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Study: In Type 2 diabetics not on insulin, self-monitoring has no impact on disease

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICHESTER, England — Self-monitoring blood glucose levels in Type 2 diabetics not on an insulin regimen may contribute little to managing the disease, according to an analysis published online last month by The Cochran Library.

"Based on a best-evidence synthesis, there is no evidence that [self-monitoring blood glucose] affects patient satisfaction, general well-being or general health-related quality of life," concluded lead author Uriëll Malanda, of the VU University Medical Center, Department of General Practice, EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research in Amsterdam, Netherlands. "More research is needed to explore the psychological impact of [self-monitoring blood glucose] and its impact on [diabetics’] specific quality of life and well-being, as well as the impact of [self-monitoring blood glucose] on hypoglycemia and diabetic complications."

According to the analysis, it was assumed that patients with Type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin would be using the glucose values to adjust their diet and lifestyle. "Pooled results of studies including patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for at least one year show that self-monitoring of blood glucose has a minimal effect in improving glucose control at six months, which disappears after 12 months follow-up," Malanda wrote. "The clinical benefit resulting from this effect is limited."

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P&G, Larry the Cable Guy sending three tailgate winners to the Super Bowl

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble and comedian Larry the Cable Guy on Wednesday awarded a pair of Super Bowl tickets to three winners of the Prilosec OTC "A Better Way to Tailgate" challenge.

Participants submitted photos showcasing creative tailgate set-ups and food spreads, along with a recipe to accompany their “food spread” entry, to TailgateFan.com/contest.

“These top three showed that they can go beyond wimpy cans of onion dip and frilly toothpicks,” Larry the Cable Guy said. “After drooling over their food and checking out their set ups, Prilosec OTC and I knew that they had prevailed over the others in our football fiesta face-off.”


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NPA to host legislative day

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association last week announced it will host its 15th Annual Natural Products Day to help educate policy-makers on the value of dietary supplements here on March 27.

The day begins with an issue briefing and advocacy training so attendees learn how they can participate in the policy-making process and advocate for their interests. Afterwards, pre-arranged meetings at congressional offices offer the chance to talk to senators, representatives and their staffs about key legislation and regulatory activities.

There is no charge to attend the event.

Specifically, NPA will be working to educate members of Congress about the potential impact of the draft new drug ingredients guidance. NPA has called for a substantial rewrite of the draft guidance that is consistent with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.

In addition, NPA encourages congressional support for the Family and Retirement Health Investment Act, which would allow Health and Flexible Spending Account dollars to be used for supplements and meal replacement products. NPA opposes the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, which would add unnecessary regulations on supplements that could limit their availability to consumers.

“It’s especially important this year to educate the public and Congress about the implications of the draft NDI guidance and proposed legislation. Attending Natural Products Day is a great way to make sure that policy-makers hear our strong, united voice,” stated NPA president Jeff Wright. “We are seeing growing concern in Congress about potential overreach by federal regulators, including the FDA. This is the time for us to seek more support for our industry.”


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