Study finds link between gut microbes and Type 2 diabetes

A large-scale international study uses metagenomics and blood analysis to uncover gut microbes associated with the risks for common illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

diet obesity type-2-diabetes health-medicine plant-based-diet gut-microbes andrew-t-chan personalized-responses-to-dietary-composition-trial-1 predict-1

Researchers unveil stem cell models of human spine development

Harvard researchers have unveiled the first stem cell models of human spine development, setting the stage for better understanding of musculoskeletal and metabolic disorders, including congenital scoliosis, muscular dystrophy, and Type 2 diabetes.

Stephanie Dutchen • harvard
Jan. 8, 2020 ~6 min

 science-technology  stem-cells  type-2-diabetes  muscular-dystrophy  congenital-scoliosis  musculoskeletal-disorders  olivier-pourquie  segmentation-clock

Islet-on-a-chip technology streamlines diabetes research

Islet-on-a-chip technology allows clinicians to easily determine the therapeutic value of beta cells for any given patient.

Mary Bergman • harvard
Aug. 29, 2019 ~6 min

 science-technology  biotechnology  diabetes  type-2-diabetes  basic-research  otd  douglas-a-melton  organ-on-a-chip

Plant-based diet may lower risk of Type 2 diabetes

A new meta-analysis shows that people who follow predominantly plant-based diets with greater adherence have a 23 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who follow these diets with lower adherence.

Amy Roeder • harvard
July 22, 2019 ~3 min

 type-2-diabetes  health-medicine  harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health  plant-based-diet  jama-internal-medicine

What can we do to keep people from gaining more weight?

Health and policy expert Sara Bleich has found that when trying to change the way people eat, being prescriptive isn’t always the answer.

Deborah Halber • harvard
April 9, 2019 ~12 min

 obesity  type-2-diabetes  radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study  health-medicine  fat-shaming  harvard-graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences  sara-bleich