Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States; however, morbidity and mortality from this disease can be reduced or even eliminated. The vast majority of diabetes management has been the responsibility of primary care providers. The tools needed for good diabetes care already exist. Below you will find information that will assist in improving the care delivered to patients with Diabetes.
MedlinePlus describes some of the serious health problems caused by diabetes, such as damage to your eyes, kidneys, and nerves, heart disease, stroke and even the need to remove a limb. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a number of web resources to provide tailored health information about diabetes for special populations, such as parents, Native Americans, and individuals who speak languages other than English:
Parents: If their child has been diagnosed with diabetes, parents can check the MedlinePlus page Diabetes in Children and Teens for links to information on diagnosis, treatment, living with diabetes, related issues, statistics, clinical trials, how to find an expert, and more.
Native Americans and Alaska Natives: The Diabetes page on the American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal offers resources for treatment and prevention of diabetes in Native American communities and personal stories of Native Americans living with diabetes.
A 2017 report from the CDC shows that more than 30 million U.S. adults have diabetes, and 24% don't know they have it. About 84 million U.S. adults (more than a third) had prediabetes in 2015, and 88% didn't know. The CDC also reports that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. Find out what you need to start or maintain a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program at your health center. Here are some clinical practice recommendations:
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) publishes the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes annually, based on the latest medical research for clinical practice. The evidence-based recommendations for diagnosing and treating adults and children with all forms of diabetes include comprehensive clinical information, treatment goals, and tools to evaluate quality care. The Standards are updated every year in January. Download the 2017 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program Resources
The Effective Health Care Program improves the quality of health care by providing the best available evidence on the benefits and harms of health care services to facilitate informed health care decision-making. Here are several recent systematic reviews: