Expert Commentary

Type 2 Diabetes: Targeting the Entire Individual

Michael E. Cobble, MD

Director, Canyons Medical Center
Adjunct Faculty, University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, Utah

Treating patients with type 2 diabetes requires whole patient management, from monitoring glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels to neuropathy and psychiatry. Here, Dr Cobble describes how he assesses depression in diabetic patients and the different treatment options currently available for diabetes. The potential for incretin-based therapies as complementary treatment of the whole patient is also discussed.


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