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1. Researchers develop diabetes progression prediction tool

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Researchers have created a new tool that could indicate short-term glycemic progression toward type 1 diabetes in autoantibody-positive relatives of people with type 1 diabetes. The study was published in Diabetes Care. (03/20)

2. 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)

3. ADA's diabetes care guidelines highlight individualized treatment

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

The ADA's 2015 Standards of Care guidelines highlight the importance for primary care doctors to consider an individual's age, life expectancy and preferences when selecting treatments and setting blood glucose targets for diabetes patients, according to an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors also note that Asian-Americans have a higher risk of developing diabetes at lower weights and that diabetes patients between ages 40 and 75 should be given statins. HealthDay News (03/23)

4. 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)

5. Higher A1C threshold for prediabetes may reduce screening discord

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Chinese researchers who looked at 4,325 overweight and obese patients found that as BMI increased, the agreement between A1C criteria and oral glucose tolerance test decreased in patients with prediabetes. The findings appear in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Healio (free registration) (03/20)

6. 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)

7. 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)

8. 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)

9. 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)

10. Study reveals how Medicaid expansion affected diabetes diagnoses

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

A study published in Diabetes Care showed a 23% increase in the number of new diabetes cases identified in states that expanded Medicaid, compared with a 0.4% increase in states that did not expand the program. Researchers also said patients were more likely to be diagnosed at an earlier disease stage in states that had expanded Medicaid. U.S. News & World Report (03/23)

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