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Letter from the Editor: Pyramids, Plates and Weight Gain, New GLP-1 Series Coming Soon

Jun 4, 2011

This week there’s been a lot of conflicting press about how much of each food group people should be eating. The new USDA “plate” replaces the food pyramid and already has healthcare experts in an uproar. One USDA representative commented on NPR that the plate method will be better than the pyramid because a busy mom would never take the time to figure out a pyramid but looking at a plate is easier. However, I figure that until the food companies change their presentation no picture from the USDA is going to change eating habits. Two new studies in this week’s issue also appear to conflict with the new “plate” idea: Low-carb, Higher-fat Diets Add No Arterial Health Risks and Low Glycemic Diet More Effective than Low Fat Diet in Reducing HbA1c in Obese T2DM Patient.

The idea of weight gain and what you should eat takes on another dimension when we talk about our patients using insulin. Diabetes patients often want to postpone insulin for fear of getting “fat” — however this does not have to be the case. How to Best Avoid Weight Gain If You Take Insulin is this week’s new feature from Sheri Colberg, PhD., and can give you some great ideas on how to minimize their fears of weight gain.


GLP-1 agonists are picking up steam again as more data comes out about their benefits, and more experts extol their use. We realize the challenges of convincing your patients to start on an injectable so next week we will be starting a new special eight-week series on GLP-1 agonists. Please look for the first issue in your e-mail inbox on Thursday morning and please also participate in a short survey about GLP-1 use in practice, and get a chance to win a Kindle or Nook.



We want your professional opinion on GLP-1 agonist use! Please click here to take our survey and get your chance to win a new Kindle or Nook. We will only accept survey results for the next 10 days so take the survey before it is to late. Click here to take the survey now.

dLife.com: June 5, 7PM ET on CNBC

Topics: One of the country’s largest health organizations conducts a groundbreaking study on how media can improve diabetes control. Also, how hormones help and hinder diabetes. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

TCOYD Conference and Health Fair, Albany, NY, June 11, 2011

Join Special Guest Nicole Johnson (Miss America 1999) for a full day event also including: state-of-the-art technologies and advances in diabetes care; afternoon workshops; and physical activities for everyone.

Please answer this week’s poll: Do you ask your patients when they last filled their prescription for Glucagon?

View last week’s poll results.

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Check out this week’s “Test Your Diabetes Knowledge” question!

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief