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Diabetes Update: 4 New Studies

Diabetes Update: 4 New Studies

  • Social media ... EHRs ... Verapamil ... Eggs

  • 1. Social Media May Ease Pediatric-to-Adult Care Transition.The use of social media, Skype, text, email, and similar tools may help patients stay engaged in their DM management and reduce future complications.

  • 2. EHRs Help Detect Undiagnosed Cases of Type 2 DM. Adding EHR phenotypes to prescreening for T2DM improved identification of which patients required further costly lab screening and revealed previously unknown DM risk factors.

  • 3. Verapamil Lowers Glucose Levels in Diabetics. Calcium channel blocker verapamil decreased beta-cell apoptosis and restored insulin sensitivity in rodent models. In humans with diabetes, verapamil significantly reduced serum glucose levels.

  • 4. Whole Eggs Help Vitamin D Deficiency in Diabetes. In diabetic rodent models, vitamin-D rich, egg-based diets led to 50% lower blood glucose levels.

What do social media, EHRs, verapamil, and eggs have to do with diabetes management? Find out in these summaries of 4 studies recently published in the diabetes and nutrition literature. 


1. Diabetes Transition Service Specification. Issued by National Health Service, England, January 2016.

2. Anderson AE, Kerr WT, Thames A, et al. Electronic health record phenotyping improves detection and screening of type 2 diabetes in the general United States population: a cross-sectional, unselected, retrospective study. J Biomed Inform. 2016;60:162-168.

3. Khodneva Y, Shalev A, Frank SJ, et al. Calcium channel blocker use is associated with lower fasting serum glucose among adults with diabetes from the REGARDS study. Diabetes Res Clin Prac. 2016 Jan 15. pii: S0168-8227(16)00070-X. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2016.01.021. [Epub ahead of print]

4. Jones SK, Koh GY, Rowling MJ, Schalinske KL. Whole egg consumption prevents diminished serum 25-hydroxycholecalciferol concentrations in type 2 diabetic rats. J Agric Food Chem. 2016;64:120-124.

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