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arrow Weighing Risks and Benefits of Liraglutide — The FDA’s Review of a New Antidiabetic Therapy
Type 2 diabetes mellitus affects approximately 24 million people in the United States, is the leading cause of kidney failure and blindness, and is associated with a doubling to quadrupling of the risk of death from cardiovascular causes. Furthermore, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is expected to increase because of the obesity epidemic.
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arrow Glycaemic Control: How Low Should We Go?
Since the publication of the UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) it has become widely accepted that the lower the A1c level the better is the outcome for patients with type 2 diabetes especially in terms of reducing microvascular complications. This contention is also supported by the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) which involved patients with type 1 diabetes. Based on the DCCT study the American Diabetes Association (ADA) set the target of 7.0 % for A1c levels while the rest of the world settle for 6.5 % instead.
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arrow FDA Communication about an Ongoing Safety Review of Sibutramine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed additional data that indicate an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease using sibutramine, marketed as the weight loss medication Meridia.
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arrow New UK data support ACCORD findings, emphasize need for individualization of blood glucose control
A new retrospective cohort study in patients with type 2 diabetes has found that the lowest and highest glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels were associated with increased all-cause mortality and cardiac events [1]. This U-shaped association showed that the lowest death and lowest event rates were seen at an HbA1c level of 7.5%, say Dr Craig J Currie (Cardiff University, Wales) and colleagues in their paper published online January 27, 2010 in the Lancet.
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arrow MEMS extend our deepest condolences to Prof. Dato' Khalid Kadir and his family
Malaysian Endocrine & Metabolic Society would like to extend our deepest condolences to Prof. Dato' Khalid Kadir and his family on the passing away of his beloved mother, the late Tun Fatimah Hashim. We request our Muslim members to recite Al Fatehah.

Yours sincerely,

Malaysian Endocrine & Metabolic Society
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arrow New joint statement streamlines definition of Metabolic Syndrome
A new joint statement from a number of professional organizations has identified specific criteria for the clinical diagnosis of the metabolic syndrome, tightening up the definition, which previously differed from one organization to the next.
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