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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:

June 30, 2014
Can Pollution Cause Diabetes and Obesity?
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exist in our everyday environment, and they are contributing to the diabetes and obesity epidemic. Exposure to POPs should be considered a new risk factor for type 2 diabetes and obesity.

June 30, 2014
Knowing Is Half the Battle!
The study demonstrates the importance of avoiding DKA in children and alerts parents to the effects DKA can have on a child’s mental capabilities. The researchers suggest avoiding educational activities in children and adolescents at least 1–2 weeks after an episode of DKA.

May 30, 2014
Proper Kicks Keep Foot Wounds at Bay
The study demonstrates the importance of obtaining and wearing footwear that can reduce pressure on ulcer-prone parts of the feet.

May 30, 2014
More Protein, More Diabetes
Limiting protein from animal sources may help women lower their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

May 30, 2014
Drink to Your Health: Moderate Alcohol Use May Lower Heart Disease Risk in People With Type 2 Diabetes
The study suggests that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and premature death.

April 2, 2014
Nature or Nurture? Obesity Genes Outweigh Diet in Determining Health of Gut Microbes
Gut microbes have a powerful effect on health, regardless of diet. Eating too much fat may not matter as much as your genes in determining the healthiness of your gut microbes. Further research may indicate other ways—medications, eating more vegetables, or other approaches—to shift gut microbe populations to be healthier.

April 2, 2014
Nasal Insulin May Boost Brain Power in People with Type 2 Diabetes
Getting adequate amounts of insulin in the brain via the nasal cavity may help protect people with type 2 diabetes from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

April 1, 2014
Honey, You’re Raising My Risk for Diabetes
Family environment may play a significant role in the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The findings suggest that poor health behaviors by one spouse, such as watching too much television or eating junk food, may lead the other spouse to engage in similar behaviors and increase that spouse’s risk for diabetes. The researchers said that recognizing the shared-couple risk could encourage couples to work together to stay healthy.

April 1, 2014
Blood Glucose Control May Protect Young Minds
Chronic hyperglycemia may put developing young minds at risk, underlining the importance of blood glucose control in children. A better understanding of how glucose levels can injure brains may also help scientists develop new strategies for protecting the thinking organ.

March 31, 2014
Mutant Gene Protects Against Type 2 Diabetes Offering Path to New Drugs
Developing chemicals that inhibit the gene SLC30A8, mimicking the destruction caused by mutations, could lead to new and highly effective medications for type 2 diabetes.

 

The structured summary format used by patientINFORM was developed by the Annals of Internal Medicine, which regularly includes patient summaries of research articles.

 

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