A potential new treatment for type 2 diabetes targets the hormone glucagon instead of insulin, according to a new study. Although the research hasn't yet progressed past animal models of the disease, initial results suggest that the novel therapy can lower blood sugar, decrease insulin resistance, lower cholesterol and help keep fatty deposits from settling in the liver. What's more, the researchers didn't see any adverse effects from the treatment.
A new international analysis comparing weight-loss procedures to standard diabetes treatments contends that surgery is more effective at helping people combat type 2 diabetes.
The finding stems from two years of tracking 60 severely obese patients with type 2 diabetes who were between the ages of 30 and 60. One-third of the patients were treated with diabetes drugs and diet/lifestyle modifications, while the rest underwent one of two surgical procedures: either Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or biliopancreatic diversion surgery.
Specific goals can help people with type 2 diabetes improve their dietary habits, according to a new study.
Participants were given a goal to eat either six or eight daily servings of foods with a low glycemic index -- carbohydrates that are digested slowly and are less likely to cause a spike in blood sugar levels than carbohydrates with a high glycemic index.
Most of the participants achieved the eight-serving goal, partly because many of them were already consuming about six servings of low glycemic index foods a day, the Ohio State University researchers said.
People who have been infected with the ulcer-causing bacteria Helicobacter pylori are more than twice as likely to develop diabetes later on as people who do not have signs of the infection, according to a new study of Latino adults in California.
The results don't prove that the bug causes diabetes, but "it is strongly related to predicting type 2 diabetes," said Allison Aiello, the senior researcher on the study and a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
According to Catherine Cornu, MD, of the Clinical Investigation Centre in Lyon, France, and colleagues, a meta-analysis showed that the glucose-lowering agent had no effect on all-cause or cardiovascular mortality in people with diabetes
For patients with type 2 diabetes, aerobic training and resistance training both result in improved metabolic features, insulin sensitivity, and reduced abdominal fat, according to a study.
Elisabetta Bacchi, Ph.D., of the University of Verona in Italy, and associates evaluated the effects of aerobic and resistance training on hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and metabolic risk factors in 40 patients with type 2 diabetes.
According to a new study, insulin production may continue for decades after the onset of type 1 diabetes. The Massachusetts General Hospital researchers said that, the findings add to growing evidence that the period of time for treatment after the onset of the disease is longer than previously believed.
Taking short breaks while exercising, or "intermittent" exercise, is an effective way to improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a new British study.
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