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Letter from the Editor: U-500 Errors and 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes

Oct 10, 2010

Next time the song lyrics, “Just slip out the back, Jack, Make a new plan, Stan, You don’t need to be coy, Roy, Just get yourself free,” from the Paul Simon song “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” pop up in your head, why not substitute, “Snack on a veggie, Reggie, You can exhale, Gail, Put less on your plate, Nate, and Prevent Diabetes”? Check out this week’s Tool for Your Practice: More than 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes and help your patients make their own music.

There is an interesting item about U-500 in this newsletter and it appears more patients are using U-500. There is always a chance of error so to help your patients through the confusion it would be a good idea if you wrote the directions with the words “unit markings” after the dose to prevent confusion.


Dr. Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM, always brings some great information to us to help our patients “get off their butts and do something.” This week she brings us information on just how deadly prolonged sitting can be. Be sure you read this one standing up or on the treadmill.

Many of you have helped patients avert diabetes disasters and we can all learn from them. If you have a “disaster averted” then send it to us and if we use it you will receive a Visa Gift Card worth $50.00. Click here to let us know the details. (You can use your name or remain anonymous if you prefer.)


TCOYD Conference and Health Fair in San Diego, California, October 30
The TCOYD team will be in San Diego for a conference and health fair event, Saturday, October 30, at the San Diego Convention Center. Special Guests will include Ben Vereen, Doug Cairns, Charlie Kimball and Kim Lyons. For more 2010 upcoming conference details, please go to TCOYD.org.

dLife.com: October 10, 7PM ET on CNBC
Topics: The story of a war hero, the dramatic transplant that helped save his life, and what it may mean in the search for a cure. Plus, a visit to diabetes summer camp, and Jim Turner on high blood sugar hell. Special Guest: Airman Tre Porfirio. 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): Do you check your Type 2 patients on Metformin for Vitamin B12 deficiency?

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Check out this week’s “Test Your Diabetes Knowledge” question!

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief