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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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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 2, 2014
Nature or Nurture? Obesity Genes Outweigh Diet in Determining Health of Gut Micrboes
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 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.

March 13, 2014
Treating Depression Improves Health in People with Type 2 Diabetes
Cognitive behavioral therapy may improve the health and happiness of people with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes and depression.

February 13, 2014
Diabetes Education Cuts Hospital Visits
Hospital admissions may provide an opportunity to offer diabetes education to help patients avoid readmissions, improving health and lowering costs.

February 13, 2014
Scientists Identify Chemical That Helps Insulin-Producing Cells Survive
This model system for beta cell failure may help scientists better understand the progression of diabetes. The study also suggests that chemical chaperones may provide a new strategy for the treatment of diabetes.

January 15, 2014
Sleepy and Low
Efforts to identify and treat excessive sleepiness may be able to prevent episodes of severe hypoglycemia in people with type 2 diabetes.

January 15, 2014
Diversity Matters When It Comes To Gut Microbes
This study suggests that doctors could someday identify people at high risk of diabetes and other diseases by testing their bacterial genes. It’s also possible that beneficial bacterial species could be identified and used to help lower disease risk in people with low bacterial richness.


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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