Dear Friends,
This issue of JDC Diabetes Gems discusses the revisions to the American Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Recommendations 2013,benefits of intensive weight loss program and the promising results of the use of metformin in obese children. We also have in store some exciting information on the benefits of chewing your meals for 30 seconds and the discovery of TRIP-Br2 protein linked with obesity which could revolutionize its treatment.

The historically unique massive diabetes campaign organized by Jothydev’s Diabetes Research Center and P.Kesavadev Trust supported by International Diabetes Federation recently concluded. The celebrity film actor Shri. Maniyan Pillai Raju launched the website: which will not only portray the entire project but also will exist as a diabetes education portal.

Gems video of the month is ‘Play the Blue Diabetes Kerala 2012’ Education Campaign across all the 14 districts in Kerala.

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JDC Diabetes Gems Team
Jothydev's Diabetes and Research Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, INDIA

JDC GEMS Picture of the month
For 2,000 years diabetes has been recognized as a devastating and deadly disease. In the first century A.D. a Greek, Aretaeus, described the destructive nature of the affliction which he named "diabetes" from the Greek word for "siphon." Eugene J. Leopold in his text Aretaeus the Cappodacian describes Aretaeus' diagnosis: "...
Video :‘Play the Blue’ symbolizes the significance of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. READ MORE
Intensive Weight Loss Program Reverses Diabetes
Patients diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes frequently requests for clarification if their condition is reversible, and "some physicians may provide hopeful advice that lifestyle change can normalize glucose levels,"........

Metformin Reduces Blood Glucose and Weight in Obese Children
Metformin is known to reduce the risk for T2D in obese adults, but its safety and efficacy in children has been largely unexplored. Deborah Kendall, MD( Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Royal Manchester .........

New ADA Guidelines Ease Blood Pressure Target
The American Diabetes Association’s Clinical Practice Recommendations 2013, include major position statement along with additional position statements on a range of diabetes-management-related topics.........
Gems picture of the month
For 2,000 years diabetes has been recognized as a devastating and deadly disease. In the first century A.D. a Greek, Aretaeus, described the destructive nature of the affliction which he named "diabetes" from the Greek word for........
Protein Key to Fighting and Preventing Obesity Discovered
Researchers identified a key protein that, when absent, helps the body burn fat and prevents insulin resistance and obesity. The discovery could aid development of drugs that not only prevent obesity, but also spur weight loss........
Apple shape may not be inferior to Pear Shape
A new research conducted at UC Davis Health System, with grant from American Diabetes Association published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism online may shatter the long established myth that pear .........

On a diet? Forget the carrot sticks - just chew each mouthful for 30 seconds
Taken a New Year resolution to reduce weight? No need to stick on the carrot sticks. New study says no need to concentrate on what you eat but to concentrate on how you eat. Chew each mouthful of lunch for 30 seconds ........
Diabetes drugs and updates
The Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voted 10-5 to recommend approval for Janssen Research & Development's Canagliflozin (proposed trade name .........

Gems Recipe of the month
Put the double-podded broad beans in a bowl and lightly crush. Season, then mix in the grated cheese, mint and a slug of olive oil. Rub the slices of toasted bread with the garlic. Top with the broad bean mix, drizzle over a .........

JDC Updates
Diabetes Kerala 2012 - the state wide diabetes awareness campaign, conducted by Jothydev's Diabetes & Research Centre supported by International Diabetes Federation officially concluded at Mannam Memorial ........

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 The Newsletter team:
 Chief Editor
Dr. Jothydev Kesavadev
 Managing editor Sunitha Jothydev
 Sub Editor Dr. Arun Shankar
 Editor Neethu Annie Simon (Unit head, JDC2, Kochi)
 Scientific Editor Gopika Krishnan (Research Head, JDC Centres)
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