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Diabetes Bites Newsletter: January 2024

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January 2024

Gary Scheiner Integrated Diabetes Services 2024Don’t Fall For It.

Technology is taking over! AI (artificial intelligence) has officially invaded the diabetes space.

Mass media, social media and purveyors of automated insulin delivery systems are trying to sell us on the notion that technology is the answer to our problems – that skill and effort are no longer necessary to successfully manage diabetes. Whether you live with diabetes, care for someone with diabetes, or treat diabetes as a healthcare provider, please don’t fall for it.

Don’t get me wrong… the latest technology can certainly lessen the burdens of living with diabetes and help to keep glucose levels within a reasonable range. But without a solid set of self-management skills and ongoing determination, even the best technologies are virtually useless.

Case in point: During the Holidays, one of our own IDS clinicians experienced something that could have been fatal were it not for her own diabetes know-how: ketoacidosis caused by extensive vomiting, compounded by a hospital ER staff that lacked a protocol for proper treatment. No technology in the world can save someone from those kinds of extreme conditions, but she was able to do enough on her own to manage her glucose and stay sufficiently hydrated until smarter heads prevailed.

Just consider this short list of the things we need to know and apply on a day-to-day basis:

  • Proper treatment of hypoglycemia (mild to severe)
  • Matching the timing and doses of insulin to the effects of food (carbs, fat and protein)
  • Making adjustments for different forms of physical activity
  • Protocols for illness and stress
  • Management of insulin infusion/injection sites
  • Techniques for minimizing post-meal glucose spikes
  • Timely troubleshooting strategies
  • Data downloading and analysis for self-adjustment
  • Coping skills for emotional health
  • Screening and prevention of long-term complications
  • Selecting the tools/devices that best meet your individual needs

medical aiThe list goes on and on. And you know what? NONE of these are resolved through the use of the latest technologies. They come from you getting the best possible diabetes self-management training and support. When you’re ready, we’re here for you.

I hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Diabetes Bites. Your feedback and suggestions are always appreciated.
Feel free to email me directly with any comments: gary@integrateddiabetes.com.

As always, if there is anything we can do to assist you in reaching your diabetes goals, either in English or Spanish, please reach out by calling 877-735-3648 (+1 610-642-6055 outside North America) or emailing info@integratediabetes.com.

Very Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

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Gary Scheiner MS, CDCES
Owner, Clinical Director

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Happy New Year……. January always starts with resolutions… Why not join a group exercise class or get  a Personal Training Program with IDS Director of Exercise Physiology, Kathryn Gentile!

Need more info? Call me in the office: 610-642-6055 or email me:nancy@integrateddiabetes.com.

Wishing you a wonderful 2024!

Nancy

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