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1. Study: Gut microbiota alteration may be tied to type 1 diabetes risk

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Researchers found a difference in the gut microbiomes between individuals with islet autoimmunity and those of autoantibody-free first-degree relatives in the abundance of four taxa. The findings suggest that intestinal microbiota alterations are tied to disease susceptibility, the researchers wrote in Diabetes. PhysiciansBriefing.com (06/26)


2. U.S. adults lack awareness about their prediabetes, study finds

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

A U.S. study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that only 288 people out of 2,694 adults with elevated A1C were aware of the problem. Researchers also found that adults who were aware of their condition were 30% more likely to exercise and engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, and almost 80% more likely to try losing weight and to have at least a 7% reduction in their body weight in the past year. Reuters (06/29)


3. Diabetes patients may reduce dementia risk with pioglitazone, study finds

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

German researchers found that type 2 diabetes patients with prescriptions of eight or more calendar quarters of pioglitazone reduced their risk of dementia by 47%, compared with those without the disease. The findings in the Annals of Neurology also revealed that diabetes patients who did not take the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor agonist had a 23% increased dementia risk. Healio (free registration) (06/26)


4. Preventable risk factors tied to 50% of CVD deaths in U.S. adults

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Fifty-four percent and 50% of heart disease deaths among U.S. men and women, respectively, ages 45 to 79, could have been prevented in 2010 if risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking were completely eliminated, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers also said that nearly 5% of these deaths would have been prevented if all states were able to lower the levels of those risk factors to that of states with the lowest levels, such as Colorado. Reuters (06/30)


5. IDF World Diabetes Congress -- Nov. 30 - Dec. 4

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

The IDF World Diabetes Congress is one of the world's largest health-related events. It brings together health care professionals, diabetes associations, policymakers and companies to share the latest findings in diabetes research and best practice. Learn more and register. Blank (06/30)


6. Gluten-free not recommended for people who don't have celiac disease

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Up to a third of Americans may have reduced their consumption of gluten-containing foods, but for people who do not have celiac disease, a gluten-free diet could result in nutritional deficiencies, damage to healthy gut flora and weight gain, doctors say. Some people do have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, but there is no definitive test for the condition and the only way to confirm it is through a gluten challenge. People who suspect they may have celiac disease or NCGS should not alter their diet, which can result in inaccurate test results, and should see a doctor for a celiac disease test, doctors say. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/29)


7. Incidence of type 2 diabetes tied to neighborhood, study finds

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Researchers looked at more than 5,000 people and found that 12% developed diabetes within the average 8.9 years of follow-up, with lower diabetes risk seen among those who lived in areas that had access to healthy foods and more physical activity resources. The findings in JAMA Internal Medicine also found a higher risk for diabetes among racial and ethnic minorities, those with lower income, low levels of physical activity, poor education, a family history of type 2 diabetes and a higher body mass index. MedPage Today (free registration) (06/29)


8. Obese diabetes patients may improve HRV with low-calorie diet

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

German researchers found an improved cardiac vagal function related to improved oxidative glucose utilization among obese patients with type 2 diabetes who consumed a low-calorie diet for eight weeks, according to a small study in Diabetes Care. The findings also revealed that participants in both dietary interventions saw a mean weight loss of 5 kg to 6 kg, a mean decline in heart rate of four to six beats per minute and improved vagally-mediated HRV. PhysiciansBriefing.com (06/29)


9. Bariatric surgery beneficial for type 2 diabetes patients

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

A study in the journal JAMA Surgery found that about one-third of obese type 2 diabetes patients were in partial or complete remission three years after undergoing weight-loss surgery, while none of those in the intensive lifestyle weight-loss program group were in remission. More disease remission was observed among patients who combined bariatric surgery with low-level lifestyle intervention than among those engaging in lifestyle intervention alone, said lead study author Dr. Anita P. Courcoulas. DailyRx.com (07/01)


10. Scientists identify genetic mutation linked to obesity, diabetes

DiabetesPro SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Scientists at Imperial College London used DNA sequencing to investigate the cause of a young woman's extreme obesity and found that she carried two copies of a mutation that blocks production of the carboxypeptidase-E protein, which is involved with regulating appetite and insulin and other hormones. Obesity and diabetes are serious, inherited disorders, study leader Alex Blakemore said in the journal PLOS ONE. "[S]ufferers should not be stigmatized for their condition. They should be offered genetic counseling and specialized lifelong support to allow them as healthy a life as possible," he said. Medical News Today (06/30)




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