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Diane Fennell

High-Salt Diet Doubles Heart Risk in Type 2 Diabetes

People with Type 2 diabetes who eat a high-sodium diet have twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less salt, according to new research published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism…

Diane Fennell

Whey Protein to Prevent After-Meal Blood Sugar Spikes?

Controlling after-meal blood sugar levels is a continuing battle for many people with diabetes. Now, a small new study indicates that eating whey protein prior to a meal improves the body’s insulin response and helps control glucose levels after the meal…

Diane Fennell

Metformin More Effective in African-Americans

The oral medicine metformin (brand name Glucophage and others) is more effective at controlling blood glucose levels in African-Americans than in whites, according to new research published in The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism…

David Spero

Diabetes Distress and Depression

Depression was a big topic at the ADA’s Scientific Sessions last month. It might be an issue for you, too. Why so much attention? Depression is three to four times more common in people with diabetes than in those without…

Diane Fennell

Researchers Successfully Test “Bionic Pancreas”

A “bionic pancreas” successfully managed blood glucose levels over the course of two five-day trials in adults and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes, according to new researcher published in The New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the 74th American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions earlier this month…

David Spero

Good Control Now = Lifetime Benefit

Two famous studies showed that tight control of glucose did not cause a statistically significant reduction in heart attacks or early death. But roughly 20 years after the studies ended, tight control subjects are living longer and healthier than those who were in the comparison groups. What is going on?

Diane Fennell

One in Ten Heart Attack Patients Has Undiagnosed Diabetes

David Spero

Diabetes: They’re Working On It

Diane Fennell

Eating White Bread Ups Obesity Risk

Diane Fennell

Sleep Apnea Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Diane Fennell

“Exercise Snacks” Improve After-Meal Blood Sugar Control

Diane Fennell

Diabetes Rates Skyrocket in American Youth

Diane Fennell

Stop Using GenStrip Test Strips, FDA Warns; High-Protein Breakfast Good for Blood Sugar

Web Team

Lifestyle Interventions Trial for Type 2 Now Recruiting

Diane Fennell

Chromium Shows Little Blood Sugar Benefit in New Study

Diane Fennell

Overweight People With Type 2 May Benefit From Gastric Banding

Diane Fennell

Good News About Good Diabetes Self-Management

Diane Fennell

Diabetes Developed at Midlife May Affect Brain Function in Old Age

Diane Fennell

Many Americans Taking Meds That Work Against Each Other

Diane Fennell

Saturated Fat Linked to Accumulation of Dangerous Belly Fat

Web Team

Oral Insulin Study for Those at Risk of Type 1

Amy Campbell

Are Endocrine Disruptors Disrupting Your Life?

Diane Fennell

Even Moderate Weight Loss Can Improve Sleep Apnea

Diane Fennell

Eating Cooked Meat Can Affect Kidney Test Results

Diane Fennell

Mediterranean Diet Linked to Lower Risk of PAD

Diane Fennell

Potential A1C Test Alternative; Glucose Meter Recall

Diane Fennell

New Type 2 Diabetes Drug Approved

Diane Fennell

Metformin Affects Hearts of Men and Women Differently

Diane Fennell

Walnuts Improve Blood Vessel Function

Diane Fennell

Study Links Certain Environmental Toxins With Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Vitamin D Decreases Pain in Type 2, Study Shows

Diane Fennell

Exercise Directly Affects Heart Risk

Diane Fennell

For PAD Pain, Dual Approach Appears Best

Diane Fennell

Good Cholesterol Helps Control Glucose

Diane Fennell

Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Dramatically Improves Heart Health

Diane Fennell

Acarbose May Equal Metformin for Diabetes Control

Diane Fennell

Sleep Duration Linked to Chronic Conditions

Diane Fennell

Exercise May Equal Meds for Common Conditions

Diane Fennell

Big Breakfast Best for Diabetes Control, Study Shows

Diane Fennell

Evidence of Cinnamon’s Benefits for Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Metformin and Impaired Thinking

Diane Fennell

Family History of Type 2 Ups Risk of Prediabetes

Web Team

Study Seeks Female Pump Users

Diane Fennell

Mouse Study Sheds Light on Cause of Neuropathy Pain

Diane Fennell

Certain Antibiotics Linked to Blood Glucose Swings

Diane Fennell

Exercise to Reduce Stroke Risk

Diane Fennell

Severe Lows Occur Often in People With Type 2

Web Team

Peripheral Neuropathy Trial Now Enrolling

Diane Fennell

Eating Nuts May Lengthen Life

Diane Fennell

Further Evidence for Salsalate in Type 2 Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Vitamin D in Women With Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Hypoglycemia on the Rise

