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Diabetes Can be Managed Effectively

Written by Kimberly Roop M.D.. Posted in Health & Wellness

Published on December 19, 2012 with No Comments

According to the American Diabetes Association 25.8 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, 7 million people still remain undiagnosed.

For some, diabetes may go undiagnosed because the symptoms seem harmless. But early detection can help decrease the chance of complications from the disease, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and blindness.

Today, we know more about who is a risk for diabetes and physicians are better able to diagnose the disease.  Once diagnosed, not only can physicians better help people monitor their diabetes, they can also help them understand that diabetes can be effectively managed.

We also know that diabetes is more common in  certain ethic groups – African Americans, Latin Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are genetically predisposed to developing diabetes.
Once diagnosed, it’s important for individuals to follow the program their physicians prescribe, whether this includes medication or a specific change in lifestyle such as diet and exercise.

Diabetes is a disease that  is manageable. We want to give our members the information and support they need to be successful at managing their diabetes and avoid complications of this disease.

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