Recent Advances

Learn about exciting recent advances attributable to American Diabetes Association-funded researchers, including our most recent type 1 diabetes research highlights.

November 3, 2015
Very Low Effort Muscular Activity and Diabetes Risk
American Diabetes Association-funded researcher Dr. Marc T. Hamilton is studying how light physical activity, such as interrupting sedentary time with standing and walking, impacts glucose and fat metabolism in people who do not exercise.

October 1, 2015
Improving Pregnancy Outcomes in Obese Mothers Starts with Healthy Eggs
Obese women have increased rates of infertility, and once they are pregnant, they experience higher rates of miscarriage, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and other pregnancy complications. Association-funded researcher Dr. Kelle Moley is working to understand how obesity impacts reproduction, not only for women seeking to become pregnant now, but also for the health and wellness of future generations.

September 8, 2015
Older Adults Motivated to Make Lifestyle Changes
Are we ever too old to change? For people with diabetes, it's an especially important question. Doctors often assume older patients--some with a lifetime of unhealthy habits behind them--are unlikely to make significant changes. Association-supported researcher Dr. Dennis T. Villareal is finding that older adults seem more motivated to change their lifestyles.

August 7, 2015
Study Uncovers Potential New Ways to Prevent Beta Cell Death in Type 2 Diabetes
American Diabetes Association-funded researcher Dr. Andrew Miranker is studying how to prevent the beta cell damage that leads to type 2 diabetes. His latest work shows promise for developing new drugs that could preserve beta cell function in people at risk for diabetes.

July 31, 2015
Aerobic Exercise Improves Brain Function for People with Prediabetes
Having prediabetes or type 2 diabetes is the second biggest risk factor for developing Alzheimer's disease. American Diabetes Association-funded researcher Dr. Laura D. Baker has spent much of her career trying to understand how to reduce this risk.

June 29, 2015
Pathway to Stop Diabetes Scientist Generates Smart Insulin Patch
American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Scientist Zhen Gu, PhD, recently published a paper describing the development of an innovative "smart insulin" patch that imitates the body's beta cells by both sensing blood glucose levels and releasing insulin.

March 19, 2015
Research to Identify and Correctly Treat Rare Forms of Diabetes
Some very rare forms of diabetes are caused by single gene mutations. They are called "monogenic" forms of diabetes and new research is opening the door to specific treatments for these patients.

November 7, 2014
A Close-Up View of Glucose Transport
Association-funded researcher Dr. Tamir Gonen recently published a critical study that provides the information needed to design new diabetes drugs. But it almost didn’t happen.

October 31, 2014
A Genetic Link to Type 2 Diabetes in Obesity
Although obesity is known to be a significant risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, most obese people never develop diabetes. An Association-funded researcher aims to understand what factors contribute to diabetes risk in the setting of obesity.

September 25, 2014
Reducing Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes
While insulin resistance is known to contribute to cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes, its role in type 1 diabetes has been less clear. Association-funded researcher Dr. Kristen Nadeau aims to understand how to reduce cardiovascular complications in type 1 diabetes.

August 12, 2014
Progress in Artificial Pancreas Development: Preventing and Treating Low Blood Glucose
An important limitation to development of an artificial pancreas is the danger of low blood glucose caused by insulin infusion. A recent study links automated glucagon delivery-to combat low blood glucose-to automated insulin delivery to overcome this issue and bring artificial pancreas technology closer to reality.

July 15, 2014
Diet During Pregnancy Affects Offspring Later in Life
A number of studies connects conditions in the womb to the health of the offspring. A recent study shows that a high-fat diet during pregnancy and lactation makes offspring suffer increased negative effects of high-fat diet as adults. Interestingly, these effects are not linked to inherited genes.

July 1, 2014
Testing Vitamin D for Heart Health in Type 2 Diabetes
Produced in the body in response to sunlight, vitamin D is crucial for everything from strong bones to heart health. Modern life has made vitamin D deficiency more common. Type 2 diabetes also makes it harder for the body to produce vitamin D. Association-funded researcher Dr. Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi is conducting an experiment to see if correcting vitamin D deficiency can slow or halt the progression of cardiovascular disease.

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  • Last Reviewed: June 30, 2015
  • Last Edited: June 30, 2015