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Letter from the Editor #613: Dr. Richard Kahn Comment, Joslin’s Response and Your Comments

Feb 18, 2012

Last month, Richard Kahn, M.D., the former chief scientific officer for the American Diabetes Association, stated that even though weight loss can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes, these prevention programs are a “waste of resources” and the health system should focus instead on reducing the likelihood of complications once patients have been diagnosed with diabetes. We featured Joslin Diabetes Center’s rebuttal of his opinion in last week’s issue, and many of you responded with your own take on what Dr. Kahn had to say. Our publisher, Steven Freed, picked out a couple of the best responses and has them for you in a special feature this week.

After reading some newer concepts on weight and fat loss, and the tricks we can play on the body to help burn fat, I came up with 3 simple activities for my diabetes patients:

  1. Drink 500ml (16 oz) of ice cold water upon awaking
  2. Eat at least 30 grams of protein with 1 hour of awaking
  3. Do 2 minutes of physical activity within 1 hour of awaking

These tips seemed to have a positive effect on both weight loss and lower glucose levels. Now research from The Journal of Clinical Investigation seems to lend scientific evidence for the reason these tips work. Take a look at this week’s Item #6 to make your own decision.


Announcements: February 19, 7PM ET on CNBC

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TCOYD Conference and Health Fair, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento California, DC, Saturday, March 3, 2012

Join Steven Edelman, MD and Special Guest, Urban Miyares (Blinded Veteran, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker) for a day focused on diabetes education, health and wellness.

Please answer this week’s poll: Would you like to receive information on new diabetes smartphone apps?

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Check out this week’s SPECIAL FEATURE GLP-1 “Test Your Diabetes Knowledge” question!

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief