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1. CVD mortality risk lower in diabetes patients using insulin pumps

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 06, 2015

Patients with type 1 diabetes who used insulin pumps for almost seven years had risk reductions of 45% of dying from fatal coronary heart disease, 42% of dying from fatal cardiovascular disease and 27% of death from any cause, compared with those who had multiple daily injections of insulin, according to a large Scandinavian study in The BMJ. Researchers also found that those who used insulin pumps were somewhat younger, had less heart disease, lower blood pressure, smoked less, and were more physically active and better educated. Reuters (07/02)


2. Preventable risk factors tied to 50% of CVD deaths in U.S. adults

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Fifty-four percent and 50% of heart disease deaths among U.S. men and women, respectively, ages 45 to 79, could have been prevented in 2010 if risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking were completely eliminated, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers also said that nearly 5% of these deaths would have been prevented if all states were able to lower the levels of those risk factors to that of states with the lowest levels, such as Colorado. Reuters (06/30)


3. Gluten-free not recommended for people who don't have celiac disease

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Up to a third of Americans may have reduced their consumption of gluten-containing foods, but for people who do not have celiac disease, a gluten-free diet could result in nutritional deficiencies, damage to healthy gut flora and weight gain, doctors say. Some people do have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, but there is no definitive test for the condition and the only way to confirm it is through a gluten challenge. People who suspect they may have celiac disease or NCGS should not alter their diet, which can result in inaccurate test results, and should see a doctor for a celiac disease test, doctors say. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/29)


4. IDF World Diabetes Congress -- Nov. 30 - Dec. 4

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

The IDF World Diabetes Congress is one of the world's largest health-related events. It brings together health care professionals, diabetes associations, policymakers and companies to share the latest findings in diabetes research and best practice. Learn more and register. Blank (06/30)


5. Incidence of type 2 diabetes tied to neighborhood, study finds

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Researchers looked at more than 5,000 people and found that 12% developed diabetes within the average 8.9 years of follow-up, with lower diabetes risk seen among those who lived in areas that had access to healthy foods and more physical activity resources. The findings in JAMA Internal Medicine also found a higher risk for diabetes among racial and ethnic minorities, those with lower income, low levels of physical activity, poor education, a family history of type 2 diabetes and a higher body mass index. MedPage Today (free registration) (06/29)


6. Bariatric surgery beneficial for type 2 diabetes patients

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

A study in the journal JAMA Surgery found that about one-third of obese type 2 diabetes patients were in partial or complete remission three years after undergoing weight-loss surgery, while none of those in the intensive lifestyle weight-loss program group were in remission. More disease remission was observed among patients who combined bariatric surgery with low-level lifestyle intervention than among those engaging in lifestyle intervention alone, said lead study author Dr. Anita P. Courcoulas. DailyRx.com (07/01)


7. Free Online Materials for Patient Education

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 06, 2015

The American Diabetes Association has developed a free resource for accessing our print-on-demand patient materials. Our new Patient Education Library has a variety of patient materials that can be saved and printed as needed. Topics include diabetes, prediabetes, complications, nutrition and prevention. New pieces are added as they become available, so check back regularly for new content. Search the materials. Blank (11/10)


8. Scientists identify genetic mutation linked to obesity, diabetes

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Scientists at Imperial College London used DNA sequencing to investigate the cause of a young woman's extreme obesity and found that she carried two copies of a mutation that blocks production of the carboxypeptidase-E protein, which is involved with regulating appetite and insulin and other hormones. Obesity and diabetes are serious, inherited disorders, study leader Alex Blakemore said in the journal PLOS ONE. "[S]ufferers should not be stigmatized for their condition. They should be offered genetic counseling and specialized lifelong support to allow them as healthy a life as possible," he said. Medical News Today (06/30)


9. Study: Muscadine grape seed oil could help lower obesity rates

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

A study published in Food and Function revealed that tocotrienol, an unsaturated form of vitamin E produced by muscadine grape seed oil, may help reduce the formation of new fat cells and cut obesity rates. Researchers also found the oil to be a good source of mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids. eMPR.com (06/29)


10. Early data suggest citrus intake may be tied to melanoma risk

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

An observational study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that participants who consumed citrus fruits at least 1.5 times a day had a 36% greater risk of developing melanoma. Researchers also reported that participants who had two to four citrus fruits every week were 10% more likely to have melanoma than those who ate the fruits less than twice a week. The study examined data from more than 63,000 women and 41,000 men. Reuters (06/29)




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