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BY ANA SANDOIU: Now, new research brings much-needed hope of curing this metabolic disorder. Scientists led by Fatima Bosch, a professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Catalunya, Spain, have successfully reversed the disorder in rodents.

Prof. Bosch and her colleagues achieved this using gene therapy, a technique that introduces new genetic material into cells to create beneficial proteins or to offset the effects of malfunctioning genes.

The findings were published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine. (read more)

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Type 1 Diabetes in Mothers Linked to Higher Risk of Autism in Children

BY HEALTHLINE: Children whose mothers have type 1 diabetes are at higher risk of developing autism.

That’s the conclusion of a recent study from Kaiser Permanente in Southern California.

Researchers say they found that women who have type 1 diabetes during pregnancy were at a greater risk of having offspring with autism than even mothers with type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes.

“The results were not surprising, because type 1 diabetes is generally considered more severe than type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes,” Anny H. Xiang, PhD, author of the study and director of biostatistics research in the department of research and evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, told Healthline. “Many factors may affect autism development. Diabetes during pregnancy could be one of the many factors.” (read more)

Diabetes type 2: Low-carb diet can ‘absolutely’ reverse condition and control blood sugar

BY LUKE ANDREWS: Diabetes type 2 can be reversed using the low-carb diet, an expert has claimed.

“Absolutely, yes it can,” Dr David Cavan, author of  Reverse Your Diabetes (type 2) and Reverse Your Diabetes Diet, told Express.co.uk today.

“The traditional advice for diabetes type 2 patients is to eat some carbohydrates with every meal.

“But more and more people are now recognising that, as all starch [carbohydrate] is converted to sugar, this can’t really help.

“Cutting out starch does make sense, which [diabetes type 2 sufferers] often do off their own back, as it can stop blood sugar levels being too high.” (read more)

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Insurance gaps can be costly for type 1 diabetes patients, study says

BY HEALTHDAY NEWS: Gaps in private insurance coverage are common among American adults with type 1 diabetes, raising their risk for health crises, a new study finds.

“Type 1 diabetes requires intensive daily management in order to simply remain alive, so interruptions to care and coverage of insulin and supplies can pose a major risk,” said study leader Mary Rogers. She’s a research associate professor at the University of Michigan.

In people with this chronic condition, the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to regulate blood sugar. About 1.25 million Americans have the disease. (read more)

Human Trials Show a 30-Year-Old Heart Disease Drug Could Help Treat Type 1 Diabetes

BY CHARLOTTE HU: Finger pricks and daily insulin injections are currently the leading regimen for those with type 1 diabetes, a condition in which the body’s insulin producing cells beta cells are destroyed. And it’s not foolproof.

Patients can often face risks over overcorrecting their blood sugar levels, which can potentially lead to hypoglycemia – low blood sugar – and coma.

Insulin is responsible for regulating the amount of sugar in the blood, and dysfunctions with it can cause diabetes. (read more)