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Using Pens – Keep It In and Hold It Down!

Susan received a phone call from her clinician's office recommending that she start using a pen for her insulin. She had also been prescribed a GLP-1 receptor agonist and was to go to the pharmacy to pick them up.
She went and signed up for the long 'discourse' patients receive when they pick up new meds including questions such as whether or not the pharmacist had offered instructions and pages of small print. She, like many of our patients, signed the sheets and went on her own way without ever talking to a pharmacist or asking a question.

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Using Newer Glucagon Products

Newer glucagon products provide additional options for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia.

We were asked to consult on a case involving a 68-year-old man with type 1 diabetes (T1D). He recently experienced a severe hypoglycemic event resulting in hospitalization. The patient currently lives independently with his wife of 40 years and has had T1D since the age of 12....

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Beware: Diabetes Misinformation Delays Treatment, Advances Complications

Can we "prevent" diabetes with weight loss? Or would it be better to say we can "delay" diabetes with healthy behavior?  Often people are reluctant to admit that they have diabetes or to initiate treatment. Many times the cause of the delay in treatment is feelings of guilt (they feel like diabetes is all due to their weight). I had a patient who delayed treatment for three years, thinking that he could treat diabetes with weight loss and exercise....

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