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  1. Craven, Kay MPH, RD, LDN, CDE
  2. Bane, Susan MD, PhD
  3. Kolasa, Kathryn M. PhD, RD, LDN


Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus are encouraged to lose weight, if overweight. At the same time, patients are often prescribed medications needed to control blood sugars but have an unwanted adverse effect contributing to weight gain. We present 2 patient cases demonstrating a multidisciplinary integrative approach to providing diabetes care while recognizing weight management concerns. The first case focuses on the kinds and amounts of information given to a patient on the day of diagnosis. The second case includes strategies to empower patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus to manage their weight and improve their glucose control through physical activity.