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Editor’s Note DCMS #112

Nov 26, 2012

Each week we try to bring you useful information on how to improve your patients’ care. Most of us have come to realize that no one method or idea works for every patient so when our staff selects information for you we try to bring you solutions and ideas from varied thought leaders so that you can pick the best of the best for each of your patients.

This week our excerpt from Joslin’s Diabetes Deskbook – A Guide for Primary Care Providers, Updated 2nd Edition, provides valuable information you can pass on to your patients on how to look at a food label. Manufacturers’ labeling conventions can often mislead consumers and this excerpt shows how to read between the lines and show your patients exactly what they are getting. The effects of alcohol on people with diabetes is also discussed with a logical way to educate patients on those effects just in time for the holiday season.

Our Diabetes Disaster takes aim at patients that always aim at the same spot when using a syringe, and our Homerun Slides discuss the value of using a "treat to target" dosing algorithm. In this week’s Mastery In Minutes video, Elaine Massaro, RN, gives us a brief overview of SMA’s (Shared Medical Appointments) and why they are so effective.