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Letter from the Editor, #775

It is amazing how things have changed in the way we work with diabetes patients. In the office this week I was seeing some patients for individual counseling, and as we were talking about food choices I kept hearing one comment over and over: “This is not what they taught me when I went to the class at the hospital.” Now before you think I am picking on these programs, I found out that most of the patients had been to that class 10 or more years ago.

We all know that there have been changes in the way we look at food, exercise, medications, monitoring, and insulin use. In 1969, the concept of checking glucose levels, counting carbs, and dosing insulin was just getting its first exposure, and there was a lot of pushback from the ADA and countless endocrinologists. In 1977, there was even more proof that this idea would work and yet the ADA actually would not endorse the concept and tried to ban the creator from publishing his ideas.

Now things are different and we are all focused on glucose control and how it interacts with food and medication. For those of you who don’t know the man who first started the revolution, I encourage you to check out Dr. Richard K. Bernstein’s wikipedia entry.

This week, our Tool for Your Practice features Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes University, available as a video series on YouTube to both you and your patients.

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Announcements:

dLifeTV.com: Sunday, April 5, 7PM ET

From dLife.com: “dLife heads to Capitol Hill to visit the JDRF Children’s Congress, and to see what progress diabetes advocates are making in Washington. Plus, Jim Turner asks: “What’s the most insensitive thing someone has said about your diabetes?”” Sundays live online at dLifeTV.com at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Keep up on the latest dLife news at dLifeTV.com.

TCOYD Health Fair Conference, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, Saturday, April 4, 2015

With a day packed full of education, motivational tools, one-on-one sessions, and workshops, the TCOYD health fair is a great way to get your patients to take better care of their health and themselves. TCOYD.com

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief