In part 1 of this Exclusive Interview, Laura Shane-McWhorter talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the AACE 2018 convention in Boston, MA about about the variety of nutritional products for diabetes and weight loss, and the importance of understanding the patient experience with these products.
Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, CDE, FASCP, FAADE is a professor at the University of Utah.
Transcript of this video segment:
Freed: This is Steve Freed with Diabetes In Control and we’re here at AACE 2018 in Boston. We have a special guest with us, Laura Shane-McWhorter, and she is not an endocrinologist, she is a PharmD, but she specializes in something that we’re all interested in and that is nutritional products, especially for the treatment of cardiovascular disease in diabetes. This is going to be the subject of our conversation. Laura, you presented here today and the presentation was, “Nutritional, Herbal New Perspectives: What’s Up with all these Supplements?” Can we start off by you briefly giving a summary on that and the important points that you want medical professionals to walk away with so they can better explain to their patients. I would imagine that every doctor on this planet gets questions all the time that he or she cannot answer.
Shane-McWhorter: Well, I think that we all get a lot of questions and I think it’s important to know that the presentation today was a symposium that looked at a lot of issues related to weight management and weight loss. So, my presentation was specifically on different types of dietary supplements for weight loss. I think the biggest message is that there are so many of these different products and it’s really important for clinicians to establish a good rapport with their patients. Communication is key in first asking, “Are you taking any of these products? If so, what are they? Tell me what you hope to gain from taking these products and are you experiencing any types of side effects.” It’s also important to think about what these products may be doing in terms of other medications that they may be taking for their diabetes or cardiovascular disease and to try and keep it all in perspective while still maintaining that respect for a patient.