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Letter from the Editor: Potential NAFLD Help and Recent Drug Price Trends

Sometimes when I write the Letter from the Editor I feel like the weatherman on TV. They can see what is happening and they can tell us what is happening but they can’t do a darn thing about it.

Last week we headlined a report from the International Liver Conference that 50% of all US adults could have NAFLD by the year 2030.  When I read the article it appeared that there was not much you could do about it based on habits exhibited by our patients. However this week our researchers have found a study done at the UT Southwestern Clinical and Translational Research Center. In this study, see this week’s Item #9, Limiting Carbs, Not Calories, Reduces Liver Fat Faster, there was evidence that lower carb food choices can reduce liver fat faster, while also improving glycemic control.

Most of us have had a battle with patients and payers to get drugs covered or paid for. This week IMS Health Inc released data and prescription drug sales grew at the second slowest rate in history in 2010. To learn the reasons why and what the future holds click here.

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Announcements:

NEW CE! We’ve updated our Continuing Education page with over 40 new courses from PresentDiabetes. Check it out at CE and CME Opportunities.

dLife.com: April 24, 7PM ET on CNBC

Topics: Roller derby queens take to the track in the battle against diabetes; Jim Turner fights fast food temptation; and dLife goes grocery shopping. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

TCOYD Conference and Health Fair, Albuquerque, NM, May 21, 2011

Join Special Guests Robert Lewis, “The Happy Diabetic,” and Kim Lyons, Fitness expert and Professional Trainer — for a full day event also including: state-of-the-art technologies and advances in diabetes care; afternoon workshops; and physical activities for everyone.

Please answer this week’s poll: How many daily grams of carbs would you recommend for a Type 2 diabetes patient (2 yrs), A1c of 8.7, 35 lb overweight, LDL is 145, and slight hypertension, on metformin only?

View last week’s poll results and April 9 poll results.

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

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief