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Volume 22, Number 1 (March)

Self-Management Education in Type 2 Diabetes (pages 7-13)

Susan L. Norris, M.D., M.P.H.

Self-management education can help people to control their diabetes, but all interventions are not created equal. Dr. Norris presents effective methods and treatable targets to help you optimize your time.
EducationSelf-management strategies

Position Statement: Treatment of Hypertension in Adults with Diabetes (pages 14-19)

American Diabetes Association

Lowering of blood pressure reduces the risk of complications in people with hypertension and diabetes. The Editor has added his comments, including results from the ALLHAT Study, to this Position Statement from the American Diabetes Association.
Professional guidelines
Complications and comorbiditiesCardiovascular diseaseHypertension

Beta-Blockers in the Diabetic Patient (pages 20-23)

David S.H. Bell, M.B., F.A.C.E.

The side effects of first- and second-generation beta-blockers caused some physicians to rule out their use in people with diabetes. The author describes how third-generation beta-blockers avoid these problems and provide metabolic benefits beyond the lowering of blood pressure for your patients with diabetes.
Drug treatmentAntihypertensives

Lipid Changes Associated with Diabetes Therapy (pages 24-29)

John B. Buse, M.D., Ph.D., C.D.E.

Reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease is a critical component of diabetes care; relying on glycemic control alone to improve lipid profiles is not enough. The author shows why concurrent treatment for both diabetes and cardiovascular disease is necessary.
Complications and comorbiditiesCardiovascular diseaseDyslipidemia

Secondary Diabetes (pages 30-39)

Surani Fernando, M.D., and Silvio E. Inzucchi, M.D.

Although Type 2 diabetes is the major form of diabetes in the United States, physicians must also be ready to diagnose diabetes caused by an underlying condition (“secondary diabetes”). The authors show how to diagnose and treat underlying diseases that cause secondary diabetes.

Choosing a Meter for Home Glucose Monitoring (pages 40-48)

Geralyn R. Spollett, M.S.N., A.N.P., C.D.E.

The wide array of home blood glucose meters available today makes it easier than ever to individualize the choice of meter. This article describes the various features of meters to help you select the most appropriate model for each of your patients.
EquipmentGlucose meters