Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital November 14, 2013
November is National Diabetes Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects 26 million Americans, with 19 million people diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed. And over three times that many, an estimated 79 million American adults aged 20 years or older, have prediabetes, a condition which puts them at high risk for developing this serious chronic illness.
We’ve gathered blog posts about Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) research and treatments for addressing an illness that has become an epidemic.
Athletes aren’t the only ones who can benefit from coaching. A BWH research study found that diabetes patients who receive regular counseling take less time to lower blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages may cause weight gain and lead to the development of chronic diseases like diabetes. Some research studies show that adults who consume the highest levels of sugar-sweetened beverages had a 26 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to people who consume the lowest levels.
Melatonin, mainly produced at night, is a hormone produced by the brain that helps regulate your body’s sleep cycles. Researchers in the BWH Renal (Kidney) Medicine Division have found evidence that the amount of melatonin a person secretes during sleep may predict their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Bariatric (weight loss) surgery is effective at helping patients lose weight, but it’s also believed to be particularly effective at treating metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes. In some cases, type 2 diabetes patients experience significant improvement within days after surgery, with some seeing their disease go into remission.
In 2013, Dr. Sayeed Malek and Dr. Stefan Tullius perform the first pancreas transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, giving their patient the chance to be free of Type 1 diabetes, a disease that threatened the quality and length of his life.