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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hot off the Press: Update on Diabetes

Taken from a newsletter sent out by the ACC:

Diabetes cases rising rapidly in US, survey indicates.WebMD (10/28, Hendrick) reported that "diabetes cases are rising rapidly in the US, with the disease afflicting 11.3% of American adults in the third quarter of 2009, according to a new Gallup survey." Should "current trends continue," according to Gallup, "more than 37 million will be living with the disease by the end of 2015." WebMD added, "Not coincidentally, the survey shows the US obesity rate is up about one percentage point in quarter-over-quarter comparisons to 2008."       

Diet, exercise may reduce diabetes risk in certain individuals, study suggests. The Chicago Tribune (10/29, Graham) reports that "interventions urging people to lose weight and get more exercise reduced the incidence of diabetes," according to a new study published in the journal The Lancet.       

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (10/29, Fabregas) reports that "the study, known as the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study," is "sponsored by the National Institutes of Health." Researchers found "that lowering fat and calories in the diet and increasing regular exercise to 150 minutes a week cut the rate of developing type 2 diabetes by 34 percent in overweight and obese people."       

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10/29, Templeton) reports, participants who "took metformin prevented the onset of type 2 by 18 percent, compared with the control group on a placebo." The Miami Herald (10/29, Tasker), MedPage Today (10/28, Gever), WebMD (10/28, Boyles), HealthDay (10/28, Reinberg), Reuters (10/29, Steenhuysen), and the UK's Press Association (10/29) and BBC News (10/29) also covered the story
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