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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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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
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.

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
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.

May 20, 2015
Live Long and Prosper: Scientists Discover a New Key to the Aging Process
The findings of this study could one day lead to new techniques to change epigenetic marks and thereby alter the aging process and the treatment of diseases such as diabetes.

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.

May 20, 2015
Get Moving! High-Tech Tools Offer Fun, Inexpensive, and Convenient Ways to Exercise More
A wide variety of high-tech tools—many of which are inexpensive and convenient—may help people with diabetes get more exercise. For safety, people with diabetes, and especially those who have been sedentary, should consult with their health care provider before starting any new exercise program.

April 20, 2015
Scale Based on 6-Month Glucose Change Predicts the Development of Type 1 Diabetes in People at High Risk
Using the PS6M scale may hasten research into type 1 diabetes prevention by shortening the follow-up time and reducing the number of participants needed to yield meaningful study results. This would allow researchers to test possible preventive therapies more quickly. Also, the higher PS6M scale scores found for people with multiple autoantibodies, low C-peptide levels, and high DPT-1 Risk Score values mean that the PS6M scale can also help researchers learn how each of these factors influences glucose levels as high-risk patients progress toward type 1 diabetes.

April 20, 2015
Study Provides Insight Into Pregnancy Problems and Their Prevention in Women With Diabetes
Women with diabetes are less likely to have problems with their second pregnancy than with their first. However, those who have problems with a first pregnancy have about an equal chance of having problems again during a second pregnancy. Health care providers should encourage all women with diabetes to prepare well—and especially to maintain good glucose control— before becoming pregnant. More intensive support may be needed in the period immediately after a problem first pregnancy to allow enough time for improvement before a second pregnancy occurs.

April 20, 2015
Poor Metabolic Health, But Not Obesity, Is Linked to Early Heart Disease in Mexican Americans
This study suggests that overall metabolic health has a greater effect than body weight on the development of heart and blood vessel disease in Mexican Americans. Helping all Mexican Americans improve their metabolic health may be a more important goal than helping those who are obese to lose weight.

 

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