Patient Education

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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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by R. Keith Campbell Rph, FAADE, CDE

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s have always been magical times of the year for me. I had a great family and my social worker mother always invited homeless people and many relatives to share the feasts associated with each holiday.

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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 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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