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Editor’s Note, DCMS #221

We sometimes think that if our patients are told what to do they will do it. We tend to forget that there is much more to managing diabetes with insulin than with pills. Patients who are very persistent in taking their oral meds can be completely turned off to taking …

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Handbook of Diabetes, 4th Ed., Excerpt #24: Psychological and Psychiatric Problems in Diabetes

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Rudy Bilous, MD, FRCP Richard Donnelly, MD, PHD, FRCP, FRACP Particular groups of patients with diabetes are at risk of different psychological problems (Table 25.1). Many chil­dren show remarkable resilience to the diagnosis of diabetes, but about one-third have some temporary psychological distress, mostly ‘adjustment disorders’ such as difficulty in sleeping, depression, …

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Cheap Test for Diabetes Risk

Combining assessments of a liver enzyme with fasting glucose levels may be a simple, inexpensive method to identify people at risk of developing diabetes, say a team of doctors at the India Diabetes Research Foundation and the A. Ramachandran’s Diabetes Hospital, Chennai,and researchers at the Imperial College, London. Their study …

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Smartphones Can Assist the Elderly to Better Diabetes Care

The researchers found that although more than 90% of research participants owned a computer or had daily internet access, just 18% used applications on this technology to help manage their diabetes. While almost half owned smartphones, only 5% used them to manage their disease. “There was a strong association between …

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Can Marijuana Be Used to Treat Diabetes?

A new study examined data on 4,657 adult men and women, of whom 579 were current marijuana users and 1,975 of whom had previously used marijuana. The data, reaped from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted between 2005 and 2010, showed that current marijuana use was associated with …

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Metformin for Obese Children

Metformin was linked to reduced food intake, decreased hunger ratings, and increased fullness ratings… For obese hyperinsulinemic children, metformin seems to decrease perceived hunger and increase perceived fullness, according to a published study. Mopelola A. Adeyemo, M.P.H., from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and colleagues examined the …

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