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1. Metformin as initial diabetes treatment cuts need for added therapy

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Oct 28, 2014

Data published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed more than 40% of diabetes patients do not initiate metformin treatment despite guideline recommendations. However, using metformin as first-line diabetes therapy was tied to reduced need for treatment intensification compared with other oral agents, researchers said. Healio (free registration) (10/27)

2. Normal-weight seniors with diabetes show higher death risk

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Oct 30, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute on Aging noted an increase in mortality risk in normal-weight seniors with type 2 diabetes, but not in their obese counterparts. However, thigh muscle size appeared to mediate much of the risk between normal weight and mortality in patients. The results were published in Diabetes Care. (10/29)

3. White youth show increased type 1 diabetes rate

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Oct 24, 2014

A study in the journal Diabetes found the rate of type 1 diabetes among non-Hispanic white youth grew from 24.4 cases per 100,000 in 2002 to 27.4 cases per 100,000 in 2009. Researchers noted significant increases in type 1 diabetes rates in patients ages 5 to 19, but not in those ages 4 and younger. (10/23)

4. Resistance training may help DPN patients avoid falls

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Oct 29, 2014

Patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy were slower and clumsier than their healthier counterparts when going up and down stairs due in part to weak muscles, poor coordination and sensory damage, according to a study in Diabetes Care. However, researchers said resistance training may help patients build up strength and reduce the risk of falling. Reuters (10/28)

5. Study: Phone outreach does not boost drug adherence in diabetes

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Oct 28, 2014

A study in Diabetes Care revealed telephone intervention did not appear to improve drug adherence or metabolic control in adult diabetes patients who were recently prescribed new medication. Researchers said alternative methods are needed to promote drug adherence in patients. (10/27)

6. Aspirin's diabetes, heart benefits still unclear

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Oct 27, 2014

Researchers at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress stressed that it is still unclear whether aspirin therapy alone or in combination with a platelet inhibitor is safe and effective in the treatment of diabetes patients at risk of cardiovascular disease. Taking aspirin only once daily may be part of why the treatment does not seem to help, a researcher argued. Healio (free registration) (10/24)

7. Study supports nutrition psychoeducation for weight loss

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Oct 29, 2014

Using nutrition psychoeducation to help primary care patients who were overweight or obese lose weight appeared to be more successful than motivational interviewing or usual care, researchers reported in the journal Obesity. The nutrition psychoeducation program involved five sessions that focused on dietary intake and weight-loss goals. Healio (free registration) (10/27)

8. Mom's type 1 diabetes raises neurologic risks in infants

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Oct 27, 2014

A study presented at the Child Neurology Society meeting found infants born to mothers with type 1 diabetes had higher rates of hypotonia than those born to mothers with either gestational or type 2 diabetes. Data also showed congenital malformations were more common in the type 1 diabetes cohort compared with the other diabetes groups. Medscape (free registration) (10/24)

9. Study: Abandon strict glycemic targets in heart surgery patients

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Oct 30, 2014

A study in Diabetes Care showed relaxed inpatient glycemic targets for cardiac surgery patients led to similar mean perioperative glucose values but improved hypoglycemia rates compared with the older, stricter target. Mortality and surgical complication rates were similar in both groups. Healio (free registration) (10/29)

10. Herbs, spices improve metabolism, cut sodium intake

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Oct 29, 2014

The use of herbs and spices helped promote flavor in low-fat meals and improve metabolism and blood glucose levels in patients, data showed. Researchers also found that people who used spices and herbs consumed less sodium compared with nonusers. The results appear in the journal Nutrition Today. Science World Report (10/28)

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