HEALTH FEATURE ARCHIVE

Laxity in Diabetic Care in the US

Less than 12% of people with diabetes in the US meet the recommended goals for blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol despite much research showing that controlling these conditions dramatically delays or prevents the complications of diabetes. Moreover, the percentage of people who achieve these targets has changed little in the last decade.

Quote: "If you're a diabetic over 55, you should be on an aspirin a day, a lipid-lowering agent [to lower cholesterol], and a medication to prevent heart attacks, like an ACE inhibitor. Heart attacks kill 80% of diabetics, and you can drop that by 70% by taking those three medications. You should therefore see your provider and discuss getting on them. Simple three pills, very safe and very simple, with almost no side effects. It could add years to your life." (Dr. R. James Dudi, Kaiser Permanente Health Plan, San Diego)

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com


Most People with Diabetes Do Not Meet Treatment Goals

Study finds little improvement in last decade

Less than 12 percent of people with diagnosed diabetes meet the recommended goals for blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol despite a great deal of research showing that controlling these conditions dramatically delays or prevents diabetes complications. Moreover, the percentage of people who achieve these targets has changed little in the last decade, according to a study published in the January 21, 2004, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.