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Volume 25, Number 2 (June)

Nineteen Years and Counting (pages 3)

Daniel L. Lorber, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.D.E.

As the Editor prepares to wind down his involvement with Practical Diabetology, he recaps some highlights since he first came aboard.

Standards of Medical Care—2006 (Part 2) (pages 8-34)

American Diabetes Association

In the March issue, the Standards covered classification, diagnosis, screening, and prevention of diabetes. This second installment deals with direct care of the patient with diabetes. There is a lot to cover, and it’s all need-to-know.
Management strategies and tools

Lung Function and Diabetes (pages 35-37)

Jack M. Mann, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.

An interaction clearly exists between diabetes and decreased pulmonary function. As inhaled insulin becomes available, it is becomes necessary to know whether the changes seen with inhaled insulin are the effect of the drug or the underlying disease.
Complications and comorbiditiesLung complications

Diabetic Foot Pathology (pages 41-43)

Paul Kesselman, D.P.M, F.A.C.F.A.S., F.A.P.W.C.A.

The increased incidence of diabetes in all age groups has significantly increased the incidence of diabetic foot pathology. Dr. Kesselman covers the many different treatment options that can decrease morbidity and help avoid amputations.
Complications and comorbiditiesFoot complications

Managing Mental Illness in Patients with Diabetes (pages 44-53)

Jeff Unger, M.D.

Major depressive disorder is a chronic or recurrent illness in most patients with Type 2 diabetes that results in diminished self-management, more office visits, and higher pharmacy costs. Dr. Unger offers insight into the connection between diabetes and mental illness that can facilitate early diagnosis and management, thus reducing morbidity, mortality, and medical expenses for your diabetes patients.
Complications and comorbiditiesDepression
Management strategies and toolsPsychosocial issues

Congress Threatens Diabetes Care (pages 54)

Daniel L. Lorber, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.D.E.

At present, people in 46 states and the District of Columbia are entitled to insurance coverage that allows them to obtain diabetes supplies and have access to diabetes education. The laws that provide these rights are now under attack at the national level.
Health services and insurance