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Editor’s Note: Knowing Your A1c and Learning How to Use an Insulin Pen Correctly

Jun 27, 2011
 

While I was talking to a large group of employees on the west coast of Florida, I made the comment that if you are over 40 and have a family history of diabetes, overweight, hypertension or have elevated lipids, you should get an A1c test at your next physical. Apparently a good number of the employees took my advice and asked for the test only to find out it was not covered by their insurance plan. It seems that the employees mistakenly thought I said that their insurance would pay for the test. While this was an inconvenience it was not as serious as this week’s Disaster Averted where a patient misunderstood how to use an insulin pen and did not get any insulin for a few days.

Dr. Chous continues to share some valuable slides on the Diagnosis & Management of Diabetic Eye Disease, by focusing on Cataracts and Keratopathy, and our case for the week discusses an 80 year old lady with osteomyelitis of the left heel, and hypoglycemic unawareness.

Be sure to look for this week’s GLP-1 newsletter in your mailbox as we will have a round-up of some of the latest research in this area from this year’s ADA scientific sessions.