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Letter from the Editor, #792

Ever since we were at the ADA meeting in Boston, there has been a lot of buzz about the artificial pancreas and how great it will be. We have even provided you with exclusive interviews...


Editor's Note, SGLT-2 Inhibitors Special Edition, July 2015

This week, the editorial staff was assigned the task of reviewing our Homerun slides. We have so many in the archives that we had to split them up just to get them all covered. While looking at them, one of our production editors found a...


Editor's Note, DCMS #251

  Today I got to see a referral in an Endo’s office. The patient had been referred by the primary care physician because he was on high dose Lantus and not in control. I asked my intern what she recommended and the suggestion came ...



Letter from the Editor, #791

If you get diabetes when you are 60 years old, the odds of developing kidney disease in your lifetime is low. However, if you are diagnosed when you are in your 30s or 40s, the risk is increased, and the likelihood of needing dialysis is greatly...


Editor's Note, DCMS #250

The drug reps for DPP-4 inhibitors, GLP-1 agonists, and various insulins have been having a field day talking to prescribers about the possible cardiovascular effects of SGLT-2 inhibitors. This along with the relatively small risk of UTI's has...


Editor's Note, GLP-1 Analog Special Edition, July 2015

Often when I see a patient who has started on basal insulin, they seem to do okay. But as the prescriber starts to increase the basal dose to gain A1c control, the patient frequently gain weight and that can increase non-adherence to medications....


Letter from the Editor, #790

Last Monday night I was delivering a CE on MTM and Med Errors to a group of pharmacists in Tampa. As I was delving into the reasons for MTM (Medication Therapy Management), I was enlightening the younger pharmacists on ways that our profession has...


Editor's Note, DCMS #249

Charcot neuroarthropathy is a serious and poorly understood condition associated with rapid destruction of bones and joints, and resulting in bone fragmentation. It is almost as if the foot implodes for no reason. Patients who deteriorate to that...


Letter from the Editor, #789

Our good friend David Kliff at Diabetes Investor has had diabetes for many years. He has been watching trends in the diabetes business for a long time and has an unique perspective on the business of diabetes that we often don't see. He has...


Editor's Note, DCMS #248

Over the past 15 years, Steve and I have read many a study, article, or abstract on curing type 1 diabetes. Although many of these have shown great promise and have had some serious backing from large companies and universities, none of them have...


Letter from the Editor, #788

Last week I was in the checkout lane at a grocery store and noticed how many magazines there were for diabetes and weight loss. It seems that almost every one of the headlines had something to do with eating more fat to lose weight. I looked at the...


Editor's Note, DCMS #247

For 20 years, we at Diabetes in Control have attended the ADA Scientific Sessions. Each year there are great research presentations and these always include two topics: the artificial pancreas and the cure for type 1 diabetes. Most of the...


Letter from the Editor, #787

This past week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that federal exchanges for the Affordable Care Act were in accordance with the guidelines of the Act and millions of patients will be able to still have healthcare that otherwise would be left out. It...


Editor's Note, DCMS #246

Sometimes clinicians focus on things that we would not expect. Last week we had a little bit of information in our Homerun Slides about pramlintide. The response to these slides actually caught us by surprise and so this week we have...


Editor's Note, SGLT-2 Inhibitors Special Edition, June 2015

There has been a lot of press and discussion about using SGLT-2 inhibitors in type 1 diabetes due to the risk of DKA. Many of these articles focused on what happened to patients when they got DKA and whether it could be shown if the relationship...


Letter from the Editor, #786

When we were reviewing the data and presentations from the recent ADA Scientific Sessions we were commenting on how often a study comes out at this meeting that lends credibility to what you are already doing. This week we have a new study that...


Editor's Note, GLP-1 Analog Special Edition, June 2015

When a new idea comes along in medicine usually the clinician who first came up with the idea is ostracized by his or her less adventerous colleagues. There is nowhere this is more obvious than in the diabetes arena. One of our board...


Editor's Note, DCMS #245

This morning I had a new PharmD candidate start a rotation with me. As is customary with all my interns, I spent the first few hours getting them out of "textbook/multiple choice" mode and into "patient care" mode. During the...


Letter from the Editor, #785

One of the best things that happens at the ADA is the chance to interact with our Advisory Board members. When Steve and I started this publication 15 years ago,...


Editor's Note, DCMS #244

We've been at the ADA Scientific Sessions in Boston for the last four days where we garnered more than 20 interviews with top thinkers in diabetes. We will be bringing you this great information over the next few months. One of our favorite...