David Spero

The Right Germs: Gut Bacteria and Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Breakfast and Insulin Resistance

Diane Fennell

Walking Reduces After-Meal Glucose Spikes

Diane Fennell

Night-Shift Work May Impair Glucose Tolerance

Web Team

Type 1 Trial Expands Its Reach

Diane Fennell

Acupuncture Improves Diabetic Gastroparesis

Diane Fennell

Statin May Reduce Benefits of Exercise

Diane Fennell

Mangoes May Benefit Blood Glucose

Diane Fennell

Metformin May Delay Aging Process

Diane Fennell

Good News About Diabetes Control

Web Team

Type 2 Study Enrolling Participants

David Spero

Healing Leaky Livers

Diane Fennell

Exercise May Slow Development of Neuropathy Pain

Diane Fennell

Sit Less to Reduce Diabetes Risk

Diane Fennell

A Warning About Calcium Supplements

Diane Fennell

Birth Control May Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Amy Campbell

More Weight-Loss News

Diane Fennell

Simple Steps Can Reduce Amputation Rate by Half

David Spero

Does Diabetes Hurt?

Diane Fennell

Clinical Trial for People With Type 2 Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Pear-Shaped Bodies Not So Healthy After All

Diane Fennell

Fasting May Not Be Necessary for Cholesterol Tests

Diane Fennell

Exercise Extends Life in People of All Weights

Diane Fennell

Risk Factors Impact Diabetes–Statin Link

Diane Fennell

Diabetes Care Must Remain a Priority During Cancer Treatment

Diane Fennell

Drug Improves Vision in Diabetic Retinopathy

Diane Fennell

Multivitamins Do Not Reduce Heart Risk in Men

Diane Fennell

Metformin Tops Sulfonylureas for Heart Health

David Spero

Toxic Chemicals and Type 1

David Spero

Toxic Chemicals and Diabetes

David Spero

The Mystery of Look AHEAD

Diane Fennell

Heart Risk Factors and Peripheral Arterial Disease

Diane Fennell

Beans May Improve Blood Glucose Control

Diane Fennell

Vitamin K1 Slashes Type 2 Diabetes Risk by Half

David Spero

Is There a Cure?

Diane Fennell

Largest Study Yet Links Low Vitamin D to Heart Risk

Diane Fennell

Metformin May Be Useful for More People Than Previously Thought

Diane Fennell

Obesity Itself Not a Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factor

Diane Fennell

Walking Significantly Reduces After-Meal Glucose

Diane Fennell

Low HDL Cholesterol Linked to Diabetic Kidney Disease

Diane Fennell

Chronic Stress Linked to Stroke Risk

Diane Fennell

The Obesity Paradox

Diane Fennell

Statins May Increase Cataract Risk

Diane Fennell

Simple Step to Increase Physical Activity

Diane Fennell

Type 2 and Environmental Chemicals Linked

Diane Fennell

Generic Lyrica Approved; Secondhand Smoke Linked to Type 2

Diane Fennell

More Headlines From the ADA Scientific Sessions

Diane Fennell

Headlines From the ADA Scientific Sessions

Diane Fennell

Psoriasis May be Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Exercise Improves Vessel Health in Prediabetes

Diane Fennell

Waist Size Alone Predicts Type 2 Risk

Diane Fennell

Type 2s May Benefit From Earlier Colorectal Screening

Diane Fennell

Low-Carb Diet Improves Glucose Control in Small Study

Web Team

Study Suggests Yet Another Benefit of Metformin

Diane Fennell

Simple Step for Controlling Glucose

Diane Fennell

Another Common Chemical Linked to Type 2

Jan Chait

Should You be Putting Food in That?

