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September 27, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Surgery, low-cal diet boost insulin sensitivity in study
    Data presented at the Obesity Society meeting revealed no significant difference between Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and a very low-calorie diet in boosting insulin sensitivity and secretion in type 2 diabetes patients. Researchers examined 22 patients and found insulin sensitivity increased to 2.2 in both groups, while insulin response increased to 86.9 in the surgery group and 84.8 in the diet group. Healio (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lower plasma glucose concentration seen after weight-loss surgery
    Morbidly obese patients without diabetes who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery showed improvements in body weight and insulin sensitivity but had a ≥15% decrease in plasma glucose concentration at the third hour of an oral glucose tolerance test. Researchers also found postoperative patients showed higher insulin-stimulated insulin secretion than the preoperative group but had lower rates than obese and lean controls. The results appear in Diabetes Care. Healio/Endocrine Today (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts examine drugs for neuropathic pain in diabetes
    British researchers found amitriptyline, duloxetine and pregabalin fared better than placebo in relieving chronic diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain but did not observe significant differences between the three drugs. Pregabalin improved sleep continuity, while duloxetine helped boost patients' central nervous system arousal and sensory motor task performance, researchers reported in Diabetes Care. News (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Lower BMI raises mortality risk in blacks, data show
    An analysis presented at the Obesity Society meeting revealed the age-adjusted mortality rates were higher in blacks at a BMI of less than 25 compared with their white counterparts. The results suggest that BMI recommendations in blacks, especially in women, may need to be reassessed, researchers said. Healio/Endocrine Today (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Workplace changes lower physical activity levels
    Physical activity levels have declined worldwide, mainly at workplaces, and are expected to continue their downward trend, data presented at the Obesity Society meeting showed. The decline is linked to changes in job types, computer use and mechanization, researchers said. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Survey: Physicians back regulation of unhealthy foods
    Survey results presented at Joslin Diabetes Center's Diabetes Innovation 2012 conference revealed 76% of responding physicians believe the government should regulate foods made with unhealthy ingredients, while 79% expressed support for employer-based weight-loss initiatives. Seventy-one percent of physicians backed the New York City ban on sugary drinks over a certain size in public venues, and 97% said individual counseling improves the health of diabetes patients. Drug Store News (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Many N.J. doctors weigh practice integration, study finds
    Forty-five percent of physicians in New Jersey are considering changing the way they practice medicine, according to the New Jersey Health Care Monitor survey. Researchers also found 52.8% of physicians expressed interest in integrating with another medical group. Nearly one-third of respondents cited the need to cut costs as the driver behind plans to change their practice. (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC mayor launches campaign to make hospital food healthier
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking aim at unhealthy foods served at public and private hospitals in the city. The campaign -- which aims to reduce foods high in fat and sugar -- will ban deep fryers, require hospitals to offer a leafy green salad option, increase use of whole grains, make half-portion sandwiches available and allow the sale of only healthy snacks at cash registers and near cafeteria entrances. Google/The Associated Press (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Safe at School Health Care Professional Pediatric Toolkit
    The American Diabetes Association introduces its new, FREE Safe at School Health Care Professional Toolkit to help you educate parents of children with diabetes about their children's rights in school. The kit includes materials to share with families and a poster to display in your practice. Order the kit. For more information, contact Crystal Jackson at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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