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1. Diabetes patients shouldn't skip breakfast, study suggests

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Type 2 diabetes patients who skip breakfast and fast until noon experienced a 40% and 25% increase in blood glucose levels after lunch and dinner, respectively, than on the days when they ate three meals. The findings in Diabetes Care, based on 22 overweight patients with type 2 diabetes, revealed that skipping breakfast also reduces the body's ability to convert blood glucose into energy. Reuters (07/28)

2. Patients on canagliflozin experience low rates of DKA, related events

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

The overall incidence rates of diabetic ketoacidosis and related events were 0.07% and 0.11% among type 2 diabetes patients who were given 100 mg and 300 mg of canagliflozin, respectively, compared to 0.03% of those on a comparator. The findings in Diabetes Care were based on data from 17,596 patients with type 2 diabetes. Healio (free registration) (07/27)

3. Medtronic alerts public about possible problem with insulin pumps

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 31, 2015

Medtronic filed an FDA report notifying customers of an issue with the bolus screen displays of its MiniMed 640G and 620G insulin pumps. The firm said the wrong bolus amount may appear on the products' screens because of an error with the Bolus Wizard, and it cautioned patients that blood glucose levels based on a bolus that is more than 12 minutes old should not be used to activate insulin delivery. Medtronic is investigating the problem and has issued updated user guides to customers. (Boston) (07/28)

4. Few diabetes patients meet all risk factor control targets

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

A study published in Diabetes Care revealed that only 35% of more than 5,000 diabetes patients evaluated met targets for A1C and LDL cholesterol levels and blood pressure, with more white than black patients meeting the targets. Researchers found 72% of patients met targets for A1C levels, 63% for LDL cholesterol levels and 73% for blood pressure. MedPage Today (free registration) (07/24)

5. Low glucose metabolism in brain impairs memory performance

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

An imaging study in JAMA Neurology found that insulin resistance in individuals at high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease is tied to reduced regional cerebral glucose metabolism. Lower glucose metabolism in the left medial temporal lobe was strongly correlated with poor performance on immediate memory and delayed memory tasks, researchers found. MedPage Today (free registration) (07/27)

6. Stomach-filling balloon gets FDA OK as weight-loss aid

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

The FDA approved Reshape Medical's inflatable stomach-filling balloon to aid weight loss in obese adults with at least one comorbidity who have been unsuccessful using diet and exercise alone. Data from the company's clinical trials showed people who got the balloon lost about 7% of their total body weight over six months but more than two-thirds gained it back after the device was removed. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (07/28)

7. Type 1 diabetes tied to increased risk of fracture

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

Patients with type 1 diabetes had an increased risk of having a fracture compared with those without the disease, across all age groups, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. Researchers also found a greater proportion of lower extremity and hip fractures among diabetes patients than those without diabetes. The study involved 334,266 participants with and without type 1 diabetes, aged 0 to 89. Healio (free registration) (07/29)

8. Study finds many older adults do not have diabetes in check

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 31, 2015

Only about one-third of almost 1,600 older adults with diabetes had their disease under control as defined by American Diabetes Association guidelines, researchers wrote in the journal Diabetes Care. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said data showed racial disparities, particularly among women, in measures of diabetes control. HealthDay News (07/30)

9. Reducing Cardiometabolic Risk: Patient Education Toolkit

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 31, 2015

The Reducing Cardiometabolic Risk Patient Education Toolkit has nearly 30 reproducible handouts for your patients at risk for or with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. This newly redesigned kit includes topics such as prediabetes, diabetes management, weight loss, nutrition, physical activity, heart health and complications. All handouts, which are in English and Spanish, are free to download and reproduce. View the kit. Blank (07/01)

10. Study looks at effect of sleep loss on metabolism

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

Men who didn't sleep for one night had increased promoter methylation and reduced transcription of circadian genes as well as an impaired glucose response, according to a study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The findings were based on 15 healthy men with normal sleep habits. Healio (free registration) (07/28)

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