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Volume 32, Number 2 (May/June)

Accuracy Considerations for Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose (pages 6–24)

Rosemarie Lajara, M.D., and Melissa L. Maguire, R.N., C.D.E.

Many organizations recommend self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) for patients with diabetes. SMBG provides real-time information on a patient’s glycemic control, the authors note, which allows for early detection of both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia so that patients can adjust their medication or lifestyle. This article provides practical tools and guidance for both the primary care provider and the patient to ensure accurate performance of SMBG.
Management strategies and toolsStrategies for glycemic control

Herbal Products for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes (pages 25–30)

Lana Dvorkin Camiel, Pharm.D., and Jennifer Goldman-Levine, Pharm.D., C.D.E., B.C.-A.D.M., F.C.C.P.

Researchers estimate that close to 60% of patients with diabetes use complementary and alternative medicines (CAM), often in the form of herbal and other natural products. The challenges to health-care providers are that they are typically not trained in this area and the scientific data are conflicting or insufficient. This article reviews 20 of the most common botanical products being used in the area of diabetes, providing safety and efficacy data and exploring their therapeutic role.
Management strategies and toolsComplementary and alternative medicine

Start by Listening to the Patient (pages 32–33)

Kathleen Wyne, M.D., Ph.D.

Our new Medical Editor, Kathleen Wyne, M.D., Ph.D., introduces herself, describes her educational and professional background, and outlines her philosophy toward patient care. She believes it is critical to integrate all available information and to apply it to the reality of patients and their situations. She also appreciates the role of patient education and sees her position at Practical Diabetology as part of that responsibility. We welcome Dr. Wyne to the PD family.