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A hummingbird hovers next to a red and yellow feeder.
Why Don’t Hummingbirds Get Diabetes?
Astronomically high blood sugar is no problem for these tiny speed demons.
Why Don’t Hummingbirds Get Diabetes?
Why Don’t Hummingbirds Get Diabetes?

Astronomically high blood sugar is no problem for these tiny speed demons.

Astronomically high blood sugar is no problem for these tiny speed demons.

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Pink and purple <em>Plasmodium</em> parasites inside red blood cells
Malarial Host-Parasite Clash Causes Deadly Blood Sugar Drop
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Jul 18, 2022 | 4 min read
Scientists say they have finally figured out why some people with severe malaria end up with dangerous hypoglycemia, also reporting that the condition starves the parasite into changing tactics from virulence to transmission.
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Growing Evidence Ties COVID-19 to Diabetes Risk
Bianca Nogrady | May 3, 2022 | 7 min read
Studies suggest SARS-CoV-2 infection could trigger the development of diabetes in some people, even those with no other risk factors.
A Northern Bahamian Rock Iguana cranes its neck to eat a grape that’s speared on the end of a stick.
Grape-Doling Tourists Gave Endangered Iguanas High Blood Sugar
Dan Robitzski | Apr 21, 2022 | 3 min read
Research finds that a high-sugar diet supplied by tourists is giving Bahamian rock iguanas the lizard equivalent of high blood sugar.
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A Global Registry Aims to See if COVID-19 Causes Diabetes
Asher Jones | Mar 19, 2021 | 2 min read
Researchers have collected hundreds of COVID-19–related diabetes case reports since August of last year, in hopes of teasing apart the complex links between the two diseases.
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Mysterious Illness Linked to Lychees Kills Children in India
Chia-Yi Hou | Aug 27, 2019 | 2 min read
Malnourished kids who eat the fruit containing a naturally occurring toxin suffer from low blood sugar and symptoms of encephalopathy.
Human Pancreas Cells Can Be Made to Produce Insulin
Jef Akst | Feb 14, 2019 | 2 min read
When implanted into mice, the “pseudo-islets” helped treat the animals’ diabetes symptoms.
Caffeine-Triggered Cells Help Control Blood Sugar in Diabetic Mice
Diana Kwon | Jun 20, 2018 | 1 min read
Scientists engineered human cells to produce a molecule that stimulates insulin secretion in the presence of caffeine.
High-Fiber Diet Shifts Gut Microbes, Lowering Blood Sugar in Diabetics
Ashley Yeager | Mar 8, 2018 | 2 min read
New findings suggest that promoting the growth of fiber-loving bacteria may help manage type 2 diabetes.
Image of the Day: Glucose Sensor 
The Scientist and The Scientist Staff | Jan 2, 2018 | 1 min read
Scientists build a biosensor skin patch for noninvasive glucose monitoring. 
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