Endocrine Research Updates

For Medical Professionals

A child's home environment provides clues to risk of obesity in adulthood.
Gaining insights from the patient’s childhood environment may prove meaningful in developing more effective weight management strategies in adults.
Don't self-diagnose hypothyroidism and insist on treatment—ask your doctor.
Findings from a pair of studies provide sufficient evidence to challenge any need to prescribe levothyroxine for mild hypothyroidism in nearly all patients except those planning a pregnancy.
Every person will increase their health by walking even 2-3 times a week.
Visceral fat, which accumulates in the abdominal cavity, has a greater adverse effect on health than subcutaneous adiposity that shapes our appearance. Exercise seems to deliver the most effective means of ridding the body of this “hidden” fat, and the risks linked to most common chronic diseases.
Soluble fiber can reduce glucose dramatically in people with type 2 diabetes.
More evidence that the higher the dietary fiber intake, the greater the health-promoting benefits, and soluble fiber alone may achieve reduce hemoglobin A1c levels substantially.
People with thyroid disease appear at increased risk for AF.
Evidence tying an increased risk of cardiovascular events, particularly AF, in people with hypo- and hyperthyroidism, is gaining strength.
Technology upgrades and enhancements approved by the FDA for diabetes care.
An overview of several technology enhancements and clinical practice tools to consider
Cognitive training can help obese individuals forgo problem foods.
Learning cognitive strategies in brief sessions showed potential to decrease cravings for unhealthy foods, prompt better food choices in people with elevated BMI.
Understanding of bone response to dual drugs informs osteoporosis management.
Bone density changes were favorable with dual therapy using teriparatide and abaloparatide
Older adults with type 2 diabetes benefit from triple drug treatment.
Data is accruing to challenge current recommendations to provide less aggressive treatment to lower hemoglobin A1c levels in people over age 65 years in favor of combination therapy.
Researchers discovered a way to promote beta cell proliferation in diabetics..
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai achieved significant beta cell proliferation using a combination of pharmacologic and genetic inhibition.
Thyroid cancer patients respond just as well to low dose RAI as with high dose.
Low-dose radioactive iodine ablation yields similar recurrence rates for thyroid cancer patients followed for five years.
Is there a link between poor thyroid function and fatty liver disease?
Given the rising rates of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and the comorbidity of cardiovascular disease, a team from Stanford examined the connection between low thyroid function and fibrosis
Subtypes of obesity may aid clinicians in predicting responsiveness to surgery.
Researchers classified individuals into four subtypes of obesity to assess who might achieve sustained weight loss after gastric bypass surgery.
Prevention gains urgency in 2019 diabetes recommendations.
The need to step-up efforts to prevent progression of diabetes, and to place patients front and center in their own care are featured prominently in the newly revised edition of the American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.
People with type 1 diabetes are at increased for Addison's disease, too.
For the first time, predictive clinical signs of Addison's disease have been identified in people with type 1 diabetes, making an earlier diagnosis possible.
Need to treatment people with type 2 diabetes for reduce heart disease risk too.
An American College of Cardiology expert statement advises clinicians to take a more concerted, consistent effort in achieving cardiovascular risk reduction in patients with both type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis.
Using tablets (iPads) makes medical data readily available.
When clinicians encourage patients to utilize digital and online health technology and employ these
Patients are likely to present with multiple autoimmune disorders.
The prevalence of polyautoimmunity in people with Graves’ disease, and the rise of Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome in patients with endocrine disorders require greater diagnostic and management investment.
Common conditions like sleep apnea arise frequently in people with acromegaly.
Sex differences in symptoms and early manifestations recognized by patients before clinicians, and identification and screening for common comorbidities still lacking despite published guidelines.
Experts questions validity of copeptin over water-deprivation testing.
Might blood testing for copeptin offer an easier diagnostic method than the customary water-deprivation in assessing for diabetes insipidus? The researchers recommend copeptin as the new gold standard but longtime experts express caution.
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