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Week of January 23, 2019

Rotavirus Vaccination Protects Against Type 1 Diabetes in Kids

Healio: “The number of new cases of type 1 diabetes among young Australian children declined after oral rotavirus vaccination was added to the routine immunization schedule for children aged 6 weeks and older, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics.Click here for full story.

Following Heart Health Guidelines Also Reduces Diabetes Risk

Science Daily: “You’ve probably heard that things like staying active, eating healthy and keeping your blood pressure in check can help your heart, and a new study finds that following a set of seven lifestyle factors can also drastically reduce your risk of developing diabetes.” Click here for full story.

Statins May Reduce Risk of Retinopathy in Diabetes Patients

MD Magazine: “Taking statins may help stave off retinopathy in patients with diabetes, according to a study. Signs and symptoms of diabetic retinopathy — the leading cause of vision loss in persons aged 20 to 74 years — are prevalent in about one-third of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a 2015 study. Investigators estimate this rate will likely rise in the following years.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Alert Dogs Perform Better Than Previously Thought

Medscape: “UK researchers have shown that in patients with type 1 diabetes who have well-trained medical alert “diabetes” dogs, the animals have greater sensitivity to changes in blood glucose than has been shown in previous studies.” Click here for full story.

Night Shift Plus Unhealthy Habits Equals Higher Diabetes Risk

Health24: “Rotating night-shift work together with an unhealthy lifestyle significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers say. ‘Most cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by adherence to a healthy lifestyle, and the benefits could be larger in rotating night-shift workers,’ said study authors led by Zhilei Shan” Click here for full story.


Week of January 16, 2019

Statins Cut Retinopathy Risk in Type 2 Diabetes

MedPage Today: “Treatment with statins was associated with a significantly decreased risk of diabetic retinopathy in patients with type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol in a large cohort study from Taiwan. Statin therapy was also associated with a lower need for invasive treatments for vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy, and the benefits of statin treatment were dose dependent.” Click here for full story.

High Intake of Dietary Fiber and Whole Grains Associated With Reduced Risk of Non-Communicable Diseases

Science Daily: “Observational studies and clinical trials conducted over nearly 40 years reveal the health benefits of eating at least 25g to 29g or more of dietary fiber a day, according to a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.” Click here for full story.

Is it Safe for People with Diabetes to Smoke Marijuana?

ASweetLife: “With an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana for recreational use, and a large number of states allowing medical marijuana, and last year’s FDA approval of first cannabis-derived prescription drug, it’s not surprise people with diabetes have been asking about marijuana. Can it be used safely by people with diabetes and can it be used as a treatment for diabetes?” Click here for full story.

Diet Soda Linked to Risk for Diabetic Blindness

WebMD: “Drinking diet soda may raise the risk for a severe type of diabetic eye disease that can lead to blindness, a new study says. The study, published in Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, is the first to evaluate the link between soft drinks and what’s called proliferative diabetic retinopathy.” Click here for full story.


Week of January 9, 2019

Egg Metabolites in Blood Related to Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Science Daily: “Consumption of one egg every day seems to associate with a blood metabolite profile that is related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study conducted in the University of Eastern Finland shows. The findings were published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.Click here for full story.

Diet Soda Linked to Increased Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy

Medscape: “Drinking diet soda may increase the risk for proliferative diabetic retinopathy — a severe type of diabetic eye disease that can lead to blindness — according to a study published online in the September/October issue of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology.Click here for full story.

Type 2 Diabetes Med Might Not Harm Bones After All

WebMD: “If you have type 2 diabetes and you’re taking canagliflozin to help control your blood sugar, a new study has some good news for you: The drug doesn’t appear to raise the risk of bone fractures.” Click here for full story.

Our Bodies May Cure Themselves of Diabetes in the Future

Medical Xpress: “In collaboration with other international researchers, researchers at the University of Bergen have, discovered that glucagon-producing cells in the pancreas can change identity and adapt to do the job for their neighbouring damaged or missing insulin cells.” Click here for full story.

Study Links Green Tea With Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The Straits Times: “A recent international study found that drinking green tea was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese adults. A total of 119,373 participants from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study (SWHS) and Shanghai Men’s Health Study (SMHS) were included in the study.” Click here for full story.


Week of January 2, 2019

Convincing Evidence That Type 2 Diabetes Is a Cause of Erectile Dysfunction

Science Daily: “Using cutting-edge genetic analysis, the team was able to delve deeper than ever before into the complex correlations between diabetes and aspects including body weight.” Click here for full story.

Diabetes Drug Could Be Used to Treat Common Heart Failure Syndrome, Study Suggests

EurekAlert: “Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered that metformin, a drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes, might also be used to treat heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), a condition that is predicted to affect over 8% of people ages 65 or older by the year 2020.” Click here for full story.

Skipping Breakfast Even Once a Week Might Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

ABC News: “Many people consider breakfast to be the most important meal of the day, and perhaps that’s for good reason. Skipping it might increase your type 2 diabetes risk, according to a new review of several studies.” Click here for full story.

Originally Published May 14, 2023

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