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Monday, September 13, 2010

Diabetes Complications Can Be Prevented by Educating Patient

Diabetes complications are what we need to avoid especially approximately one out of eight people in South Carolina, for instance, has diabetes so they are advised to get educated on how to look after their condition in order to avoid complications. There is evidence that complications have been avoided by getting to know what to do and applying this knowledge.

Education is the basis for diabetes care in clinical practice and research. That is why we have the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) which helps spread the word that diabetes is not only common and costly but also that it is serious and controllable. Type 2 diabetes is even preventable.

Here are some of the programs that NDEP has for us. There is the Four Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life. The four steps aid in making people understand diabetes to the point they learn to monitor and manage their diabetes that enable them to stay healthy.

Then there is the program called Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Information for Patients . This programs comes in three booklets that help people evaluate their risk for developing diabetes. This program also helps to implement a program that will delay or prevent the coming of diabetes. It has a calorie and fat counter and an activity tracker.

Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care is another NDEP program that is focused on diabetes care. It helps the professionals in health care to determine who have pre-diabetes and who are yet undiagnosed. Its mission is to prevent the long term diabetescomplications.

I did this program called Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Health Care Provider Toolkit in the beginning of this blogspot and it really helped because there are strategies there that give recommendations with the steps to follow in order to delay or prevent the coming of diabetes.

Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Guide for Pharmacists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Dental Professionals, 2007 is an NDEP program that I have not looked at yet but I aim to so I can report on it. Besides, it is not really for diabetics so I can take my time to access it. But I think it is still important to go over it so we can understand our health care team better in their desire prevent diabetes complications.

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