Letter from the Editor, #784

Sometimes some of us get frustrated because it seems that studies have to be done to support the obvious, but I realize that others need experts to validate what seems so simple to try to the rest of us. As a Diabetes Educator talking to...


Editor's Note, DCMS #243

When we talk about the complications of diabetes we frequently talk about kidney failure and amputation, but more often than not the first changes that a patient notices are in their vision. Whether it is difficulty reading because of elevated...


Letter from the Editor, #783

Last week in our SGLT- Inhibitor Special Edition for May, we discussed the idea of early adopters using the complete arsenal of diabetes...


Editor's Note, SGLT-2 Inhibitors Special Edition, May 2015

Sometimes the early adopters receive a little scorn from their colleagues for "jumping on the bandwagon" too early. However it seems that usually sooner or later everyone else comes over to their way of thinking and the...


Editor's Note, DCMS #242

We often threaten our patients with the complications of diabetes to try to get them to work on their diabetes. Kidney failure and dialysis are the most scary ones that we can talk about. But what happens when we finally have to start a patient on...


Letter from the Editor, #782

Steve and I got a chance to talk to Edward Damiano, PhD, from Boston University about his work on the "Bionic Pancreas" while we were at the recent AACE meeting in Nashville. We have all seen a lot of information using CGMS and an insulin...


Editor's Note, GLP-1 Analogs May 2015 Special Edition

This past weekend I was at the ADA regional meeting in Orlando. There were over 600 medical professional attendees, and over 40 presentations on medications and of those 28 had content on GLP-1 analogs. I got a chance to share with 200 attendees...


Editor's Note, DCMS #241

We have been at the AACE meeting in Nashville, and the information presented was overwhelming to say the least. Between Steve, Joy, and I we interviewed over 40 thought leaders, practitioners, and researchers so that we can bring you the best of...


Letter from the Editor, #781

Steve, Joy and I are spending our time at the 24th Annual Scientific and Clinical Conference of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Nashville, Tennessee. We have spent four days reviewing posters and...


Editor's Desk, DCMS #240

When I am discussing the value of physical activity with patients I will often start bending my left ring finger repeatedly and tell the patients that, "I can lower glucose just by doing this. However it is a small muscle and it will take a...


Letter from the Editor, #780

On April 16, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. This law does away with the...


Editor's Note, DCMS #239

Usually, when a patient has a side effect from a diabetes drug, medical professionals find that the patient never wants to use the medication again. For years, we have seen older patients who say they have a penicillin allergy and won't allow us to...


Editor's Note, SGLT-2 Inhibitor Special Edition, April 2015

Beta cells are very important in the production of insulin as we all know, and when our patients are developing diabetes they actually turn up insulin production in the beta cells, so that when they are diagnosed many patients are actually making a...


Editor's Desk, DCMS #238

It seems that patients often fall into two categories when they get diagnosed with diabetes. They either get serious and try to do everything to reverse their disease or they just ignore it and figure it will go away. This week our Clinical...


Letter from the Editor, #779

For years we at Diabetes in Control have advocated a lower carbohydrate diet with protein and fat increases to manage diabetes. Over time many mainstream organizations and diabetes care facilities have adjusted their thinking and one of our long...


Letter from the Editor, #778

In the state of Florida there is a law in the statehouse to give drug prescribing privileges to Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Supporters of the bill say there is an acute shortage of prescribers in many areas which prevents patients...


Editor's Note, DCMS #237

Over the past few weeks Dr. Stanley Schwartz has been looking at the causes and reasons that insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia go crazy when a patient develops diabetes. This week, in the last part of the series, he brings to light the use of...


GLP-1 Agonists, Special Edition, April 2015

Last week we had a 56 y/o female patient who worked for the county schools as a bus driver. She has less than a year till retirement and was worried because she might lose her job because of her elevated A1c. She has had diabetes for 12 years and...


Letter from the Editor, #777

CMS just rolled out the new five-star ratings for hospitals and the results are less than stunning. Out of 3,500 hospitals, twice as many hospitals received one or two stars as those receiving five stars. The new ratings are part of a broader...


Editor's Note, DCMS #236

On Monday I was in Kentucky visiting my sister and my dad, and I rented a bike for a couple of days' riding. When I told one of my sister's friends that I would probably ride about 30-40 miles each day she looked at me and said, "You don't...



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