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Can probiotics help your diabetes?

BY VANESSA CACERES: You may have heard a lot of buzz in the past few years about probiotics. Probiotics are a kind of bacteria found in our gut that can help with digestion. “They crowd out harmful bacteria and might even be an important mediator for other, more systemic diseases and disorders,” says Rachele Pojednic, an assistant professor of nutrition at Simmons College and a staff scientist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston. (read more)

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9 Ways Teens Can Improve Diabetes Self-Care

BY VANESSA CACERES: “Teens have too many distractions in their lives: school, college, friends, family, dating and finding themselves. The list goes on and on,” says Dr. Deena Adimoolam, an assistant professor of diabetes, endocrinology and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

“Many teenagers simply wish that the disease would just disappear and sometimes act as if the disease does not exist,” says Dr. Michael Freemark, a professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. In fact, that’s why only about 20 percent of teens with Type 1 diabetes meet target hemoglobin A1C guidelines (that’s a measurement of blood sugar over the previous three months) and also why many obese teens with Type 2 diabetes do not lose a significant amount of weight, Freemark says. (read more)

Reluctance to start insulin therapy common in adults with diabetes

BY ALEXANDER TURCHIN: Three in 10 adults with diabetes initially decline insulin therapy, which may lead to progression of hyperglycemia and a delay in achieving glycemic control, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine.

Alexander Turchin, MD, MS, director of quality in diabetes in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and colleagues developed an algorithm using a natural language processing platform to identify patients’ declining of insulin therapy from physician notes and to determine the prevalence of decline and its effect on insulin initiation. Notes of 1,501 primary care physicians from an electronic medical record system (2000-2014) were used for evaluation. (read more)