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Don’t Blame All Symptoms on Glucose Levels

A woman, 72 years of age, type 2 diabetes, obesity, taking metformin, GLP1, ARB, and antidepressant (SSRI). Lost 20% total body weight in the past year. Recently complaining of dizziness and weakness. Glucose levels in the 60’s at home, at which time had symptoms of hypoglycemia. Glucose-lowering medications (metformin and GLP-1) were stopped. Continued to complain of dizziness and weakness especially in the morning.

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Mail-Order Mix-Up

During a recent phone follow-up call to one of my patients, a co-worker and I avoided a "Diabetes Disaster." My patient told me that she had received her mail-order refill for "ASPART," but the bottle didn't look the same....

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In Search for Culprit Behind Glucose Swings, Investigate Non-diabetes Medications

Recently I had a patient who was referred to me due to increased glucose levels, which happens all the time. However, this patient was referred because of the recent changes in fasting glucose levels. After attending a group diabetes class, the patient seemed to be improving self care and average fasting glucoses had dropped from around 165 mg/dl to 130 mg/dl. The readings held like this for two months and then started to rise again....

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Think Out of the Box!

A woman in her 60s, extremely insulin-sensitive with type 1 diabetes, came for a review of carb counting and blood sugar logs.  Pt had been running blood sugars above the target range. When asking pt why she thought her blood sugars were running high, she stated she was fearful of having low blood sugars....

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