Is Diabetes Winning?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, trends in diabetic treatment and risk factor control were analyzed to assist in informing public health policy and planning. The study found that diabetes control improved from 1999 to the early 2010s among the participants but stalled and declined afterward.

The study concluded that after more than a decade of progress, glycemic and blood-pressure control declined per the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) participants with diabetes.

So what does this mean and what are the implications. As healthcare providers, we are acutely aware of the risks associated with a diabetes diagnosis, from metabolic disorders to wounds, neuropathy, etc. all of which have a huge impact on overall health. Consider the resident who is on long-acting insulin versus sliding scale, could this be a part of the decline? Hard to know but definitely worth watching. Be sure your residents living with diabetes are being provided with appropriate monitoring, medications, diet-based strategies, and activity to assist in keeping them healthy! Stay well, stay informed, and stay tuned!