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On My Mind
April 2017

Diabetes for a Day

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency/Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Copyright 2017 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.

JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(4):320. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.4483

As a family physician, I manage numerous patients with life-threatening diabetic complications. However, there are facets of diabetes care I have taken for granted. I have never checked my own glucose levels or injected myself with insulin. I can occasionally take liberties with my healthful lifestyle. I don’t have to comply with the complex medication regimens I sometimes prescribe. As a family medicine residency faculty member, I teach my residents to provide comprehensive care for diabetic patients, yet I myself had a few things to learn.