8.22.2007

Diabetes and Metabolic syndrome

I have so many patients with diabetes and metabolic syndrome -- and so many of them don't even understand the disease. Now here is a good article from the New York Times that points out, most diabetics aren't being managed properly if blood sugar is the only focus.

But in focusing entirely on blood sugar, Mr. Smith ended up
neglecting the most important treatment for saving lives — lowering the
cholesterol level. That protects against heart disease, which eventually kills nearly everyone with diabetes. He also was missing a second treatment that protects diabetes patients from heart attacks — controlling blood pressure. Mr. Smith assumed everything would be taken care of if he could just lower his blood sugar level.Blood
sugar control is important in diabetes, specialists say. It can help
prevent dreaded complications like blindness, amputations and kidney
failure. But controlling blood sugar is not enough.




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