Americans Encouraged to Utilize Pharmacists to Control and Manage Diabetes

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Diabetes and prediabetes pose a major threat to lifelong health. The rise in Americans with diabetes, especially type 2, places a strain on the US healthcare system to the tune of $174 billion a year.

Not only does diabetes effect the healthcare system, diabetes is also the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower limb amputations, and blindness. It also contributes to heart disease, hypertension, and stroke.

Fortunately, type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease. The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) encourages Americans to consult local pharmacists for prevention, screening, and diabetes management techniques. Often times, pharmacists offer services such as:

>> nutrition management counseling

>> exercise and physical activity instruction

>> continuous blood glucose monitoring advice and guidance

>> medication therapy management

>> healthy behavior management and guidance

>> health maintenance counseling including skin, foot, dental, and eye care; smoking cessation; immunizations; and blood pressure monitoring

Currently, 84 percent of adults diagnosed with diabetes use some form of medication therapy—the APhA advocates for developing a better relationship with your pharmacist to better manage your health and wellbeing.

For more information about the APhA, including American Pharmacists Month (October) go to http://www.pharmacist.com/.