Posts Tagged ‘diabetes’

Surgery: Six Times Better for Controlling Type 2 Diabetes

February 16, 2017 — Today in the New England Journal of Medicine, five-year results of a randomized, controlled trial show that bariatric surgery is six times better than intensive medical treatment for controlling type 2 diabetes. That’s right. Six times better chances for success after five years. Without surgery, the outcomes were dramatically worse. This study, known as the […]

Are High-Deductible Plans a Health Hazard?

January 10, 2017 — In high-deductible health plans, we have a powerful idea that is not what it seems. The idea is pretty simple. Lower the cost of health insurance. Give people higher deductibles for routine care that might not be necessary. Suddenly, people are more sensitive to the cost of unnecessary health care. But the results of a […]

Ten Expectations for 2017 in Obesity, Food, and Health

January 1, 2017 — The new year brings new expectations. Sure, we always have new diet, nutrition, and weight loss fashions. But, in thinking about obesity and health, we can also expect some more substantive changes. Here’s our top ten for 2017. 1. More “Less Added Sugar.” Already, the pressure to avoid sugar was on. Now, new labeling for added sugar will dial […]

Soda Down in Mexico, Obesity Not So Much

December 16, 2016 — Mexico is something of a poster child for using taxes to drive down soda sales and fight obesity. A 10% tax on sugary drinks began nationwide there in 2014. After three years of the tax, soda consumption appears to be down, but obesity is still climbing. New results from Mexico’s 2016 National Health and Nutrition […]

Five Doses of Good News on Type 2 Diabetes in 2016

December 11, 2016 — It’s been a long slog, but this year brought at least five doses of good news on the subject of type 2 diabetes. Here’s our take. Preventing Cardiovascular Deaths. This year brought windfall of good news on cardiovascular outcomes with three of the newest drugs for type 2 diabetes. Just last week, empagliflozin (Jardiance) was […]

Hope for Understanding Obesity?

September 27, 2016 — Getting discouraged about deep public misunderstanding of obesity is way too easy. So waking up to two thoughtful reports in top tier news media – the New York Times and The New Yorker – was a pleasant surprise yesterday. Good reporting can lead to better understanding obesity. First, Gina Kolata wrote a lengthy article in the Times […]

Magical Thinking about Diet and Exercise

September 24, 2016 — Another study – this one published in Diabetes – tells us that air pollution might contribute to insulin resistance and ultimately to diabetes. It addresses a genuinely interesting subject for scientific inquiry. But it doesn’t tell us that a healthy diet and exercise is the antidote for the harms that air pollution might cause. Nevertheless, the New York […]

Prioritizing Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Care

September 12, 2016 — As the epidemic of type 2 diabetes has grown in parallel with unprecedented rates of obesity, physicians have long prioritized controlling blood glucose over helping a patient manage his weight. Type 2 diabetes care typically takes priority over obesity care in a primary care setting. In some ways, this has been a perfectly rational choice for […]

Diabetes Education and Empowerment That Works

August 14, 2016 — At the very time that more than 3,000 Certified Diabetes Educators are gathering for their association’s annual meeting in San Diego,  a new study documents the effectiveness and empowerment that CDEs can provide for people living with type 2 diabetes. In a randomized controlled trial, Michael Bowen and colleagues assigned 150 adults with type 2 diabetes […]

Time to Stop Dumping on Potatoes

July 20, 2016 — A new systematic review of clinical studies tells us that it’s time to stop dumping on potatoes. Daniel Borch and colleagues systematically reviewed both intervention and observational studies. They concluded: The identified studies do not provide convincing evidence to suggest an association between intake of potatoes and risks of obesity, T2D, or CVD. French fries […]