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Letter from the Editor: Obesity Headlines, Glucocard 01 Meter

This week obesity is again in the headlines as the Obama administration is planning to ask food companies and restaurants to cut back on advertising unhealthy foods to children. Under guidelines obtained by us from the Associated Press, companies would be urged only to market foods to children ages 2 through 17 if they are low in fats, sugars and sodium and contain specified healthy ingredients. The parameters set by the guidelines are stricter than many companies have set for themselves and would eliminate much of the advertising viewers see today — on television, in magazines, in stores and on the internet — for foods that appeal to children.

The Coast Guard is even “weighing in” on obesity as they are changing their calculations on boat capacities as a result of Americans’ increasing plumpness. Currently, capacity is based on an average passenger weight of 160 pounds. As of Dec. 1, the average weight will be calculated at 185 pounds. This means a boat with a capacity of 16,000 pounds now can handle 100 passengers, but come December that boat can accept only 86 people.

And finally two separate reviews of the analysis of height and weight measurements from the 2007-2008 NHANES, found that obesity just keeps growing and growing. In articles published by Flegal et al, and published in JAMA, and by Ogden et al, in the December 2010 National Center for Health Statistics Data report from the CDC, there was a growth across the board in obesity regardless of income level, education level or ethnicity. In fact the rate of growth in obesity in all men was much greater in higher income men than those closer to the poverty line.

Nowadays when you select a glucose meter they all seem to be really good, small sample size, large memories and most have the same bells and whistles but it is much more difficult to get your patients to use them when you want them to. I have had some of my patients using the Glucocard 01 mini and they seem to be checking more. I think that the small size of the meter coupled with the flat strip case make it easier and more discreet to carry around with them. To learn more about the Glucocard 01 please check out this week’s Product of the Week below.

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief