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Low-Carb Diets Linked to Atherosclerosis and Impaired Blood Vessel Growth

Even as low-carbohydrate/high-protein diets have proven successful at helping individuals rapidly lose weight, little is known about the diets' long-term effects on vascular health.

Research Sheds Light on Sudden Death in People with High Cholesterol

Cholesterol can affect the flow of the electrical currents that generate the heart beat

Elevated Arginase Levels Contribute to Vascular Eye Disease Such as Diabetic Retinopathy

Elevated levels of the enzyme arginase contribute to vascular eye damage and researchers say therapies to normalize its levels could halt progression of potentially blinding diseases such as diabetic retinopathy.

A Clue to the Elusive Cause of Type 1 Diabetes: Wheat

Scientists have discovered what may be an important clue to the cause of type 1 diabetes. Nearly half of study participants had an abnormal immune response to wheat proteins.

Night Home Hemodialysis Shown to be as Good as Transplant in Treating Kidney Failure

For the first time, it has been shown that patients who receive night home hemodialysis live just as long as those who receive kidney transplants from deceased donors.

Research Shows Why Low Vitamin D Raises Heart Disease Risks in Diabetics

Low levels of vitamin D are known to nearly double the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes, and researchers now think they know why.

Consumption of Sugar Substitutes Assists in Long-Term Weight Control

A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity reports that consumption of sugar-free beverages sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners increases dietary restraint, a key aspect of successful weight maintenance.

Fat in the Liver, Not the Belly, is a Better Marker for Disease Risk

New findings suggest that it's not whether body fat is stored in the belly that affects metabolic risk factors for diabetes, high blood triglycerides and cardiovascular disease, but whether it collects in the liver.

Antipsychotic Drugs Associated with High Blood Sugar in Older Adults with Diabetes

Older patients with diabetes who take antipsychotic medications appear to have an increased risk of hospitalization for hyperglycemia (elevated blood glucose level), especially soon after beginning treatment.

Cancer Treatment Controls Macular Edema Related to Diabetes and to Cataract Surgery

Ophthalmology Journal reports on use of bevacizumab (Avastin), to benefit diabetic patients with macular edema as well as people who develop cystoid macular edema after cataract surgery.

New Approach Targets Gut Hormone to Lower Blood Sugar Levels

A research team discovered a novel function of a hormone found in the gut that might potentially lower glucose levels in diabetes.

MRI May Help Physicians Diagnose, Stage and Treat Diabetes

Noninvasive imaging (MRI) may aid physicians in the early diagnosis, staging and treatment of diabetes, according to the first study of its kind to apply noninvasive imaging techniques to diabetes research.

Noninsulin-Producing Alpha Cells in the Pancreas Can Be Converted to Insulin-Producing Beta Cells

In findings that add to the prospects of regenerating insulin-producing cells in people with type 1 diabetes, researchers have shown that insulin-producing beta cells can be derived from non-insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

Found: A Gene That May Play a Role in Type 1 Diabetes

Scientists have identified a gene that may play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes.

Insufficient Sleep May Be Linked to Increased Diabetes Risk

Short sleep times may contribute to the development of insulin resistance and reduced glucose tolerance, which in turn may increase the long-term risk of diabetes.

Scarring Key to Link Between Obesity and Diabetes

People classified as obese and those with pre-diabetes have raised levels of a protein called SPARC, that can cause tissue scarring.

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