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Diabetes is one of the most common and most challenging diseases in primary care. How best to help your patients achieve glycemic control? To that end, we have created this resource page.
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The addition of basal insulin to current oral medication is the simplest way to initiate insulin therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes.Read More
In addition to lifestyle changes, how would you treat this patient who has just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?Read More
A recent study provides empirical evidence supporting the widely shared view that persons with diabetes mellitus should engage in regular physical activity.Read More
What is known about diabetes mellitus in older adults? How does it affect them differently than younger adults? What can be done to prevent or manage the disease? These questions and more discussed in this report.Read More
ADA/EASD 2012 Position Statement: Lifestyle Change Finishes First Again!
April 26, 2012
Elements of the newly published 2012 ADA/EASD position statement on management of type 2 diabetes may stir some debate. But the pivotal role the writers assign to durable lifestyle change won’t. Here, Dr Charles Shaefer, Jr, highlights and advocates for the 3 primary goals of lifestyle modification.
Group Visits for Diabetes
November 10, 2010
Diabetes is a demanding and difficult chronic disease. Life changes dramatically for a patient and his or her family once the diagnosis is made. Nutritional food choices, increased physical activity, multiple medications, visits to a physician, and blood tests are no longer optional. They now are a means of changing the length and quality of life. The patient has to rapidly become knowledgeable about nutritional content of any food he eats, different ways to be active, blood glucose testing, medication doses and side effects, and new words and abbreviations, such as A1c, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides.
New Additions to the Therapy Toolbox for Type 2 Diabetes: Incretins
October 29, 2010
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is an epidemic with serious and fatal complications. Some predictions estimate that 440 million persons will have this disease by 2030. Current recommendations state that patients with type 2 diabetes who are receiving monotherapy and who have elevated hemoglobin A1c levels between 7.6% and 9.0% should receive a second agent.
Exercise Guidelines for Patients With Diabetes
October 5, 2010
Your patient is a middle-aged man with type 2 diabetes who wants to start a weight-training program. What recommendations would you offer him? Another patient with diabetes has peripheral neuropathy; which types of exercise are safest for her? Answers to these and other questions about physical activity by patients who have diabetes mellitus can be found in guidelines from the American Diabetes Association. Highlights of those recommendations are presented here.
ACCORD Study Shows Mixed Results for Strict Glycemic Control
July 15, 2010
Intensive control of blood glucose levels reduces the development and progression of certain microvascular complications of type 2 diabetes but does not reduce cardiovascular risk, according to the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) study investigators.
Is Diabetes Control Like Goldilocks’ Porridge: What A1c Is Just Right?
June 17, 2010
This generation’s diabetic control is preceded by the ever-present adjective “intensive.” Although a lower A1c seems to be a rational, and in many instances a proven target for type 2 diabetes with its constellation of micro- and macrovascular complications, are there downsides when prescribing exactly how low one’s A1c should go?
DIABETES AND MENTAL HEALTH
Podcast: Group Visits for Diabetes: How to Help Patients Better Control Their Disease
March 23, 2010
Only 7% of patients with diabetes have reached goals for hemoglobin A1c, LDL cholesterol, and blood pressure. What can be done to help more patients achieve their goals? In this 2-part interview, Dr Edward Shahady shows how group visits can help your patients with diabetes better control their disease and reduce their risk of diabetic complications.
COMMON DIABETES MEDICATIONS
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