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1. Review supports low-carb diet as primary diabetes intervention

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2014

A critical review published in Nutrition Journal recommends a low-carb diet as the primary intervention in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The analysis also contests the use of total and LDL cholesterol measurement in evaluating cardiovascular health in patients as other factors appeared to be stronger markers. (U.K.) (07/18)

2. Prediabetes label may be of little help, researchers say

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 18, 2014

A group of U.S. and U.K. researchers says labeling people as having prediabetes is "unhelpful and unnecessary," as many would not progress to diabetes anyway. It also remains unclear whether diabetes drugs would provide significant benefits to those with prediabetes, the researchers wrote in BMJ. BBC (07/16)

3. Diabetes patients on statins show lower CVD mortality risk

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 21, 2014

Taking statins was associated with a 50% increased likelihood of survival in patients with type 2 diabetes and high cardiovascular disease risk, a study in Diabetes Care indicated. Science World Report (07/17)

4. Nurse-led protocol tied to better chronic disease management

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 21, 2014

An analysis found nurse-led outpatient disease management protocols were associated with significant improvements in A1C, blood pressure and lipid levels in patients with diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. The nurses followed a protocol for medication titration, according to the study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Renal and Urology News (07/18)

5. Protein injections shown to control type 2 diabetes

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 18, 2014

A single injection of the protein FGF1 into obese mice with type 2 diabetes reduced their blood sugar to normal levels for more than two days in tests conducted at the Salk Institute’s Gene Expression Laboratory in La Jolla, Calif. Continued injections also reversed insulin insensitivity. FGF1 controls glucose "in a powerful and unexpected way," said lead researcher Ronald Evans. The study was published in the journal Nature. New Zealand Herald, The (07/17)

6. Study ties lower diabetes odds to 2-year weight loss

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2014

A study published in Diabetes Care found weight loss at two years was strongly associated with lower diabetes risk and better cardiometabolic profile in patients. However, weight cycling was linked to an increased risk of diabetes. (07/22)

7. Hormonal contraceptives raise gestational diabetes risk

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 18, 2014

Women who used hormonal contraceptive methods prior to pregnancy were more likely than nonusers to develop gestational diabetes, according to a study in the CDC's Preventing Chronic Disease journal. Researchers also found women aged 30 and older and those who were overweight had higher odds of gestational diabetes than their younger and less heavy counterparts. (07/18)

8. ViaCyte to begin stem cell therapy trial for type 1 diabetes

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 18, 2014

ViaCyte has filed an application to start a Phase I/II clinical trial of its embryonic stem cell therapy for type 1 diabetes, which will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the product in humans. The stem cells are grown to replace insulin-producing cells, packaged in a semi-permeable device and implanted into the patient. The work is funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. San Diego Union-Tribune (07/17)

9. Diabetes raises complication, death risk after polytrauma

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 17, 2014

Research published in BMC Medicine revealed diabetes patients had higher rates of complication -- including renal failure, myocardial infarction and deep vein thrombosis -- and mortality following polytrauma than those without past medical comorbidities. The results stressed that health professionals "need to be vigilant when monitoring their patients in a polytrauma setting," trauma surgeon Dr. Peter Giannoudis said. Healio (free registration) (07/16)

10. Jawbone's Up wristband includes new features

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 18, 2014

Jawbone has introduced new food-tracking features to its wearable wristband called Up. Users can now log food and water and assess food's healthiness. Reuters (07/16)

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