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DPP-4 inhibitors may be effective for some cases of inpatient hyperglycemia

A narrative review considered the available evidence on use of metformin, thiazolidinediones, sulfonylureas, sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors, and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors in the hospital.

Health care organizations push for diabetes self-management education and support

A new consensus report urged clinicians to discuss self-management education and support with all diabetes patients and provide referrals at four critical points in care, including diagnosis.

Patients with type 1 diabetes spending more on supplies than insulin

Mean out-of-pocket spending for all care among a national sample of insured patients with type 1 diabetes was nearly $2,500 in 2018, according to one study, while a second study found that commercially insured patients' out-of-pocket insulin costs have peaked.

Influenza vaccination decreased risk of influenza hospitalization in patients with diabetes

On average during six influenza seasons, the protective effect of the vaccine in preventing influenza hospitalization was 46% for current-season vaccination and 44% for vaccination in prior seasons only, a Spanish study found.

MKSAP quiz: Hypoglycemia unawareness

This month's quiz asks readers to evaluate a 53-year-old man with type 2 diabetes and intermittent episodes of hypoglycemia.

Spotlight on treatment of COVID-19 in diabetes patients

Experts addressed minimizing cardiovascular risk, managing diabetes in the ICU, altering protocols, and monitoring glucose levels, while studies looked at insulin infusion and other interventions for patients with COVID-19.

Liraglutide affects beta-blockade for preventing variceal bleeding

A case series of 18 patients with cirrhosis indicated that adding a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist to a beta-blocker was associated with an increase in heart rate.

Treating skin ulcers in the office

The right outpatient care, dressings, and tests for diabetic foot ulcers were reviewed by a certified wound specialist physician in June ACP Internist coverage.

Extended-release metformin recalled due to impurity

After recommending that several manufacturers recall the diabetes drug due to excess levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine, the FDA is assessing whether the recalls will result in shortages.