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Sugar sponges could one day serve as treatment for diabetes

Many diabetes patients must inject themselves with insulin, sometimes several times a day, while others take medications orally to control blood sugar. The injections, as well as the side effects from both regimens, can be painful. Now, one team reports in the Journal of the American Chemical Society progress toward an insulin-free diabetes treatment that requires fewer injections.  (read more)


Youngsters with diabetes more at risk of eye disease

Young adults with Type 2 diabetes may be at an increased risk of developing an eye disease, according to researchers. Diabetic retinopathy — the most common form of eye disease — occurs when changes in blood glucose levels cause changes in retinal blood vessels. It is one of the late complications of diabetes and usually affects up to 80 per cent of people who have had diabetes for 20 years or more. However, the study showed that the earlier the onset of Type 2 diabetes in an individual, the faster and greater will be the vision problem. (read more)

With gene therapy for diabetes, San Antonio researcher eyes funding

Most diabetes treatments work by giving the body the insulin it needs to break down sugar. But that approach deals with the symptoms of diabetes. In recent years, scientists and companies have taken aim at the root cause of the condition by attempting to stimulate or replace the cells in the pancreas responsible for producing insulin in the first place. One of them is a San Antonio researcher hoping to use gene therapy—a potentially one-time, long lasting treatment—to do the trick. (read more)