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.

Gastric Bypass Helps Reverse Damage to Arteries

Weight loss surgery improves function of the heart and vessels in obese patients.

Smoking Cessation Aid Helps Ease Smokers Into Quitting

Varenicline (Chantix) offers an effective treatment option for smokers that want to gradually kick the habit.

Underestimating a Rare Heart Condition in Pregnant Women

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is underdiagnosed and may be more common than previously estimated.

Smoking Kills More Americans Than Estimates Suggest

New study identifies several new smoking-related diseases, increasing the death toll from cigarette smoking.

Best and Worst Devices and Apps for Tracking Steps

Wearable devices and smartphone apps used to track physical activity may vary in accuracy but are useful overall, says recent study.
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Angioplasty for Patients with Chronic Blockages Underutilized

Researchers in an almost 4-year study found that angioplasty for patients with chronic blockages made up only 3.8% of the total number of angioplasties performed for stable heart disease.

Blood Pressure Meds Life-Saving for Patients with Diabetes

Reducing blood pressure by 10 mmHg lowers risk for heart disease.

Mediterranean Diet Protects Against Stroke

The protective benefit of healthier eating is seen even when incorporating only parts of the diet.

Heavy Drinking Increases Stroke Risk

Consuming more than two alcoholic drinks daily was linked to a 30% greater risk for stroke among study participants.

Stress Hinders Heart Attack Recovery in Women

Stress helps explain differences in heart attack outcomes among men and women.

Survey: 1 in 3 Americans Prefers Shorter Life to Daily Pill

Researchers explore the uptake of a preventive heart disease medicine.

Study Uses Health Records to Help Smokers Quit

Using electronic health records to identify and support low-income smokers highlights the ability to reduce disparities and improve public health.

Dietary Counseling Beginning in Infancy Improves Adult Heart Health

Young adults taught healthy eating habits as babies and throughout their lives were half as likely to develop metabolic syndrome compared to those receiving standard care.

Modest Drinking May Reduce Heart Failure Risk

Men and women consuming up to one drink a day have lower risk of heart failure compared to non-drinkers.

Teleconferencing Improves Stroke Treatment in Rural Settings

Virtual medical consultations enable care from specialists in areas without comprehensive stroke centers.

Running for Health? Moderation is Key

You don’t have to be a marathon runner to reap full benefits, according to a new study.

Study Questions Strict Sodium Guidelines for Older Adults

Reducing sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg a day may be excessive for older adults.

Shedding Light on a Mysterious Type of Heart Attack

MINOCA is a heart attack not resulting from narrowed arteries.

Study Disputes Use of Blood Thinners in Younger AFib Patients

The risks associated with blood thinners may outweigh the benefits in younger atrial fibrillation patients with low stroke risk.

Ability to Process Nicotine Linked to Efficacy of Patch vs. Pill

How quickly smokers metabolize nicotine may impact whether the nicotine patch or Chantix works best, finds study.

Many Diabetic Seniors Dangerously Over-treated

Older adults with diabetes are controlling their blood sugar levels too tightly, according to study.

Well-being in Childhood Impacts Adult Heart Health

Key indicators of a child’s well-being may determine risk for heart disease later in life, finds study.

High Systolic Blood Pressure Increases Heart Risk in Young Adults

Having a high systolic blood pressure increases risk of heart disease and death in young adults, even when diastolic blood pressure is normal.

Experts Emphasize the Importance of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Despite its value and importance, cardiac rehab is vastly underutilized by patients.