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New Cell-Based Therapy Approach to T1D

Published: Feb 18th, 2014

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco are a step closer to developing a new stem-cell based treatment for type 1 diabetes. Reprogramming skin cells into mature pancreas-like cells could one day could offer a promising therapeutic alternative for T1D patients. Read more.

mDad: Mobile Diabetes Advice for Dads

Published: Feb 15th, 2014

UF Health researchers are seeking fathers and step-fathers of children and youth diagnosed with type 1 diabetes to take part in a new research study seeking to better understand the educational needs and priorities of their children. Funded by the University of Florida and the Jonas Foundation for Nursing Research, the study will require participants to complete two surveys and an in-person interview. Learn more.

Google begins testing of “smart contact lens” for diabetes patients

Published: Jan 24th, 2014

The prototype Google “smart” contact lens is designed to provide readings of glucose levels in the tears. The lens, equipped with an antenna and tiny chips, has the potential to replace the finger prick test in diabetes patients and make readings far less invasive. Diabetes is a chronic problem, affecting about one in 19 people across the globe and one in 12 in the United States. Read more.

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New Data: 1 in 4 Teens Meeting Federal Fitness Guidelines

Published: Jan 24th, 2014

As concerns over childhood obesity prevail, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data reveals that only about 25 percent of teenagers’ ages 12 to 15 are meeting federal fitness guidelines, specifically – an hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity every day. Experts say that limited amounts of daily physical activity are concerning, given the increasing number of obese and overweight children who are also diagnosed with diabetes. Read more.

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Women can lower diabetes risk with muscle-strengthening exercises

Published: Jan 15th, 2014

Data on 99,316 middle-aged and older women showed those who engaged in muscle-strengthening and conditioning activities (resistance exercise, yoga, stretching, toning) had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with their sedentary counterparts. Read more.

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Study looks at brain structure in children with type 1 diabetes

Published: Jan 14th, 2014

Pediatric type 1 diabetes patients had lower axial diffusivity in the frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital lobes compared with those without diabetes, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers also saw an association between cognitive ability and white matter structure in children with type 1 diabetes, but not in the nondiabetes group. Read more.

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DEVOTE Study at UF Health

Published: Jan 1st, 2014

Are you 50 years or older and have established Type 2 diabetes and heart disease — or risk factors for heart disease or chronic kidney disease? UF Health physicians are seeking participants for a new trial involving a once-daily new-generation insulin product.

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Inside Look: New Protein May Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

Published: Dec 18th, 2013

Dr. Bryon Petersen, a UF Health-affiliated diabetes research investigator and his research team are working to zero-in on a new functional protein, termed Islet Homeostasis Protein (IHoP) and its function(s) within the pancreas. “With this new target, we are now working to design new therapeutic approaches that will someday lead to the clinics and treatment of patients,” says Petersen. Read more.

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The Link Between Breakfast and Diabetes

Published: Dec 5th, 2013

For individuals with Type 2 diabetes, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A recent Israeli study found that those who indulge in a big breakfast packed with protein and fat saw a striking change in management of their diabetes. Read more.

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WDD Blue Circle Winners

Published: Nov 30th, 2013

We want to thank everyone who submitted entries for this year’s World Diabetes Day Blue Circle photo contest to promote diabetes awareness. This campaign continues to garner more attention every year, and we received entries from far-and-beyond this year! See a compilation of this year’s winners!