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Disasters Averted

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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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Case Study: The Importance of Patient-Centered Therapy

A 59 YOF is recently discharged from hospital after an allergic reaction to an anesthesia induction agent. She was placed on high-dose steroid for the reaction while she was in the hospital. Patient had completed her steroid tapering dose 2 months prior to her visit to endocrinology clinic today due to high blood glucose (a1c 8.9%). Past medical history included: hypertension, hyperlipidemia, atrial fibrillation, obesity and diabetes for 7 years. She was well controlled on metformin 1000mg BID before...

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