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Letter from the Editor: 1 in 3 Adults Will Have Diabetes by 2050

Just this week the CDC announced that as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue: that’s not 1 in 3 born after 2000, that is 1 of every 3 adults period. It is estimated that there will be 420 million residents and 300 million will be adults and 100 million will have diabetes (See this week’s Item #1). We can barely take care of the 26 million we have now, can you imagine when we have 4 times as many patients to care for? We all know that preventing diabetes is the place to start but each week we find more reasons why we are failing, and then when they get diabetes there is less education than ever and patients seem to take no responsibility, expecting drugs to fix it all.

With that in mind our current intern from Florida A&M College of Pharmacy, Iriny Nashed, PharmD Candidate, was doing some research on the use of Welchol (colesevalam) for diabetes, when she came upon some information about Farnesoid X Receptors (FXR) and 11 Beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11-βHSD1) receptors and some research on developing drugs for these receptors. Click here to learn more about these new targets.

Many of you have helped patients avert diabetes disasters and we can all learn from them. If you have a “disaster averted” then send it in and if we use it in our new Diabetes Clinical Mastery Series you will receive a Visa Gift Card worth $50.00. Thank you again and congratulations to our readers who have been sent gift cards for their contributions! Click here to let us know the details. (You can use your name or remain anonymous if you prefer.)

Announcements:

Oklahoma Native American TCOYD Conference & Health Fair, Saturday, November 13, 2010
The TCOYD team will be at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City for a special conference and health fair event featuring top Native American physicians and diabetes educators. For more 2010 upcoming conference details, please go to TCOYD.org.

dLife.com: October 31, 7PM ET on CNBC
Topics:  In this “Best of dLife” special, dLife revisits those people with diabetes who have inspired us the most by their achievements and attitudes. From a 96-year-old pole vaulter to a prima ballerina, catch up with audience favorites. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

Please answer this week’s poll (in the right-hand column): Would newly diagnosed Type 2 patients take better care of their diabetes if started on basal insulin at diagnosis?

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Check out this week’s “Test Your Diabetes Knowledge” question!

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief