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Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland. Local and Independent.
There is no other community-based organization with a staff of Certified Diabetes Educators, dietitians, nurse and a social worker providing direct services to local families.
Oral antihyperglycemic agents for the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes are being evaluated for presenting risks for diabetic ketoacidosis ― a serious condition that normally only affects people with type 1 diabetes. Serious and sometimes life-threatening cases of DKA have been reported in patients on SGLT2 inhibitor treatment for type 2 diabetes. In a number of these reports, the presentation of the condition was atypical, with only moderately increased blood glucose levels observed at less than 200 mg/dl, while DKA typically occurs at glucose levels greater than 250 mg/dl.
New Safety Information regarding risk of Diabetes Ketoacidosis (DKA) with use of Sodium- Glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2) used to treat type 2 diabetes
On May 15, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a drug safety communication stating that
the "type 2 diabetes medicines canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, and empagliflozin may lead to ketoacidosis requiring hospitalization; the US agency said it had identified 20 cases of diabetic ketoacidosis in patients treated with SGLT2 inhibitors between March 2013 to June 6, 2014.
Potential DKA triggering factors identified in some, but not all, cases included acute illness (e.g.,urinary tract infection, urosepis, gastroenteritis, influenza, or trauma) reduced caloric or fluid intake, and reduced insulin dose.
There have been no changes to the prescribing information for these products at this time.
Medicare and Medicaid 50th Anniversary
Let Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland help You Navigate the Systems!
This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Amendments to the Social Security Act that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
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SB 141 passed out of the House and Senate Health and Human Services Committee
Death of Avon Lake man inspires legislative action quickening prescription access
A bill sparked by a local man’s death is making its way through the Ohio Senate that aims to reform the law governing a pharmacist’s ability to fill a prescription for life-saving drugs such as insulin. Read more here.
On May 27, 2015 Lori Weinstein, the President and CEO of Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland provided testimony at the State capital in Columbus as a proponent for House Bill 188-pharmacy consult agreement legislation.She met with representatives and senators but more importantly with the Houdeshell family who lost their son Kevin to diabetes because his prescription for insulin expired and could not get emergency insulin from the pharmacy due to laws. This bill can change so this situation won't happen again. Thank you Houdeshells for taking action and for representatives and senators for backing this piece of legislation. Read more here.
Diabetes is a challenging, serious chronic disease and its management requires constant attention, 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year. We partner with the individual with diabetes to address their needs in a holistic way. Some people have little or dated knowledge about diabetes self-care; sometimes, people have the knowledge, but can become overwhelmed trying to put all they have learned into practice. Our role is to provide ongoing education, support, and motivation to our clients of all ages. We want to help you feel confident and competent to handle all of the challenges diabetes presents.
Perhaps you or a family member have been diagnosed with diabetes and would like to ask a question or find out more information about diabetes education or support groups. We are healthcare professionals that give general suggestions and are not to replace your medical care team. You should consult your doctor or your healthcare team for urgent or critical concerns.
We are committed to providing personalized support for people with diabetes in our community, particularly for those who often have no other place to go for information.
To attend diabetes self management classes have your doctor complete the referral form by clicking here.
QUESTIONS? Call 216-591-0800 to speak with a diabetes educator or email us and one of our diabetes educators will be in touch via email.
Join a monthly diabetes support group near you!
Are You the 1 in 4 Who Doesn't Know?
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes - 3 million more than estimated in 2010, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people has diabetes and doesn't know it. This is very serious because people with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing serious health complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death.
One in three adults in the United States - 86 million - has pre-diabetes, where their blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not elevated enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15-30% of those adults will develop type 2 diabetes within five years!
"These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country," said Ann Albright, Ph. D., R.D., director of DCD's Division of Diabetes Translation. "Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms. It's urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease."
IN THE NEWS
Dawn Kendrick of WKYC reported on an emergency insulin tragedy that could have been prevented. Click here to view the video which ran 2/11/15.
Dawn Kendrick of WKYC follows up on the "Death from Diabetes Sparks Call for Change" story which ran this past Wed. evening. Click here to view the video which ran 2/12/15.