Now that we are past Memorial Day, school is almost done, and the outdoor season is officially upon us, it is interesting to watch how patients look for excuses to not care for their diabetes. End-of-school graduation parties followed by vacations, cruises and visits to the family can challenge almost all diabetes patients. Maybe we need to do a better job of explaining the trade-offs that our patients can make. As an example, they can “carb trade” — instead of eating all the carbs on their plate plus dessert, if they just have to have the chocolate cake, they could give up the bread during dinner.
There is another overwhelming reason to try this idea according to an exclusive article that we have received from The Nelson Center for Emotional Healing that focuses on one of the real but often overlooked reasons that diets fail. Please read Tricia Greaves’ article, One Reason Patients Don’t Follow Doctors’ Orders: The Emotional Barriers to Weight Loss.
Look for more TV commercials from attorneys who want to get your patients millions from GSK. This November, the FDA is going to have them pull Avandia from all retail and mail order pharmacies and only allow the drug to be gotten at special places. Check out this week’s, Item #4, FDA Pulls Diabetes Drug Avandia from Drug Stores.
If you are looking to find some new ways to increase your practice income and give better care at the same time, you may want to check out our series on Shared Medical Appointments featured in our sister publication, Diabetes Clinical Mastery Series. Click here for the first article, Understanding Shared Medical Appointments, Part 1, to learn how to make these work in your office.
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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief