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For some patients taking insulin and other drugs for type 2 diabetes may do more harm than good. Researchers are challenging the notion that everyone with diabetes must reach target blood sugar levels, especially those over age 50 who are at low risk for complications of the disease.
There has been a surge in cases of type 2 diabetes linked to the obesity epidemic. Lifestyle considerations dealing with good nutrition, exercise, and adequate rest are essential in dealing properly with this condition. Recent research shows that canola oil may be particularly helpful for people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Researchers have successfully reversed type 1 diabetes in mice with new onset of the disease. Targeting a different pathway in the immune system than other attempted therapies could someday mean success for reversing type 1 diabetes in humans.
A Boston University/Massachusetts General Hospital research team has developed a 'bionic' pancreas that succeeded in controlling blood sugar levels for adults and children with type 1 diabetes. The study of the artificial pancreas was experimental. The researchers hope it will be available within the next few years to help people with type 1 diabetes.
Brown University researchers have made progress developing a less painful way for people with diabetes to check their blood sugar level. The scientists have developed a biochip that can detect glucose levels accurately. The next step is to test the device in humans.