Patricia Kringas discusses the unexpected results of the TODAY study, focusing on how the time-to-failure with metformin for adolescents was shorter than with adults in the same type of program. She emphasizes that although lifestyle changes are critical to health and well-being, other factors seem to be at play when studying adolescents, and a different approach is probably necessary to treat more effectively.
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Patricia Kringas is a certified diabetes educator at the Naomie Berrie Diabetes Center, Columbia University Medical Center. Patricia assists patients to meet the rigor and pace of various experimental protocols. She has coordinated major multi-center trials are focusing on adults with Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (ACCORD, DREAM, and ORIGIN studies) and treatments for adolescents and young adults with type 2 diabetes (TODAY Study). Additional studies focus on noninvasive visualization of pancreatic beta cell mass by PET scanning. Patricia directs the patient education program at the Berrie Center and co-chairs the Translational Research committee there as well. Patricia received her BSN degree in Nursing from Mount St. Mary College and her Master’s degree in Nursing Education from New York University.