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Study: Dietary habits among African-Americans are similar, despite Type 2 diabetes diagnosis

BY Allison Cerra

COLUMBUS, Ohio Dietary habits among African-Americans are relatively the same, regardless of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or having normal blood sugar, according to a new study.

Researchers at Ohio State University examined the dietary intake of 2,589 African-American adults recorded in the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Jonathan Scott, a graduate student in medical dietetics at Ohio State University and lead author of the study, and colleagues organized the research participants into three diabetes status groups with the goal of identifying whether having the disease appeared to influence eating habits among the adults. The three groups studied were those with normal blood sugar levels, those with prediabetes and those with a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Among the participants, 1,863 had normal blood sugar levels, 321 were in the prediabetes range and 405 had diabetes.

While the study did find African-American adults with diabetes and prediabetes ate more dietary fiber than did participants with normal blood sugar, the intake of nutrients recorded by the national study indicated the average African-American diet tended to be low on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, and high on meat and non-whole grains.

“This means people who do have the condition aren’t doing anything different from when they didn’t, and those who don’t have the condition don’t appear to be trying to prevent diabetes,” Scott said of the results. “We still don’t fully understand why some people get diabetes and some don’t, especially if they’re eating the same kind of diet. But what we can see from this study is that there is potential to use nutrition education to both improve the chances of preventing diabetes and other diseases and to help those with diabetes better manage the condition with some lifestyle changes.”

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PositiveID files patent for Insulin Tracker

BY Alaric DeArment

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. A company that develops healthcare and information management products has applied for a patent for an insulin-pen tracking and recording device.

 

PositiveID announced Monday that it had filed for a patent for the Insulin Tracker with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The device slides onto insulin pens and allows diabetes patients to track and record the amount of insulin they inject, including the time and date of each injection, transmitting it to PositiveID’s iGlucose System database and allowing patients and their healthcare providers to monitor compliance.

 

 

“Due to the cumbersome nature of manually recording blood glucose levels, insulin dosages and the appropriate dates and times for each, many patients’ diabetes logs are incomplete or even nonexistent, which directly impacts patient compliance,” PositiveID chairman and CEO Scott Silverman said.

 

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Milwaukee Health Services taps new corporate communications specialist

BY Antoinette Alexander

MILWAUKEE, Wis. Milwaukee Health Services, which owns and operates a retail-based convenient care clinic here, has hired Clarene Mitchell as corporate communications specialist.

In her new role, Mitchell’s duties will include advancing the organization’s public image, facilitating business and government partnerships, fundraising strategy efforts and special projects.

An initial area of concentration will focus on increasing the public image and utilization of MHSI’s Convenient Care Clinic that operates in the Midtown Piggly Wiggly supermarket. MHSI opened the clinic in October 2009 in partnership with Managed Health Services. The clinic, which is owned and operated by MHSI, was the first retail based clinic to be opened by a Federally Qualified Health Center on a national basis, the company stated.

Mitchell most recently worked with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. Her professional history includes managing programs and public relations interests for Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin.  Prior to that she was a health communications officer for the Milwaukee Health Department, the health and education liaison for Mayor John O. Norquist, in addition to other roles with such organizations as Sojourner Truth House, American Lung Association, Lisbon Avenue Neighborhood Development and the Milwaukee Urban League.

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