This November 1982 issue of The Medical Clinics of North America discusses new developments in the field of diabetes as well as more routine aspects of the disease. The authors have succeeded in providing physicians with palatable material, which is frequently considered to be "dry stuff." Many of the problems associated with diabetes commonly seen by primary care physicians are presented, including the criteria used to identify the disease, patient education, patient monitoring of blood glucose level, and the risks and benefits of tight control of blood glucose level. Of particular interest to the consultant are the discussions dealing with diabetic control in surgical and obstetrical patients. Other topics include the use of glycosalated hemoglobin as a means of determining long-term blood glucose control, diabetes and its relationship to hypertension and antihypertension drugs, impotence in the male patient, and the use of portable insulin infusion pumps.
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