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A Swedish study has shown that teaching type 2 diabetes patients about their disease results in greater decreases in the hemoglobin A1c test than many drugs. The abstract, Improvements in HBA1C remain after 5 years: a follow up of an educational intervention focusing on patients' personal understandings of type 2 diabetes, is online, but the full study results, to be published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, is not yet available. At the beginning of the study, the control group and the treatment group both had A1c's of around 5.7 (5.78 in the controls and 5.71 in the intervention group. After 5 years, the control group's A1c increased to 7.08, above the recommended level even for the superconservative American Diabetes Association (ADA). In the intervention group, the A1c remained at 5.71, a difference of 1.37. The average diabetes drug reduces the A1c by about 1 point, so simply letting the patients become informed about...
Anxiety disorders are treatable, yet only one-third of those diagnosed receive treatment. Often the costs of therapy or prescription drugs deter people from getting the help they need. Read on to find out about getting assistance to pay for treatment.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy , or CBT, is effective, but it may be expensive. Some therapists or clinics charge on a sliding scale based on income. Ask about a sliding scale or other payment options when you call or visit for a consultation. To find a therapist near you, search by zip code with ADAA Find a Therapist .
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Definition Hemoglobin C disease is a blood disorder passed down through families. It leads to a type of anemia, which occurs when red blood cells break down earlier than normal. Alternative Names Clinical hemoglobin C Causes, incidence, and risk factors Hemoglobin C is an abnormal type of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. It is a type of hemoglobinopathy . The disease is caused by problem with a gene called beta globin. The disease most often occurs in African Americans. You are more likely to have hemoglobin C disease if someone in your family has had it.
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