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Diet pill Qsymia may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes in obese patients

Obese patients who took the new weight loss drug Qsymia were more than 70 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to patients who were taking a placebo, according to a late-stage clinical trial. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body does not produce any or enough insulin, causing unstable blood sugar levels. Being overweight significantly increases the risk of developing the disease. Qsymia was approved last year and became the first weight loss pill to be approved for sale in the United States in 13 years. The drug is intended for people with a ... Read More

New social media program targets prediabetics

A new social media program designed to provide regular and aggressive support for people with prediabetes was launched this week. Called Prevent, the first-of-its-kind the program matches prediabetics into small online communities based on their age, body mass index, and location. Participants are mailed a wireless scale that transmits the participant’s weight to the online system on a daily basis. Participants not only can monitor their own progress, but also the progress of other members (shown as a percentage of body weight lost) of their online community. The 16-week program introduces a new behavior change each week, then provides support ... Read More

Prediabetes is a diagnosis to take seriously

More than 90 percent of an estimated 60 million Americans are on the verge of getting type 2 diabetes but are completely unaware that they are at risk, according to HealthWomen.org. Many of these people have no symptoms, and many who learn they have the condition known as prediabetes think it’s no big deal. But a diagnosis of prediabetes is nothing to take lightly, says Ann Albright, PhD, RD, director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news, she says, “is there is something you can do about it.” Prediabetes, as ... Read More