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Volume 22, Number 2 (June)

An Evidence-Based Approach for Treating Hypertension in Diabetes (pages 7-10)

Jan N. Basile, M.D.

Drawing on national standards and results from studies such as ALLHAT, Dr. Basile presents the latest recommendations on treating hypertension in people with diabetes.
Complications and comorbiditiesCardiovascular diseaseHypertension

Position Statement: Standards of Medical Care for People With Diabetes Mellitus (pages 11-24)

American Diabetes Association

The Editor has added his comments to the American Diabetes Associations 2003 Standards of Care. Our first installment of this Position Statement includes information on diagnosing diabetes and helping your patients manage their blood glucose.
Professional guidelines
Management strategies and toolsStrategies for glycemic control

Teaching Teens to Cope (pages 26-29)

Margaret Grey, Dr.P.H., F.A.A.N., C.D.E., and William V. Tamborlane, M.D.

The authors make the case that teaching teens how to deal with adolescent stressors related to their diabetes care can help them improve their overall diabetes control.
Childhood diabetes
Management strategies and toolsPsychosocial issues

Counseling Diabetic Patients About Weight Management (pages 30-35)

Jeffrey J. VanWormer, M.S., and Jackie L. Boucher, M.S., L.D., B.C.-A.D.M., C.D.E.

The authors have taken a counseling system developed to encourage smoking cessation and adapted it to weight loss. This is a simple and effective way to help your patients with diabetes manage their weight.
Management strategies and toolsWeight loss

Insulin-Therapy Resistance (pages 36-40)

Glory Koerbel, R.N., M.S.N., C.D.E., and Mary Korytkowski, M.D.

People with Type 2 diabetes and their physicians often show a reluctance to start insulin therapy despite its effectiveness. The authors describe the factors that contribute to this reluctance and suggest strategies for overcoming these barriers.
Drug treatmentInsulin

Islamic Pilgrimage (Haj) (pages 41-43)

Awad Mohamed Ahmed, M.B.B.S., M.D., and Linda A. Jaber, Pharm.D.

The authors present some tips to help you prepare your Muslim patients for managing their diabetes as they perform their religious obligation to travel to Mecca and Medina.
Diabetes in specific populationsMuslims

Diabetes in Youth (pages 44-45)

Daniel L. Lorber, M.D.

The Editor weighs in on the lack of availability of nutritious foods in our schools and on the dearth of physical activity of youth both at school and home. He offers suggestions to help reverse this rise in obesity in our youth, which diminishes their quality of life an endangers their health and futures.
Childhood diabetes