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1. Experts question accuracy of blood glucose meters in low glycemic range

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

An assessment found considerable differences in the performance of blood glucose meters in the low glycemic range, which could explain why BG measurement data is not accepted by the FDA as evidence for the efficacy of antidiabetic drugs for reducing hypoglycemia, researchers reported in Diabetes Care. They questioned whether these devices can be used in clinical trials to evaluate hypoglycemia risk. PhysiciansBriefing.com (07/22)


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. 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)


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. Survey finds many people cannot define gluten

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

A survey from NSF International found 90% of people had heard about gluten sensitivity or a gluten-free diet but 54% could not correctly define the term. Some common misunderstandings about gluten are that wheat-free products are gluten-free and that all grains contain gluten. Time.com (07/21)


7. 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)


8. Type 1 diabetes patients at increased risk for dementia, study finds

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

Researchers found that type 1 diabetes patients aged 60 and older were 83% more likely to develop dementia than those without the disease, according to a study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. Medscape (free registration) (07/23)


9. Teens may increase SMBG testing with monetary incentives

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

Adolescents increased their use of self-monitoring blood glucose testing from 1.8 tests each day to 4.9 tests each day and had improved A1C levels when they were given 10 cents for each test, a bonus for more than four tests daily and a maximum of $251.40. The findings in Diabetes Care were based on 10 adolescents with type 1 diabetes, aged 12 to 19, who were part of the program for 12 weeks. Healio (free registration) (07/23)


10. Choose diet over exercise for weight loss, experts say

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

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