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by R. Keith Campbell Rph, FAADE, CDE

It is an exciting time to be a person with diabetes (PWD). So many new drugs have been developed to treat a PWD. We are also aware that diabetes is much more than trying to keep blood glucose levels close to normal. Blood pressure and lipids need to be normalized to try to prevent cardiovascular disease. Coping skills and stress management skills need to be learned to help prevent depression. Adequate sleep and hydration need to be managed as well.

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by David Hite PhD

Health care costs from chronic conditions account for about 75% of the cost of health care. Nearly half of all adults live with a chronic health problem that requires daily monitoring and self-management. As health care providers we understand the benefits of shared action plans and collaboration with our patients. But standard approaches to population management are quickly becoming outmoded as the use of technology increases.

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by R. Keith Campbell Rph, FAADE, CDE

Weight loss is a subject of much interest to many people. This is probably because 26% of the U.S. population is considered obese. This percentage translates into over 4.4 million Americans being classified as obese. A recent MSN news report described findings in a large study done at the University of Washington indicating that people were not only fat, but were in denial about the fact that they were gaining weight each year.1

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by David Hite PhD

Last month I discussed the metabolic consequences from large amounts of fructose in the diet. Dietary fructose isn’t absorbed directly into cells and serves instead as the substrate for triglyceride formation in the liver. Too much fructose in the diet ultimately leads to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and the chronic conditions associated with it.

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by Kim Coy DeCoste RN, MSN, CDE

It isn’t often that I find myself having a difficult time figuring out what to write or say, but for some reason while trying to come up with a topic to write about this month, I was at a loss. Then it came to me. What did we practice writing over and over again when we were first learning to write? Our ABCs, of course.

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by David Hite PhD

As a diabetes educator, I’m constantly searching for new ways to encourage my patients to make healthy changes to their diet. But it was a surprise to even me that a recent class topic involved a discussion on bugs. Specifically, gut bugs. It was prompted by an article in Newsweek magazine suggesting that weight gain could be influenced by the type of bacteria found in our bodies. It appears that if we are what we eat, then the bacteria that populate our intestines are also what they eat, and we may inadvertently be feeding the wrong ones.

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