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Top Diabetes News of Today

BY TIM NEWMAN: Diabetes, as many people realize, is a growing problem in the United States and globally.

In 2015, almost 1 in 10 adults were estimated to have diabetes. There are about 1.5 million new diagnoses each year in the U.S.

While there are certain well-known risk factors for diabetes, such as obesity and high blood pressure, there is still more to learn.Diabetes is complex and involves multiple systems. (read more)

Diabetes in America: A go-to resource on diabetes and its complications

BY CATHERINE COWIE: Video: Catherine Cowie, Ph.D., M.P.H., editor of the newly-released third edition of Diabetes in America, provides an overview of the resource, including sharing surprising facts about diabetes and describing how clinicians can use it to advise their patients. (read more)


Ketogenic diet may increase risk for type 2 diabetes, early findings suggest

BY SHARI ROAN: The ketogenic diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates, appears to increase the risk of diabetes in the short term, suggests a preliminary study on mice. Researchers found that mice fed the diet began showing signs of insulin resistance, a process that can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, after only a few days on the diet.

The ketogenic diet — or the “keto” diet for short — has been around for decades. Most popularly, doctors have assigned the keto diet to help control seizures in people with epilepsy, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. But in recent years, people have begun turning to the diet in hopes of losing weight and, in some cases, better managing type 2 diabetes. Studies show that metabolic processes are altered when people consume a diet high in fat, such as meat, and low in carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta. (read more)

Weight gain temporarily raises diabetes risk after smoking cessation

BY SUBRATA THAKAR: Weight gain after stopping smoking is associated with an increased short-term risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The authors, led by Geng Zong, PhD, of the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University, reviewed three cohort studies that involved men and women in the U.S., who had reported quitting smoking. They assessed if smoking cessation and changes in body weight impacted the risk of developing T2D, death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality. (read more)

BY DEBORAH A. GREENWOOD: Members of the diabetes online community identify judgment, education and health care teams as major themes related to stigma, according to findings presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting.

“Stigma is pervasive in the world when talking about diabetes, and stigma makes managing and living with diabetes much harder,” Deborah A. Greenwood, PhD, RN, consultant and research scientist at Deborah Greenwood Consulting and past president of the AADE, told Endocrine Today. “The diabetes online community can create an opportunity for ongoing social support and create an opportunity to educate the greater community about the negative/incorrect information that exists that leads to stigma.” (read more)