14 from ’14: The Best of This Year from Speaking of Diabetes, Part 2

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Throughout 2014 we’ve brought you stories about everything from a calorie-burning fat, to how to deal with diabetes stress, to inspirational athletes with diabetes. Revisit some of our highlights in the second post of this two-part list of our 14 best stories from 2014.

8. Emotions & Blood-Sugar Levels: How Diabetes Can Affect Your Mood


by John Zrebiec, L.I.C.S.W., Director of Behavioral Health at Joslin, and Gail Musen, Ph.D., Investigator in the Section on Clinical, Behavioral & Outcomes Research.
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Diabetes can affect both your physical and mental health. A diagnosis of diabetes certainly adds a huge emotional weight, which can often manifest as depression, anxiety or some other emotional issue.   The same goes for the stress of managing diabetes 24/7. Continue reading –>

9. Joslin Scientists Honored for Discovering Treatment for Diabetic Eye Disease

George King, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Lloyd Paul Aiello, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Beetham Eye Institute were among seven individuals, including colleagues from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Genentech and UC San Diego, to receive the 2014 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award for their contributions toward the discovery of treatments for proliferative diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. Continue reading–>

10. Driving to Stop Diabetes with Ryan Reed


Ryan Reed is not your average 20-year old – in addition to being a NASCAR driver, Ryan is one of two national racecar drivers with type 1 diabetes. While some people may doubt the feasibility of managing type 1 diabetes while racing, Ryan’s success may just prove these skeptics wrong. Continue reading –>

11. What is LADA?

IsletsofhumanpancreasLADA stands for latent autoimmune diabetes in adults.  You may not have heard of it—it isn’t as common as type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes, or even regular type 1 diabetes— but physicians have been familiar with it for a while. LADA involves the almost complete destruction of the beta producing insulin cells by the body’s own immune system, leading some researchers categorize LADA as a subset of type 1 diabetes, while others think of it as simply a way station in the continuum between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Continue reading–>

12. A 90 Year Old Mystery Solved with Molecular Biology

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When you have diabetes, pregnancy can seem kind of scary. From overdramatized stories in the movies to real life risks like diabetic retinopathy, congenital malformations, and delivery complications, including  hypoglycemia in the infant, there’s a lot more to worry about than in your average pregnancy. But researchers at Joslin are trying to figure out why and how these complications happen. Because of their work, we’re getting a view of diabetic pregnancies in finer and finer detail—which may just lead to possible therapies or cures. Continue reading–>

13. Genetics in Motion: Putting T Cells in Their Place

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The mysterious onset of type 1 diabetes may have to do with what’s in your genes. Studies of twins show that if one twin has type 1 diabetes, the other has a 50 to 80 percent likelihood to also get the disease. Stephan Kissler, Ph.D., Assistant Investigator in the Section on Immunobiology at Joslin Diabetes Center, studies those genes associated with multiple autoimmune diseases using some of the newest lab techniques available. Continue reading–>

14. Pursuing a Kidney Clue: Fighting Type 1 Kidney Failure

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The research idea sprang from data. “Our data revealed type 1 diabetes patients with moderately high serum uric acid levels are at high risk of losing kidney function,” says Joslin researcher Alessandro Doria, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. “But we didn’t know if this is due to uric acid itself or to something else going together with it. We need to find out if uric acid is the culprit or not.” To find the answer, he is heading a new study in collaboration with Andrzej Krolewski, Ph.D. and other key Joslin investigators, a five-year clinical trial titled Preventing Early Renal Function Loss in Diabetes, or PERL. Continue reading–>

Make sure to follow Speaking of Diabetes throughout 2015 to get more updates on diabetes research and self-management!
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