Pharmacy students at the Univeristy of Alberta took part in a one week exercise to better understand type 2 diabetes. They were "diagnosed" and had to monitor their blood sugar, and inject fake insulin) for a week. I think this sort of exercise would be an excellent learning opportunity for doctors and nurses as well. A little empathy would go a long way in fostering better communication between diabetics and their care team. I'm not sure if they actually had to change their diet or not, but at least they got a small taste of what we go through every day.

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Good move Emmy to post here !!!...my mind only went as far as posting the link in the Canadian group several hours ago ...so THANKS Tu friend :) I think I heard being mentioned , that this " program "has been going on for 6 years ...glad it hit the news !! ..It has been posted on FB as well .

They're getting a little taste and that's good. I hope that they were asked to keep accurate logs, calculate their carbs and simulate at least one "hypo" by setting their clock for 2 a.m. and getting up to deal with it for at least :40 minutes, not just flip the clock back off -- and then cope with the disordered feeling of interrupted sleep the next day. A script describing a minute-by-minute real hypo to read when they're half-asleep would be nice too: "test your blood sugar...oh, no, it's only 55 mg/dl...take 15 grams of carbs...wait 15 minutes...test again...you're still too low, only 60...take another 15 grams of carbs...wait another 15 minutes...test again...darn, now you're 100 mg/dl...you'll probably go too high, but at least you're no longer hypo...eat a ounce of nuts to keep from crashing again in your sleep and you can go back to bed...be sure to worry as you fall asleep: too high? too low? too high? too low?..."

What a great idea! I wonder if this is unique, or is taught at other universities? I've run into so many clueless pharmacists over the years and wish this training was standard procedure.

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