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Current Diabetes Reports

Brian J Song, Lloyd Paul Aiello, Louis R Pasquale
Diabetes mellitus represents a growing international public health issue with a near quadrupling in its worldwide prevalence since 1980. Though it has many known microvascular complications, vision loss from diabetic retinopathy is one of the most devastating for affected individuals. In addition, there is increasing evidence to suggest that diabetic patients have a greater risk for glaucoma as well. Though the pathophysiology of glaucoma is not completely understood, both diabetes and glaucoma appear to share some common risk factors and pathophysiologic similarities with studies also reporting that the presence of diabetes and elevated fasting glucose levels are associated with elevated intraocular pressure-the primary risk factor for glaucomatous optic neuropathy...
December 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Jessica Lee, Richard Rosen
Diabetic retinopathy is a progressive microvascular disease that leads to increased vessel permeability, retinal ischemia, and retinal neovascularization. Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is a novel angiography technique that has the capability to advance our understanding of diabetic eye disease by providing high-resolution images of retinal and choroidal microvasculature blood flow and structure. Using OCTA, the vascular changes of diabetic retinopathy including microaneurysms, retinal non-perfusion, intraretinal microvascular abnormalities, and neovascularization can be clearly visualized...
December 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Dilsher S Dhoot, Robert L Avery
The prevalence of diabetes is growing at epidemic rates in the USA. Diabetic retinopathy develops in a large proportion of patients and is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Systemic management of diabetic retinopathy has included glycemic, hypertension, and lipid control. Local ophthalmic treatment in the form of focal/grid or panretinal laser photocoagulation has been shown to prevent vision loss in diabetic edema and proliferative diabetic retinopathy, respectively. The introduction of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor for diabetic macular edema and retinopathy has provided clinicians with improved clinical outcomes with potentially less damaging effects than laser...
December 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Samir Malkani, Sheri A Keitz, David M Harlan
The current diabetes epidemic threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system unless we redesign how diabetes care is delivered. The number of endocrinologists is grossly inadequate to provide care for all individuals with diabetes, but with the appropriate utilization of the primary care workforce and alternative healthcare providers working together in teams, effective diabetes care can be provided to all. We propose a patient-centered, goal-based approach with resources devoted to care coordination, measurement of outcomes, appropriate use of technology, and measurement of patient satisfaction...
December 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Barbara H Braffett, Hunter Wessells, Aruna V Sarma
This review details the epidemiology, possible mechanisms, and risk factors associated with urogenital autonomic dysfunction in diabetes. Autonomic neuropathy in diabetes is associated with various urological complications including bladder and sexual dysfunction. Several studies have reported the high prevalence of bladder and sexual dysfunction in both men and women. The DCCT/EDIC UroEDIC study examined the association between cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy and bladder and sexual dysfunction in a large cohort of participants with type 1 diabetes and was the first to report significant associations...
December 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Susan L Samson, Alan J Garber
Incretin-based therapies are important addition to our armamentarium for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). There are six Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs) which have received regulatory approval for clinical use. The short-acting GLP-1RAs include exenatide twice daily, liraglutide once daily, and lixisenatide once daily. The approved long-acting GLP-1RAs are administered weekly and are exenatide, albiglutide, and dulaglutide. Although all of these therapies lower hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C), there also are unique features of GLP-1RAs that have been made manifest from clinical trial data with regard to weight-loss efficacy, fasting and post-prandial glucose control, cardiovascular safety and protection, and gastrointestinal and injection adverse effects...
December 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Riki Bergel, Eran Hadar, Yoel Toledano, Moshe Hod
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is one of the most common morbidities complicating pregnancy, with short- and long-term consequences to the mothers, fetuses, and newborns. Management and treatment are aimed to achieve best possible glycemic control, while avoiding hypoglycemia and ensuring maternal and fetal safety. It involves behavioral modifications, nutrition and medications, if needed; concurrent with maternal and fetal surveillance for possible adverse outcomes. This review aims to elaborate on the pharmacological options for GDM therapy...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Stephen Sidney
Marijuana is used by millions of people, with use likely to increase in the USA because of the trend towards increased decriminalization and legalization. Obesity and diabetes mellitus (DM) rates have increased dramatically in the USA over the past 30 years, with a recent estimate of 29 million individuals with DM. Because there is a plausible link between marijuana use and diabetes due to the known effects of cannabinoids on adipose tissue and glucose/insulin metabolism, it is important to study and understand how marijuana use is related to obesity and diabetes...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Gül Bahtiyar, David Gutterman, Harold Lebovitz
Heart failure (HF) is a major cardiovascular complication of diabetes mellitus (DM). The greatest risk factor for HF is age, and data indicate that 6 to 10 % of individuals over the age of 65 years suffer from HF. Patients with DM have a 2.5-fold increased risk for developing HF than individuals without DM. The 25 to 40 % of patients with HF who have DM have worse outcome (death from cardiovascular disease or hospitalization for worsening HF) than patients without DM. Hyperglycemia is a risk factor for the development of HF with an increase in incidence of HF rising from 10 % at hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) 8...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Nalani Haviland, John Walsh, Ruth Roberts, Timothy S Bailey
Since the early 2000s, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology has advanced to become a standard of care in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately, CGM use is not commonly integrated into practice. This article will review the history, technology, and need for systematic training in CGM. Additionally, it will review recent clinical trial data demonstrating the benefits that CGM offers to all people with type 1 diabetes and the clinicians who care for them.
