Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, with family and friends. As Steve and I were talking over the weekend we got into a discussion about people’s concern for their health between now and the first of the year. People get ready for the onslaught of food and parties in different ways. I saw a feature on the local news about a group of “dieters” who had lost an average of 10 lbs. in anticipation of gaining weight during the holidays. Funny thing was most of the people shown were in pretty good shape to begin with.
More than likely most of our patients will fall into the “everything changes after New Year’s” category. These patients have already decided that they will eat all they want from now till January but come the 2nd day of the New Year they will get serious. These patients will be the first to cancel their appointments with you and if you have education programs scheduled don’t be surprised if they skip those also. While talking to a group of patients last week, I discovered that, they have no idea how much effort it takes to work off that extra cookie or piece of pie at a party. When I explained that it took an extra 45 minutes of walking just to burn off a single piece of cherry pie, there was total disbelief among the participants. Maybe we should mention this to all our patients and hopefully they will eat a little less this season.
A couple of weeks ago we had a feature about the new indication for Byetta monotherapy, and FDA approval of new revisions to the drug label. This brought about questions from many of you for more info on the possibility of altered kidney function, including acute renal failure and insufficiency. I gave these questions to my current intern Reina Natero, University of Florida, PharmD Candidate 2010. Prior to going to pharmacy school she spent some time working for a major company in drug discovery, and used her past experience to put things in perspective for us. Click here to read Diabetes Management Safety: News in 10 Questions or Less -BYETTA.
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