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On the Same Page: The UF Diabetes Institute

Published: October 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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Recent onset type 1 diabetes studies

Published: September 24th, 2014

Individuals with newly-diagnosed type 1 diabetes. Researchers hope to delay and ultimately prevent diabetes by finding new approaches of diagnosing the disease in its earliest stage to optimize the potential for successful treatment and testing of innovative new therapies.

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Established type 1 diabetes (diagnosed 2 or more years ago)

Published: September 24th, 2014

Individuals who have long-standing type 1 diabetes. Research ranges from studies to save insulin producing cells to therapies to help manage diabetes and reduce possible disease complications.

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Family members of people with type 1 diabetes

Published: September 24th, 2014

If someone in your family has type 1 diabetes, you and other family members may be at risk. We offer many research trials through TrialNet, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Network (JDRF) and The Helmsley Foundation, to name a few.

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Type 2 diabetes research studies

Published: September 24th, 2014

Approximately 95 percent of all diabetes cases are type 2 manifestation. A number of studies are underway at the University of Florida and UF Health Jacksonville to help manage and treat the disease in both children and adults, as well as testing new innovative therapies as a means of reducing the risk for future complications.

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Diabetes-related studies

Published: September 24th, 2014

An estimated three out of five people with a diabetes manifestation have at least one other serious health problem commonly associated with the disease, including periodontal disease, heart disease, stroke, eye damage, chronic kidney disease, nerve pain, and foot problems which can lead to amputations. UF research aims to minimize the risk factors which can lead to these complications.

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ADA position statement addresses diabetes in child care setting

Published: September 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: September 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: August 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: August 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.