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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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May 31, 2016
Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible?
According to these findings, type 2 diabetes is a potentially reversible condition. An intense weight loss program was able to eliminate diabetes in participants for at least 6 months. This study suggests that the disease may be solely a response to overnutrition (eating more calories than needed). If normal fasting blood glucose levels after weight loss can be maintained in the longer term, the approach to type 2 diabetes management could change dramatically.
May 27, 2016
Can Diet and Exercise Prevent Loss of Brain Cells in Type 2 Diabetes?
According to the findings of this study, long-term weight loss intervention for those with type 2 diabetes may delay increases in cerebrovascular disease and brain atrophy, ultimately reducing the likelihood of stroke and dementia. If true, this would mean that behavioral intervention is even more important for people with diabetes and could have great public health significance. It is unknown whether the positive effects on brain structure could result in better brain function.
May 25, 2016
Did You Remember to Exercise Today? Improve Your Memory with Aerobic Activity
Exercise can not only strengthen the body, but also the brain. Certain types of exercise can help improve brain functions like learning and memory by increasing brain cell production. According to the findings of this study, aerobic exercise such as running promotes brain cell growth more than high-intensity anaerobic training, and weight training does not promote brain cell growth.
April 21, 2016
Autism May Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk
According to the findings from this study, youth and young adults with ASD have a higher chance of getting type 2 diabetes later in life than individuals without ASD. Clinicians working with patients with ASD should closely monitor body weight and lipid profiles to try to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
April 21, 2016
A Single Shot of Vitamin D May Help Improve Diabetic Nerve Pain
A single dose of 600,000 IU of vitamin D (injected under the skin into a muscle) appears to be a safe treatment for improving diabetic nerve pain, according to the findings from this study. The benefits of vitamin D appear to be best at 10 weeks after the dose is given and can last up to 20 weeks.
April 21, 2016
After-Meal Blood Glucose Spikes? Try Using Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
This study shows for the first time that the type of fat eaten significantly affects blood glucose levels after a high-GI meal in patients with type 1 diabetes. Avoiding foods rich in butter and using extra-virgin olive oil could help improve your postprandial (after-a-meal) blood glucose levels.
April 6, 2016
Hold the Fries: Potatoes and Type 2 Diabetes
The findings from this study suggest that replacing baked, boiled, or mashed potatoes and french fries with whole grains may result in reduced risk for diabetes. There is also a debate in the U.S. and U.K. about whether potatoes should be called vegetables in dietary recommendations.
March 21, 2016
SGLT2 Inhibitors and DKA in People With Type 1 Diabetes
It is important that people with type 1 diabetes who may be using canaglifozin are aware of the risk of DKA. Patients taking SGLT2 inhibitors and their doctors should closely monitor serum ketones when patients are ill, have reduced insulin and/or food intake, or experience anything known to be associated with an increased risk of DKA (for example, heavy alcohol consumption, strenuous exercise, or intense psychological stress).
January 15, 2016
Prevent Gestational Diabetes with a Healthy Diet and Exercise
Making simple changes in diet and exercise can greatly reduce the chance of getting GDM in pregnant women at high risk of developing the disease. Preventing GDM helps mothers and children to be healthier both during pregnancy and later in life.
December 11, 2015
Daily Handful of Walnuts Linked to Better Diet and Improvements in Some Health Risk Factors
Eating a daily handful of walnuts is linked to better overall diet quality and an improvement in certain diabetes risk factors among people at high risk of diabetes.
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