The FDA has warned that the diabetes drug Canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) is associated with increased risk of amputation. For details see https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm558605.htm .
CDC has a five-year initiative is to build out the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) infrastructure in underserved areas, to ensure that all adults with prediabetes or at high risk for type 2 diabetes have the opportunity to enroll in a CDC-recognized evidence-based lifestyle change program. Applicants for funding to collaborate in this initiative must be national or regional organizations with affiliate sites in at least three states, have experience offering either the CDC-recognized lifestyle change program or equivalent, be able to enroll at least 1000 participants in underserved areas in year 1, and have experience working with Medicare beneficiaries and at least one minority group. Find full details at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/programs/national-dpp-foa/index.html .
CDC will hold an Applicant Orientation Webinar April 26, 2017, and a DPP Informational Webinar May 3, z017. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1705foa .
The NIH/CDC National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has recently published the booklet Four Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life, available in thirteen languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, Chinese, French, Bengali, Arabic, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, and Haitian Creole. Find them at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/toolkits/4steps.html . An earlier edition, called Four Steps to Control Your Diabetes for Life, is also available in Japanese and Samoan; see https://search.cdc.gov/search?query=4+steps+to+control&utf8=✓&affiliate=cdc-main .
Find other useful NDEP resources on diabetes education at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/people-with-diabetes/index.html and on diabetes prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/people-risk-diabetes/index.html .
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month, while World Diabetes Day is on November 14. Websites with useful information include:
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15), CDC is highlighting the Spanish-language resources in their National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). Find them at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/communities/hispanic-latino-american/resources.html .
Also in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Kidney Fund will present Enfermedad de los riñones crónica: prevención y tratamiento (Chronic Kidney Disease: Prevention and Treatment), a webinar entirely and only in Spanish, on October 4, 2016. For details see http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/ .
AKF also offers free recorded CE courses in their Cornerstones of Care series, on:
- Building Relationships, https://akf.lms.ethosce.com/health-care-professionals/node/2631
- Professionalism, https://akf.lms.ethosce.com/health-care-professionals/node/2625
For the many other free AKF webinars, see https://akf.lms.ethosce.com/health-care-professionals/courses and http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/ .
The NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by offering its publications, including Sus Riñones son Tesoros (Your Kidneys are Treasures), a bilingual toolkit to help health works educate Hispanic people with diabetes on how to protect their kidneys, Ten Ways Hispanics and Latinos Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, and others. Find links at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNIDDK/bulletins/1608dac .
In southern California, patient support groups are conducted in Spanish in Loma Linda, Panorama City, Santa Clarita, San Fernando, and Visalia. See our Patient Calendar at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/patient-education-calendar/ for dates.
The UCLA Kidney Education Enhancement Program (UKEEP) will hold a September 18, 2016 educational seminar in Santa Monica for CKD and ESRD patients on the Role of Diet in Your Health. For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/UKEEP/UKEEP.Nicole.pdf .
UKEEP will also host seminars on October 9 (Kidneys and Diabetes), November 13 (PKD), and December 11, 2016 (Living Kidney Donation); for information on these see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/UKEEP/UKeep.AugDec16.pdf .