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February 13, 2016

Last week, I had a little blurb about the Dubai Tour and Team Novo Nordisk. Eight riders, all with type 1 diabetes, headed to the United Arab Emirates for their first Tour de France quality race of the year. Team veteran Javier Megias was Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider, finishing …

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Our diabetes disaster looks at the idea that patients often don’t use the information they have to regulate their blood sugars, and a lot of times this is because the right information only makes things worse. Usually this has to do with insulin dosing, and for many patients it can have …

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February 6, 2016

The 2016 professional cycling season has started, and this week Team NovoNordisk is competing in the Tour of Dubai. This race brings together professional cycling teams from all over the world and many of the top riders, including 4 former Tour de France winners. As you know, all the TNN …

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It appears that we are now looking more and more at diabetes as a cardiovascular risk factor, and our therapies and goals for diabetes care need to be targeted in that direction. In order to help make this message as clear as possible, we have focused our homerun slides and …

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January 30, 2016

I did a quick search, and in the past 2 years we have had over 80 items on food choices and the best way to eat for diabetes. This does not even begin to include the ones we turned down. Often these ideas conflict, and experts flip-flop on what works best …

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It is very frustrating when we take our time to educate patients on the complications of diabetes and then they flat out ignore us. These patients usually don’t have symptoms that make them feel bad, and so they feel we are overreacting and don’t really listen or make changes. Usually …

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January 23, 2016

Are you ready for the opening of a large can of worms, when it comes to classifying diabetes? We have all heard type one, type one and one half, type two, type 3, adult onset, MODY, LADA and many other ways of naming diabetes, and now top researchers and endocrinologists …

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The kidneys play a big part in controlling blood pressure. In fact, many of the major hypertensive medications have the root of their actions located in the kidneys. Diuretics work there, ACE inhibitors work there, as do the ARB’s, Spironolactone, and Triamterene. Over the past 18-20 months we have been …

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There are times that patients think that, magically, they start doing things right and their diabetes improves. We have all seen the obese diabetes patient who has started losing weight and feels they are doing well, only to find out that the weight loss is coming from the failure of …

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January 16, 2016

I was traveling this past week and it seemed that almost every person was wearing some kind of fitness tracking device. As I was going through the Atlanta airport, I watched people checking their devices and commenting on their steps while they were walking underground between terminals. When I sat on the plane, …

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