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Joseph S. Alpert

Statins and Diabetes: Wider Utilization Is Needed in Treatment and Prevention

  In this issue of The American Journal of Medicine, Hennekens et al1 address many cogent methodologic issues concerning whether there is a valid statistical association between statins and the development of diabetes. While they conclude that the current totality of evidence is insufficient to confirm a valid association, if such an association were present, the most plausible […]

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Association Between Gout and Incident Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

  We investigated the association between gout and the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Methods Population-based representative insurance (outpatient and inpatient) claims data of 29,765 patients with gout and 59,530 controls without gout (1:2 case:control ratio) between 1998 and 2010 in Taiwan were identified. The association between gout and type 2 diabetes was evaluated […]

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AJM in the News Worldwide

The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among US Adults– recently released by The American Journal of Medicine– sparked worldwide news last week. Time Magazine, MSNBC, CBS, Fox News, the Huffington Posts, and dozens of other news outlets covered this […]

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Marijuana Use & Insulin Control

Novel Study Reports Marijuana Users Have Better Blood Sugar Control Current marijuana users have 16% lower fasting insulin levels compared to non-users, according to an article published by The American Journal of Medicine. Regular marijuana use is associated with favorable indices related to diabetic control, say investigators. They found that current marijuana users had significantly lower […]

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House Afire

Like a House Afire: Cardiac Sarcoidosis  It seemed like an obvious case of acute coronary syndrome—but was it really? A 36-year-old man of Sri Lankan origin presented to his local rural emergency department with severe central chest pain. He described persistent chest tightness radiating to his left arm. This had developed at rest and was […]

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