Diane Fennell

Low-GI Breakfast Prevents Glucose Spikes for Hours

Jan Chait

Wish I Could (Still) Eat That

Diane Fennell

Peer Mentoring Leads to Large A1C Reductions

Jan Chait

“Should You be Eating That?” Could Have a New Meaning

Amy Campbell

Weighty Matters: What’s New in the Weight-Control Arena

Diane Fennell

Adequate Sleep Vital for Heart Health

Diane Fennell

Development of Artificial Pancreas Reaches Milestones

Diane Fennell

H. Pylori Bacteria Linked to Elevated A1C

Diane Fennell

Study Strengthens Link Between Common Chemical and Type 2

Diane Fennell

Decaf Coffee May Improve Memory in Type 2s

Diane Fennell

Effective Neuropathy Screening Tool Often Overlooked

David Spero

Metformin Wonder Drug

Diane Fennell

Treat Depression Along With Diabetes for Best Results

Diane Fennell

Metformin and B12 Supplementation

Diane Fennell

Pistachios May Blunt Blood Sugar Spikes

Diane Fennell

Good News for Chocolate Lovers

Diane Fennell

Rotating Shift Work Linked to Increased Type 2 Risk

Diane Fennell

High Glucose and Colorectal Cancer; Free Nova Max Meter

Diane Fennell

Study Links Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment in Elderly

Diane Fennell

Byetta Fights Inflammation, Study Shows

Diane Fennell

Frequent Doctor Visits Linked With Better Control

Diane Fennell

A Culprit Behind High Blood Sugar Identified

Diane Fennell

Increase Life Span With Only 15 Minutes of Exercise a Day

Diane Fennell

Aerobic Exercise Best to Beat Belly Fat

Diane Fennell

Strip Recall; Spices Reduce Negative Effects of High-Fat Meals

Diane Fennell

Red, Processed Meats Linked to Type 2 Risk in Large Study

Diane Fennell

FDA Panel Rejects Novel Diabetes Drug

Diane Fennell

Detecting Diabetes at the Dentist

Diane Fennell

Going Nuts for Diabetes Control

Diane Fennell

Cutting Cravings; Life Expectancy on the Rise

David Spero

Starvation Is No Diabetes Cure

Diane Fennell

Lower-Carb Diet Reduces Dangerous Fat in Some

David Spero

Diabetes and Your Brain

Diane Fennell

Common Drug Combo Raises Blood Glucose

Diane Fennell

New Guidelines for Treating Neuropathy Pain

Diane Fennell

Weight Gain and Gestational Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Not Sleeping Well? It Could Be Affecting Your Diabetes Control

Diane Fennell

Low Blood Glucose Affects Type 2, Too

Diane Fennell

Infusion Set Recall; Nicotine’s Bad Effect on A1C

Diane Fennell

Eat Fiber Now to Avoid Heart Disease Later

Diane Fennell

Drug Halts Progression to Type 2 Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Safflower Oil Each Day May Keep the Doctor Away

Diane Fennell

Disappointing Results for Investigational Type 1 Drug

Diane Fennell

Strong New Evidence in Favor of the Mediterranean Diet

Diane Fennell

An Important Step for Accurate Glucose Readings

David Spero

The Mystery of Coffee and Diabetes

Diane Fennell

To Ward Off Diabetes, Walk

Diane Fennell

Another Reason to Eat Your Spinach

Diane Fennell

The Effects of Artificial Lighting on Melatonin

Diane Fennell

New Exercise Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Snack Drastically Reduces Post-Meal Glucose in Study

Diane Fennell

Depression: A Cause and an Effect of Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Another Benefit of Fish Oil

Diane Fennell

Many Delay Calling 9-1-1 in Spite of Heart Attack Symptoms

Diane Fennell

Limiting Refined Grains Linked to Lower Body Fat

Diane Fennell

Low Testosterone May Increase Early Death Risk

Diane Fennell

Adequate Sleep Vital to Weight Loss

Diane Fennell

Experts Recommend New Approach to Type 2 Treatment

David Spero

Hot Research on Genes and Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Lifestyle Changes Lower Heart Risk Over Long Term

Diane Fennell

Factors Linked to Cognitive Deficits in Type 2 Identified

Diane Fennell

Lack of Sleep Increases Type 2, Heart Disease Risk

Diane Fennell

Green Leafy Vegetables Cut Risk of Type 2, Study Shows

Diane Fennell

More Good News About Cinnamon

Diane Fennell

A Benefit to Diabetes-Causing Genes?

