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Monitoring Insulin Temperature

AminZayani

I have type 1 diabetes and have been living with it for the past 11 years. I take daily insulin injections to stay alive and well. A couple of years ago, I had a very frustrating incident when my insulin stopped working. I began injecting loads of insulin, and even with multiple doses my blood glucose wouldn’t drop.

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What is the Most Ineffective Medication?

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As we know, the most ineffective medication is the one needed but never taken. There are many reasons our patients don’t take prescription medicines, but a biggy is the cost. If a medicine is too expensive, the patient will not fill the prescription, therefore won’t take it. For example, when ordering an SGLT-2 and/or GLP-1, each can cost hundreds or more for a month’s prescription. Some are covered for both. Some are covered for one brand, but not the other.

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Just Because It Says “—” Doesn’t Mean It Is

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Male, 62 years of age, type 2 diabetes, class III obesity. Has been on metformin, 1,000mg twice daily. Glucose in the 200-300mg/dL range. A1C. Taught about lower carb meal plan, started on Trulicity, first 0.75mg, then 1.5mg/dL. Made the dietary changes right away with the addition of the Trulicity. Within 2 weeks glucose levels averaged 125, patient losing weight, decreased appetite and feeling good. More energy. Insurance did not cover Trulicity, but did cover Victoza, so started on Victoza. When made the change, started with the 0.6mg daily, then increased weekly to the 1.8mg/day.

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Beating Diabetes…My Way

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Since Team Novo Nordisk’s inaugural season in 2013, 30-year-old Romain Gioux has dreamed of racing as part of the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 15, he raced as an amateur for a French-based Club, but this year serves as his professional debut.

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Not All Insulins and Not All Syringes are U-100

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Problems associated with the use of U-500 insulin syringes. We received two reports of accidental prescribing of the new BD U-500 insulin syringes for outpatients who were using a U-100 insulin product. In one case, an endocrinology clinic called the hospital pharmacy to ask how to order U-500 syringes. During the conversation, it became apparent that there was some confusion about the use of these syringes. The pharmacist stressed that the patient should not use a U-500 syringe to measure any insulin concentration other than U-500, or the measurement would be incorrect, leading to a 5-fold underdose.

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Concentrated Insulin Pens and the Visually Impaired

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An endocrinologist prescribed a U-200 TRESIBA (insulin degludec) pen for an 88-year-old woman with labile type 1 diabetes and recurrent hypoglycemia. The patient also has severe macular degeneration with visual impairment. Visually impaired patients commonly use touch and sound to assist them.An endocrinologist prescribed a U-200 TRESIBA (insulin degludec) pen for an 88-year-old woman with labile type 1 diabetes and recurrent hypoglycemia. The patient also has severe macular degeneration with visual impairment. Visually impaired patients commonly use touch and sound to assist them.

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Dealing with Diabetes Burnout

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23-year-old female, type 1 diabetes since 5 years of age. A1C elevated to 8.9% after usually having A1Cs in the 6-7 range. Came to see me at the end of our workday after wearing LibrePro (Blinded CGM) to go over her food/insulin/glucose/activity/etc. patterns. First thing she said to me was that she had a Dexcom but hasn't worn it because battery in transmitter was out for the past 6 months. She told me she really hasn't been checking her glucose on a regular basis at all.

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There Is A Difference

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57-year-old female, prediabetes, class II obesity, arthritis R knee, family history includes father with type 2 diabetes with renal disease. Verbalizes her fear of having diabetes. Besides discussing lower carbohydrate meal plan, discussed metformin, and being as active as she possibly can without causing further injury to her knee. First set of labs showed her A1C to be 6.4% and her FPG 118.

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It’s Allergy Season

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Female, 58 years of age, type 2 diabetes, obesity, taking (Qsymia- phentermine/topamax) for weight loss, antihypertensive for hypertension, and metformin for glucose management. Blood pressure usually in the 120-130/70-80 range, glucose averages ~120, and was losing weight. Today’s b/p 170/90, random glucose 232, c/o tinnitus. Weight was up 5 pounds since last seen 3 months ago. It’s now allergy season. After further discussion, she told me she was started on a medrol dosepak, and on her own purchased and is taking an OTC allergy medication.

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