The complications of Type 2 diabetes are frightening and even deadly. The nationÃs sixth largest killer also takes a heavy toll in terms of kidney failure, blindness, and amputations of feet and legs.
Despite this fact, experts estimate that two-thirds (12,000,000) of the nations type 2 diabetics do not have their blood sugar under control and, in most cases, are not aware of the problem. Many type 2 diabetics are not even aware that they have the disease. This situation is "horrible" according to Dr. Paul Jellinger, president of the American College of Endocrinology.
At the annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), a report was released which revealed that there is a significant disconnect between Type 2 diabetics and their treating doctors. One factor is that much of the general public does not understand the disease. The Surgeon General, Dr. Richard Carmona, urges all Type 2 diabetics "to take their treatment seriously."
The AACE has now committed itself to campaign for more aggressive diabetes treatment and has advised patients to ask their doctor about their A1C (three-month tracking) level at every visit and to ask what else they can do to lower them if they are too high. Patients should also be strongly encouraged to follow their diet plan, engage in physical activity, take their medications without interruption, and regularly monitor their blood sugar levels.