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Letter from the Editor: Getting A1c Strips, Jumpstarting Your Metabolism

Oct 11, 2010

This week there is a lot of focus on glucose monitoring. We have a new study showing the value of vigilant monitoring to successfully manage glycemic control in patients with Type 2 diabetes, and Pamela Kushner, MD, has the results of a study showing that structured, self-monitored blood glucose with pattern analysis leads to greater reductions in A1c’s and requires less testing than the standard approach. (See this week’s Item #6.) These studies come at a time when it is more difficult for our patients to get enough strips. I was in the pharmacy last week and many patients have had an increase in co-pay for their strips. While I was working with one patient we figured out it was less expensive to buy Truetrack strips from Nipro Diagnostics for cash than for their insurance copay for another brand.

We are always looking for ways to help our patients towards better fitness and our Intern, Sanaz Derakhshan, PharmD Candidate, LECOM Bradenton, recently came across a book by Pam Grout helping patients Jumpstart Their Metabolism. Ms. Grout has developed some breathing exercises that can increase your body’s ability to burn fat. When you read this review I challenge you to try the example she gives and see if you can do it ten times.


Many of you have helped patients avert diabetes disasters and we can all learn from them. If you have a “disaster averted” then send it to us and if we use it you will receive a Visa Gift Card worth $50.00. Click here to let us know the details. (You can use your name or remain anonymous if you prefer.)


TCOYD Conference and Health Fair in San Diego, California, October 30
The TCOYD team will be in San Diego for a conference and health fair event, Saturday, October 30, at the San Diego Convention Center. Special Guests will include Ben Vereen, Doug Cairns, Charlie Kimball and Kim Lyons. For more 2010 upcoming conference details, please go to TCOYD.org.

dLife.com: October 17, 7PM ET on CNBC
Topics: dLife demystifies sweeteners and sugar substitutes. Plus, how one woman got past denial to take control of her health. And, a heroic mother fighting diabetes in her son’s memory shares her difficult and emotional story. Special Guests: Michelle Alswager. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief