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Treating the Whole Patient

We were running a clinical study on erectile dysfunction. An 68-year-old male with obesity came in looking for help for his ED, so he thought he might qualify for the study. He had not had a medical workup for some time and wasn't aware of any underlying diseases. I recommended he be screened for diabetes....

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Preventing Potential Drug Interaction with a Drug With UNIQUE Directions 

We were following up with a person with type 2 diabetes who was recently started on the new oral formulation of the GLP-1 receptor agonists semaglutide (Rybelsus®). This patient had a 12-year history of type 2 diabetes as well as several comorbidities that included hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity (BMI = 33 kg/m2), knee osteoarthritis, and hypothyroidism. The patient was previously resistant to initiating a GLP-1 receptor agonist due to his hesitancy toward self-injection. He agreed at his last primary care visit to start a trial of oral semaglutide to improve his glucose control and lose some weight....

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