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  “Mild dysglycemia” in type 2 diabetes. To be neglected or not?
  The now available incretin-based therapies, and more specifically the DPP-4 inhibitors provide the clinician with the possibility to reduce or eradicate both the dawn phenomenon and post-meal glucose excursions with minimal side effects (Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications)
  Impact of HbA1c, Followed From Onset of Type 1 Diabetes, on the Development of Severe Retinopathy and Nephropathy: The VISS Study (Vascular Diabetic Complications in Southeast Sweden)
  Long-term weighted mean HbA1c, measured from diagnosis, is closely associated with the development of severe complications in type 1 diabetes. Keeping HbA1c below 7.6% (60 mmol/mol) as a treatment target seems to prevent proliferative retinopathy and persistent macroalbuminuria for up to 20 years (Diabetes Care)
  The impact of diabetes-related complications on healthcare costs: new results from the UKPDS (UKPDS 84)
  Diabetic complications are associated with substantial immediate and long-term healthcare costs. Our comprehensive new estimates of these costs, derived from detailed recent UK Prospective Diabetes Study post-trial data, should aid researchers and health policy analyses (Diabetic Medicine)
  Low within- and between-day variability in exposure to new insulin glargine 300 U.mL-1
  Gla-300 provides predictable, evenly distributed 24-hour coverage due to low fluctuation and high reproducibility in insulin exposure, and appears suitable for effective basal insulin use (Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism)
  Detection of a low-grade enteroviral infection in the islets of Langerhans of living patients newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
  The results provides evidence for the presence of enterovirus in pancreatic islets of type 1 diabetic patients, being consistent with the possibility that a low grade enteroviral infection in the pancreatic islets contribute to disease progression in humans (Diabetes)
  Autologous Islet Transplantation With Remote Islet Isolation After Pancreas Resection for Chronic Pancreatitis
  Pancreatic resection with autologous islet transplantation for severe chronic pancreatitis is a safe and effective final alternative to ameliorate debilitating pain and to help prevent the development of surgical diabetes (JAMA Surgery)
  Unsupervised home use of overnight closed-loop system over 3 to 4 weeks – Pooled analysis of randomized controlled studies in adults and adolescents with type 1 diabetes
  Overnight closed loop at home in adults and adolescents with type 1 diabetes is feasible, demonstrating improvements in glucose control and reducing the risk of nocturnal hypoglycaemia (Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism)
  Proteomic Analysis in Type 2 Diabetes Patients before and after a Very Low Calorie Diet Reveals Potential Disease State and Intervention Specific Biomarkers
  In this study, specific proteins were found to be differentially expressed in type 2 diabetes patients versus controls and before and after a VLCD. These proteins are potential disease state and intervention specific biomarkers (PLoS ONE)
  Effects of High vs Low Glycemic Index of Dietary Carbohydrate on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Insulin Sensitivity
  In this 5-week controlled feeding study, diets with low glycemic index of dietary carbohydrate, compared with high glycemic index of dietary carbohydrate, did not result in improvements in insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, or systolic blood pressure. In the context of an overall DASH-type diet, using glycemic index to select specific foods may not improve cardiovascular risk factors or insulin resistance (JAMA)
  Assessing the Effect of Treatment Duration on the Association between Anti-Diabetic Medication and Cancer Risk
  This study demonstrates that evaluation of the variation in cancer risk in relation to treatment duration is of particular importance for enhancing the accuracy of conclusions on the link between exposure to anti-diabetic medication and cancer risk (PLoS ONE)
  Pioglitazone has a dubious bladder cancer risk but an undoubted cardiovascular benefit
  There is no association between bladder cancer and pioglitazone in randomized controlled trials, once cases that could not plausibly be related to treatment are removed ... careful study of randomized controlled trials shows evidence of cardiovascular benefit from pioglitazone in Type 2 diabetes, a condition which results, more than anything, in premature cardiovascular death and morbidity (Diabetic Medicine)
  Initial Combination Therapy with Metformin/Pioglitazone/Exenatide is More Effective Than Sequential Add-On Therapy in Subjects with New Onset Diabetes. Results from the Efficacy and Durability of Initial Combination Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes (EDICT): A Randomized Trial
  The results of this exploratory study demonstrate that combination therapy with metformin/pioglitazone/exenatide in newly diagnosed T2DM patients is more effective with less hypoglycemia than sequential add-on therapy with metformin, sulfonylurea, and then basal insulin (Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism)
  Adaptive pathways: a future approach to bring new medicines to patients?
  Scientists argue that scientific and political changes will make adaptive pathways the preferred approach to make new treatments available (European Medicines Agency)
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