Greater control needed for type 2 diabetes

September 28, 2005 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Greater control needed for type 2 diabetes

The latest research findings from Canadian scientists have found that one in two people with type 2 diabetes does not have their blood sugar under control and the majority of people with the disease have serious associated health conditions and complications, such as heart disease, kidney and eye disease.

These findings, from the Diabetes in Canada Evaluation (DICE) study were based on 243 family physicians that completed records for over 2400 patients with type 2 diabetes. Key study findings also highlighted the fact that only 38 percent of people with diabetes for more than 15 years or longer had the disease under control.

While the DICE study highlights gaps between knowledge and practice in terms of treating the disease according to the Clinical Practice Guidelines, the good news is that knowledge about treating the disease has made significant advances in the past few years.

Researchers emphasize the need for physicians and patients to work together to manage blood sugar levels and target other risk factors associated with the disease.

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease affecting nearly two million Canadians. It is characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood and an underlying condition called insulin resistance.  For more information on type 2 diabetes in Canada, refer to the Canadian Diabetes Association

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