Tips for Primary Care Physicians: Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Doctor Bill H. McCarberg, the session’s moderator, asks each panel member for tips to help Primary Care Physicians evaluate and treat their patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

  • Microalbumin-to-creatinine Ratio instead of a simple urinalysis
  • Check patients for peripheral vascular disease. On an annual basis, obtain an ankle-brachial index and triage appropriately.
  • Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise each day (150 minutes per week) is an excellent goal for many patients. To get started, some patients need to set small goals.

Additional “tips” topics include:

  • Weight loss versus fitness
  • Talking with patients about test strip costs
  • Evaluating how often individual patients should test.
  • Test strip feedback and how it changes behavior.
  • When and how to talk with patients about erectile dysfunction.
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Introduction to Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
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