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April 2006 Issue

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New Programs Strengthen Diabetes Management

Published April 2006

UC’s Diabetes Center is offering three programs this year—in May, August and November—to assist primary-care physicians with diabetes management for their patients. The programs will cover:

  • Current standards of care practices for patients, and how physicians can optimize their resources.
  • Diabetes management therapies, including oral agents andinsulin.
  • The future of diabetes management, including collaborating with a certified diabetes educator, injectable agents, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors for patients.

Program participants can also join the Diabetes Center mentorship program. The center’s endocrinologists meet with physicians on-site for an hour once a quarter and review up to 10 cases that educate providers on opportunities to improve their patients’ blood glucose levels.

The programs are the result of a $20,000 donation from Humana of Ohio, presented to the Diabetes Center in January.

“We’re grateful to Humana for their generous gift,” says Barbara Ramlo-Halsted, MD, director of the Diabetes Center. “Unfortunately, diabetes is on the rise, so it’s important for primary care providers to be aware of available resources that allow them to provide optimal care for their patients.”

Diabetes is a disease in which the body doesn’t produce or properly use insulin. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 20 million people in the United States have diabetes and 6.2 million of them don't even know it. The UC Diabetes Center estimates there are 10,000 people with type 1 diabetes and 150,000 with type 2 diabetes in Hamilton County alone.

Continuing medical education credits are available. To register, call (513) 475-8220.

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