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Letter From The Editor

We all know the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results." Nowhere has this been more true than in medicine.

Thirty-five years ago, the "experts" decided that if you ate cholesterol it would raise LDL and Total Cholesterol, and the "fat free" era was born. Even though there have been many studies to the contrary, many of my patients still won't eat an egg yolk or a piece of cheese, and obesity, diabetes and heart disease rates have skyrocketed.

When it came to diabetes clinicians like Bernstein, Atkins, Willette, and Sears, all said cut the carbs to lower glucose and control diabetes, but it has only been in the last 5-6 years that the ADA has reluctantly embraced a lowered carb approach.

Hypertension prevention and treatment had its own nemesis and that was salt consumption. We tried salt substitutes and low salt products and yet the incidence of elevated blood pressure has increased dramatically over the past 20 years. Now newer research indicates that salt is not the real culprit, but sugar might be. This could be the reason that the SGLT-2 inhibitors work rather than by eliminating salt, and why we see consistent decreases in blood pressure in patients using these medications....… Read More

Another way you can help your patients lose weight is to get them to add more fiber to their food choices. Find out why this can make a difference in this week's Item #4.

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Announcements: 

TCOYD Health Fair Conference, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California, Saturday, March 7, 2015

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

dLifeTV.com: Sunday, March 1, 7PM ET

From dLife.com: "dLife explores how diabetes can impact your love life, and what you can do about it. Plus, a mouthwatering souffl that anyone can make from the dLife kitchen." 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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We can make a difference!

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief

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Newsflash

FDA Approves a New Long-Acting Insulin. See this week's Item #1.

FDA requires label warnings to prohibit sharing of multi-dose diabetes pen devices among patients. FDA Announcement




Tool for your Practice

 

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Product of the Week

 

This vinyl bi-fold medical wallet from Street Smart is a comfortable smaller wallet and the size complements its comfort. Features a hot stamped gold medical symbol and a clear window on the outside, perfect for the Medical Information Card. Inside there are three credit card slots, one zipped coin/key pouch and two pockets, one on each side. That's it. Simple, small and thin, 4 1/8"H x 3"W closed.
 

 

Mobile App of the Week

Just 6 Weeks Lite

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This is a very simple, almost simplistic, approach to achieving basic exercise goals for your patients. The workout is extremely short but intense. The developers note that, "All you need now is 10 minutes three times a week, a comfortable spot, and your smartphone." Just 6 Weeks Lite has a very simple interface with convenient, customizable functionality. Workouts, reminders, statistics – everything is just two clicks away so that nothing will distract users. There is an upgrade to a paid version available which includes more features, and note that the iOS version breaks down the app into Situps and Pushups versions. For more information and to download the app.

 

 

Test Your Knowledge Question #770

During the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS), patients with type 2 diabetes were assigned to the intensive treatment arm (received a sulfonylurea or insulin, or metformin if overweight) or a conventional treatment arm (dietary interventions only). In the intensive treatment arm, which one of the following benefits became apparent only when a 10-year follow-up study was conducted?

a. Reduced risk of microvascular complications

b. Clinically lower overall BMI

c. Reduced risk of myocardial infarction

d. Lower overall mean A1C

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

 

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Quote of the Week!

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
                                               ...Alice Walker
 

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

Ryan Balestreri, LECOM College of Pharmacy

 


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