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News Release
Better Blood Sugar Control May Be Simpler Than You Think: Embargoed Study - 06/08/17

An EMBARGOED study could affect many of the 29 million Americans with diabetes. The study included nearly 20,000 patients from Washington and Oregon and links these three factors with better blood sugar control: exercising four or more times per week, taking diabetes medications as prescribed, and managing weight.

The study will be published in The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 am pacific time. Please wait until then to publish stories.

To conduct the study, researchers relied on Kaiser Permanente's unique electronic medical record, which allows providers to quickly see how often patients are refilling their diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol medications. Patients who were taking their medications at least 80 percent of the time were at lower risk for poorly controlled blood sugar.

Poorly controlled blood sugar can lead to complications including kidney disease, retinal damage, heart disease, hospitalization and death, according to the American Diabetes Association.

The ADA estimates that about 29 million Americans have diabetes, and according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 21 percent of adults with diabetes have poorly controlled blood sugar.

I am attaching the news release here. If you want to interview one of the study authors or a patient or receive a copy of the study please e-mail me.

You can watch a video with a doctor and patient on YouTube:


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