David Spero

How Studies Can Mislead

Diane Fennell

Promising Findings on Plant Compound Resveratrol

Diane Fennell

Bones’ Role in Blood Glucose Regulation

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

The TRIGR Research Study

Diane Fennell

FDA Orders Halt on Avandia Trial Enrollment

Diane Fennell

Diabetes Drug Metformin May Reduce Risk of Death

Diane Fennell

Two Treatments Found to Slow Eye Disease Progression

Diane Fennell

Low A1C Not to Blame for ACCORD Death Rate; Questions Remain

Diane Fennell

Bran Reduces Deaths from Heart Disease

Diane Fennell

Study Links High-Dose B Vitamins With Kidney Decline in People With Kidney Disease

Diane Fennell

Breakthrough in Treating Diabetic Eye Disease

Diane Fennell

No Diabetes Benefit from Soy Supplements: New Study

Diane Fennell

Chocolate Reduces Heart Risks, New Study Suggests

David Spero

Insulin Resistance — Not the Whole Story

Diane Fennell

Experts Call for More Individualized Drug Therapy

David Spero

Does Fat Cause Insulin Resistance?

Diane Fennell

Napping and Diabetes Risk

David Spero

Can Diabetes Save Your Life?

Diane Fennell

Coffee Linked With Lower Stroke Risk

Diane Fennell

A1C Shows Predictive Advantage

David Spero

Shivering in Alaska

Diane Fennell

New Research on Statins

Diane Fennell

Vinegar Reduces After-Meal Glucose

Jan Chait

If A = B, Can B = A?

Diane Fennell

Drug May Slow Type 1 Progression

David Spero

Sulfonylureas Lose Again

Diane Fennell

Why Fast Eating May Cause Overeating

Diane Fennell

Daily Aspirin: Do Risks Outweigh Benefits?

Diane Fennell

Cardiovascular Risk Decreased by Intensive Lifestyle Intervention

Diane Fennell

Exercise Wards Off Dangerous Form of Fat

David Spero

The Joys of Marketing

Diane Fennell

Study Links Depression and Early Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease

David Spero

Pollution and Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Affordable Drug Combo Slashes Heart Risk by As Much As 80%

David Spero

Where Does Type 2 Come From?

David Spero

Food and Diabetes Studies Show Surprises

Diane Fennell

Many With Type 2 Not Meeting Dietary Recommendations

Amy Campbell

Extra, Extra: Nutrition News That You Can Use (Part 1)

Diane Fennell

Staving Off Kidney Stones

David Spero

Sleep, Stress, and Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Culprit Found for Pancreatic Damage

Diane Fennell

Tight Control Halves Complication Rates

Diane Fennell

Timing Exercise for Maximum Blood Glucose Control

Diane Fennell

Lowering Body Fat: Oils Show Promise for Some

Diane Fennell

Lantus and Cancer: Further Study Needed

Diane Fennell

Vitamin C to Prevent Diabetes Damage?

David Spero

Tight Control OK if You Want It

Diane Fennell

Research on Rosiglitazone

David Spero

News Roundup

Diane Fennell

New Findings on Cardiovascular Risk

Diane Fennell

A Triglyceride–Neuropathy Connection?

Tara Dairman

Novel Diabetes Drug Cycloset Approved

Tara Dairman

Fibrate Drug May Lower Heart Risks in Some

Tara Dairman

Stem Cell Research Restriction Lifted

Ingrid Strauch

You’re Invited

Jan Chait

Careful, Your Prejudice is Showing

Web Team

In the Pipeline: Oral Insulin

Tara Dairman

Salsalate Study Now Recruiting

David Spero

Is Weight Worth Another Book?

Tara Dairman

Higher HbA1c = Lower Brain Function?

David Spero

Stress, Inflammation, Diabetes

Tara Dairman

Diabetes, Exercise, Outlook, and Your Brain

David Spero

New Study, Same Problems

Tara Dairman

Does Aspirin Do Much Good?

Tara Dairman

Diets Do Work?

Tara Dairman

Zetia May Help Protect Arteries in Type 2’s

Tara Dairman

Fibrate Drug Alone Doesn’t Cut Heart Risks for Type 2’s

Amy Campbell

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket…Or On One Plate!

David Spero

What’s for Breakfast?

Tara Dairman

Cancer Drugs Reverse Type 1 Diabetes in Mice

Tara Dairman

Updated Guidelines for Treating Type 2

Tara Dairman

Fighting Fatty Liver With Exercise

Web Team

What We’re Reading: "Searching" for a Type 1 Cure

Tara Dairman

Study Shows Real Benefit from CGMS

Tara Dairman

Early Blood Glucose Control Protects Years Later

Tara Dairman

Is Online Diabetes Education For You?

