June 21, 2010 -- Vitamin D deficiency, long suspected to be a risk factor for glucose intolerance, is commonly found in people with poor diabetes control, according to a new study. ''Our study could not show cause and effect," says Esther Krug, MD, an endocrinologist at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore a
June 16, 2010 -- People with diabetes are at increased risk of certain cancers -- but why? Could it be that some diabetes treatments trigger or promote cancer? Or do the underlying causes of diabetes also underlie cancer? These are the questions put before an expert panel from the American Diabetes
June 14, 2010 -- Replacing white rice in your diet with brown rice may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The finding is important because the consumption of white rice in the United States has increased dramatically in the past few decades, and about 18 million
June 2, 2010 -- Women under 60 and men under 50 who have diabetes but no other major risk factors for heart disease probably should not be on low-dose aspirin therapy, new research suggests. The new recommendations are based on close examination of nine studies that found the risks of some aspirin s
June 2, 2010 -- Patients who have trouble controlling their blood sugar are 66% less likely to get diabetes if they take low doses of two diabetes drugs with different modes of action. The finding comes from a four-year Canadian study of more than 200 patients with impaired glucose tolerance, a sign
May 10, 2010 -- People with diabetes who eat plenty of bran-rich whole grains appear to have a reduced risk of death from heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular causes, a new study shows. Researchers from Harvard University followed almost 8,000 nurses with type 2 diabetes for almost three d
May 7, 2010 (Baltimore) -- People with diabetes-related nerve damage may experience worse pain in the evening hours, preliminary research suggests. If confirmed in larger studies, the findings suggest that people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy might need more pain medication late at night. Peri
April 28, 2010 -- Federal researchers say a new treatment can reverse vision loss in many patients with diabetic macular edema, a leading cause of blindness in people with diabetes. In a news conference yesterday, researchers announced findings from a government study comparing treatments for swelli
April 22, 2010 -- Type 2 diabetes patients who took the new once-a-day injectable drug Victoza achieved better blood sugar control and lost more weight than patients who took the widely prescribed oral drug Januvia, a study shows. The trial is the first to compare two classes of diabetes drugs that
April 14, 2010 -- Researchers have added a new element to the "artificial pancreas" that may help the 3 million Americans living with type 1 diabetes better control their blood sugar (glucose) levels and stave off diabetes-related complications. The new findings appear in Science Translational Resea
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