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Another reason to drink red wine every day

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American College of Physicians

1. A glass of red wine with dinner may improve cardiovascular health in patients with diabetes

Both red and white wine can improve glucose control

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Drinking a glass of red wine every day as part of a healthy diet can help patients with well-controlled type 2 diabetes improve cardiac health and manage cholesterol, according to an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Both red and white wine can improve glucose control, depending on alcohol metabolism and genetic profiling.

People with diabetes are at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease and have lower levels of "good" cholesterol. Some studies suggest that light drinking is associated with improvements in biomarkers for cardiovascular risk, but randomized, controlled trials are lacking to determine the benefits and harms of moderate alcohol consumption for patients with type 2 diabetes.

Researchers sought to assess the effects of moderate wine consumption in persons with type 2 diabetes. They also sought to determine if the type of wine consumed mattered. They randomly assigned 224 patients with well-controlled type 2 diabetes to drink 150 mL of mineral water, white wine, or red wine with dinner for two years and then measured lipid and glycemic control profiles, as well as other cardiovascular measures and quality of life. All participants were also encouraged to follow a Mediterranean diet without caloric restriction.

After two years, patients who drank wine had decreased cardiometabolic risks compared to patients who drank mineral water. The red wine drinkers experienced the most significant changes in lipid variables, suggesting the potential synergy of moderate alcohol intake with specific nonalcoholic wine constituents. The authors caution that the benefits of drinking wine should be weighed against potential risks when translated into clinical practice.

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2. ACP says retail clinics best used as backup to a patient's primary care physician

Video soundbites available for download of ACP's president explaining how to use retail health clinics

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In a new policy position paper, the American College of Physicians (ACP) says that retail health clinics - now commonly present in drugstores and/or big box retailers - are best used as a backup alternative to a patient's primary care physician for the diagnosis and treatment of episodic minor illnesses. A summary of Retail Health Clinics: A Policy Position Paper of the American College of Physicians is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Health care delivery models are changing and our patients are embracing and exploring alternatives to the traditional office practice," said Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, president of ACP. "ACP feels it is important to provide guidance to physicians and their patients allowing them to understand the role retail health clinics may have in providing quick, convenient and patient-centered care."

ACP's half-dozen recommendations and positions address the expansion of retail health clinics while underscoring the need for adherence to patient safety and quality protocols and strong communication and collaboration among patients and the retail health clinic providers, and physicians.

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3. Task Force recommends routine screening for high blood pressure for all adults

Ambulatory or home monitoring are recommended to confirm diagnosis

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Average risk adults between the ages of 18 and 39 should be screened for high blood pressure every 3 to 5 years, according to a recommendation statement from the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Adults aged 40 years and older or those who are at increased risk for high blood pressure should be screened annually. The Task Force recommends obtaining measurements outside of a clinical setting for diagnostic confirmation before starting treatment.

Nearly one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, the leading risk factor for premature death. Previous evidence reviews have shown that treatment of adults with high blood pressure can reduce cardiovascular events.

Researchers for the Task Force reviewed published studies to inform an update of its 2007 reaffirmation recommendation statement on screening for high blood pressure in adults. In addition to confirming the benefits of routine screening, the evidence suggests that ambulatory blood pressure monitoring should be considered a reference standard for confirming elevated office blood pressure screening results to avoid misdiagnosis and overtreatment. Home blood pressure monitoring may also be a reasonable confirmatory method but has less evidence to support its use. The full recommendation statement is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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