017, 6:38 pm
New findings suggest eating late at night could be more dangerous than you think. Compared to eating earlier in the day, prolonged delayed eating can increase weight, insulin and cholesterol levels, and negatively affect fat metabolism, and hormonal markers implicated in heart disease, diabetes and other health problems, according to recent results.
Posted: June 2, 2017, 6:38 pm
As the cell's molecular control center, the mTor kinase regulates cellular metabolism, growth and division. However, in cells affected by pathological change, the regulation goes awry. Scientists have succeeded in locating a crucial off-switch for the central cell control. Paradoxically, this 'off-switch' is a lipid kinase producing a product previously known for its role in the activation of mTor.
Posted: June 2, 2017, 12:50 pm
A new study looked at the microbial population in the gastrointestinal tract of infants at a formative stage of life when metabolic set points are being established. The study analyzed the stool samples from 173 white Caucasian and 182 South Asian one-year-olds recruited from two birth cohort studies.
Posted: June 1, 2017, 11:27 pm
A clearer picture of how the classic diabetes medication metformin works has emerged. A recent study indicates that the clinical effect -- control of blood glucose -- is achieved through modulation of the gut microbiota.
Posted: June 1, 2017, 4:41 pm
Disrupting the AID/RAD51 axis protects nonobese diabetic mice from type 1 diabetes, report scientists.
Posted: June 1, 2017, 4:41 pm
Short, functional-movement and resistance training workouts, called functional high-intensity training (F-HIT), may improve beta-cell function in adults with type 2 diabetes, new research shows. Beta cells in the pancreas produce, store and secrete insulin, which allows your body to use sugar for energy. The small study is the first one of its kind to analyze beta-cell function in F-HIT or resistance training.
Posted: May 31, 2017, 5:43 pm
High blood sugar, also known as hyperglycemia, occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin to turn blood glucose into energy. Although high blood sugar usually only affects diabetics, hyperglycemia has been associated with poorer outcomes for patients undergoing surgical procedures.
Posted: May 31, 2017, 5:27 pm
Many diabetes patients must inject themselves with insulin, sometimes several times a day, while others take medications orally to control blood sugar. The injections, as well as the side effects from both regimens, can be painful. Now, one team reports progress toward an insulin-free diabetes treatment that requires fewer injections.
Posted: May 31, 2017, 2:25 pm
In humans, developing metabolic disease, particularly type 2 diabetes, is correlated with having bacteria that penetrate the mucus lining of the colon, according to a new study.
Posted: May 30, 2017, 4:23 pm
Obesity in childhood has long term health implications stretching into adulthood, a new study reveals.
Posted: May 30, 2017, 12:22 pm
Young onset type 2 diabetes patients have an increased risk of developing diabetic retinopathy at an earlier stage and at a greater frequency, according to researchers.
Posted: May 29, 2017, 6:26 pm
Researchers have discovered that a molecule which can sense the swelling of fat cells also controls a signaling pathway that allows fat cells to take up and store excess glucose. Mice missing this protein, known as SWELL1, gain less weight (fat) than normal mice on a high-fat diet, but also develop diabetes.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 2:38 pm
Measuring a blood marker, copeptin, can successfully predict the risk of heart attacks in people with type-2 diabetes. This research suggests the copeptin molecule as a potential target to predict and prevent heart disease in diabetic patients.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 12:10 pm
Researchers have studied beta cells of type-2 diabetic donors, and find that a mislocalized calcium channel contributes to the failed insulin secretion associated with the disease.
Posted: May 19, 2017, 12:39 pm
Research is paving the way for safer and more effective drugs to treat type 2 diabetes, reducing side effects and the need for insulin injections.
Posted: May 18, 2017, 2:40 pm
Something as simple as eating tree nuts may make a difference in the long-term survival of patients with colon cancer, a new study concludes.
Posted: May 18, 2017, 12:51 pm
Scientists are exploring a central component in glucose regulation. Their findings shed new light on the structure of the glucagon receptor, a highly promising target for diabetes drug development.
Posted: May 17, 2017, 5:26 pm
A team of investigators has identified key inflammatory cells involved in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Current treatment for the disorder involves changes to diet, yet no medication has been approved for treatment. Findings from this study provide a potential therapeutic target and offer the possibility for developing a treatment.
Posted: May 16, 2017, 4:40 pm
Discovering the role of pericytes in the blood-retinal barrier suggesting pathogenetic insights into diabetic retinopathy, outlines a new report.
Posted: May 16, 2017, 1:12 pm
Metformin, the most widely used drug to treat type 2 diabetes, could potentially be used to treat symptoms of Fragile X syndrome, an inherited form of intellectual disability and a cause of some forms of autism.
Posted: May 15, 2017, 3:16 pm
The prevalence of gestational diabetes was 4.6 per cent among women exposed to extremely cold average temperatures (equal to or below -10 C) in the 30-day period prior to being screened for gestational diabetes, and increased to 7.7 percent among those exposed to hot average temperatures (above 24 C). The study also found that for every 10-degree Celsius rise in temperature, women were 6 to 9 percent more likely to develop gestational diabetes.
Posted: May 15, 2017, 1:11 pm
Scientists have discovered a dual peptide called 'PGLP-1' that promotes insulin secretion and inhibits gluconeogenesis (a metabolic process that produces glucose).
Posted: May 12, 2017, 3:05 pm
Diabetes scientists have produced the first clinical results demonstrating that islet cells transplanted within a tissue-engineered platform can successfully engraft and achieve insulin independence in type 1 diabetes. The 12-month findings are part of an ongoing clinical study to test this strategy as an important step toward offering this life-changing cell replacement therapy to millions living with the disease.
Posted: May 11, 2017, 12:38 pm
Tamoxifen is the gold standard for endocrine treatment of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer. Tamoxifen is also known to have metabolic effects. A new study reports that the drug also prevents obesity, fatty liver, and insulin resistance in female mice who were fed a high-fat diet and whose ovaries had been removed. The study was also able to pinpoint which estrogen receptors underlie these protective effects, opening up possibilities for new therapies to treat these conditions.
Posted: May 11, 2017, 12:37 pm
A new study has generated the first comprehensive catalog of diseases associated with variations in human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes that regulate the body's immune system.
Posted: May 10, 2017, 7:07 pm

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