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March 21, 2014

Diabetes: Are You At Risk?

Are You At Risk?

Join UF Health diabetes experts on March 25th for the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Alert! Day; a one-day, “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

UF Researcher to Present at National ADA Conference

Desmond Schatz, MD, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming 29th Annual Clinical Conference on Diabetes in Marco Island. Dr. Schatz,  an accomplished researcher in the field of type 1 diabetes, was recently named president of the American Diabetes Association -- with his term beginning in 2016. His research interests relate to the prediction, natural history, genetics, immunopathogenesis and prevention of Type 1 diabetes, as well as management of children and adolescents with the disease.

The presentation entitled, “Changing Face of Type 1 Diabetes”  will focus on accelerating the path of better treatments and increased enrollment in clinical research trials, registries, and biobanks.

For more information on the upcoming ADA Conference, click here. 

Patient Connection:

Mike (Brandon) Clark, a patient of Dr. Schatz at UF Health, will serve as a White House Intern this Spring  in the correspondence department in the Office of the First Lady. 

“Through this internship I hope to better understand how the executive office of the president works and runs,” he said. “I believe it will provide me with an opportunity to develop skills necessary to further my education and future career goals.” 

Please help us congratulate Mike! You can learn more about his amazing opportunity here

Your Mobile Minute:

LabStyle Innovations has introduced its Dario smartphone glucose meter to help diabetes patients monitor their blood glucose levels. The device, which can be plugged into a smartphone, features a software application that provides real-time recording and review of glucose readings.

What We're Following: (Click on left-hand images to Read More.)

Video Simulation Tool May Help Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

Video Tool May Help Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

A new video simulation tool may help keep diabetic retinopathy at bay. Researchers said type 2 diabetes patients who used the tool attained reductions in A1C and maintained quality of life, with no increase in social worry. 

New Cell-Based Therapy Approach to T1D

Study: Foot ulcer care raises diabetes costs significantly

A one-year study concluded that the cost of treating Medicare diabetes patients with foot ulcers was $11,710 more per patient than for those without foot ulcers, increasing the national diabetes care costs by up to $13 billion.

Sleep Apnea May Worsen Diabetes

CDC study looks at hypoglycemia-related ED visits 

During 2007-2011, close to 100,000 emergency department visits were insulin-related hypoglycemia and errors. Patients 80 and older were also more likely to visit the ED and were five times as likely to be admitted.

Early Registration Begins for the SWD 2014 Conference!

Preparations for the 3rd Annual Students with Diabetes National Conference are underway. The conference will feature speakers, activities and a venue to bring together young adults ages 18-30 living with diabetes. Many attendees will be students from one of the more than two dozen Students with Diabetes chapters at colleges across the country, including from the University of Florida. Early registration continues through April 1st. For more information, visit www.usf.edu/StudentsDiabetes.

Campus Profile: HealthStreet and TrialNet at UF Working Together

recent edition of the On the Same Page newsletter explores outreach programs that are making a difference in the community and enhancing the research mission of UF Health.

Since October 2011, the HealthStreet program has helped to connect more than 4,700 persons from the Gainesville community with Community Health Workers to assess their needs and concerns Importantly, diabetes stands out among the top-five most-frequent health concerns. 

Through an ongoing partnership with Trialnet at UF, HealthStreet patients can be referred to a TrialNet testing site where they can be tested and may be eligible to participate in an ongoing T1D research trial.

Only 15% of patients surveyed had ever participated in a health research study, but a large proportion stated that they would be willing to do so in the future. We're continuing to look forward to what's ahead!

Diabetes Researcher Profile

Arch G. Mainous III, PhD

Dr. Mainous a Professor in the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine and is also chair of the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of health services research, management and policy.

Mainous is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and editorials that have appeared in journals such as The Lancet, JAMA,  and the American Journal of Public Health, and has conducted a variety of studies on conditions commonly presenting in primary care including respiratory infections, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and iron disorders.

Upcoming Events:


What: JDRF Social for Adults Living with Type 1 Diabetes

When: March 27th, 2014

Where: Ballyhoo Grill 

"Come out and meet new friends, catch up with old ones, network, and socialize with others who share a very special common interest. Two complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served. Event is from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. RSVP to Pam Williams, PWilliams@jdrf.org, 904-739-2101."

What: "1st Annual Sugar High Run" benefiting Florida Diabetes Camp

When: March 29th, 2014

Where: Baseline Trailhead              4255 SE 58 Ave, Ocala, FL 34471

8:30am: 5k Run/Walk                       9:30am: 1-mile kid’s fun run with pirate costume contest

5k Run/Walk  $15,  Day of: $20       Fun Run $10,  Day of: $15

REGISTER AND/OR Donate at Active.com 

For More Information, contact: Jkroush81@yahoo.com

For a complete listing of calendar events, please click here.  

The Faces of Diabetes

There are many people with diabetes who have become famous, and they all have something in common -- they have not let their condition get in the way of success. Remember, don't let diabetes stop you from pursuing your ambitions! Here is our profile for this week: 

Scott Verplank 

Pro-golfer Scott Verplank has experienced exhilarating highs and mentally challenging lows throughout his golfing career. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings, going as high as 11th in 2001 and secured five wins among his PGA Tour appearances. Since diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a child, Verplank has learned that he must test his blood glucose often because of its impact on how he feels—and his success on the course.  “I test 10 times a day—every hour on the course. I’ve got to know what’s going on.” Verplank will miss the remainder of the 2014 citing wrist pain. “One benefit I'm looking forward to is I can quit trying to beat the twenty-something kids,” he said. 

Just one more thing...

It's that time of year again, March Madness! While you are cheering on the Florida Gators, this can also be a great time to talk to your kids about the importance of being active in sports; regardless of winning or losing. 

Having type 1 diabetes adds a layer of planning to the process, but it certainly doesn't mean your child can't participate. Check out these great tips from our friends at Spoonful.com. You can help ensure your child's sports experience is a positive one. Let the games begin!