Republished with approval from DiabetesMine.com .
Last summer I attended the American Association of Diabetes Educators ( AADE ) Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO. I went there, as usual, to learn as much about the diabetes community and industry as I possibly can. I also went there armed with a writing assignment for Diabetes Health magazine. I thought I'd compose an article on "Educating the Educators," all about how CDEs get trained to help us. So I started interviewing everyone who had anything to do with diabetes education, from every angle -- from AADE presidents to CDE trainees to family physicians to the head of the certification board to (of course) affected patients. What I discovered was a field facing a crisis .
See the resulting exposé finally posted over at Diabetes Health magazine as of late last week.
It's no secret that the American healthcare system is a mess. It's actually been referred to as "a hairball" that may take a decade or two ...
Noninsulin-dependent diabetes; Diabetes - type 2; Adult-onset diabetes
Often, people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms at first. They may not have symptoms for many years.
The early symptoms of diabetes may include:
Bladder, kidney, skin, or other infections that are more frequent or heal slowly
The first symptom may also be:
Pain or numbness in the feet or hands
Signs and tests
Your health care provider may suspect that you have diabetes if your blood sugar level is higher than 200 mg/dL. To confirm the diagnosis, one or more of the following tests must be done.
Diabetes blood tests:
Fasting blood glucose level
-- diabetes is diagnosed if it is higher than 126 mg/dL two times
Hemoglobin A1c test
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