There Is A Better Way to Provide Care for Diabetes Patients
Diabetes has become one of the most prevalent diagnoses in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has increased from 5.6 million in 1980 to 29.1 million in 2014 – that is approximately one out of every 11 people. According to a prognosis by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), this number will double by 2035. Approximately 86 Million American adults have pre-diabetes, which equals more than a third of the US population.
Newly diagnosed patients have a whirlwind of information to comprehend and numerous medical tests to endure. In addition, they are faced with the reality that diabetes can be very serious and carries with it a multitude of complications that may cause permanent damage to the body.
A variety of life changes and adjustments need to be made by these patients, a process which can be overwhelming and depressing, many times leading the patient to do little or nothing to care for their diabetes. Diabetes patients look to their physician for answers. If the practitioner is able to provide the best, most up-to-date care, then a strong physician-patient relationship is created. However, without that relationship, patients will turn to “Dr. Google” to find advice and solutions, which unfortunately can lead them down the wrong path.
Practitioners who desire to provide excellent care and build strong patient relationships look for more innovative and cost effective solutions to add to a tried-and-true treatment regimen for their patients.