August 8, 2009 |
A race is on to find a way to cure Type 1 diabetes by regenerating the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas that are lost in the disease. Without them, the body is unable to metabolize sugar, forcing patients to compensate by injecting themselves with insulin several times a day. One popular strategy has been to try to get embryonic stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells -- which can theoretically become any type of human cell -- to...
April 2, 2007 |
Patients with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, although the reasons are unclear, Finnish researchers have reported. They found that people with Type 2 diabetes were 83% more likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson's later in life than people in the general population. This risk was independent of other risk factors. "Diabetes might increase the risk of Parkinson's disease partly through excess body weight," the researchers wrote in the April issue of Diabetes Care.
April 4, 2011 |
Diabetes may be more dangerous than we thought. New research suggests that people with diabetes are slightly more likely to die from cancer than are people without diabetes. As if managing the laundry list of diabetes-related illnesses such as heart disease, blindness and kidney failure weren’t bad enough, it appears that women with diabetes have an 11% increased risk of dying from cancer and men have a 17% higher risk than those without diabetes. The findings were presented Sunday in Orlando, Fla., at the American Assn.
June 21, 2011 |
Intensive therapy with cholesterol-lowering statins increases the risk of developing diabetes slightly, but reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease more, Scottish researchers reported Tuesday. High doses of the drugs can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by about 12%, but reduce the risk of cardiovascular events by about 15%, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Common statins include Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, Vytorin, Mevacor and Pravachol.
October 15, 2010
Measuring children's waist circumference may be the best way to predict their risk later on for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, a study finds. Researchers compared different testing methods for body composition among a group of 2,188 Australians who were followed for an average 20 years from childhood. Initial tests were done when the study participants were between the ages of 7 and 15 and included calculating body mass index (a measurement of height and weight), measuring waist and hip circumferences and doing skin-fold measures.
September 1, 2010
Type 2 diabetes is linked with a number of health problems, but a new study finds that older diabetics who have high blood pressure, gait and balance problems or think their health is poor may be at higher risk for cognitive problems. Researchers looked at 13 potential variables that could affect cognition, including grip strength, blood pressure, involvement in physical activities, social engagement, gait and balance, and a subjective measure of a person's health. The study participants, from British Columbia, included 41 people with Type 2 diabetes age 55 to 81, and a matched group of 458 healthy people that served as a control.
February 16, 2011 |
Anyone seeking the fountain of youth should think twice before turning to growth hormone, a fast-growing trend in anti-aging fringe medicine. If conclusions from a study of an obscure population living in Ecuador prove true, less growth hormone ? not more ? may help prevent cancer and diabetes in old age. The discovery, published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, backs up earlier research showing that yeast, flies and rodents live longer ? in some species, as much as 10 times longer ?
October 8, 1998 |
Nicole Johnson's diabetes once caused temporary blindness, hair loss and pain so severe she couldn't walk. As the newly crowned Miss America, Johnson launched a yearlong effort to fight the disease. The 24-year-old former Miss Virginia, who was crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., last month, was diagnosed with diabetes at 19 and now wears a device that pumps insulin into her body. She said she will work to increase testing, research and education about diabetes.
July 8, 1997 |
The type of diabetes that usually strikes out-of-shape adults appears to be on the rise among children. Researchers reported that they found a dramatic increase in non-insulin-dependent diabetes among young patients at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes typically results from bad health. Researchers found that among the children studied with the disease, almost all of them were obese, and more than 30% of them had high blood pressure.
July 31, 2006 |
Type 2 diabetes before age 20 leads to a high risk of kidney disease and death by middle age, a significant finding because worldwide obesity is exposing more children to the disease, researchers say. In the U.S., so-called adult onset or Type 2 diabetes will be more prevalent than juvenile or Type 1 diabetes in children within 10 years, the study from the National Institutes of Health said. The findings were reported in the July 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn.