A1C and homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance were associated with the progression of aortic stiffness, measured by carotid femoral pulse wave velocity, among individuals without diabetes after adjusting for cardiovascular risk factors and physiological confounders, according to a study in Diabetes Care. UK researchers used a cohort of 4,386 individuals without diabetes and found a weakened correlation between aortic stiffness and HOMA-IR, but not with A1C, after additional adjustment for body mass index.
A Cleveland Clinic survey found 68% of adults were concerned about heart disease, but only 38% knew their blood pressure and 18% knew their body mass index. The survey showed 73% of people did not know heart disease is the top cause of death among diabetes patients.
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Mean gait-speed declines were the same for elderly patients with hypertension who achieved a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mm Hg as they were for those who hit a target of less than 140 mm Hg, according to SPRINT study data published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Some physicians expressed optimism about the data, saying the study suggests intense BP control is not harmful to mobility in older patients, but others were concerned about higher risks of kidney problems, syncope and other issues in the intensive-treatment group.
Patients with type 2 diabetes who used novel oral glucose lowering drugs reduced their risk of all-cause mortality, hypoglycemia and cardiovascular disease, compared with those on insulin, according to a study in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Swedish researchers used a cohort of 21,758 patients.
The Senate voted 52-47 to confirm Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as HHS secretary. Price, an orthopedic surgeon who has held a House seat since 2005, has backed repeal of the Affordable Care Act and conversion of Medicaid to a block-grant program.
Language in the 21st Century Cures Act may mitigate effects of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program on safety-net hospitals by requiring HHS to set different penalty thresholds based on the numbers of Medicare-Medicaid dual-eligible patients served by a hospital, experts wrote in a Health Affairs blog. "Recognizing that safety-net providers may have low financial margins and may need to make significant investments to improve readmission rates, the law allows for penalties to be set among peer hospitals, while maintaining a national standard for quality," the authors wrote.
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