Type 2 Diabetes

Latest Research

Every week our cardiologists review the most recent advances in cardiovascular medicine and select news to share with you. Here you will find summaries of some of the latest research news about type 2 diabetes. Share these articles with your friends and family via social media, print items you’d like to discuss with your care team, or add them to your toolbox to read later.

Southern Diet Strongly Linked to Heart Disease

Excessive sugar and saturated fats are to blame for the negative impact on heart health.

Obese Patients More Likely to Receive Preventive Meds

This study investigates the link between obesity, medications to help mitigate heart disease risk, and what is known as the “obesity paradox.”

Helping Patients with Diabetes Improve Their Heart Health

Recent statement from the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association highlights the importance of heart disease prevention in patients with diabetes.

Economic and Social Forces Have Big Impact on Heart Health

The American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement addressing social factors that influence risk for heart disease.

Air Pollution and Heat Hinder Recovery in Cardiac Rehab

Physical activity is an important part of cardiac rehab, but environmental factors may restrict exercise capacity.

Enlarged Heart Linked to Atrial Fibrillation

The largest study of its kind confirms that an enlarged heart increases risk for a common condition involving an irregular heartbeat.

High Salt Intake Linked to Greater Risk for High Blood Pressure

High salt intake increases chances of developing high blood pressure by 25%, says study.

Smoking and Preterm Birth Increase Heart Disease Risk in Women

Independently, each of these risk factors spells trouble for women’s health later in life; in this study, experts explored the combined impact.

Body Mass Index Fails to Accurately Measure Body Fat

It takes more than weight and height to accurately measure body fat and assess heart health, say experts.

A History of Trauma Places Women at Increased Cardiovascular Risk

Traumatic events like physical assault and childhood abuse are linked to a nearly 50% increased risk for heart attack or stroke.

Study Estimates Impact of Sugary Beverages on Global Health

Mexico and the United States top the list of populations most affected by sugar-sweetened beverage related deaths.

Neighborhood and Physical Environment Impact Diabetes Risk

Neighborhood access to healthy food and physical activity has a big impact on risk for type 2 diabetes.

The Toll Traffic Takes—Even When You’re Not Driving

Traffic noise increases risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

1 in 2 Latino Adults Unaware of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is especially common among Latinos, yet only half of this population is aware of the condition.

Careful Planning is Key to Safe Pregnancy for Women with Congenital Heart Disease

For women with congenital heart disease, meeting with specialists, risk assessment and counseling are essential when considering pregnancy.

Chocolate Protects Against Heart Disease and Stroke

Moderate chocolate consumption helps, not harms, cardiovascular health.

Action, Not Advice, Helps Smokers Quit

Creating a quit plan and providing tools for ongoing support is more effective than education alone in helping smokers quit.

Education and Income Closely Linked to Heart Disease Risk in African-Americans

Findings suggest that the lifestyle factors that come with higher income can reduce risk for heart attack and stroke.

Early Detection of Genetic Disorder Causing High Cholesterol is Life-Saving

Recognizing the signs of a genetic disorder called familial hypercholesterolemia adds decades to lives.

Alcohol Alters Heart Function in Elderly Adults

Study finds that drinking alcohol causes changes in heart size and function, especially in elderly women.

Healthier School Lunches Help Combat Obesity

Improving the nutritional value of meals helped curb obesity rates in California schools, but low-income areas didn’t experience longer-term benefits.

Cash Incentives Help Smokers Quit

Rewards-based programs are much more appealing than deposit-based programs, which require smokers to risk their own money.

Dietary Fiber Reduces Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Multi-country study finds that cereal fiber has the greatest impact on diabetes risk.

Low-Dose Aspirin Safest for Heart Attack Survivors

Study finds low-dose aspirin is just as effective and carries less risk of complications than high-dose aspirin in heart attack patients.

Depression Increases Stroke Risk, Even if Symptoms Subside

Study findings highlight the need for increased screening for mental health and better treatment for conditions like depression.