Approximately, 24 million Americans are suffering from type 2 diabetes while more than 65 million others have prediabetes (1, 2). The projected number of Americans with diagnosed type 2 diabetes is 39.0 million for 2050 (3), and a 100% increase in prediabetes has been predicted for 2030 (1). Hence, accurate identification of people with prediabetes is imperative before applications of pharmacological and lifestyle interventions for the prevention and delay of type 2 diabetes. The application of a screening test that is both robust and handy is, therefore, vital for promptly ascertaining subjects with prediabetes. A robust and quick prediabetes diagnostic test can reduce overall societal costs of diabetes by motivating subjects with prediabetes to seek diabetes preventative care. (Read More Here)
Patient Management Tips
Schedule regular visits.
Schedule patients with diabetes for four visits per year. Diabetes is a chronic disease that needs ongoing management, and it is very difficult to try to add chronic management of a complex disease when the patient is coming for a specific complaint.
If a patient comes to the office for a routine diabetes recheck and has a complaint, address it but reschedule the diabetes recheck. Studies have shown that the more visits committed exclusively to diabetes care the better the control.
Refer all patients for diabetes education.
While you may not provide this in your office, diabetes education will assist patients greatly in their self-management. This may save endless hours in problem -solving if the patient has a good base knowledge of the disease…(Read More)
Diabetes testing can be traced back to medieval times—and innovations in testing are being developed today and tomorrow. In this article, we will look at the past, present, and challenging future for this disease state. Additionally, we will look at key risk factors and the changing landscape for diagnosis. Let’s quickly review some basic information about diabetes. Diabetes mellitus describes a group of metabolic diseases characterized by elevated blood glucose or hyperglycemia.1 In persons with a normal metabolism, the consumption of food stimulates the pancreas to release an adequate amount of insulin to move glucose from the bloodstream into cells to produce energy…(Read More)