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Production Assistant, Diabetes In Control

Effective Lifestyle Changes

Which lifestyle change do you feel is most important in controlling blood sugars and lowering A1c values -- Nutrition, Physical activity, or both? Follow the link to share your opinion.

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Comprehensive Diabetes Tests

Mr. Hernandez is a 45-year-old plumber of Hispanic heritage who has excessive weight (BMI 30 kg/m2). He arrives at your office for a first-time visit. He has not been to a physician during the last 7 years because he hasn’t always had health insurance and “doesn’t like going to the doctor.” However, he has been noticing lately that his vision seems a little blurry and he’s developed a red, itchy rash in his groin. He is a non-smoker and recalls being told a long time ago that he should eat a low salt diet, but he can’t remember why. On examination, his BP is 154/96 mm/Hg, and his pulse is 72, RR 22. His physical exam is notable for signs of a yeast infection in his groin. You order a CBC and A1C to be drawn that day before he leaves. You advise him how to treat his skin infection. When you receive the results of the blood test, it shows a random plasma glucose of 162 mg/dL and A1C 7.3%. You call Mr. Hernandez and ask him to return the next morning, before he has eaten, for additional labs. In this individual, you might order all the following labs EXCEPT: A. A1C B. chem 12 panel C. fasting lipid profile D. urine ketones Follow the link for the answer.

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Diabetes Wellness via Samsung Health and WellDoc

Available through the Samsung Health service*, the DWP is powered by WellDoc’s platform that is used in its BlueStar® product. This consumer version, for people with type 2 diabetes, provides personalized information for users, such as interactive quizzes and videos, and the ability to conveniently monitor food intake, exercise, sleep, medication, and blood glucose readings for better diabetes self-management.

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International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus, 4th Ed., Excerpt #119: Diabetes and Sleep Apnea Part 9

OSA management: OSA should be treated promptly and the aim of treatment is to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with this condition. Weight loss and positional treatment (i.e., avoiding the position in which most episodes occur, which is usually the supine position) are important aspects of treatment. As with all obesity-related disorders, weight loss (regardless of the means) can result in significant improvements in OSA. In a randomized controlled trial of intensive lifestyle intervention in 264 patients with OSA and T2DM (the Sleep AHEAD study), weight loss of 11 kg on average in the treatment group resulted in a reduction in the AHI of about 10 events per hour.

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