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Paddy C Dempsey, Neville Owen, Thomas E Yates, Bronwyn A Kingwell, David W Dunstan
Epidemiological evidence indicates that excessive time spent in sedentary behaviours (too much sitting) is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Here, we highlight findings of experimental studies corroborating and extending the epidemiological evidence and showing the potential benefits for T2D of reducing and breaking up sitting time across the whole day. We also discuss future research opportunities and consider emerging implications for T2D prevention and management. This new evidence is stimulating an expansion of diabetes-related physical activity guidelines-suggesting that in addition to moderate-vigorous physical activity, reducing and regularly interrupting prolonged sitting time is likely to have important and varied benefits across the spectrum of diabetes risk...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Lindsay Satterwhite Mayberry, Erin M Bergner, Rosette J Chakkalakal, Tom A Elasy, Chandra Y Osborn
Suboptimal glycemic control is more common among non-Hispanic Blacks (NHBs) and Hispanics than non-Hispanic Whites (NHWs). Disparities in the performance of self-care behaviors may contribute to this. To synthesize knowledge on current self-care disparities, we reviewed studies from January 2011-March 2016 that included NHWs, NHBs, and Hispanics with type 2 diabetes in the USA. Self-care behaviors included diet, exercise, medications, self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG), self-foot exams, and not smoking...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Brandi M White, Ayaba Logan, Gayenell S Magwood
Populations experiencing homelessness with diabetes may encounter barriers to accessing comprehensive diabetes care to manage the condition, yet it is unclear to what extent this population is able to access care. We reviewed the literature to identify and describe the barriers and facilitators to accessing diabetes care and managing diabetes for homeless populations using the Equity of Access to Medical Care Framework. An integrated review of the literature was conducted and yielded 10 articles that met inclusion criteria...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Manuel Ruz, Fernando Carrasco, Andrés Sánchez, Alvaro Perez, Pamela Rojas
Zinc (Zn) is important in a number of processes related to insulin secretion and insulin activity in peripheral tissues, making this element an interesting potential co-adjuvant in the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). This issue has been matter of interest in recent years. The available evidence is analyzed in this review. Information from epidemiologic studies evaluating the relationship between Zn and T2D is inconsistent. Furthermore, few studies examined the association between Zn status and insulin action and/or glucose homeostasis...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Allyson Spence, Qizhi Tang
Genetic and cellular studies of type 1 diabetes in patients and in the nonobese diabetic mouse model of type 1 diabetes point to an imbalance between effector T cells and regulatory T cells (Tregs) as a driver of the disease. The imbalance may arise as a consequence of genetically encoded defects in thymic deletion of islet antigen-specific T cells, induction of islet antigen-specific thymic Tregs, unfavorable tissue environment for peripheral Treg induction, and failure of islet antigen-specific Tregs to survive in the inflamed islets secondary to insufficient IL-2 signals...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Chris Fraker, Allison L Bayer
Treatments for autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes (T1D) are aimed at resetting the immune system, especially its adaptive arm. The innate immune system is often ignored in the design of novel immune-based therapies. There is increasing evidence for multiple natural killer (NK) subpopulations, but their role is poorly understood in autoimmunity and likely is contributing to the controversial role reported for NKs. In this review, we will summarize NK subsets and their roles in tolerance, autoimmune diabetes, and immunotherapy...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Kiarri N Kershaw, Ashley E Pender
Persistent racial/ethnic disparities in obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus seen in the US are likely due to a combination of social, biological, and environmental factors. A growing number of studies have examined the role of racial/ethnic residential segregation with respect to these outcomes because this macro-level process is believed to be a fundamental cause of many of the factors that contribute to these disparities. This review provides an overview of findings from studies of racial/ethnic residential segregation with obesity and diabetes published between 2013 and 2015...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Luciano Bernardi, Lucio Bianchi
Autonomic dysfunction is a frequent and relevant complication of diabetes mellitus, as it is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. In addition, it is today considered as predictive of the most severe diabetic complications, like nephropathy and retinopathy. The classical methods of screening are the cardiovascular reflex tests and were originally interpreted as evidence of nerve damage. A more modern approach, based on the integrated control of cardiovascular and respiratory function, reveals that these abnormalities are to a great extent functional, at least in the early stage of the disease, thus suggesting new potential interventions...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Michael A Grandner, Azizi Seixas, Safal Shetty, Sundeep Shenoy
Sleep is important for regulating many physiologic functions that relate to metabolism. Because of this, there is substantial evidence to suggest that sleep habits and sleep disorders are related to diabetes risk. In specific, insufficient sleep duration and/or sleep restriction in the laboratory, poor sleep quality, and sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea have all been associated with diabetes risk. This research spans epidemiologic and laboratory studies. Both physiologic mechanisms such as insulin resistance, decreased leptin, and increased ghrelin and inflammation and behavioral mechanisms such as increased food intake, impaired decision-making, and increased likelihood of other behavioral risk factors such as smoking, sedentary behavior, and alcohol use predispose to both diabetes and obesity, which itself is an important diabetes risk factor...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Sina Rahmani, Rine Nakanishi, Matthew J Budoff
Cardiovascular events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, are the primary causes of mortality in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Affected patients frequently have asymptomatic coronary artery disease. Studies have shown heterogeneity in cardiovascular risk among patients with diabetes. Imaging can help categorize risk of future cardiovascular events by identifying those patients with atherosclerosis, rather than relying on risk prediction based on population-based studies. In this article, we will review the evidence regarding use of atherosclerosis imaging in patients with diabetes to predict risk of coronary heart disease and mortality...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
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