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Lifestyle changes and metformin appear most beneficial for pre-diabetes patients at highest risk

Patients at high risk of diabetes widely vary in their likelihood of benefiting from lifestyle changes or metformin, a study concluded.

Low health literacy linked to misperceptions of glucose control

Diabetic patients with low health literacy and persistently elevated HbA1c levels were more likely to have the erroneous impression that their glucose was well controlled, according to a recent study.

Link between statins and diabetes explored in 2 studies

Two new studies looked at how and why statin treatment increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

MKSAP quiz: preventing diabetes

This month's quiz asks readers to evaluate a 44-year-old man who is concerned about his general health and risk of diabetes mellitus. Both parents and his sister have type 2 diabetes mellitus.

In the Clinic: type 2 diabetes

An In the Clinic article in the March 3 Annals of Internal Medicine provides a clinical overview of type 2 diabetes.

In obesity with type 2 diabetes, duodenal-jejunal bypass liners improved weight loss and HbA1c during treatment

This randomized controlled trial of 77 obese adults with type 2 diabetes found that adding an endoscopic duodenal–jejunal bypass liner to a dietary intervention improved weight loss and HbA1c after 6 months of treatment, but the benefit was not maintained.

Some antimicrobials increased admissions and ED visits for hypoglycemia in older users of glipizide or glyburide

A study of Texas Medicare patients who took either glipizide or glyburide found that those who were also prescribed certain antibiotics had a much higher rate of hypoglycemic events than those taking an antibiotic not expected to interact with sulfonylureas.

Low-, high-intensity workouts appear to reduce waist circumference

Patients at risk for diabetes or heart disease may want to choose their workout intensity based on health goals, according to a study.

New labels warn against sharing multi-dose insulin pens

In an effort to reduce the risk of infection spread, the FDA recently required additional label warnings about sharing of multi-dose diabetes pen devices, which are intended for single patient use only.

Spotlight on diabetic macular edema

Two recent studies analyzed treatment of diabetic macular edema with drugs that block vascular endothelial growth factor.