Diabetes Unit

Learn more about clinical care, education and research in diabetes at Mass General.

12/20/2013: New genetic risk factor for type 2 diabetes revealed

An international team of researchers in Mexico and the United States has uncovered a new genetic clue that contributes to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, particularly the elevated risk among Mexican and other Latin American populations.

12/14/2012: Patient education offers comic relief

The MGH Diabetes Education Program incorporates comics into patient education information.

02/21/2012: Study finds some insulin production in long-term type 1 diabetes

Massachusetts General Hospital research has found that insulin production may persist for decades after the onset of type 1 diabetes. Beta cell functioning also appears to be preserved in some patients years after apparent loss of pancreatic function.

07/19/2011: MGH ranks #2 in nation

MGH ranks #2 in 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" rankings

06/24/2011: Mass. General Hospital, Iacocca Foundation announce promising results of Phase I diabetes trial

Promising results of a Phase I clinical trial of the generic drug BCG to treat advanced type I diabetes are being announced today at the American Diabetes Association scientific sessions. An MGH research team is describing the apparent reproduction in human patients of a mechanism that reversed type 1 diabetes in a mouse model.

06/24/2011: Revere HealthCare Center celebrates community health

At this year’s annual Community Health Day, more than 70 guests gathered at the MGH Revere HealthCare Center to celebrate local community health efforts and learn about one of today’s most pressing health topics: diabetes.

06/06/2011: Women's risk of heart disease after gestational diabetes differs by race

New research finds that gestational diabetes, or pregnancy-related diabetes, may not raise the risk of heart disease independent of other cardiovascular risk factors except in certain high-risk populations.

08/27/2010: MGH grant supports study of electronic insulin-order system

MGH Hotline 08.27.10 Administering the correct dosage of insulin to hospitalized patients with type 2 diabetes is a top issue in quality and safety for many hospitals.

07/16/2010: MGH ranks among top

The MGH ranked third among the country's top hospitals on the annual list of "America's Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report.

04/14/2010: Novel artificial pancreas successfully controls blood sugar more than 24 hours

An artificial pancreas system that closely mimics the body's blood sugar control mechanism was able to maintain near-normal glucose levels without causing hypoglycemia in a small group of patients.

01/17/2010: New gene variants associated with glucose, insulin levels, some with diabetes risk

A major international study with leadership from MGH researchers has identified 10 new gene variants associated with blood sugar or insulin levels. Two of these novel variants and three that earlier studies associated with glucose levels were also found to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

10/28/2009: A Decade Later, Lifestyle Changes or Metformin Still Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Intensive lifestyle changes aimed at modest weight loss reduced the rate of developing type 2 diabetes by 34 percent compared with placebo in people at high risk for the disease, researchers conclude based on 10 years of data.

07/27/2009: Intensive Glucose Control Halves Complications of Longstanding Type 1 Diabetes

Near-normal control of glucose beginning as soon as possible after diagnosis would greatly improve the long-term prognosis of type 1 diabetes, concludes a study published in the July 27, 2009, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, which updates information about the clinical course of type 1 diabetes.


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