Each week there seem to be articles, studies, and clinical treatises that draw a link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. If you look through all these documents, the benchmark for measurement always seems to be A1c. However, if you were to take a look at this week’s Homerun Slides from Dr. Stanley Schwartz, you would learn that both fasting and post-prandial glucose excursions can affect the heart and that increases over normal may be the biggest cause for concern. We also have some interesting information from Dr. Schwartz in our Mastery In Minutes video on how we might more accurately gauge beta cell function.
When I asked my friend’s 8-year-old son what this was a picture of he said it was the moon during a solar eclipse, but really it is the eye of a patient with diabetic retinopathy. Our Clinical Text focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of this and other eye problems associated with diabetes.
Our newest team member, Joy Pape, spent 16 years as a home health nurse and saw people do the oddest things with insulin. She added some information to this week’s Disaster Averted that you will definitely want to read.