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Nearly Half of Diabetes Patients Still Not Meeting Expectations for Care

In an effort to evaluate past efforts and identify gaps in diabetes care, a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine conducted a survey of adults with self-reported diabetes. The study showed “33.4 to 48.7% of persons with diabetes still did not meet the targets for glycemic control, blood pressure, or LDL cholesterol level. Only 14.3% met the targets for all three of these measures and for tobacco use.” Though researchers found improvements in risk-factor control and adherence to preventive practices, almost half of U.S. adults with diabetes did not meet the recommended goals for diabetes care, a number that poses a significant financial burden on healthcare.

Read it in NEJM.