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by David Hite PhD

Point of diagnosis educational interventions are powerful "teachable moments" that set the stage for positive change and help your diabetic patients understand that a positive clinical outcome is a shared responsibility. I introduce my patients to a plan I call the 5Ms of Diabetes Self-Care.1 It's a common sense plan that's as easy to explain as it is to understand and follow.

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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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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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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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