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Letter from the Editor #487

Sep 23, 2009

All week long we’ve heard politicians, lobbyists and radio personalities weigh in with their opinions on a national health care system. It seems like the public option idea is what is driving the most discussions and debate. It also seems to me that maybe they should ask the people who take care of patients what they think. According to MedPage Today, 60% of physicians surveyed favor a public option.

Whatever we finally settle on it better be quick as we are diagnosing diabetes at the rate of 4,100 new cases each day or a whopping 1.5 million each year.



When our patients start to crank up their physical activity they often turn to strength workouts. This often means they overwork muscles that they may not normally use. Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM, discusses these Injuries Related to Being Active with Diabetes, this week she helps us prevent  Arm and Shoulder Injuries.


New web cast:

Evidence-Based Strategies that Improved the Performance of Proper Diabetic Foot Examinations in Primary Care Clinics.  Join Karen McKinsey, RN, MBA and Joyce Johnson, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, Clinical Service Directors, VA San Diego Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) to learn how a simple, low cost educational intervention significantly improved the providers’ adherence to the foot examination guidelines for patients with diabetes.  Based on current ADA estimates at least 50% of amputations that occur in diabetics can be prevented through proper foot care.  Sign up or download a registration form at:

Audio Seminar: Evidenced Based Strategies that Improved the Performance of Proper Diabetic Foot Examinations in Primary Care Clinics


dLife: September 27, 7PM ET on CNBC
dLife helps sports fans win with the best food choices in the stadium, sports bar, and right at home. Plus, hear from the Centers for Disease Control’s Ann Albright, a major player in the government’s effort to combat diabetes. And in the dLife kitchen: a delicious one-pot chicken dish. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT.


TCOYD: Check out this TV program with Dr. Steven Edelman and Diabetes Psychologist Dr. Susan Guzman: “When You Love a Person With Diabetes”


Learn about the emotional factors that affect the whole family when a person with diabetes is diagnosed and to discuss these factors with your patients.




We can make a difference!



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

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief