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Letter from the Editor #592

This week we bring you more on the EASD and there is an exceptional amount of new information on GLP-1s: I don’t mean just another analog but multiple ways that GLP-1 can be increased in the body, and new ideas on the benefits. According to this week’s Item #2, EASD: Thorough Chewing Raises Hormones Regulating Food Intake, chewing your food more can increase GLP-1 levels, and Item #12, Miglitol Increases GLP-1 Levels for Patients Treated with Sitagliptin, shows that miglitol, an oral alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, can further increase GLP-1 levels when added to sitagliptin. Item #5, EASD: ‘Gliptin’s’ May Be Heart Savers, builds on the concept of the cardiovascular benefits of GLP-1 and how the use of the “gliptins” can decrease cardiovascular risk.

Sheri Colberg, PhD returns this week with a new feature Being Female and Physically Active: Special Concerns for Women with Diabetes,” where she focuses in on issues including how monthly cycles affect insulin action.

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Announcements:

TCOYD Conference and Health Fair, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida, Saturday, October 1, 2011

Join Steven Edelman, MD and Special Guest, Kim Lyons, former trainer on The Biggest Loser, for a day focused on diabetes health and wellness.

dLife.com: September 18, 7PM ET on CNBC

Topics: A visit with Insulindependence, a group that encourages teens and young adults with type 1 to reach new heights. Also, a savory soup from the dLife kitchen, and another extreme diabetes makeover. 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: For first time insulin users, do you recommend vial & syringe, or an insulin pen?

Vote in and then see results from previous polls here.

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

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief