Category Archives: Research

Type 2 Treatment from the Alpha Cell?

Scientists are now taking a closer look at treatments for diabetes from the pancreatic alpha cell’s perspective. When we think of the pancreas and diabetes we immediately think of the beta cells and the hormone insulin. Insulin is responsible for … Continue reading

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Statins and Diabetes: Joslin Doctor Responds to Controversy

Earlier this year, the FDA placed a warning label on the class of LDL cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins. The label states that “increases in glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and fasting serum glucose levels have been reported with statin use,” but continued … Continue reading

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$10.8 Million Goes to Expand Joslin’s Mission

The Joslin Diabetes Center just received $5 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and raised another $5.8 million to match by tapping its donor base. These funds will build a Translational Center for the Cure of Diabetes. Translational research … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About Clinical Trials

If you receive your health care at a major medical center you may have seen flyers soliciting your participation in clinical trials.  So what are clinical trials? What are the responsibilities of the researchers? And most importantly for you, what … Continue reading

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SLIMM T2D Study: Surgery of Lifestyle with Intensive Medical Management in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

Description: We are comparing whether bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) or a diabetes and intensive medical and weight management program is more effective for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in patients who are modestly overweight. Participants will be randomized … Continue reading

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The Skinny on Fats: the difference between brown and white

Our posts on research being done at Joslin Diabetes Center on brown fat prompted anumber of our readers to send in questions on this subject. We picked some questions that have come up repeatedly and asked Aaron Cypess, M.D., Ph.D., … Continue reading

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50-Year Medalist Study | looking for type 1 diabetes answers

The Joslin 50-Year Medalist Study has involved a large group of patients who have been insulin dependent for 50 years or longer. Some of the more surprising preliminary results suggest that a majority of Medalists may still be producing insulin. … Continue reading

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Brown Fat in Kids | a new study from Joslin Diabetes Center and Children’s Hospital Boston

What’s cool about brown fat is that a little goes a long way, burning huge numbers of calories. Scientists have long known about brown fat, a “good” fat found in babies that increases the expenditure of energy. But they’ve generally … Continue reading

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Technology and Diabetes Care | questions from the AADE annual meeting

Greetings from the annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in sunny, hot and sizzling Las Vegas.  Thousands of us gathered in the city of sin to network and learn what is new and exciting in the … Continue reading

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The Other Fat

Fat is a problem. We don’t like excess fat in our bellies and thighs, and our lipid (which includes cholesterol) or fat numbers can’t be too high or the doctor will recommend medication. But what if I told you there … Continue reading

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