Review backs resveratrol's potential in diabetes care | Study examines effects of fatty acids on postmeal glucose | Weight-loss program adherence remains elusive for obese patients
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April 9, 2014
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Review backs resveratrol's potential in diabetes care
Resveratrol was associated with significant improvements in fasting glucose, insulin and A1C levels in patients with diabetes, according to a meta-analysis in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. However, researchers did not observe the same benefits in those who did not have diabetes. NutraIngredients (4/7)
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Study examines effects of fatty acids on postmeal glucose
A study in the journal Food & Function showed saturated fatty acids such as palmitic acid were associated with impairments in postmeal beta-cell function and insulin sensitivity, while oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid, was found to improve glycemic control by boosting insulin production in the pancreas and the body's sugar use, which in turn may help reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Royal Society of Chemistry/Chemistry World online (4/8)
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Nutrition & Wellness
Weight-loss program adherence remains elusive for obese patients
Patients who developed obesity-related conditions or showed a weight gain of at least 3% showed increased motivation to initiate therapy, a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicated. However, motivation appeared to dwindle and neither group was tied to sustained use of the weight-loss program. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (4/8)
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Satiety sets in earlier in obese, but intake remains high
Swiss researchers found that obese individuals were more likely to feel satiated earlier than their normal-weight counterparts. However, obese people tended to eat a lot faster and consume more calories compared with their slimmer peers. The findings appear in Physiology & Behavior. Toronto Sun/QMI Agency (4/8)
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Analyst: Shift from carbs to protein not slowing
Nielsen data indicate that consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods has fallen 5% during the last four years while protein-rich food consumption has risen 7%, and this shift "is likely to continue," said Robert Moskow, an investment analyst for Credit Suisse. "Unlike the Atkins diet fad of the mid-2000s, this demand shift appears to have staying power as consumers holistically try to increase the 'good fats' in their diet and reduce the amount of gluten and processed sugars." BakingBusiness.com (4/7)
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Practice Update
Insurance type affects likelihood of physician appointment
Researchers saying they had private insurance had about an 85% success rate in getting appointments with primary care physicians, compared with about 58% when they said they were Medicaid beneficiaries. The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Reuters (4/7)
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Many docs uncertain about medical homes' purpose, structure, survey finds
A survey by The Physicians Foundation revealed 37.9% of responding physicians reported being uncertain about the structure and purpose of medical home models. Researchers also reported 24.4% of respondents said medical homes may help reduce costs and improve health care quality, while 37.7% think medical homes will not result in lower costs and better quality. BeckersASC.com (4/8)
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Trends & Technology
Obama administration reverses proposed cuts in Medicare Advantage payments
The CMS announced Monday that it would raise payments to insurers providing Medicare Advantage plans by 0.4%, ending plans for a 1.9% average planned reduction. The cuts "would have been disproportionate, hurting seniors who would lose doctors or pay more. We're glad the administration heeded our call and reversed the policy," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said. Reuters (4/7), The Hill/Healthwatch blog (4/7), Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (4/7)
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Survey: Fewer people are without health insurance
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows that the share of adults without health insurance dropped to 15.6% in the first quarter, down from 17.1% at the end of 2013. The change would amount to more than 3.5 million people gaining coverage. The Washington Times/The Associated Press (4/7)
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