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1. Researchers develop diabetes progression prediction tool

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Researchers have created a new tool that could indicate short-term glycemic progression toward type 1 diabetes in autoantibody-positive relatives of people with type 1 diabetes. The study was published in Diabetes Care. (03/20)

2. Cooking method may reduce calories absorbed from rice, study says

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

A method of cooking rice that increases resistant starch concentrations may reduce the calories absorbed by the body by 50% to 60%, according to a study presented at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting. Researchers said resistant starch does not break down in the small intestine, where carbohydrates turn into glucose and sugars that go into the bloodstream. (03/23)

3. ADA's diabetes care guidelines highlight individualized treatment

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

The ADA's 2015 Standards of Care guidelines highlight the importance for primary care doctors to consider an individual's age, life expectancy and preferences when selecting treatments and setting blood glucose targets for diabetes patients, according to an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors also note that Asian-Americans have a higher risk of developing diabetes at lower weights and that diabetes patients between ages 40 and 75 should be given statins. HealthDay News (03/23)

4. Higher A1C threshold for prediabetes may reduce screening discord

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Chinese researchers who looked at 4,325 overweight and obese patients found that as BMI increased, the agreement between A1C criteria and oral glucose tolerance test decreased in patients with prediabetes. The findings appear in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Healio (free registration) (03/20)

5. Antibiotic use linked to increased diabetes risk

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Taking at least two courses of prescribed antibiotics was associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the European Journal of Endocrinology. The likelihood of getting diabetes increased by 8% after receiving two to five courses of penicillin. For patients who took two to five courses of quinolones, the risk rose by 15%. Daily Express (London) (03/25)

6. Diabetes patients may face reduced life expectancy, higher health costs

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

A study in Diabetes Care found fewer life years and greater health care expenses linked to diabetes. For individuals with diabetes, the predicted life expectancy had an inverted U-shape for most BMI classifications, with overweight individuals having the highest life expectancy. Higher lifelong health costs were seen in whites and women compared with blacks and men. Healio (free registration) (03/24)

7. Study: Dark chocolate could improve heart health in seniors

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2015

Dark chocolate can improve older adults’ heart health while also boosting energy and improving stamina, according to a study at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions 2015. "This is the first study we have conducted with a normal sedentary population. We saw on average a 15% improvement in performance," said study author Pam Taub. "Consumption of small amounts of dark chocolate that contains epicatechin improves mitochondrial function." Endocrinology Advisor (03/17)

8. Study reveals how Medicaid expansion affected diabetes diagnoses

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

A study published in Diabetes Care showed a 23% increase in the number of new diabetes cases identified in states that expanded Medicaid, compared with a 0.4% increase in states that did not expand the program. Researchers also said patients were more likely to be diagnosed at an earlier disease stage in states that had expanded Medicaid. U.S. News & World Report (03/23)

9. Coordinated care with diabetes self-management boosts outcomes in PCMHs

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Integration of diabetes self-management education and support within coordinated care settings was associated with reduced HbA1c levels among patients in patient-centered medical homes, U.S. researchers reported in The Diabetes Educator. Healio (free registration) (03/24)

10. Study looks at why type 2 diabetes risk is higher in obese men

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

A Canadian study published in Scientific Reports found that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is greater in obese men compared with obese women because of the activity of the PTEN protein in muscle. Lead author Dr. M. Constantine Samaan said the ability of women's muscle to effectively neutralize the protein "allows insulin to work better to move sugar from circulation to muscle." HealthDay News (03/23)

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