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1. Study: Interactive online program helps people lose weight

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Nov 19, 2014

Brown University researchers say overweight and obese patients who participated in an online behavioral program lost more weight than a control group did. The study in Diabetes Care said the intervention included interactive videos, reporting of daily calorie intake and exercise and feedback based on progress, while the control group viewed online newsletters about healthy eating and exercise. Family Practice News (11/17)

2. U.S. diabetes care costs soar, study finds

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Nov 21, 2014

A study in Diabetes Care found health and other costs associated with diabetes care grew 48% in recent years, to $322 billion yearly. Data also showed the cost of prediabetes care increased 74% and expenses for undiagnosed diabetes grew 82%. HealthDay News (11/20)

3. Hyperglycemia tied to weaker muscles in diabetes patients

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Nov 19, 2014

A study in Diabetes Care revealed diabetes patients in the highest quartile of A1C exhibited significantly lower muscle strength and muscle quality than those in the lowest quartile. Healio (free registration) (11/18)

4. Gap in U.S. diabetes diagnosis demonstrated with care model

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Nov 18, 2014

Using a cascade-of-care model, researchers at Emory University found three in 10 adult diabetes patients in the U.S. remain undiagnosed. Data also revealed more patients in the diagnosed arm had access to a usual care provider and were able to meet blood pressure, lipid and nonsmoking targets than those in the undiagnosed cohort. However, more patients in the undiagnosed arm achieved their A1C target compared with the diagnosed group, researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Healio (free registration) (11/17)

5. Analysis: Insurance coverage for diabetes varies greatly

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Nov 20, 2014

An analysis of the summary of benefits and coverage forms from 10 bronze-level health-insurance-exchange plans shows that a patient with type 2 diabetes and $5,400 in annual costs could pay as little as $1,500 out of pocket in Massachusetts and as much as $5,350 in Illinois and Michigan. National Underwriter Life & Health (11/17)

6. Patients with type 1 diabetes show worse survival

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Nov 20, 2014

Swedish researchers found patients with type 1 diabetes exhibited higher mortality risk over 14 years than those without diabetes. Data also showed men and older people with or without diabetes had increased odds of dying during the study period. The findings appear in The New England Journal of Medicine. HealthDay News (11/19)

7. Remote eye screening spots retinopathy in diabetes patients

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Nov 17, 2014

A study in JAMA Ophthalmology found the use of a nonmydriatic camera and remote image evaluation helped detect retinopathy in 21.7% of diabetes patients. Background diabetic retinopathy was the most common diagnosis in patients, researchers said. (11/14)

8. Free program for your newly diagnosed patients!

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Nov 20, 2014

Let the American Diabetes Association help you answer some of the many questions your patients have at diagnosis. It all starts with a free booklet for you to give your patients with the information they need on day 1. The booklet also offers them the opportunity to enroll in a free, year-long program to get ongoing information, tools, recipes and support to help them manage and live well with diabetes. Help your patients get started. Order your free booklets today. Blank (04/22)

9. PCI tied to higher heart, death risk for diabetes patients

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Nov 21, 2014

Diabetes patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention had a 33% higher combined risk for stroke, nonfatal heart attack and death than those who had coronary artery bypass grafting, a study indicated. Those who underwent CABG also were less likely to need repeat surgery, according to the study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. (11/19)

10. Few Medicare beneficiaries get free obesity counseling

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Nov 20, 2014

About 30% of Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for free obesity-related counseling but only 1% have taken advantage of it, which registered dietitian Bonnie Modugno says is a "lost opportunity." The Medicare rule excludes RDs and other nutrition and obesity experts from providing the counseling. USA Today (11/15)

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