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Volume 31, Number 1 (March/April)

Obesity and Weight Management in Patients with Diabetes (pages 7–12)

Erin Marie McCarthy, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., Kirsten Webb, N.P., C.D.E., and Robert Kushner, M.D.

The authors discuss obesity and weight management and their effects on diabetes. They outline a multi-pronged lifestyle approach to treatment and the role of an integrative team in helping patients with diabetes.
Complications and comorbiditiesObesity

Geriatric Patients with Diabetes (pages 13–23)

Laura B. Hieronymus, M.S.Ed., R.N., B.C.-A.D.M., C.D.E., Parminder Kaur, Pharm.D., M.B.A., Robert J. Moss, Pharm.D., Nikhita Dhruv, M.D., and Joseph B. Martinez, R.Ph., P.D.E.

As the American population ages, risk of diabetes increases nationwide. Health-care providers, argue the authors, must be aware of the physical and mental deterioration that accompanies aging and consider the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the older patient with diabetes when developing treatment plans.
Diabetes in specific populationsGeriatric

Approaches to Behavior Change for Patients with Diabetes (pages 24–27)

Cecilia Sauter, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., and Ann Constance, M.A., R.D., C.D.E.

Meal planning is an important part of handling diabetes. In this article, the authors discuss how health-care providers can act as guides, not judges, to help patients knit diabetes care into the fabric of their lives. Authors discuss a 5-step process of changing behavior.
Diet therapy and nutrition

Holiday Weight Gain and New Year’s Resolutions (pages 28)

Charles A. Reasner, M.D.

Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday, and Christmas are the three days that Americans consume the most calories all year. In this Commentary, Dr. Reasner talks about some of the reasons for this trend, the issues for patients with diabetes—and the importance of New Year’s Resolutions.
Diet therapy and nutrition

Health Games: Engaging People in Positive Lifestyle and Nutrition Behaviors Through Social Media (pages 30–32)

As social media plays a greater role in our lives, health-care providers are turning to it as well. This article describes an interactive game that provides support as it offers practical advice for improving cardiovascular health.
EducationSelf-management strategies

The National Diabetes Education Program: Fifteen Years of Progress (pages 6–9)

Martha M. Funnell, M.S., R.N., C.D.E.

Diabetes self-management education is considered basic to diabetes care—though providing that education can be a challenging undertaking given the limitations of the typical office visit. In this article, Funnell discusses how print and online resources from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can help patients with diabetes and prediabetes.