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Letter From The Editor

This week we have an item about the increased use of gastric sleeve for weight reduction and the reversal of diabetes. This newer procedure is actually becoming preferred for overweight patients. Although this may sound like a similar device to a Lap Band it is actually a significant surgery where the lower part of the stomach is removed and a sleeve about the diameter of the esophagus is all that is left. When looking at the pictures and techniques used for this procedure it is apparent that sleeving is much more complex and invasive than Lap Band. While we are on the subject of weight loss it you may want to check out Item #4 and learn about the newly approved medication Bupropion/Naltrexone (Contrave).

We have had a lot of response to the new Diabetes in Control PreDiabetes Screening Test kit and this week our first three items will give you a good idea as to why all your diabetes patient's family members should take the test .

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Announcements:
 
With a day packed full of education, motivational tools, one-on-one sessions, and workshops, the TCOYD health fair is a great way to get your patients to take better care of their health and themselves. TCOYD.com 
 
From dLife.com: "The story of a war hero, the dramatic transplant that helped safe his life, and what it may mean in the search for a cure. Plus, a visit to diabetes summer camp, and Jim Turner on high blood sugar hell." Sundays live online at dLifeTV.com at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Keep up on the latest dLife news at dLifeTV.com.
 
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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief

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Newsflash

FDA Approves Weight Loss Drug Contrave. See this week's Item #4.

FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval of Novo Nordisk's liraglutide (used now as Victoza to treat type 2 diabetes ) for use in chronically obese patients with at least one weight-related health issue. More news to come. The new drug would be called Saxenda.




Tool for your Practice

Testing for Starch or Sugar In Foods

Sometimes your patients will find themselves at a restaurant, hotel, or reception where they can't predict whether foods have sugar or flour in them. The wait staff may have little idea of the details of a given recipe, so your patients can't even ask them. But there is an easy way they can check. Find out how and then copy and pass out this invaluable pdf to all your patients. Courtesy Dr. Richard K. BernsteinHow to Test for Starch or Sucrose in Foods.

 

Test Your Knowledge Question #745

Risk factors for metabolic syndrome include:

A.   Generalized obesity, thyroid disorders, and hypertension.

B.   Hyperglycemia, hypertension, and high triglyceride levels.

C.   Abdominal obesity, hypoglycemia, and previous cardiac disease.

For the complete question and answer, just follow this link.

 

 

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Quote of the Week!

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" 

           ............Audrey Hepburn
 

 

Diabetes in Control gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the following University of Florida pharmacy doctoral candidate in the preparation of this week's newsletter: 

Simi A. Lukose, 
Florida A&M University

Mai Do, Florida A&M University

 


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