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Welcome to the August issue of Metabolic and Endocrine eNews! This month we present a “5 Minutes With” segment that questions some of our foremost thought leaders. These key opinion leaders also serve as faculty for the upcoming Metabolic & Endocrine Disease Summit Fall (MEDS)

MEDS Fall, which is being held in-person from October 12-14, 2023 in Orlando, Florida, will bring you:

  • Arm attendees with info on the latest advancements in metabolic and endocrine diseases—from diabetes and thyroid and adrenal disorders to obesity, and everything we treat in between.
  • Enable you to take home the latest cutting-edge knowledge and clinical breakthroughs to make a lasting difference in your patients’ lives!
  • Introduce fun features with an emphasis on interactivity during our panel discussions, Q&A, and case studies.
  • Feature plenty of opportunities for professional networking and connection building via our lively welcome reception, exhibits, and poster halls.
  • We may even have a few surprises to unveil! 
  • Don’t miss this one-stop shop to get up to speed with CME! Click here to register and get info

In this issue, MEDS faculty leaders share valuable pearls from their upcoming MEDS Fall presentations and also weigh in on interesting topics in the Gut Reaction. We will hear from other faculty next month on similar topics, and more takeaways will be shared.

Read on for candid insights from these faculty and tidbits from the upcoming MEDS Fall!

Thank you to these thought leaders featured in this issue for their time and effort. Please contact me at colleen@cmhadvisors.com with comments or suggestions. Thanks for reading and look for Part 2 in the next issue of MEDS eNews!—Colleen Hutchinson

5 Minutes With… MEDS 2023 Faculty 

Faculty and participant affiliations can be found by clicking here.

Can you share takeaways from your MEDS 2023 presentation topic?

Donna Jornsay/ Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia: Important Considerations: My takeaway for the hypo/hyperglycemia talk is that hypoglycemia needs to be a more serious conversation with patients with T2DM. When we look at continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) data, we see there is more hypoglycemia in T2 patients than we have previously thought, and this can result in fatal cardiac arrhythmias. I also have some suggestions for providers regarding educating family members on the recognition of hypoglycemia in those not using CGM.

Mimi Secor/ PCOS or Is It Something Else? It is important that clinicians appreciate the extensive differential list of conditions that can mimic PCOS and rule these out. In addition, clinicians need to be familiar with the serious cardiometabolic and obstetric/gynecological risks and sequelae that patients with PCOS may be at risk for having or developing. The goal of pharmacological is to improve symptoms and also reduce the risk of developing complications/sequelae.

Gut Reaction with Davida Kruger and Mimi Secor

Best tool in your clinical arsenal:

Mimi Secor: Patient education and coaching.

Davida Kruger: Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) without a doubt. CGM is a right, not a privilege, for the patients to own their own diabetes and manage their own care. The person with diabetes learns so much by wearing CGM.

Biggest challenge you face in caring for your patients: 

Davida Kruger: The patient’s desire to only do a virtual visit, but not treating it as a real professional visit (may not have data uploaded or done labs). It makes it very difficult to provide high level care. I try to look a few days ahead to be sure I can see data. I also am clear on how to conduct a virtual visit, which truly can provide great value.

Mimi Secor: Helping patients understand the pathophysiology and risks, and helping them make short- and long-term lifestyle changes.

Biggest reward in caring for your patients: 

Mimi Secor: Seeing patients improve their health and reducing their risks for complications and sequalae.

Davida Kruger: When the patient takes charge of his or her own diabetes through education and shared decision-making.

Youngest patient you’ve ever treated:  

Davida Kruger: Newborn.

Mimi Secor: Young teens 14-18.

Oldest patient you’ve ever treated:  

Mimi Secor: Post-menopausal women 52 to 70 years of age.

Davida Kruger: 99 years of age.