Insulin-dependent Diabetes is doubling every 20 years because of genetics and people living longer. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes is rising at an even faster pace due to increased American obesity. This will present a major obstacle to primary care physcians, according to a recent conference reported in Family Practice News. Patients with diabetes frequently have multiple complications and require complex treatments to control their glucose, lipids and blood pressure. Special clinics are sometimes needed for difficult cases. We currently do not have the resources to properly treat all the expected new cases of this disease. Once again, we need to turn to healthy lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes, which can be done in a good number of cases.
See Family Practice News (click here), Sept. 1, 2010, P. 14.