We continue to hear year after year that both diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is inadequaete. For example:
Nearly 90 percent of U.S. adult diabetics — more than 16 million adults aged 35 and older — have ineffective treatment of blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. That percentage is 99 percent in Mexico, said the researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Frankly, I don’t know why a problem that is this often researched, reported and editorialized is not acted upon in an effective manner. Here are a few guesses regarding why our progress in this area has been slow:
- Diabetes is a challenging disease to identify because is exists in a continuum of states begining with insulin resistance and hyperinsulemia.
- Finding an alternate or suplimentary tool for diagnosis faces stiff resistance among the medical community if it is not fully vetted with a large, mult-center and internationally approved clinical study. After all, “new” mean changing the practice of medicine which requires significant proof.
- The cost of (2) may be an large impediment
- Our society tends to rely too heavily on doctors and/or medications to cure with a sliver bullet. Effective treatment of diabetes requires change in one’s lifestyle, expectations and resource allocation. The disease is not life threatening (generally) on a day-to-day basis which makes it difficult for many to “sacrifice” their present desires for the future.
These were off the top of my head … I’ll add more as I think of them.
Thanks for reading.