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Jan. 21, 2017

dave

It seems that we are finally acknowledging that preventing diabetes is an idea that may be worthwhile. This week, we have a feature about how to predict which children will develop diabetes in their lifetime. This gives us an earlier place to start treating prediabetes. We also can start testing ...

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Jan 19, 2017

dave

There are a lot of prescribers who are mixing DPP-4 inhibitors and SGLT-2 inhibitors to manage glucose levels.The recent research showing the value of SGLT-2 inhibitors on cardiovascular outcomes has led this addition to the diabetes mix, especially since cardiovascular disease is greatly increased in diabetes patients. This week, we ...

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Jan. 17, 2017

dave

When we explain to a patient how insulin release occurs, we often oversimplify it. We tell them that the release is caused by signals sent to the beta cells when food enters our body. We often add in the “simplicity” of, if you eat the right foods your pancreas will ...

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Jan. 14, 2017

dave

This past Thursday, Congress passed a resolution to begin the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act. If you remember, many of the candidates, including the president-elect, touted this as their first act if they won the election. Now that they have made the first move, you have to wonder if ...

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Jan. 12, 2017

dave

We have had many articles that look at why certain people develop insulin resistance more easily than others. There are many different theories as to why this resistance occurs, but in every case no one has offered a real solution to this problem. In our second special report on the ...

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Jan. 10, 2017

dave

Five or six years ago, the widespread advertising of $4 dollar drug programs was in the wheelhouse of every pharmacy, and there were hundreds of drugs on the list. Since then the list has gotten much shorter and the number of pharmacies advertising them has decreased. Part of the reason ...

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Jan. 7, 2017

dave

The ADA has announced their new Standards of Care for 2017 and they are taking a more global approach to A1C, CVD and hypoglycemia. When it comes to CVD, there is a bigger push to get patients to improve blood pressure levels. They recommend more widespread use of ARB’s and ...

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Jan. 3, 2017

dave

This morning I was listening to my local NPR station, and although they don’t have advertising like a regular station, they do have sponsors. One sponsor, a major vitamin and nutrition company, was making a big deal about new products and new programs for the new year. I knew that ...

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Dec. 31, 2016

dave

The bowl games have already started, the new year has been rung in, and now it is time to get back to work and help our patients. The top 4 teams in college football are paired up for the NCAA Football championship, and one of them will definitely be proclaimed ...

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Dec. 27, 2016

dave

When we publish clinical information most of the time it is a study where the parameters are closely controlled. This means that often the human factor is not included in the results. These human factors could be as simple as missing a dose, but even more likely these problems are ...

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