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Select a topic below to view digests of late-breaking research published in respected medical journals on diabetes and related conditions. These digests are intended to help you understand the latest research. The information provided is not a substitute for advice from your doctor or other health care provider.

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 Most recently published digests:

December 11, 2015
Daily Handful of Walnuts Linked to Better Diet and Improvements in Some Health Risk Factors
Eating a daily handful of walnuts is linked to better overall diet quality and an improvement in certain diabetes risk factors among people at high risk of diabetes.

November 5, 2015
Antibiotics and Type 2 Diabetes Risk
This study suggests that the more antibiotics people take the higher their risk is for getting type 2 diabetes. Researchers believe that having less bacteria in the gut overall may affect the body’s ability to process the sugars in food, called glucose.

October 29, 2015
Hormone Therapy, Diabetes, and Mental Health
Having high levels of estrogen, such as in women on hormone therapy, increases an already increased risk for developing dementia and cognitive impairment in women with type 2 diabetes.

October 28, 2015
Keep Your Eyes Healthy With a Mediterranean Diet
For people with type 2 diabetes, eating a Mediterranean diet with lots of extra virgin olive oil can reduce the chances of getting diabetic eye disease.

September 10, 2015
Avoiding Lows from Late Evening Workouts
People with type 1 diabetes can avoid exercise-induced hypoglycemia by reducing insulin doses and eating low-glycemic-index foods immediately after a workout and before bed. Better management of blood glucose levels after a workout will help to reduce the fear of hypoglycemia and encourage an active lifestyle.

August 19, 2015
With Diet and Exercise, Two Works Better Than One
These findings highlight the importance of using weight-loss programs that include both a low-calorie diet and increased physical activity to minimize the risk of type 2 diabetes. Participants that combined a low-calorie diet with exercise reached their weight loss goal faster and had better glucose levels than the other groups. Plus, calorie restriction and exercise together increased the body’s ability to respond to glucose by producing insulin more than either one did alone.

July 15, 2015
Boy, Oh Boy: Carrying a Male Fetus Raises a Pregnant Woman’s Risk of Gestational Diabetes
This study showed that pregnant women who are expecting a boy may be more likely to get GDM. This may be particularly important for those who are already at higher risk for GDM for other reasons.

July 15, 2015
Quiet Down! Study Finds Link Between Exposure to Traffic Noise and Obesity
This study suggests that living in a location with a lot of traffic noise may have a bad effect on a person’s metabolism. In particular, it may lead to central obesity, which in turn can lead to diabetes and heart disease. It also suggests that there may be other health effects of noise exposure that should be investigated.

July 15, 2015
Screen Time: Simulation Shows Benefits of Screening and Early Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
This simulation showed that screening people for diabetes allows those who are diagnosed to get early treatment that is likely to greatly benefit their health. It also showed that the degree of treatment (intensive versus routine care) is not as important as how early any treatment is started in the course of the disease.This simulation showed that screening people for diabetes allows those who are diagnosed to get early treatment that is likely to greatly benefit their health. It also showed that the degree of treatment (intensive versus routine care) is not as important as how early any treatment is started in the course of the disease.

May 20, 2015
Web-Based Programs May Help People With Diabetes and Depression
Well-designed web-based programs may be an effective way to help people with diabetes and depression, especially those who do not have access to or are not comfortable with face-to-face counseling.

 

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