Dr. Edelman gives us his thoughts on how the GLP-1 analogs have changed the way we practice, and why he thinks the GLP-1 drugs are the single most important advance for type 2 patients in recent years. He says that GLP-1’s are not being prescribed as much as they should be probably due to the fact they are injectables and general clinical intertia. He gives us a preview of what’s in the GLP-1 pipeline mentioning that there will probably soon be a once-monthly, and possibly even an implantable system that would deliver the medication over a year.
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Dr. Steven V. Edelman is a professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System of San Diego and the director of the Diabetes Care Clinic, VA Medical Center. He achieved high honors during his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Los Angeles and was the valedictorian of his medical school class at the University of California Davis Medical School. Dr. Edelman received his internal medicine training at the University of California Los Angeles, and completed his clinical endocrinology fellowship training at the Joslin and Lahey Clinics in Boston, Mass. as well as a research fellowship at UCSD.
Dr. Edelman has strong interests in education and patient advocacy. He is the founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a not-for-profit organization with the goal of teaching and motivating patients in diabetes self-care. Since 1995, TCOYD has reached hundreds of thousands of people living with diabetes through a variety of education portals including national conferences, publications, television, and community programs.
Dr. Edelman has written more than 200 articles and five books. He has won numerous awards for teaching and humanitarianism and was recognized by San Diego Magazine as a Top Doctor eight of the last nine years, an honor only achieved by a handful of physicians. He was chosen as the teacher of the year amongst the over 400 faculty members at UCSD numerous times. He was awarded the Diabetes Educator of the year by the American Diabetes Association in 2009, the Distinction in Endocrinology award by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in 2011 and recently named in US News and World Report amongst the top 1% of endocrinologists in the US. Of all his accomplishments, Dr. Edelman is most proud of his compassionate, smart and successful daughters, Talia and Carina.