America's Diabetes Health is in Jeopardy
May 19, 2005 - 12:46:38 PM

A first-of-its-kind Report released today by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) revealed that from 2003 to 2004, two out of three Americans with type 2 diabetes, analyzed in a study of more than 157,000 patients, were not in control of their blood sugar, failing to meet AACE’s target A1C goal of 6.5% or less.

In addition, a state-by-state ranking of blood sugar control – contained in the new “State of Diabetes in America” Report – shows that there is significant room for improvement in diabetes management as the majority of people studied in every state, including the District of Columbia, were not in control of their blood sugar levels. The new Report was presented at AACE’s 14 th Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress.

Despite the new Report findings, the vast majority (84%) of Americans with type 2 diabetes who were polled as part of a national survey agree that they are doing a good job of managing their diabetes by controlling their blood sugar. More than 18 million Americans are affected by diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, accounts for 90 to 95% of all diagnosed diabetes cases.

“Despite major advances in diabetes care and the variety of tools available to help people with type 2 diabetes manage the condition, this Report suggests that America’s type 2 diabetes population is struggling to control their blood sugar levels and affirms the outcomes from our recent Implementation Consensus Conference,” said Carlos R. Hamilton , Jr., M.D., FACE, President of AACE, an organization of endocrinologists who are medical experts in treating diabetes. “Type 2 diabetes is of urgent concern and these findings must serve as a wake-up call for America that more needs to be done to help lower A1C levels across the country and ultimately, manage this epidemic.”

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