I am sure many of you have received an email or Facebook post to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I am amazed by the number of people who will actually have a bucket of ice poured over their heads, yet will not take the time to check their glucose levels or even take their diabetes medications. I was not the only one that found this to be interesting as Dr. Sheri Colberg also had some ideas about this and has come up with a way to make this work for her patients. Be sure to read this month’s feature, The Challenge of Making Lifestyle Changes and Making Them Last.
Some of you may not have seen the announcement from the DEA last week but the decision has been made to reclassify all hydrocodone containing products to schedule 2. This means you will have to treat these drugs the same way you currently treat oxycodone and morphine. This will mean extra work for prescribers and pharmacists, and make it harder for your patients to get the pain relief they need. This is in response to the increasing abuse of these drugs by non-legitimate users. When I think of patients who use these medications for things like diabetic neuropathy it seems like we are going to have to develop a better system to ensure they get the help they need, but in the meantime you may want to read the item on the use of a vegan diet to improve diabetic neuropathy.
Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief