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HbA1c, wound healing unrelated in diabetic foot ulcers

Wound healing was not associated with nadir A1C or mean A1C change from baseline among patients with long-term diabetic foot ulcers and a baseline A1C of 7.5% or less, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers analyzed data from 270 DFU patients and found a correlation between accelerated long-term wound healing and increases in A1C levels during wound treatment among those with better glycemic control at baseline.

Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (4/20)

Research examines link between diabetes, heart failure risk

A study in Diabetes Care showed that adults with asymptomatic left ventricular systolic dysfunction and diabetes had higher risks for developing heart failure, HF hospitalization, composite endpoint of HF development or cardiovascular death and mortality from any cause than those without diabetes. UK researchers analyzed data from the Studies of Left Ventricular Dysfunction involving 4,223 patients and also found a higher mortality risk among those who had diabetes but did not develop HF, compared with those without diabetes who did not have HF.

Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (4/10)

Normal pubertal weight may reverse diabetes risk in overweight children

Men who were overweight at age 7 but maintained normal weight from age 13 to early adulthood had similar odds of developing type 2 diabetes as those who had never been overweight, according to a Danish study in The New England Journal of Medicine. However, the findings showed that adult-onset type 2 diabetes was 51% more likely among those who were overweight at ages 7 and 13 but not in early adulthood, 3.24 times more likely among those who only became overweight in early adulthood, and four times more likely among those who were overweight from childhood to early adulthood.

Reuters (4/4),  MedPage Today (free registration) (4/4)

More than 23M US adults are affected by diabetes, study finds

Of the more than 23 million adult patients with diabetes in the US, 21 million had type 2 diabetes, while 1.3 million had type 1 diabetes, according to a study in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Researchers analyzed 2016 data from the National Interview Survey involving more than 33,000 adults and found that the prevalence of diabetes increased with advancing age, but dropped as levels of income and education improved.

HealthDay News (3/29)  

Research examines costs associated with diabetes in US in 2017

A study in Diabetes Care showed that last year’s total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in the US was $327 billion, including $90 billion in reduced productivity and $237 billion in direct medical costs. Researchers also found that patients with diabetes had average medical expenditures of about $16,750 annually, with approximately $9,600 of the expenses attributed to diabetes, which is 2.3 times higher than the costs expected from individuals without diabetes.

Physician’s Briefing/HealthDay News (3/28)

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