Endocrine Research Updates

For Medical Professionals

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While widely used diabetes medications have similar effects on glucose control regardless of gender, these agents may have different effects on the hearts of men and women.
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Study finds that younger and middle-age women with diabetes have similar heart disease risk factors as men—a 4-fold increase compared to women without diabetes. Aggressive screening and treatment urged.
Study finds that younger and middle-age women with diabetes have similar heart disease risk factors as men—a 4-fold increase compared to women without diabetes. Aggressive screening and treatment urged.
Gestational diabetes, if caught early, can be managed without causing harm to the mother or infant. The two new guidelines differ on how and when to screen pregnant women.
Leading medical groups review their guidelines for diagnosing gestational diabetes
No increased risk of heart attacks seen in patients with diabetes prescribed rosiglitazone (Avandia)
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The FDA announced approval of Nexavar® tablets (sorafenib) for the treatment of patients with locally recurrent or metastatic, progressive, differentiated thyroid carcinoma that is refractory to radioactive iodine treatment.
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High albumin levels, but within the normal range, can be used to identify young people with type 1 diabetes at risk of heart and kidney disease.
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An obesity algorithm released by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) is designed to help navigate a physician's role in medically treating and caring for patients affected by obesity.
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Overweight diabetic patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery reduced their 10-year risk of having a heart attack by 40% and their risk for suffering a stroke by 42%.
Diabetes is better cut-off for weight-loss surgery than body mass index (BMI)
Diabetes poses the highest risk for mortality from obesity, and should be considered when deciding who should have bariatric weight-loss surgery
Group Visits Are Cost-Effective Way to Improve Glycemic Control
Shared medical appointments are now being used to allow for more comprehensive diabetes care as well as social support, with the latest research showing significant improvements in glycemic control.
Higher Magnesium Intake May Lower Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
In a study involving more than 2,500 people, those with the highest magnesium intake had the lowest risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a 7-year period.
DPP-4 Inhibitor Onglyza (saxagliptin) Does Not Increase Heart Disease Risks
Large study shows no increased risk of myocardial infarction (heart attach), ischemic strokes, and death in over 16,000 patients treated with saxagliptin (Onglyza).
American Diabetes Association (ADA) New Guidelines Stress Individualized Meal Planning That Fits a Diabetics Food Preference and Lifestyle
Report stresses individualized meal planning that fits a person's food preferences and lifestyle.
Depressed patients have increased risk for diabetes
Antidepressants appeared to be associated with an increased risk for diabetes. However, it is unclear whether this is a causal relationship and the magnitude of the effect may be small.
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List contains common tests to avoid as well as tests patients with diabetes really should be conducting.
The Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) released a list of specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary in endocrinology.
Groups sought to standardize care
AACE, ACE, and TOS published clinical practice guidelines to teach healthy eating in order to prevent and manage endocrine and metabolic disorders.
Improvement in quality of care seen
Use of an outpatient electronic health record at Kaiser Permanente Northern California was associated with significant decreases in emergency department visits and hospitalizations among patients with diabetes.
Dysglycemia and peripheral neuropathy seen
Fluoroquinolones have been linked to increased risks of dysglycemia in patients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy in diabetic and non-diabetes patients.
Greater psoriasis severity was associated with greater disease burden
Psoriasis is linked to a 22% increased risk for type 2 diabetes as well as a greater prevalence of other systemic comorbidities.
Weight loss reduces risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 85%
Patients who lose 10% of their body weight within 6 months of diagnosis of pre-diabetes may reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 85% over the next 3 years.