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Question #811

Test Your Knowledge

A 39-year-old, overweight (BMI 27 kg/m2) patient comes into your office for his annual wellness examine. Routine labs show random plasma glucose of 176 mg/dL, so you ask him to return for a fasting plasma glucose and A1C. The results show a FPG 139 mg/dL and A1C of 7.7%. He is resistant to the idea of starting medication and is very keen on pursuing a trial period of dietary modifications and an exercise program, especially after you tell him about the benefits of moderate exercise on diabetes. Which of the following statements about exercise is true? Follow the link to answer!

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To Fitbit or Not to Fitbit?

Having recently just tried a Fitbit physical activity tracking device (the Charge HR model) for the first time, I have noticed that in this post-Thanksgiving holiday sales time, everyone is selling them! But they are far from inexpensive. The American Diabetes Association also recently was involved in a FitForGood promotion that Fitbit ran that allowed them and two other nonprofit organizations to earn some extra money. Racking up extra steps for the ADA certainly motivated me and my family members to be more active—for a few days at least!

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Fact: Downloading of Data From Our Apps, Meters and CGM’s is Great. But How Do We Use It?

According to Jenise Wong, MD, PhD, of the University of California San Francisco, who reported the results at an oral session at the joint meeting of the Endocrine Society and the International Congress on Endocrinology, “We need to really equip patients with better tools and education on how to use their data.” David Kliff responds: Now some would argue that this is why IDM is needed, as it not only collects and transmits data, but it provides for an easy interaction between the patient and their healthcare team; that it’s the healthcare team that’s doing all the data analytics; that all the patient needs to do is collect the data; and that this focus on data can actually make a patient tune out even when they are getting good advice. Here is a perfect example of what we are talking about. Read more

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Last week I was watching football and it seems like there is a real advantage for teams who can switch easily between the running and passing games, proving that 2 offenses are better than one. The same appears to be true in diabetes care, and this month our SGLT-2 inhibitor …

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