Diabetes: Prevention & Treatment Guidelines

A little more than 6% of Americans have diabetes. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. The goal of every diabetic should be to maintain control of their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Unfortunately, many diabetics do not receive or seek out help regarding this chronic condition. Persons with diabetes should have a blood pressure less than 130/80. Blood cholesterol levels should be well controlled in-cluding those referred to as low-density lipoprotein (LDL). The LDL should be less than 100 mg/dL or less than 70 mg/dL, if the person is at particularly high risk. Blood sugar control should also be strictly controlled. The hemoglobin A1C test result should be less than 7%. This test can give a good estimate of how well diabetes is being managed over time. A recent study found that pharmacists are one of the greatest resources for information about diabetes. This study found that diabetics who were seen regularly by a pharmacist showed significant improvement in blood pressure and blood sugar control. In the study, pharmacists provided patients with education about their disease and treatments and suggestions and goals for improving diet and exercise. Pharmacists also worked with physicians to adjust medication therapies used to treat the condition.