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Hypoglycemia may be increased by inpatient meal timing

Most episodes of inpatient hypoglycemia occurred between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m., one British hospital found in an analysis of hospitalized patients with diabetes.

Automatic insulin pump interruption reduced nocturnal hypoglycemia

Patients who used a pump that suspended insulin delivery when it sensed a low glucose threshold were less likely to experience hypoglycemia at night than those who used a pump without a threshold sensor, an industry-funded study found.

Scores may help predict renal risk in type 2 diabetes

Five-year models were useful in predicting renal risk among patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study.

MKSAP Quiz: Type 1 diabetic with morning symptoms

This month's quiz asks readers to evaluate a 33-year-old woman for a 3-week history of fatigue, excessive sweating, and occasional headache on awakening.

Diabetes meeting features research on prevention, drug effects, complications

CHICAGO—Long-term effects of lifestyle modification and hospitalization rates for complications of diabetes and diabetes treatment were among the research findings presented at the American Diabetes Association's Scientific Sessions last month.

Salsalate lowered HbA1c, inflammatory markers but increased LDL, urinary albumin in type 2 diabetics

Salsalate improved glycemic control and showed anti-inflammatory effects compared to placebo in adult patients with type 2 diabetes, a recent study found.

Mediterranean diets reduced cardiovascular events more than a low-fat diet in high-risk persons

A randomized controlled trial (RCT) in Spain included older patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus or at least three major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

When should a patient be referred to a specialist?

Primary care physicians may consider referral to specialists when they need additional expertise or are out of their “comfort zone” in treating a patient with diabetes.

Abbot FreeStyle Insulinx meters recalled

The Abbott FreeStyle Insulinx blood glucose meters were recently recalled because at extremely high blood glucose levels of 1,024 mg/dL and above, the meters will display and store in memory an incorrect test result that is 1,024 mg/dL below the measured result.

Spotlight on exercise

Two recent studies analyzed the effects of exercise on glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance.

Physician editor: David V. O'Dell, MD, FACP