Could a combination of drug therapy and stem cells reverse type 2 diabetes?

Scientists are looking for the most effective way to tackle diabetes.

Benefits of quitting smoking offset weight gain in people with diabetes

Gaining a couple extra pounds is still less harmful than smoking itself for people with diabetes.

7 popular medical myths that need to go away

Spoiler alert: sugar doesn’t cause diabetes.

Insulin shortage to affect 40 million people by 2030

A huge number of people risks having inadequate access to life-saving treatment.

Diabetes drugs may have protective effects against Alzheimer’s

Antidiabetes medication could reduce Alzheimer’s severity.

Pancreatic cells can naturally morph to combat diabetes, pointing to new avenues of treatment

Other cells can likely do it too, the researchers believe.

White paint might be causing a lot of Type 2 diabetes, preliminary research finds

White may hide a dark secret.

Eggs aren’t really bad for your heart, despite common misconceptions

Just don’t go crazy with the omelettes!

Intensive weight management can put type 2 diabetes into remission

Want to get rid of diabetes? Just lose some weight.

Broccoli-derived compound could become a new treatment for type 2 diabetes

If there’s something strange with your blood sugar levels, who you gonna call? Bro-ccoli!

To HEK with diabetes: new cell capsule could treat the condition with 0 insulin shots

It’s like a pacemaker for your insulin.

We’ll soon be able to hack our nerves into controlling diseases

The new method could treat a wide range of diseases, from diabetes to arthritis.

New enzyme could be used as an insulin alternative, to treat diabetes and obesity

University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) scientists have identified a new enzyme that could protect the body from toxic levels of intra-cell sugar. When there is too much sugar in the body it gets processed to glycerol-3-phosphate, a buildup of which can damage internal organs. The team behind the study proved that G3PP is able to extract excess sugar from cells.

A new molecular drug that mimics exercise might help Diabetes patients

Researchers at University of Southampton, England report finding an alternative pathway to activate a key enzyme involved in cellular glucose uptake, mimicking the effects of exercise (some of it). In type two diabetes the enzyme in question is “lazy” and drugs are usually used to activate it, allowing glucose to enter the cell and produce energy (adenosine triphosphate or ATP for short). It’s not clear yet whether the new molecular compound, for now simply called ‘compound 14’, is better than current treatments.

The artificial pancreas could automate insulin delivery for diabetics

In the lab, a team UC Santa Barbara demonstrated that an artificial pancreas that can automatically deliver insulin shots at a regular basis to diabetes patients. The biocompatible pancreas constantly monitors glucose levels and administers the insulin when its needed. This way there would be no need for cumbersome daily insulin injections. The researchers will soon start trials on animal models and if all goes well, clinical trials will follow shortly.

Swap a sweet drink for water and you get a 25% lower chance of diabetes

Swapping out a single daily sweet drink for water or unsweetened tea or coffee can lower the risk of diabetes by up to 25%, a new research suggests.

Why insulin is so prohibitively expensive to the 29 million diabetes patients in the US

Even if it was first discovered more than 90 years ago, insulin is still out of reach for a shocking 29 million diabetes patients in the United States. Yes, this is the 21st century, but even so a staggering number of human beings are forced to live in life threatening conditions. But why is insulin so prohibitively expensive? According to Jeremy Greene, M.D., Ph.D., and Kevin Riggs, M.D., M.P.H., it’s all because of a series of perverse updates to insulin treatments. While insulin made today is more effective in some instances, previous versions weren’t that bad. In fact, they saved lives. Yet, these were replaced with very expensive versions, while the older, much cheaper versions are nowhere to be found on the market anymore. The two authors explore all that’s wrong with today’s insulin big pharma.

Older diabetics face high over-treatment risk

The “one size fits all” approach to diabetics treatment may cause significant problems for older patients also suffering from other conditions. Attempting to aggressively control blood sugar with insulin and sulfonylurea drugs could lead to over-treatment and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), Yale researchers report.

Diabetes cured in mice with Blood Pressure Medication

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the developed world, with more than 29 million infected Americans; 1 in 4 doesn’t know. Currently more than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But

Fat grizzlies stay diabetes free thanks to protein shut down

The shutdown of a key protein allows grizzly bears to go through tremendous weight gains without loosing insulin sensitivity. Thus they’re never at risk of getting diabetes. What if we could shut this protein down for humans too?