As countless studies and treatment guidelines attest, preventing heart
disease, stroke, and other complications of diabetes requires aggressive management
of such risk factors as hyperglycemia, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. Despite
this, even vaunted academic medical centers continue to do a poor job of addressing
risk factors in patients with the disorder, according to a new study published
Diabetes experts said this neglect of risk factors needs to be addressed.
The necessity for aggressive management will only grow as diabetes prevalence
is expected to increase dramatically in the upcoming decades. Today, an estimated
16 million to 18 million people (about 6% of the population) in the United
States have diabetes. By 2025, an expected 22 million US residents will have
the disease (King et al. Diabetes Care. 1998;21:1414-1431).
Globally, the World Health Organization said at least 171 million people have
diabetes, a figure expected to double by 2030.
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