Most Clicked DiabetesPro SmartBrief Stories

1. Cooking method may reduce calories absorbed from rice, study says

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

A method of cooking rice that increases resistant starch concentrations may reduce the calories absorbed by the body by 50% to 60%, according to a study presented at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting. Researchers said resistant starch does not break down in the small intestine, where carbohydrates turn into glucose and sugars that go into the bloodstream. (03/23)

2. Impaired brain insulin action seen in overweight adults

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2015

Insulin action in the prefrontal cortex was selectively impaired in overweight and obese adults compared with their leaner counterparts, German researchers reported in Diabetes Care. Insulin-induced reduction of cerebral blood flow in the prefrontal cortex was seen only among the lean participants. Healio (free registration) (03/27)

3. Antibiotic use linked to increased diabetes risk

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Taking at least two courses of prescribed antibiotics was associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the European Journal of Endocrinology. The likelihood of getting diabetes increased by 8% after receiving two to five courses of penicillin. For patients who took two to five courses of quinolones, the risk rose by 15%. Daily Express (London) (03/25)

4. Diabetes patients may face reduced life expectancy, higher health costs

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

A study in Diabetes Care found fewer life years and greater health care expenses linked to diabetes. For individuals with diabetes, the predicted life expectancy had an inverted U-shape for most BMI classifications, with overweight individuals having the highest life expectancy. Higher lifelong health costs were seen in whites and women compared with blacks and men. Healio (free registration) (03/24)

5. Diabetes medications appear effective in treating GDM

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

Metformin and glyburide yielded improved glycemic control in women with gestational diabetes, Chinese researchers wrote in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. However, the study found greater weight gain, increased newborn birth weight, and higher rates of neonatal hypoglycemia and macrosomia in the glyburide group. Healio (free registration) (03/26)

6. Replacing sedentary time with physical activity benefits type 2 diabetes patients

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that reducing sedentary time led to a slight decline in weight and waistlines among adults with type 2 diabetes. Replacing sedentary time with light or moderate-to-vigorous exercise led to even greater improvements in weight and waist circumference. Increased HDL cholesterol levels were associated with light activity, but not with vigorous activity. Reuters (03/25)

7. Coordinated care with diabetes self-management boosts outcomes in PCMHs

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Integration of diabetes self-management education and support within coordinated care settings was associated with reduced HbA1c levels among patients in patient-centered medical homes, U.S. researchers reported in The Diabetes Educator. Healio (free registration) (03/24)

8. AstraZeneca, Harvard sign stem cell partnership to develop diabetes therapy

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

AstraZeneca and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have agreed to a five-year research alliance to develop novel diabetes treatments using human beta cells. The work will be based on a method developed by the institute to produce beta cells from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (03/25)

9. Gestational diabetes drug tied to increased risk of adverse events in newborns

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 31, 2015

Treating gestational diabetes with glyburide was associated with higher risks for hypoglycemia, birth injury and respiratory distress among newborns compared with insulin treatment during pregnancy, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Infants born to mothers who took glyburide were also more likely to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit and have a large for gestational age status than those exposed to insulin while in the womb. Family Practice News (03/30)

10. Study: Drinking green tea may protect against cognitive impairment

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Japanese researchers found reduced odds of dementia or mild cognitive impairment in people who drank green tea at least once a week. The study presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases says black tea and coffee were not associated with lower risk for cognitive decline. Medscape (free registration) (03/25)

Sign up for DiabetesPro SmartBrief

Designed specifically for health care professionals, DiabetesPro SmartBrief is a FREE, daily e-mail newsletter. It provides the latest news, trends, and technology updates that matter most to health care professionals. Learn more