Feb. 25, 2011 -- A simple blood test that measures long-term glucose levels -- the hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test -- may not be the best way to diagnose diabetes in adolescents. The HbA1c screening test is easier to perform than the fasting plasma glucose test, which requires fasting for eight hours. B
Feb. 25, 2011 -- Having an accumulation of fat in your liver cells may raise your risk of developing type 2 diabetes regardless of the fat in other places of your body. A new study suggests that fatty liver disease, also known as fatty liver, may be an independent risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Re
Feb. 3, 2011 -- A common cold virus could trigger type 1 diabetes in at-risk children, a new research review suggests. The finding could help explain a dramatic rise in diabetes incidence among very young children, and could even lead to better ways to prevent and treat the disease, researchers say.
Jan. 31, 2011 -- For the first time, research has successfully demonstrated the potential benefits of an artificial pancreas in pregnant women with type 1 diabetes. It’s hoped the development, funded by Diabetes UK, could drastically reduce cases of stillbirth and mortality rates among pregnant wome
Jan. 26, 2011 -- The CDC says about 26 million adult Americans have diabetes and that 79 million more have prediabetes, a condition that raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not so
Jan. 14, 2011 -- Building up to 10,000 steps a day can help control weight and may reduce diabetes risk, suggests new research in the journal BMJ. Of 592 middle-aged Australian adults, those who increased the number of steps they took during a five-year period and built up to 10,000 steps per day ha
Dec. 22, 2010 -- The FDA says it is working with Abbott Diabetes Care to recall 359 million defective glucose test strips -- sold under a variety of brand names -- that may make blood glucose levels look lower than they really are. The FDA says the defective strips “can lead users to try to raise t
Dec. 20, 2010 -- Experts recommend avoiding high-fat dairy products to lower diabetes risk, but a new study suggests this advice may be wrong. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say they have identified a substance found primarily in dairy fat that appears to lower the risk of type 2
Dec. 14, 2010 -- Using inhaled corticosteroids to treat chronic breathing problems may slightly increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study finds. The study’s authors say the increase in risk probably doesn’t outweigh the benefits to people taking daily puffs of inhaled corti
Dec. 13, 2010 -- New research suggests it may be possible for people with type 1 diabetes to grow their own insulin-producing cells -- an advancement that could lead to a cure for this form of diabetes. The preliminary findings are slated to be presented at the American Society of Cell Biology 50th
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