Assessment and Management of Type 2 Diabetes
More than 23 million Americans, or nearly 8 percent of the population, have diabetes.1 A total of 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people ages 20 years or older in 2007.1 Diabetes and its complications are major causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. However, it is not inevitable that more Americans develop type 2 diabetes, nor is it inevitable that people with diabetes experience the long-term complications such as lower limb amputations, kidney failure, and premature death. There are successful interventions for delaying and potentially preventing the development of type 2 diabetes, managing type 2 diabetes effectively, and preventing complications responsible for diminished quality of life and shortened life expectancy. Family physicians largely determine the quality of diabetes care in the United States and, as such, are instrumental in proving primary prevention and risk reduction efforts.
1. National diabetes statistics, 2007. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse,, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/DM/PUBS/statistics/#allages. Accessed April 29, 2009.
The Type 2 Diabetes series will deliver educational programming designed to help family physicians to:
- Identify patients at risk for type 2 diabetes and implement recommended risk reduction strategies
- Put evidence-based treatment recommendations into practice
- Apply appropriate strategies for maintaining optimal glycemic control
- Identify challenges and barriers to the prevention/management of type 2 diabetes and implement effective solutions
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Activity 6: Next Steps for Patients with Sub-Optimal Glycemic Control
The sixth in a series addressing the challenges of managing diabetes, this activity features practical strategies for individualizing and meeting glycemic goals in patients who have not achieved optimal glycemic control.
Activity 7: Motivating Change in Patients with Diabetes
The seventh in a series addressing the challenges of managing diabetes, this activity focuses on proven strategies for facilitating behavior change.