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Letter from the Editor #491

Oct 21, 2009

Have you ever experienced the “Diabetes Déjà Vu Factor”? Last week it was in Santa Monica, this week in Boston, both times limo drivers, both times diabetes, both times they did not know what to do. I got into the limo in Boston to run some errands and the conversation turned to diabetes. The driver proudly showed me his bottle of Humalog and told me he also takes Lantus.  

We talked a little about diabetes and his condition and then I noticed he was eating something. He had just grabbed a big handful of dried dates and raisins. When I mentioned to him that these had a lot of sugar and carbohydrates in them, his response was “No, they are okay ’cause they are all-natural.” He had checked his glucose about 30 minutes before and it was 156 mg/dl. We drove for a while and after about an hour I had him check again and it was 286 mg/dl. He turned to me and said, “You mean I can check before and after I eat and figure out how food affects me?” What a discovery, huh?


After his initial discovery wore off he asked me if his meter could be wrong: this reminded me of an article I read this past week from Dave Kliff, editor at Diabetes Investor. While he was reviewing the earnings statements of some of the meter companies he mentioned that meters and strips were fast becoming a commodity and the bells and whistles they had and the accuracy statements they made were becoming so standard that price now appears to be a deciding factor. This week HDI released a study showing the accuracy of their TrueResult meters and strips and this is a good indicator that Dave’s comments make a lot of sense. 


Pounding down the pavement on a run puts a great amount of stress on the feet and ankles, and often our patients develop overuse injuries, including plantar fasciitis, chronic sprains, Achilles tendon problems, blisters, calluses, and ulcers. This week Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM, addresses the problems of Foot and Ankle Injuries Related to Being Active with Diabetes,  


Your work week begins on Monday and so we think you should have the best news in diabetes ready to read the minute you start your work week. Because of this we are going to start sending your Diabetes in Control newsletter out sooner.

Starting October 26th your newsletter will be waiting for you when you open up your email first thing Monday morning.



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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief