This past week, I received a packet of new information on managing diabetes. It was provided by a pharma company and developed by one of the most prestigious diabetes education centers in the world. This was a packet that we could share with our diabetes patients, so they could manages their disease “easily.”
There was a 30-page cookbook and a 60-page diabetes book that included everything from symptoms of hypoglycemia, to how to maximize exercise, to how to give insulin. There was also a pad of small posters to hang in the house, and a medication reminder book to list meds, insulin, and glucose readings. Although it was a beautiful package, I had to chuckle as I thought about if someone would actually take the time to go through the packet and actually use the information — or would they decide that their disease was too bad and too hard and just give up?
That is why we have part 3 of Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick’s interview on Simplifying the Aspects of Diabetes Care, and how he disseminates information to his patients.