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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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January 13, 2015
Food for Thought: Do People Who Know They Have Diabetes Eat Healthier Than Those Who Do Not Know?
When people know they have diabetes, they may be more likely to change at least some of their eating habits, such as cutting back on sugar and carbohydrates. The same does not seem to be true for people who know they have prediabetes. Health care providers need to do more to help people with prediabetes understand the importance of healthy eating. Having recent nutrition education helps people with diabetes improve their eating habits even more. This suggests that getting such information is important not only when you are diagnosed, but also at least once per year after that.

January 13, 2015
Making the Grade: Children With Type 1 Diabetes Perform as Well as Those Without Diabetes in School
This study should ease some of the concerns that families dealing with children with type 1 diabetes have regarding school performance. The study suggests that children with type 1 diabetes do not necessarily have more problems in school than their peers without diabetes. However, the link found between poor blood glucose control and poor school performance is a reminder of the importance of controlling diabetes as well as possible in children.

January 13, 2015
Type 2 Diabetes Remission Without Surgery Does Happen—But Very Rarely
Type 2 diabetes remission can occur in people who have not had weight loss surgery, but it is very, very rare. Applying the results of this study to the entire 25.6 million Americans with type 2 diabetes suggests that 384,000 people could have some type of remission in the next 7 years. However, only 1,800 people would have a remission lasting at least 5 years.

November 20, 2014
Going Viral: Is There a Link Between Enteroviruses and Type 1 Diabetes?
Efforts to prevent the spread of EVs, such as the development of effective vaccines, could reduce the number of people who get type 1 diabetes in Taiwan and perhaps elsewhere in the world.

November 20, 2014
Smile! Dentists and Doctors Can Both Help With Diabetes
Because people often have dental check-ups more frequently than they see their doctor, dentists are in a good position to find patients who have or are at risk for diabetes.

November 20, 2014
Soak Up the Sun: Catching Rays May Work Better Than Taking Vitamin D to Prevent Obesity
Although human studies are needed, people who are trying to avoid obesity and control their metabolic risk factors may want to spend more time in the sun. Also, after more research, nitric oxide skin creams may become a useful way to lower the risk of obesity, diabetes, and related diseases.

October 15, 2014
Statins Do Not Raise Complications Risks for People With Diabetes
It is already known that statins help to protect people with diabetes against large blood vessel problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Now, people who were worried that they took statins before they got diabetes—and that those statins may have raised their risk of getting small-vessel complications such as diseases of the eye, kidney, nerves, and feet—can rest easier. These results show that taking statins before getting diabetes does not raise these risks and may even protect against some of these conditions in people who develop diabetes. However, more studies are needed to confirm the possible protective effects.

October 15, 2014
Don’t Cry: Dry Eyes Linked to Nerve Disease in People With Type 2 Diabetes
This study shows that dry eyes are especially common in people with type 2 diabetes and nerve disease, and particularly in those whose cornea nerves have been damaged. It may be wise for people with diabetic nerve disease to be screened for dry eye syndrome because early and ongoing treatment of dry eyes can prevent further damage.

October 15, 2014
Ah, Nuts! Pistachios May Lower Diabetes Risk in Those With Prediabetes
Eating a handful of pistachio nuts per day as part of a healthy diet may help people with prediabetes improve their condition and avoid diabetes and other diseases. Because nuts are high in calories, people who are concerned about weight gain should adjust other parts of their diet so they can add nuts without boosting their total daily calories.

September 22, 2014
New Therapy Option for People With Diabetes and Depression
Studies have shown that patients’ preferences and ideas about therapy can affect how well therapy will work for them. Therefore, having treatment choices is helpful. This study shows that one-on-one MBCT and CBT are both good options for people with diabetes and depression.


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