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Processing Sugar: Do Artificial Sweeteners Cause Harm?

Published: Oct 29th, 2014

Over the past decade, increased consumption of table sugar and artificial sweeteners has been linked to rising rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the United States and throughout the world. Now, new research evidence builds on these previous findings; providing new insights into pathogenesis and innovative therapies for this important disease. Read more.

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New research opportunity for prevention of Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Published: Oct 27th, 2014

It is well known that pregnancy is a state of insulin resistance. In a new clinical trial at the University of Florida, researchers aim to identify the number of patients with NAFLD who have developed gestational diabetes during their pregnancy, and to determine whether there is a direct correlation between the two diseases. Learn more.

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Blueberry Hill Program Partners with UF Diabetes Institute

Published: Oct 27th, 2014

The Blueberry Family Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is excited to partner with the University of Florida Diabetes Institute and other leading diabetes organizations on a new program to prevent type 2 diabetes in children. The foundation, established by growers in the blueberry industry, will launch their first philanthropic programs in Florida in 2015. Read more.

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Vitamin D levels lack association with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, UF study finds

Published: Oct 27th, 2014

The relationship between 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease does not appear to be causal, challenging prior observational evidence that increasing the vitamin could reduce disease risk, according to new research published in the Journal of Hepatology. The UF study also measured the potential causal relationships between vitamin D and type 2 diabetes, and found similar outcomes.

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On the Same Page: The UF Diabetes Institute

Published: Oct 15th, 2014

In the latest issue of On the Same Page, UF Health president David S. Guzick, M.D. Ph.D. details the events leading up to the formation of the new UF Diabetes Institute — a collaboration of dozens of researchers campuswide all focused on forging new advances in treatment for a disease that afflicts an estimated 29.1 million Americans and 1 in 10 Floridians.

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ADA position statement addresses diabetes in child care setting

Published: Sep 23rd, 2014

Type 1 diabetes care for children aged 5 years or younger requires unique management, according to a recent position statement in Diabetes Care. Authors stress that pediatric diabetes patients need a proactive disease care plan that involves clinicians, parents/guardians and child care staff. Researchers also highlighted hurdles in pediatric diabetes care, including language barriers, health literacy and ethnic and cultural practices. Read more.

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New diabetes program for GatorCare members

Published: Sep 4th, 2014

GatorCare offers multiple health insurance plans to eligible employee groups associated with the University of Florida and its affiliates. Are you a GatorCare member diagnosed with diabetes? Learn about a new program designed to help you manage your condition and your health. This program is open to GatorCare members and their covered dependents. Call (352) 733-9202 or email morgan.papworth@floridablue.com by October 1st to determine your eligibility.

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UF study aims to assess prevalence of fatty liver in African-Americans

Published: Aug 28th, 2014

A fatty liver is now the most common chronic liver condition in adult Americans and will soon be the leading cause of end-stage liver disease in patients that are obese or have type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Researchers at the University of Florida want to determine whether African-Americans accumulate fat in their livers in a similar way to Caucasians and Hispanics in order to develop novel insight for early diagnosis and treatment techniques for the condition.

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UF diabetes and aging study recognized by U.S. Senator

Published: Aug 1st, 2014

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, D-FL took note of a recent UF study authored by affiliate diabetes investigator Todd Manini, Ph.D. which highlights a link between sitting and risk for diabetes. “We must continue funding groundbreaking research like that at the University of Florida and promoting the kinds of lifestyle changes that will reduce the risks of diseases like diabetes in old age,” he said.

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Celiac screening for kids with type 1 diabetes

Published: Jul 11th, 2014

Several studies to date have found that people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) tend to have celiac disease more often than individuals in the general population. Michael Haller, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at UF Health, told Medscape Medical News in a recent interview that screening every type 1 diabetes patient for the disease presents a unique clinical challenge.