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In a follow-up visit for an insulin-requiring patient with type 2 DM, it was obvious that the management of his DM had deteriorated. According to his girlfriend, this patient ate only 1-2 meals a day, but they tended to be high-carbohydrate meals. We reviewed the patient's insulin regimem in detail and ascertained that he was using the sliding scale correctly.

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Can Smaller Forks Help Diabetes Patients?

Patient, female, 54 years of age, type 2 diabetes and obesity, told me she thought her weight and subsequent type 2 diabetes related to overeating, especially large portions. She is being seen by a behavior therapist for her eating disorder. I started her on a GLP-1. Even at starting dose, she reported feeling more satiated, but still overeating. The dose was increased...

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When Assessing Glucose Levels and Treatment, Look for the Patterns

Patient, type 2 diabetes and obesity, on basal/bolus insulin with an A1C of 10.7%. He was not following any particular meal plan, and was, for the most part, consuming a high carb diet. Diabetes education was provided, including how carbohydrates affect glucose levels, lowering his carbs, and ideal target glucose levels. We told him we did not expect him to reach these levels right away, in fact we wanted to see how he adjusted to the change in diet without low glucose levels, so we recommended he decrease both his basal and bolus insulin, with clear instructions on how much insulin to take...

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