This past week, Steve, Andrew and I met in Santa Monica, CA, for our quarterly meeting. Although our focus was on business, we spent a lot of time enjoying what must be the healthiest city in the US. We were lucky enough to be overlooking the beach by the famous Santa Monica Pier and it seemed that every person there was engaged in physical activity. There were bike riders and runners, rollerbladers and skateboarders, and people from 8 to 80 were engaged in walking along the waterfront. It seems that gliding on the rings was also a big hit and even our CEO, Andrew Young, got in the act.
The three of us spent considerable time on bikes and during our longest ride it was somewhat numbing to see Andrew constantly checking his glucose, matching his insulin and glucose tabs with his riding intensity to avoid the danger of hypoglycemia. During the ride one of us would take off as the others tried to chase him down. This resulted in multiple short high-intensity exercise episodes, and Andrew mentioned how his glucose would be high shortly after but he is often hypoglycemic hours later. After I got back to the hotel I dropped a note to Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., to see what she had to say about why this happens and she prepared an article to share with all of you. Intermittent High-Intensity Exercise: Higher Now, Lower Later?, explains why this happens.
If your patients are nowhere close to high intensity exercise then you may be able to get them motivated by sharing this week’s Tool for Your Practice from Nipro Diabetes Care the maker of the TrueResult monitoring system.
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TCOYD Two Upcoming Mini Series Events in San Diego, California, September 13 and 22
The TCOYD team will be in San Diego for two upcoming Miniseries Events: there will be a special Latino Mini Series event on September 13 at the San Ysidro Health Center and a Mini Series event at the Preuss School on September 22. For more 2010 upcoming conference details, please go to TCOYD.org.
dLife.com: September 12, 7PM ET on CNBC
Topics: Dogs and cats can get diabetes too. A veterinarian explains how to recognize and treat diabetes in your pet. Plus, driving with diabetes – do you know what you need to do before you get behind the wheel? And Jim Turner admits that when it comes to his health, he just isn’t perfect. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.
Please answer this week’s poll (in the right-hand column): What percent of your Type 2 patients are on insulin therapy and have an A1c below 6.4%?
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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief