Insulin May Reduce Several Inflammatory Factors

Treating intensive care patients who develop life-threatening bacterial infections, or septicemia, with insulin potentially could reduce their chances of succumbing to the infection, if results of a new preliminary study can be replicated in a larger study. A paper published online ahead of print in Diabetes Care reports that insulin lowered the amount of inflammation and oxidative stress in study participants who had been injected with a common bacteria, or endotoxin, known as LPS (lipopolysaccharide)……..

Diabetes patients rank health concerns

About one-third of doctors and their patients with diabetes do not see eye to eye on the most important health conditions to manage, as per a survey by the University of Michigan Medical School. While both groups frequently ranked diabetes and high blood pressure among their top concerns, 38 percent of doctors were more likely to rank high blood pressure as the most important, while only 18 percent of diabetics said it was the most important. Patients were also more likely to prioritize symptoms such as pain and depression……..

New diabetes risk assessment developed

A team from the University of Leicester, led by Professor Melanie Davies from the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Professor Kamlesh Khunti from the Department of Health Sciences, has developed an easy way for people to assess their risk of having diabetes. Working in partnership with Diabetes UK, the largest diabetes charity in the country, and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, they have produced the first diabetes risk evaluation that can be used in a multi-ethnic population……..

Diabetes drug increases risk for bone fractures

A Henry Ford Hospital study finds women with type 2 diabetes who take a usually prescribed class of medications to treat insulin resistance appears to be at a higher risk for developing bone fractures. After taking a thiazolidinedione (TZD) for one year, women are 50 percent more likely to have a bone fracture than patients not taking TZDs, as per study results. And those at the greatest risk for fractures from TZD use are women older than 65……..

Gestational diabetes may recur in future pregnancies

There is an increased risk of recurring gestational diabetes in pregnant women who developed gestational diabetes during their first and second pregnancies, as per a Kaiser Permanente study appearing online in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology The study of 65,132 women observed that in comparison to women without gestational diabetes in their first and second pregnancies, women who developed gestational diabetes during their first but not second pregnancies had a 630 percent increased risk for developing gestational diabetes during their third pregnancy. This risk was even more pronounced 25.9-fold in the third pregnancy for women who had gestational diabetes in their first and second pregnancies……..

For Women with Gestational Diabetes

A common test to diagnose gestational diabetes – a temporary condition which can harm both mother and child if left untreated – also has predictive power for Type II adult-onset diabetes, a new Tel Aviv University study finds. Dr. Gabriel Chodick of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine has proven that women who „fail“ the glucose challenge test, a series of four blood tests conducted over a single four-hour period, have a higher chance of developing adult onset diabetes during the later part of life. In his latest research, published in the journal Diabetic Medicine, Dr. Chodick observed that nearly half the women who fail all four of the four-part tests, demonstrating an elevated blood sugar level, developed Type II diabetes within ten years……..

High blood pressure drugs in diabetic eye disease

Researchers in Massachusetts are reporting new evidence that certain hypertension drugs appears to be useful in preventing and treating diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of vision loss in people with diabetes. The study, the largest to date on proteins in the retina, could lead to new ways to prevent or treat the sight-threatening disease, they say. The findings are in ACS‘ Journal of Proteome Research, a monthly publication……..