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Glycemic Targets Not Aligned with A1C Goals

Research published in Diabetes Care in February found that while most health groups advise diabetes patients to target fasting blood glucose rates lower than 120 mg/dL, the actual mean fasting glucose level was higher in those whose A1C rates ranged between 5.5% and 6.99%. "Considering the safety concerns surrounding hypoglycemia, the current …

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Ten Percent of Americans Take Five or More Prescription Drugs

And 50% take at least one prescription. In 2007-2010, 10% of Americans reported taking five or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days, up from 4% in 1988-1994, the National Center for Health Statistics said in its "Health, United States, 2013" report released May 14. By 2007-2010, close to …

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Preventing Weight Gain May Stop the Progression of Diabetes

Maintaining a stable weight may help stem diabetes progression in adolescents with prediabetes in both higher and lower A1c ranges. Weight stabilization was associated with non-progression in both the 5.7% to 5.9% group (P<.001) and the 6% to 6.4% group (P<.02). Love-Osborne K. Platform presentation #3545.6. Presented at: Pediatric Academic …

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Early Obesity Linked to Severe Obesity Later in Life

Using data from the 1999-2010 U.S. NHANES survey, researchers found that men who were obese at age 25 had a 23.1% estimated probability of class III obesity (defined as a BMI greater than 40) after age 35, while men of a normal weight at age 25 only had a 1.1% …

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Which Websites Do Your Patients Use for Health Info?

A survey of 1,001 adults revealed consumers’ top three go-to websites. The survey revealed 53% of responding consumers checked WebMD for health information, while 22% used Wikipedia and 16% used advocacy group websites such as American Cancer Society resources. Research by Makovsky Health and Kelton, 2015 

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Vitamin D Cut Point Linked to Normal Glucose Metabolism

A new study showed that obese, older white and black women require vitamin D levels of about 26 ng/mL for normal glucose metabolism. Women who met or exceeded the target levels also exhibited lower body fat and insulin, blood glucose and triglyceride levels than those who had lower rates, researchers …

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Diabetes Expenses Have Decreased but Still High

Out-of-pocket expenses for diabetes treatment have gone down for many U.S. patients over the past decade, according to a new study. But nearly a quarter of people with diabetes still face high expenses. In particular, (out-of-pocket) expenses declined in the people with public insurance and in people with low income …

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Lifetime Cost of Childhood Obesity Is $19,000 Per Child

Childhood obesity carries an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child in lifetime direct medical costs, when compared to the medical costs to those of a normal weight child. When the estimate was applied for all 10-year-olds in the U.S. who are obese, the medical costs over a lifetime for …

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