Four Year Old Boy the first person in the world to be fitted with insulin pump to prevent hypoglycaemia attacks

A four-year-old Perth boy is the first person in the world to be fitted with an artificial pancreas to help manage his type 1 diabetes. Xavier Hames is one of more than 122,300 Australians living with the autoimmune disease that destroys the ability to produce insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. His new insulin…

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20% of people with Type 2 Diabetes Might Have ‘Exercise Resistant’ Genes

Ever wondered why is it that someone who walks 30 minutes every other day and loses 15 pounds is able to significantly reduce their Hba1c, whereas another person who reports to exercising twice as much is unable to achieve the same success? A recent study study maybe able to answer this question by showing that certain…

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image of a woman running, exercise is one of the best forms of controlling your diabetes from Diabetes Insight, Cork, Ireland

Physical activity, glycaemic control and peripheral neuropathy

A recently published study evaluated the association between physical activity, glycemic control and peripheral neuropathy among diabetic patients. Background Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage often resulting in pain and/or loss of sensation) is a common complication among diabetic patients. Peripheral neuropathy not only impairs activities of daily living, but also makes patients more susceptible to infections in the affected…

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Stem Cell Breakthrough in the Quest for Type 1 Diabetes Cure

A cure for diabetes could be imminent after scientists discovered how to make huge quantities of insulin-producing cells, in a breakthrough hailed as significant as antibiotics. Harvard University has, for the first time, managed to manufacture the millions of beta cells required for transplantation. The groundbreaking research marks the culmination of 23-years of research for…

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Viral Infection May Trigger Childhood Diabetes in Utero

The exact cause of juvenile  or Type 1 diabetes has eluded scientists, but a new study from Tel Aviv University suggests a likely trigger before birth. In a recent paper published in Diabetic Medicine, Zvi Laron, professor Emeritus of Pediatric Endocrinology at TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, director of the Endocrinology and Diabetes Research Unit…

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