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Disasters Averted

Disasters Averted are stories submitted by our readers and medical editors from direct experience in the field. Do you have a story? If your story is used, we will send you a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Submissions can be anonymous.

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To Give Your Patients Hope, Listen Well to The Stories They Tell Themselves

I recently met a patient whose life is alternative medicine. Not complementary medicine but alternative medicine. A young woman in her early 30’s who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 10 years ago. Besides having an A1C of 10.5%, I could tell she was struggling. Her career is in alternative medicine. For years she has been looking for a way to stop taking insulin. She is looking for the cure, but as with many, has difficulty believing it’s not here yet. She has had diabetes education, but because she hasn’t really met the hcp she can relate to or who has given her the answer she wants to hear, she’s not really put things together yet.

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A Way to Motivate Unmotivated Patients

Young man, 21 years of age. type 1 diabetes since 9 years of age. Has not been to see hcp for a year. States he doesn’t like people interrogating him, but came in because he needs his insulin. States he doesn’t check his glucose because he can tell what it is. Tired of having type 1 diabetes and tired of checking numbers. A1C in office--10.2%.

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That Time of Year Again: What’s Right For Me?

As a CDE who specializes in obesity medicine and diabetes, I hear many patients with either or both diagnoses say they are ready to get a “new start.” It’s not unusual for patients to change the medications, or even stop the medications, we have agreed on for them, and their numbers go up.

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Diabetic Complications and Frostbite

With much of the U.S. in the grip of harsh winter weather as December 2017 comes to a close, we're revisiting a post we originally published in 2013 about how having diabetes or prediabetes can increase the risk of frostbite. The risk was dramatically illustrated by the experience of British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who had to pull out of a grueling expedition to cross Antarctica due to the effects of frostbite. We wish all our readers a healthy, safe, and warm new year!

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Travel: When Should You Not Avoid Pain?

I traveled to Europe, a continent with a lot of history and cobblestone streets. I was aware of the amount of walking I was going to do and reminded myself of what we teach, or should be teaching, our patients: Do not travel with new shoes only. Always bring a pair of tried and true. And when you do buy new shoes, buy them later in the day, make sure they fit well, and break them in before wearing for long periods at a time. Wear them about a half hour a day, then slowly increase the time you wear your shoes to avoid foot problems.

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How Do You Discuss Vitamins?

So many of my patients who have insulin resistance, type 1 or type 2 diabetes with hyperglycemia and/or obesity have vitamin D or vitamin B12 deficiency. Often they have never had their levels checked or, if they have, were diagnosed with either or both vitamin D deficiency and vitamin B12 deficiency and do not take their prescribed vitamins. Why?

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Do You “Make Room” for Your Patients?

Female, 67 years of age, type 2 diabetes, class 2 diabetes, depression, hyperlipidemia, vitamin D deficiency plus more. Her A1C is 6.8% and her lipids are within goal. Her random glucose 2 hours after eating cookies was 118 today. Her glucose lowering meds are Trulicity, metformin, and Jardiance. She takes them as prescribed. Her endocrinologist recommended she meet with me. She refused until he recommended she see me the same day she was coming in to see another health care provider for her monthly infusion for another disease process to make getting here easier.

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