Tara Dairman

Tight Control in the Hospital Questioned

Tara Dairman

Drug Combo Linked to Increased Health Risks

Tara Dairman

Diabetes Treatment and Alzheimer Disease

Amy Campbell

Vitamin D: Is It a Miracle? (Part 2)

Tara Dairman

Diabetes Linked to Hearing Loss

Tara Dairman

Tight Control and Cardiovascular Disease (Part 3): VADT

David Spero

New Answers on Exercise

Tara Dairman

Tight Control and Cardiovascular Disease (Part 2): ACCORD

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Evaluating Health News

David Spero

What to Eat? ADA Speakers Disagree

Tara Dairman

What’s Your eAG? You’ll Know Soon…

David Spero

In the Palace of Diabetes

Tara Dairman

Tight Control and Cardiovascular Disease (Part 1): ADVANCE

David Spero

How Much (Monitoring) is Too Much? (Part 2)

Web Team

High Rates of Arthritis Found in People with Diabetes

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Pesticides and Type 2 Diabetes

Tara Dairman

Low-GI Diet May Help Kids With Type 1

Tara Dairman

"National Diabetes Goal" Set

Tara Dairman

Red Wine and Tea: Good for You?

David Spero

Diabetes and the Brain

Amy Campbell

Caffeine: Friend or Foe? (Part 2)

Tara Dairman

Actos May Help Slow Heart Disease

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Antidepressants and Diabetes Risk

David Spero

The Misuse of Science

Tara Dairman

Two Lipid Drugs May Be Better Than One

Tara Dairman

ADVANCE Study Contradicts ACCORD Findings

David Spero

ACCORD Travesty

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Reactions to ACCORD

Tara Dairman

Gastric Banding May Help Reverse Type 2

Tara Dairman

The ACCORD Trial Findings: What You Should Know

Tara Dairman

Caffeine May Affect Blood Glucose Levels

Tara Dairman

Cholesterol Drug Can Now Treat Type 2

Tara Dairman

Study Finds New Risks for Avandia

Tara Dairman

If the Shoe Fits…

Tara Dairman

Avandia: New Warning and Findings

Tara Dairman

National Diabetes Month, Weeks 4 & 5: At-Risk Populations and Youth

Tara Dairman

Get Your Flu and Pneumonia Shots

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Type 3 Diabetes?

Jan Chait

Your Treatment…Or Your Life?

Tara Dairman

Cinnamon—Not So Useful?

Tara Dairman

Symlin May Help Obese People Lose Weight

Jan Chait

Load the Code for the Proper Mode

Tara Dairman

New Research Focuses on Blood Pressure Control (Part 2)

Tara Dairman

New Research Focuses on Blood Pressure Control (Part 1)

Tara Dairman

Two Standard Blood Tests May Get an Overhaul

Tara Dairman

More Good News About Exercise

Tara Dairman

More Trouble for Avandia; Alternative Drugs Reviewed

Tara Dairman

Lipid-lowering Drugs Help Avert Neuropathy, Stroke

Tara Dairman

New Risk of Smoking Found for Type 1

Tara Dairman

Avandia Update

Tara Dairman

Chromium Supplements Show Little Benefit in New Study

Tara Dairman

Good and Bad News About Diabetes and Cancer

Tara Dairman

Low Blood Glucose Doesn’t Affect Long-Term Brain Function

Tara Dairman

Experimental Type 1 Treatment Meets Early Success

Tara Dairman

What We’re Reading: Diabetes Research

Tara Dairman

Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Increased Parkinson Risk

Tara Dairman

Two Studies Call for Online Participants

Amy Campbell

Can Dairy Prevent Diabetes? Help with Weight Loss?

Tara Dairman

Taking Foot Temperature Helps Prevent Ulcers

Tara Dairman

Diabetes Reversed in Mice Through Nervous System Treatment

Tara Dairman

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Improves Diabetes Control

Tara Dairman

What We’re Reading: Rodent Research

Amy Campbell

Metformin and Risk For Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Tara Dairman

Statin Studies Show Important Benefits for People With Diabetes

Tara Dairman

Antioxidant ALA Eases Pain From Diabetic Neuropathy

Tara Dairman

Exercise Helps Diabetes Control, Wards off Colds

Tara Dairman

Not Taking Prescribed Drugs Linked with Death in People with Diabetes

Tara Dairman

Mixed Results in Islet Transplantation Study

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