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1. FDA: SGLT2 inhibitors may cause ketoacidosis in diabetes patients

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | May 18, 2015

Type 2 diabetes patients who take SGLT2 inhibitors such as Farxiga, Invokana and Jardiance may experience ketoacidosis, the FDA warned. There were 20 reported cases of acidosis in diabetes patients treated with these drugs between March 2013 and June 6, 2014, all of whom were hospitalized or visited emergency departments. The FDA said it has continued to receive reports of adverse events since June 2014. Reuters (05/15)


2. PPAR agonist is safe for type 2 diabetes patients, study finds

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

Type 2 diabetes patients in India showed declines in their A1C, fasting glucose, triglycerides and non-HDL cholesterol levels after nine months of daily treatment of saroglitazar, a dual peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-a/y agonist. The findings, presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists meeting, also revealed that the drug did not cause any serious adverse events and was well tolerated by the patients. Healio (free registration) (05/16)


3. Certified diabetes educators can help patients improve health measures

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | May 18, 2015

Researchers found a mean reduction in A1C levels, decrease in body weight, BMI and blood pressure, and improvements in LDL cholesterol and triglycerides among type 2 diabetes patients who received counseling from a certified diabetes educator, compared with no changes in health outcomes among those not seen by CDEs. The findings were presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists meeting. Healio (free registration) (05/15)


4. Lower A1C seen with medical nutrition therapy for obese pre-diabetes patients

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Medical nutrition therapy significantly decreased A1C levels and diabetes-risk score among obese or overweight adults with pre-diabetes after 12 weeks compared with a usual-care program, according to a study presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists meeting. Patients in the medical-nutrition-therapy group were visited by a dietitian four times during the intervention. Healio (free registration) (05/19)


5. Study looks at benefits, risks of gastric bypass with diabetes

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Type 2 diabetes patients had lower blood pressure and A1C and LDL cholesterol levels, but had higher rates of infection and bone fractures two years after having gastric bypass surgery, compared to those who did not undergo surgery, according to a Taiwanese study published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. Researchers also observed an increased prevalence of iron, calcium and vitamin D deficiencies among those who underwent the procedure. Reuters (05/21)


6. Why you should consider drinking whole milk

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

Despite past trends away from full-fat foods, consuming dairy products that contain fat, like whole milk, might actually help consumers avoid obesity, according to research. This could be due to the fact that full-fat milk makes consumers feel more full and that the fat content of whole milk could be necessary for consumers' bodies to absorb the nutrients found in milk, research found. Quartz (05/16)


7. Older diabetes patients may lower A1C with early insulin initiation

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

Early insulin initiation significantly lowered A1C levels and increased odds of reaching less than 8% A1C levels among type 2 diabetes patients older than 65 who also took oral antidiabetes drugs, compared to those who delayed insulin initiation, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Researchers found no significant differences in hypoglycemia events or total costs between the groups. PhysiciansBriefing.com (05/18)


8. A1C levels of diabetes patients improve during Ramadan

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Researchers observed the metabolic parameters among 5,172 type 2 diabetes patients during Ramadan and found that patients with A1C levels greater than or equal to 10% showed the biggest reduction in A1C levels, compared to those who had A1C levels of 9.9% or lower. The findings were published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation. PhysiciansBriefing.com (05/20)


9. Study: Skipping meals may cause weight gain, insulin resistance

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Skipping meals may cause people to gain abdominal weight and develop insulin resistance, Ohio State University researchers reported in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. The study compared mice that were placed on a restricted diet with mice that were provided an unlimited diet. MedicalDaily.com (05/20)


10. Bariatric surgery improves health measures in diabetes, obese patients

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

Patients with diabetes or obesity showed significant improvements in neuropathy, neurologic and cardiac autonomic function tests, as well as in BMI, body weight and body fat percentage, at 12 and 24 weeks after undergoing vertical sleeve gastrectomy or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The findings, presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists meeting, also revealed greater improvements in electrochemical skin conductance among type 2 diabetes patients at 24 weeks compared to those without diabetes. Healio (free registration) (05/19)




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