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Editor’s Note: Psychology in Diabetes Care

Oct 25, 2011

We often diagnose a patient with diabetes, give them a meter and a prescription and send them on their way. Some of us refer for education or even have an educator in our office but our patients fail no matter what we try. We have learned that there is a psychological component associated with diabetes that is even more powerful than the disease itself and often prevents the successes we all strive for. With this in mind our next Clinical Gems will focus on Psychology in Diabetes Care. This week we start with the history of the psychological effects of diabetes and how they have intensified in the last few years.

Our Diabetes Disaster Averted, Medication Adherence, this week looks at the problems of multiple diabetes medications, adherence, and treatment failure, and our Homerun Slides continue to examine the intricate details of DPP-4 inhibitors and GLP-1 analogs.