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Articles from October

At-Home Testing Essential for All Diabetes Patients
Writer Miriam Tucker has had Type 1 diabetes for 30 years. She said use of a home testing device to measure her blood sugar is "absolutely essential. I couldn't survive without it." Although most diabetes patients don't require the four meter readings...
Diabetes Care: Closing the Gap between Standards and Practice
Landmark studies completed during the 1990s proved that diabetes complications could be prevented by proper medical care. These findings led to the establishment of standards of medical care for individuals with diabetes. But the first report cardbased...
Early Use of Insulin in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes mellitus is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States, affecting almost 8% of the U.S. population between the ages of 20 and 74 years. The prevalence rate is expected to increase by more than 165% by 2050. Of the estimated 16 million...
Insulin Injections May Soon Be a Thing of the Past
To diabetic patients, the idea of delivering insulin to without being injected may no longer be just a dream. Exciting new drug delivery advancements have made one or more treatment options very real possibilities in the future. Insulin delivery systems...
Olympian Champions the Fight against Diabetes
Kris Freeman is not your ordinary Olympic athlete. Not only is he one of the youngest members of the U.S. Olympic ski team, he is also the only one who must give himself insulin shots every day to control his diabetes. Freeman is thought to be the first...
Sailing around the World with Diabetes
Equipped with a diabetes selfmanagement program, an ambitious and confident skipper set off to achieve his longtime goal of sailing around the world solo. Despite his diabetes, John Dennis, 57, of Toronto, set sail from New York in September, marking...
Stop Prediabetes to Prevent Type 2, Urge Experts
The incidence of Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) has tripled over the past 30 years and continues to rise. It has become the nation's most costly health problem, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In 1997, adding together medical costs,...
Survey Ranks Diabetes as No. 1 Risk Factor for CVD
A recent survey of 900 primary care physicians, cardiologists, and endocrinologists rated diabetes as the highest risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) recently...
This R.Ph. Is Committed to Diabetes Patient Care
Steven T. Boyd is one committed guy. Technically, he is the clinical pharmacist responsible for the diabetes clinic at Siouxland Community Health Center in Sioux City, Iowa. In reality, this means he created the clinic and does just about everything...