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Letter from the Editor #595

Steve and I have always looked to the experts when it comes to diabetes care and sometimes the items we have for you are based on results in “ideal world” situations. However, few of our patients operate in a perfect world, and now there is a new diagnostic instrument based on three questions that can accurately determine, in an imperfect world, the risk of developing diabetes in the next five years. During a presentation at the Obesity Meetings in Orlando last week, Dr. Harold E. Bays from Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center, unveiled the simple algorithm. Check out this week’s Item #4, Three Questions Show Type 2 Diabetes Risk.

This week’s Item #5, BEWARE: Gastric Bypass Increases Risk for New-Onset Alcohol Abuse, discusses the increased risk of alcohol addiction after gastric bypass and how many of our patients are substituting one addiction for another. Our publisher, Steve Freed, did some research on this issue and came across this highly relevant article by Tricia Greaves of The Nelson Center, on Weight-Loss Surgery and the New Addiction. Be sure to read them both to gain some insight on why weight loss is more than just shedding pounds.

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Announcements:

TCOYD Conference and Health Fair, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, Saturday, November 12, 2011

Join Steven Edelman, MD and Charlie Kimball, IZOD Indy Car Driver; Phil Southerland, Professional Cyclist, Founder, Team Type 1; and Ben Vereen, Singer, Dancer, and Actor, for a day focused on diabetes health and wellness.

dLife.com: October 16, 7PM ET on CNBC

Topics: Vietnam veterans who developed type 2 diabetes after exposure to Agent Orange recount their struggles. Plus, Chef Michel Nischan in the dLife kitchen with a cheesy veggie favorite, and Jim Turner in the dentist’s chair. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

Please answer this week’s poll: What percent of your patients still use the insulin vial and syringe instead of a pen?

Vote in and then see results from previous polls here.

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

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief