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Editor’s Note – Tools for Initiating Insulin: Special Edition

Sep 20, 2013

For those of us who are old enough to remember the first Star Trek, or for the rest of you who only know the original series from Nick at Nite reruns, Captain James Kirk would start the show in his rich deep voice by saying "Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." 

For a lot of practitioners insulin use is the final frontier when it comes to treating diabetes patients, and to many patients the use of insulin truly requires them to go where they have never gone before. 
Kirk would ask Scotty for more power for the ship to get out of a dangerous situation and the reply from the engineer, in his thick Scottish accent, would be, "I’m giving her all she’s got, Captain," and we also find ourselves trying to squeeze that last bit of A1c lowering out of oral meds before we begin the final frontier. 
This special newsletter is designed to deliver some of the best information on ways to start your patients on insulin and in the same way as Ensign Pavel Chekov had to navigate the Enterprise through space, this newsletter will also help you navigate through the various insulin formulations for your patients, hopefully helping them to, as Spock would say, "Live long and prosper."