Issue 15, January 2010
Dear Friends,

     Early detection of diabetes is tantamount to primary prevention and later risk-avoidance. This fifteenth issue of JDC Diabetes GEMS has two relevant articles in this regard. The first article is on ADA revised guidelines, which specify the paramount importance of HbA1c test, not only in early diagnosis of diabetes, but also in prediabetes and that too without the need for fasting and without any chance of fluctuations due to stress or any illness. The second article reveals the importance of childhood office measures like BMI, waist circumference etc in predicting diabetes risk early.

     Other chapters include the one on clinical relevance in taking aspirin daily for non CVD risk patients and the importance of breast feeding in mothers to reduce their risk of diabetes. There is good news for coffee/ tea lovers too. An extensive study taking into account one million people concludes that there is a significant risk reduction in tea/coffee addicts in developing diabetes. This issue of gems also includes new adult immunisation guidelines.

     From now onwards we start a new section on diabetes medication updates. We also welcome you to watch the video presentation on "ABC of diabetes care" presented by Dr.Jothydev, the third one in the video presentation series started on GEMS first anniversary.

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

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1. Diagnosis of Prediabetes and Diabetes- now made easy
Diabetes is an extremely common illness affecting both developing and developed world. Yet for all of the patients known to have diabetes, many individuals with high serum glucose levels remain undiagnosed. With this in mind, the ADA has .........
2. New Adult immunisation guidelines
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) annually reviews the Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule to ensure that the schedule reflects current recommendations for the licensed vaccines ........
Add on Aspirin: good or bad?
On the basis of several guidelines it is a usual practice giving low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes in people........
Breastfeeding lowers the risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease
A Kaiser Permanente study, (whose participants were from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study, that was published online in Diabetes,........
5. Check early to predict early
A new study reveals that child hood office measures (waist circumference, body mass index [BMI], systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and parental diabetes)..........
6 Coffee/ Tea Lowers the Risk for Diabetes
Now good news for those ardent coffee/ tea lovers! A new review of research on the relation between coffee and tea consumption, and diabetes risk suggests that drinking regular or decaffeinated coffee and tea all lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.........
7 Diabetes Medicine Updates
- Sanofi- aventis planning to release buccal insulin. Sanofi-aventis has signed a long term agreement with Generex for the manufacture and supply of recombinant human insulin crystals for commercial and e.........
8 JDC Updates
Diabetes Free Camp Kallayam .........

The Newsletter team:
 Chief Editor
Dr. Jothydev Kesavadev
 Managing editor Sunitha Jothydev
 Sub Editor Dr. Arun Shankar
 Editor Neethu Annie Simon
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