ASK THE DOCTOR: Could stress have given me diabetes?

 August 04, 2014

Four years ago I was diagnosed with stress-induced type 2 diabetes after my husband went missing abroad. Please can you tell me how stress causes diabetes. Christine Derry, Chelmsford, Essex. What a ghastly and tragic experience you have been through, and one that was clearly deeply stressful. In these kinds of circumstances it is not […]

Diabetes: Drug duo helps best, study finds

 August 04, 2014

Metformin* and SGLT2 inhibitors** together reduce the blood sugar levels considerably more effectively than either drug alone. Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research, report in the journal Diabetes that this is due to a synergetic mechanism. Various active substances in oral antidiabetic agents are frequently combined in […]

Study: Poor people with diabetes 10 times more likely to lose limb

 August 04, 2014

Diabetic people in low-income neighborhoods in California were up to 10 times more likely to lose a leg or a foot than diabetic patients in wealthier ZIP Codes, UCLA researchers have reported. Their analysis, published online Monday by the journal Health Affairs, pinpointed amputation “hot spots” where as many as 10.7 out of 1,000 diabetic […]

FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug

 August 01, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it approved a new drug, Jardiance, to help fight type 2 diabetes. Jardiance (empagliflozin) “can be used alone or added to existing treatment regimens to control blood sugar levels in the overall management of diabetes,” Dr. Curtis Rosebraugh, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation […]

Belly fat clearest sign of type 2 diabetes risk

 July 31, 2014

Public Health England states categorically for first time that excess weight is biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Men who measure more than 102cm (40 inches) around the middle – and not below the belly – are five times more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than men with a smaller waist, […]

A new way to generate insulin-producing cells in Type 1 diabetes

 July 31, 2014

A new study by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) has found that a peptide called caerulein can convert existing cells in the pancreas into those cells destroyed in type 1 diabetes-insulin-producing beta cells. The study, published online July 31 in Cell Death and Disease, suggests a new approach to treating the estimated 3 […]

10 Natural Substances That Could Help Cure Type 1 Diabetes

 July 27, 2014

Could the long-sought after cure for type 1 diabetes be as close as your kitchen cupboard? An accumulating body of scientific research appears to point in exactly that direction. One so-called ‘incurable disease’ that afflicts millions of people around the world is type 1 diabetes. Unlike type 2 diabetes, where the body becomes resistant to […]

A contact lens to monitor diabetes

 July 18, 2014

Information about blood sugar levels, which is particularly useful for people with diabetes, could be uploaded to smartphone devices and used by doctors and patients to monitor the data almost in real. Google announced a partnership with the European drug maker Novartis to develop a smart contact lens with the potential to monitor the wearer’s […]

Diabetes could be cured ‘in single jab’

 July 17, 2014

Patients with Type 2 diabetes are being given hope of a cure with no side effects – from a single jab. One injection of a protein stops the disease in its tracks, claim scientists. It reverses symptoms and restores blood sugar levels to a healthy range for at least two days. The findings could revolutionise […]

Single injection of protein could reverse symptoms of Type 2 diabetes

 July 16, 2014

Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from Type 2 diabetes – a disease that has skyrocketed over the past few decades. Now, a recent study conducted in mice may have found a solution to this epidemic. When mice with the human equivalent of Type 2 diabetes were injected with the protein FGF1, their blood sugar levels […]

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