oa South African Family Practice - CPD editorial



The year 2009 starts with a bang with the reorganisation of the CPD section. This year, the focus is to present the CPD section of each issue of the journal with a main theme on which most of the articles will be based. The Jan / Feb 2009 issue is based on the main theme of diabetes mellitus. The article on the by Joshi S and Joshi P succinctly covers the treatment goals and guidelines for the management of Type 2 diabetes as recommended by the International Diabetes Federation and American Diabetes Association (ADA). It highlights the current approaches to therapy in a practical manner that the family practitioner can easily follow. The main stay of the current approaches includes lifestyle modifications, diet, oral hypoglycaemic agents and insulin therapy. The article concludes that physicians should be aware that cardiovascular risk is increased even before the diagnosis of diabetes. Hence it is important to embark on intensive treatment to reduce mortality in diabetic patients.


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