The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a safety alert on Aug. 28 that some widely used treatments for Type 2 diabetes can cause severe and disabling joint pain. Patients should not stop taking their DPP-4 inhibitor medicine, but should contact their health care professional right away if they experience severe and persistent joint pain. Health care professionals should consider DPP-4 inhibitors as a possible cause of severe joint pain and discontinue the drug if appropriate.
NDEP’s Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes web resource helps health care professionals improve medication-taking behavior in their patients by modifying their approach on an individual and a system level. Featuring handouts and resources that health care professionals can use with their patients, this site also includes videos, presentations, training guides, assessment tools, as well as journal articles related to medication adherence.
For more information on the GAME PLAN toolkit and Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org.
The American Diabetes Association has developed a free resource for accessing our print-on-demand patient materials. Our new Patient Education Library has a variety of patient materials that can be saved and printed as needed. Topics include diabetes, prediabetes, complications, nutrition and prevention. New pieces are added as they become available, so check back regularly for new content.
The Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter and the Mississippi State Department of Health are collaborating on a professional conference that will focus on managing care for those living with Alzheimer’s, diabetes and hypertension.
Registration is open for medical doctors, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners to attend the May 19 conference in Jackson. The event — Alzheimer’s, Diabetes and Hypertension: An Evidence-based Approach to Chronic Disease Management — is a first-time, conference collaboration between the association and the Health Department. It will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marriott in downtown Jackson.
Last month, Mississippi’s Health Department was among seven in the nation to receive a grant from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to increase the capacity of the public health workforce through partnerships. Beginning in June, the Alzheimer’s Association will train Health Department staff in the program Know the Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s.
Health Department staff, in turn, will train other community partners and clinical providers.
Mississippi Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2012 data shows 11.8 percent of individuals age 45 and over reported experiencing increased confusion or memory loss and 87 percent of those individuals had at least one other chronic condition such as arthritis, asthma, COPD, cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
The conference fee is $125. Register online here or call (601) 987-0020.
The American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week announced a joint effort in diabetes education and prevention called Prevent Diabetes STAT. The CDC reports that 86 million Americans are living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them are unaware of it.
“Our health care system simply cannot sustain the continued increases in the number of people developing diabetes.” said Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “Screening, testing and referring people at risk for type 2 diabetes to evidence-based lifestyle change programs are critical to preventing or delaying new cases of type 2 diabetes.”
The AMA and CDC have co-developed a toolkit to engage healthcare providers and guide them on the best methods to screen and refer high-risk patients to diabetes prevention programs. There’s also an online screening tool for patients to help them determine their risk for type 2 diabetes.
Register now! 36th Annual Professional Education Conference set for March 19.
Managing the Diabetes Spectrum in the Pediatric and Adult Population:
Pre-Diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes is designed to provide physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, and other health care professionals with a greater understanding of quality care, diabetes prevention strategies, current topics in diabetes management and the latest recommendations for medical nutrition therapy.
Content has been revised to reflect 2015 medical practice updates
Use of insulin and insulin analogues in type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Selection of candidates for insulin pump therapy
Use of continuous glucose monitors (CGM) to fine tune diabetes management
Recognizing and treating pre-diabetes
Medical nutrition therapy
Behavioral strategies to implement lifestyle changes
Treatment of cardiovascular and other co-morbidities
Use of incretins, DPP-IV and TZDs vs insulin in complicated cases of type 2 diabetes.
Time: 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
William Cefalu, MD - Dr. Cefalu received his medical degree from the Louisiana State Medical Center in New Orleans and his post doctoral training at the University of California, Irvine/Long Beach V.A. Medical Center in Long Beach. Currently he serves as Chief, Division of Nutrition and Chronic Diseases and Douglas L. Manship, Sr. Professor of Diabetes, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Autumn Douglas, LD, RD, CDE is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She is currently the Clinical Services Manager for Insulet Corporation. She is responsible for preparing and training patients to be successful with insulin pump therapy. Autumn has provided diabetes education for adults and children in a clinic setting, industry, and in the community via radio, local television, and patient conferences in both Louisiana and Mississippi. She previously worked for Diabetes Care Group training providers and educators to maintain clinical quality and diabetes performance outcomes. Autumn received her BS degree in dietetics from Nicholls State University in 1999 and has been a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2003.
Daniel Hsia, MD is a Pediatric Endocrinologist. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Joint Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Program and serves as Adjunct faculty at LSU Health Sciences Center and Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. Dr. Hsia graduated from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY and completed his residency in Adult and Pediatric Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center and his fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX
On March 19, the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi will host the 36th annual Professional Education Conference
Managing the Diabetes Spectrum in the Pediatric and Adult Population: Pre-Diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes is designed to provide physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, and other health care professionals with a greater understanding of quality care, diabetes prevention strategies, current topics in diabetes management and the latest recommendations for medical nutrition therapy.
Topics include use of insulin and insulin analogues in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, selection of candidates for insulin pump therapy, use of continuous glucose monitors (CGM) to fine tune diabetes management, recognizing and treating pre-diabetes, medical nutrition therapy, behavioral strategies to implement lifestyle changes, treatment of cardiovascular and other co-morbidities and use of incretins, DPP-IV and TZDs vs insulin in complicated cases of type 2 diabetes.
The cost is $125 for physicians, $75 for non-physicians, and $25 for students. Register online here.For more information, call 601-957-7878.
On February 11, 12 & 13, the Mississippi State Department of Health is offering a FREE Certified Diabetes Educator Exam Prep Course at the Northeast Conference Center in Meridian. 15 contact hours/CEUs will be awarded.
More information is available in the flyer attached below. Register online here. The deadline to register is February 4.
This self-assessment program consists of clinical problem-solving multiple choice questions and educational critiques. It is designed to objectively assess and strengthen your knowledge of diabetes and provide you with a better understanding of the relationship between exercise and diabetes.
(4.5 credits are available for all health care professionals.)