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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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February 12, 2015
Take Heart: Study Finds No Higher Risk of Heart Failure From Incretin-Based Diabetes Medicines
The results of this study provide some reassurance of the heart safety of incretin-based medicines for diabetes. However, they will need to be replicated in other large studies.

February 12, 2015
Many Older Veterans With Diabetes and Dementia May Have Tighter Glucose Control Than Is Safe
Many older veterans with diabetes and dementia are at high risk for hypoglycemia associated with intense glucose control. More than half of this population has tight control even though a more relaxed level of control is recommended. Of those with tight control, three-fourths take medicines that have a high risk of hypoglycemia. These individuals may be candidates for a less-intense glucose control regimen to increase their safety.

February 12, 2015
Peel, Stick, Check: Glucose-Sensing "Tattoo" Could One Day Replace Finger-Prick Testing
With more work, products such as the glucose-sensing tattoo could do away with the need for finger-prick blood testing for many people with diabetes.

January 28, 2015
Molecular Research Provides a Close-Up View of How Proteins Move Glucose from Blood to Cells
Research such as this, which focuses on the shape and function of proteins in the body, could pave the way for the development of new drugs. For example, by understanding how GLUT proteins work to move glucose into cells, scientists can develop drugs that speed up that process (to treat high blood glucose) or slow it down (to treat low blood glucose) in people with diabetes.

January 28, 2015
Cell Service: Gene Therapy Causes β-Cell Growth and Reversal of Type 1 Diabetes in Mice
This type of research, while still in an early stage, suggests that new approaches to curing type 1 diabetes through gene therapy may be possible in the future.

January 28, 2015
Stepping It Up: Treating Diabetic Foot Infections May Take Half as Long as Previously Thought
Six weeks of antibiotics may be enough to successfully treat people with DFO who have not had surgery.

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
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.


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