BY MARIA COHUT: Late-night snacking is a strange habit, and there are various theories as to why so many of us are inclined to raid our cupboards and fridges past our bedtime. One study has suggested that our craving for certain types of food — those rich in starch, salt, and sugars — late in the evening may be explained by our ancestors’ needs.
The study authors explained that early humans did not know when and where their next meal would come from, so binge eating late in the day where possible allowed their bodies to store the energy needed for survival. (read more)
BY VANESSA CACERES: If there’s a big game day for food in the U.S., it’s Thanksgiving. Just thinking about the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes may make your mouth start to water.
“Let’s be honest – the focus of Thanksgiving is eating a delicious meal, and eating a lot of it in one sitting,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and fitness trainer Mandy Enright in Neptune, New Jersey. “The typical ‘one-plate rule’ goes out the window when there’s a table full of goodies to choose from.” (read more)
BY HEALTHDAY NEWS: The incidence of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) with diabetes listed as the primary cause (ESRD-D) decreased across the United States from 2000 to 2014, according to a study published online in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Nilka Rios Burrows, MPH, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and colleagues examined data from 2000 to 2014 from the US Renal Data System and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to examine trends in ESRD-D in the United States overall and in each state. (read more)
BY NOVO NORDISK: Major portions of the American population with diabetes believe that their care requires much more than medicine, including emotional support and lifestyle management, and that diabetes care reimbursement needs to be broadened, according to a new survey. More comprehensive care is needed in nearly every aspect of surveyed patients’ lives and these survey findings should serve as a call-to-action for the diabetes community to come together to find holistic care solutions that meet patients’ most pressing challenges.
Diabetes 360 — a Novo Nordisk-sponsored survey conducted nationwide of 1,200 patients with diabetes and ~500 healthcare professionals (HCPs) — analyzed the concerns and key needs of both patients and HCPs. Importantly, the survey draws attention to the need for more robust health coverage and resources to account for the emotional and wellness needs of patients. People living with diabetes need tailored resources to lead more productive and fulfilling lives — and collaborative care is needed across the diabetes community to help improve disease and lifestyle management. (read more)
BY AMBER COX: Researchers report a substantial increase in the use of metformin as first-line therapy for type 2 diabetes during the past 10 years; second-line therapy choices vary, according to findings published in Diabetes Care.
“Our findings reflect the continued glycemic risk burden in patients with type 2 diabetes,” Sanjoy K. Paul, PhD, chair in clinical epidemiology, biostatistics and health services research, department of medicine at the University of Melbourne and director of the Melbourne EpiCentre at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, told Endocrine Today. “Therapeutic inertia and its consequences remain poorly addressed in primary care systems.” (read more)