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Volume 31, Number 2 (May/June)

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy for the Non-Neurologist (pages 8–12)

Alexandra Hovaguimian, M.D.

Approximately half of all diabetes patients develop neuropathy at some point. There are several types of neuropathy that can occur independently or concomitantly. This paper provides a structured approach to the diagnosis and management of several diabetic neuropathies, geared to the non-neurologist. The author points out that diabetic neuropathies are a diagnosis of exclusion.
Complications and comorbiditiesNeuropathy

Healthful Eating for Diabetes: 10 Tips for Remaking Recipes (pages 13–17)

Sandy Bjerkness, R.D., L.D.

The author discusses how to improve a recipe for nutrition, taste, and ease of preparation. This article simplifies the art and science of cooking and provides 10 tips that diabetes educators and dietitians can pass along to patients. The author maintains that many foods can be prepared simply—yet result in healthful and flavorful dishes.
Diet therapy and nutrition

Aging Well with Diabetes (pages 18–22)

Liz Quintana, Ed.D., R.D., L.D., C.D.E.

The risk of diabetes increases with age, yet diabetes in older adults is often undiagnosed and undertreated. This article discusses how lifestyle modifications can be integrated into meal and exercise plans for seniors to improve physical function and reduce risk of morbidity. The author underlines the importance of an interdisciplinary team.
Diabetes in specific populationsGeriatric

Paula Deen: No One to Blame Butter Self (pages 23)

Charles A. Reasner, M.D.

Can the “Butter Queen” be a spokesperson for healthy eating? In this Commentary, Dr. Reasner talks about Paula Deen’s move from Food Network celebrity chef known for high-fat dishes to spokesperson for a therapy for Type 2 diabetes. He expresses hope that her experiences will encourage people to eat in a more healthful manner.
Diet therapy and nutrition

Mastering Insulin Pump Therapy (pages 24–26)

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

Pump therapy offers many technical advantages, but some pump users have difficulty achieving their therapeutic goals. This paper discusses the use of both basic and advanced pump features to optimize blood sugar control. Ms. Spollett suggests that patient education and motivation are key to maximizing benefit.
EquipmentInsulin pumps