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Concentrated Insulin Pens and the Visually Impaired

An endocrinologist prescribed a U-200 TRESIBA (insulin degludec) pen for an 88-year-old woman with labile type 1 diabetes and recurrent hypoglycemia. The patient also has severe macular degeneration with visual impairment. Visually impaired patients commonly use touch and sound to assist them.An endocrinologist prescribed a U-200 TRESIBA (insulin degludec) pen for an 88-year-old woman with labile type 1 diabetes and recurrent hypoglycemia. The patient also has severe macular degeneration with visual impairment. Visually impaired patients commonly use touch and sound to assist them.

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Dealing with Diabetes Burnout

23-year-old female, type 1 diabetes since 5 years of age. A1C elevated to 8.9% after usually having A1Cs in the 6-7 range. Came to see me at the end of our workday after wearing LibrePro (Blinded CGM) to go over her food/insulin/glucose/activity/etc. patterns. First thing she said to me was that she had a Dexcom but hasn't worn it because battery in transmitter was out for the past 6 months. She told me she really hasn't been checking her glucose on a regular basis at all.

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There Is A Difference

57-year-old female, prediabetes, class II obesity, arthritis R knee, family history includes father with type 2 diabetes with renal disease. Verbalizes her fear of having diabetes. Besides discussing lower carbohydrate meal plan, discussed metformin, and being as active as she possibly can without causing further injury to her knee. First set of labs showed her A1C to be 6.4% and her FPG 118.

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It’s Allergy Season

Female, 58 years of age, type 2 diabetes, obesity, taking (Qsymia- phentermine/topamax) for weight loss, antihypertensive for hypertension, and metformin for glucose management. Blood pressure usually in the 120-130/70-80 range, glucose averages ~120, and was losing weight. Today’s b/p 170/90, random glucose 232, c/o tinnitus. Weight was up 5 pounds since last seen 3 months ago. It’s now allergy season. After further discussion, she told me she was started on a medrol dosepak, and on her own purchased and is taking an OTC allergy medication.

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The Benefits of Motivational Interviewing

Woman, 57 years of age, prediabetes, hyperlipidemia, class I obesity and history of gestational diabetes. I’ve been working with her for the past two years. The first year she was very motivated because of her new diagnosis of prediabetes and her weight being what it was. Her son was getting married and she wanted to lose weight for the wedding. We discussed a plan for her.

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When Changing to Combo Pill, Know the Dosages You are Changing

Woman, 62 years of age, musician, travels often, type 2 diabetes, obesity, hyperlipidemia, fatty liver. Was traveling for two months straight on the road. Late nights/parties and a lot of drinking. Admitted not having taken her GLP-1 or really following any meal or healthy life plan/schedule she was following before leaving. Since last office visit 3 months ago, weight up 10 pounds, fasting glucose 170 in office.

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Non-Compliant No More!

A patient, 48 years of age, female, type 2 diabetes and obese, was referred to me for diabetes and weight management. Her first visit was 8 a.m., after fasting for 10 hours. Her A1c was 7.4%, BMI 37, BP 164/92, HR 92. The previous hcp had recorded she was recommended a low carb diet and the following medications: Metformin, 1,000mg twice daily; Byetta 10mcg sq twice daily. It was also written that she was non-compliant.

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