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Updating Comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Management

Updating Comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Management

By Andy Skean, Senior Editor, Physician’s Weekly The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) recently published an update to their comprehensive type 2 diabetes management algorithm. “The update provides clinicians with a practical guide that considers the whole patient, their spectrum of cardiovascular risks and complications, and evidence-based approaches to treatment,” explains Alan J. Garber, MD, PhD, FACE, who was the AACE/ACE Task Force chair for the updated algorithm. “It’s designed to serve as a practical and easy-to-use decision-making tool for patients’ medical management.” The AACE/ACE algorithm, which was published in Endocrine Practice, has been updated to reflect the role of newer therapies, management approaches, and important clinical data. It includes an updated section on lifestyle therapy and discusses all classes of obesity as well as anti-hyperglycemic, lipid-lowering, and antihypertensive medications that have most recently been approved by the FDA. The document also details specific lipid targets for patients with type 2 diabetes based on their unique characteristics (Table). The recommendations for blood pressure and lipid control are critical as these have been identified as the two most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD).   An Emphasis on Obesity It is important to note that the updated algorithm emphasizes obesity as one of the underlying risk factors for type 2 diabetes and its microvascular complications. Placing a great emphasis on obesity and its role in the development and management of type 2 diabetes may guide physicians in providing tailored care to optimize patient outcomes. The update also includes important information on necessary weight loss therapies as well as details regarding the...
#PWChat: 3D Printing in Medicine

#PWChat: 3D Printing in Medicine

Join us Monday, March 5 at 2:00pm ET for our live, interactive tweetchat with PW blogger Lars Brouwers, MD, PhD-candidate, on in-hospital 3D printing and 3D printing in medicine overall. Topics to be discussed are subject to change but will likely include: Various ways in which 3D printing can be used in medicine. How Dr. Brouwers and others have and are currently using 3D printing in medicine. The exciting possibilities of 3D printing in medicine. The cost-effectiveness of 3D printing in medicine. Obstacles that one can expect when trying to implement in-hospital 3D printing or 3D printing in medicine overall, and how they can be overcome. Regulatory obstacles that exist for 3D printing in medicine, including whether 3D-printed prosthetics are considered medical devices. Whether a future in which patients download and print their own medical devices at home with their own 3D printers is feasible and what the implications would be of that. Exiting potential future uses of 3D printing in medicine, including what can be expected that hasn’t yet been seen. More… How to Join the Chat Log into your Twitter account. Don’t have an account? Where have you been?! Just kidding, we don’t judge, but you should get one! It’s easy to create, and free. You’ll be glad you did. A couple minutes before 2:00pm ET on March 5, Search Twitter (top right of every Twitter page) for #PWChat. On the search results page, click Latest at the top left. This will show you all the latest tweets using the #PWChat hashtag. The page will automatically update every couple minutes, letting you know how many new tweets there...
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