BY MEDICAL NEWS BULLETIN: Sleep quality was assessed using a validated self-questionnaire called the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), which measures seven aspects of sleep quality including sleep latency, sleep duration, and the use of sleeping pills. Almost half of the patients surveyed (47.6%) had a PSQI score of six or higher, indicating poor sleep quality. The highest score among the different components of the questionnaire was for sleep duration, followed by subjective sleep quality, and then sleep latency. The average sleep duration score of all of the diabetic patients in this study was significantly lower than that of the general population in Kanagawa Prefecture. These findings confirm results from prior studies conducted among Japanese diabetic patients. (read more)
BY AALTO UNIVERSITY: CleverHealth Network, an ecosystem coordinated by the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS), is now launching its first development project with funding granted by Business Finland. The main partners in the gestational diabetes project are HUS, Aalto University, the University of Helsinki, Elisa and Fujitsu.
The project aims to improve the treatment and monitoring of gestational diabetes by developing a mobile application for measuring the mother’s blood glucose levels, physical activity, nutrition, pulse and daily weight and storing it in the cloud in real time. (read more)
BY MARY ELIZABETH DALLAS: A yearly eye exam is a key part of diabetes treatment, experts say.
Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness among people aged 40 to 60, cautioned Dr. Malav Joshi, an ophthalmologist at the Krieger Eye Institute in Baltimore.
And the longer people have diabetes, the greater the odds of developing vision problems. (read more)
BY DAVID WENNER: A major medical group this week recommended that doctors try to keep the blood glucose levels of people with type 2 diabetes between 7 and 8 percent as measured by the test known as A1C.
That’s above the 6.5 to 7 percent level that was long recommended. The new recommendation comes from the American College of Physicians. (read more)
BY BECKY MCCALL: A select “guild” of gut bacteria responsible for the benefits of high-fiber diets in type 2 diabetes has been identified in a study in which those patients on the high-fiber diet showed improved control of HbA1c.
Effectively, eating the right dietary fibers may rebalance the gut microbiome and lead to reduced blood sugar and body weight, and may pave the way for a new nutritional approach to preventing and managing type 2 diabetes, say the researchers. (read more)