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1. Medtronic launches insulin management system

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Medtronic has introduced its MiniMed 640G system meant to bolster insulin management in diabetes patients by suspending and restarting insulin delivery, depending on a patient's blood glucose levels. MassDevice.com (Boston) (01/21)


2. Study links lower vegetable protein intake, metabolic syndrome

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

A Japanese study on the website of the Journal of Diabetes Investigation links lower consumption of vegetable protein and a higher dietary acid load with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome for patients with type 2 diabetes. Researchers said carbohydrate consumption affected dietary protein quality and acid load. PhysiciansBriefing.com (01/20)


3. Study backs saxagliptin's heart safety profile for renal impairment

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

The diabetes drug saxagliptin did not raise the odds of cardiovascular events in patients with renal impairment, according to a study in Diabetes Care. However, researchers found that while saxagliptin may thwart diabetic nephropathy progression in most patients, the drug is associated with a 27% higher risk of heart failure admission in those with moderate renal impairment. MedPage Today (free registration) (01/15)


4. Many diabetes patients lack knowledge on hypoglycemia

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

A survey by the American Association of Diabetes Educators says 62% of patients with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes expressed concerns about hypoglycemia, with 81% calling it a serious health concern and 98% being aware of the importance of managing the condition. However, 42% of patients who did not experience hypoglycemia were not able to accurately define it, and 49% of patients did not know that glucose tablets can be used to address an event. Healio (free registration) (01/20)


5. Many older patients with diabetes, dementia on tight glycemic control

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

A study in Diabetes Care revealed about half of older male veterans with type 2 diabetes and dementia had A1C levels lower than 7%. Data also showed 75% of patients on intensive glycemic control also took sulfonylureas and/or insulin, which may increase the risk of hypoglycemia or other adverse events. Medscape (free registration) (01/22)


6. Experts ID factors in diabetes Rx adherence

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Patients who were new to diabetes therapy had a lower likelihood of treatment adherence, a study showed. Researchers also found age, gender and income were among factors that affect adherence. "For all patients, efforts to reduce out-of-pocket costs and encourage use of mail order pharmacies may result in higher adherence," researchers wrote in Diabetes Care. PhysiciansBriefing.com (01/19)


7. Vitamin K1 supplementation improves glycemic status in prediabetes

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

A study of premenopausal women with prediabetes showed that those who received vitamin K1 supplements attained better glycemic status and higher serum adiponectin concentration than those in the placebo cohort. The findings were published in the Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders. Healio (free registration) (01/19)


8. Free Online Materials for Patient Education

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jan 19, 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)


9. Prolonged sitting may increase disease, mortality risks

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Canadian researchers who analyzed data from 47 studies found an association between long periods of sitting each day and higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death. The study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed the risks were not entirely eliminated through regular exercise, and researchers advised that people work in more activity throughout the day. HealthDay News (01/19) Reuters (01/20)


10. Study: Timing of first gluten exposure may not affect celiac disease risk

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Data from a study in Pediatrics showed that the time at which gluten is introduced to an infant's diet may not be linked to the risk of celiac disease or celiac disease autoimmunity by age 5. The study involved research centers in the U.S., Finland, Germany and Sweden. Medscape (free registration) (01/19)




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