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.

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.

One in Three Americans Has Metabolic Syndrome

One-third of Americans has a cluster of risk factors putting them at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, based on a review of national surveys from the last decade.

Few Patients Well-Informed When Considering Heart Procedure to Relieve Chest Pain

When patients are well-educated about the decision, fewer decide to undergo the procedure.

Strong Grip Indicates Better Heart Health

Grip strength is a simple and affordable way to assess health, including risk for heart disease and stroke.

Complications From Heart Drugs More Common in Women than Men

Gender differences in the safety and efficacy of heart drugs are widely overlooked despite women having increased risk of complications.

Insulin Resistance Increases Heart Disease Risk in Women

Heart disease and insulin resistance are linked, but the latter does not need to be accounted for in heart risk calculations.

Mediterranean Diet Improves Memory and Brain Function

A diet rich in olive oil and nuts may improve brain function and reduce risk for dementia.

Vitamin D Supplements Fail to Reduce Blood Pressure

While low vitamin D levels are associated with high blood pressure, supplements are not enough to effectively lower blood pressure.

Many Hospitals Fall Short in Referrals to Cardiac Rehab

Despite the known benefits of cardiac rehab, many hospitals do not refer patients to this important follow-up care after PCI.