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Diabetes Care Better Than 10 Years Ago, But More Improvement Needed
A recently published study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates diabetes care improved during the past 10 years; however, there is still a great need to focus on additional improvements. A summary presented here looks at changes in glucose and cholesterol control, blood pressure, yearly eye and foot examinations, new national initiatives on quality care, and why we need to continually focus on effective treatment and preventive measures.
Venkat Narayan, MD
Main Findings of the Study
Why have improvements occurred?
This study did not specifically look at “why,” but a number of important developments have occurred during the last 5–10 years that together could account for the improvements.
Twenty-one million people in the United States have diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes. There are several good treatments for preventing diabetes complications. As this study shows, it is possible to improve the quality of care, but we still have a long way to go.
Forty-one million people in the United States have pre-diabetes, and can develop diabetes in the future. Preventing diabetes in these people is very important to reducing the pain and suffering from its devastating complications.
Saaddine B, Cadwell B, Gregg E, Engelglau M, Vinicor F, Imperatore G, Narayan V. Improvements in Diabetes Processes of Care and Intermediate Outcomes: United States, 1988-2002.* Ann Intern Med. 2006;465-474.
Affiliations: CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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Page Last Reviewed: July 12, 2007
Page last modified: August 31, 2006
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