An article with several Welch Center authors that appeared in the April 2008 issue of Diabetes Careis the subject of an American Diabetes Association press release. The article entitled “Cross-Sectional and Prospective Study of Lung Function in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study,” reports research showing more rapid loss of lung capacity in patients with type 2 diabetes than in those without diabetes. The article’s principal author is Dr. Jessica Yeh, and additional Welch Center authors are Dr. Nae-Yuh Wang, Dr. Elizabeth Selvin, and Dr. Frederick Brancati.
The ADA has made the study’s findings the focus of a news release that appeared March 27, 2008 entitled “Reduced Lung Capacity Accelerates with Diabetes.” Dr. Brancati is quoted as pointing out that the association between diabetes and reduced lung capacity has implications for treating diabetes patients with inhaled insulin.
The study is also the subject of an article on the HealthDay website, dated March 28, 2008, for which Dr. Yeh was interviewed. The HealthDay article characterizes the lungs as suffering “collateral damage” in diabetes.
The same April 2008 issue of Diabetes Care also carries another article by a Welch Center core faculty member. Dr. Felicia Hill-Briggs is the lead author of a report entitled “Evaluation of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Print Patient Education Materials for Use with Low–Health Literate Populations .” Dr. Hill-Briggs and her co-author analysed existing print materials on 32 different measures and found that effective print patient education materials were sorely lacking for low-literacy populations that are, at the same time, "disproportionately burdened by diabetes and its complications."