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Through clinical and system-level interventions, family physicians can push back against the high cost of insulin and help patients with type 2 diabetes afford these essential medications.
Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.
The first-line treatment option for type 2 diabetes mellitus, metformin, is safe and fairly well-tolerated, has excellent long-term effectiveness on patient-oriented outcomes, is moderately priced, and has a simple dosing regimen. When more than one medication is required, the STEPS approach can help choose subsequent medications.
This study found that compared with expensive long-acting insulin analogs costing two to 10 times as much, NPH insulin results in a similar number of episodes of severe hypoglycemia (if not fewer) that result in emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
Dec 1, 2018 Issue
Preventing or Delaying Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with Diet and Exercise [Cochrane for Clinicians]
There is moderate-quality evidence that in patients with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) defined by an abnormal 75-g two-hour glucose tolerance test, implementing changes in diet and adding physical activity together can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes.
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus in children and adolescents has increased worldwide with the obesity epidemic, and minorities are disproportionately affected. Find out who should be screened, when to begin screening, and recommended management strategies for younger patients.
This guidance statement from the American College of Physicians (ACP) aims to help physicians achieve appropriate A1C targets via medication for nonpregnant patients with type 2 diabetes based on a review of six health care organization guidelines.
Because the evidence regarding medical care for persons with diabetes mellitus continues to evolve, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) annually updates its standards. In addition, starting in 2018, the ADA will also periodically update its guidance online if warranted.
Patients with type 1 diabetes should maintain tight glycemic control to prevent complications. Frequent self-monitoring of blood glucose levels leads to improved A1C levels. Insulin administration via multiple daily injections or an insulin pump is effective. Physicians should educate patients about lifestyle management, recognition of hypoglycemia, and proper care during sick days.
The latest installment of the top 20 research studies for primary care physicians includes studies on cardiovascular disease and hypertension, infections, diabetes mellitus, musculoskeletal problems, and cancer screening, among other topics. The five highest-rated practice guidelines are also summarized.