If not now, when?
That question is the theme for this year’s World Diabetes Day campaign, promoted by the International Diabetes Federation. Affecting 1 in 10 people worldwide, the disease is more deadly than cancer or AIDS combined, and doubles the chance for having a heart attack. As the number of people diagnosed with diabetes increases exponentially, it’s important to take preventative measures to lower the risk of developing the disease. While the numbers sound alarming (463 million people!) there is still time to educate and actuate change on a global and national level.
But first, the Basics
By the Numbers
The Key to Success
Unlike some diseases such as cancer, which can seem to be indiscriminate, Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented with “proven, achievable lifestyle changes” according to the CDC. Even if a patient has diabetes, there are healthy habits and practices which can lower their risk for complications due to Diabetes, such as,
- Blood sugar management can reduce the risk of eye disease, kidney disease, and nerve disease by 40%.
- Blood pressure management can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by 33% to 50% and decline in kidney function by 30% to 70%.
- Cholesterol management can reduce cardiovascular complications by 20% to 50%.
- Regular eye exams and timely treatment could prevent up to 90% of diabetes-related blindness.
- Regular foot exams and patient education could prevent up to 85% of diabetes-related amputations.
Lastly, it’s important to have at least one usual source of diabetes care provider, be physically active, manage weight, go through statin therapy, and monitor blood pressure, cholesterol & quit smoking if a patient is diagnosed with the disease.
How CMT Can Help
The diagnosis of Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes is based on measurement of total A1C level, fasting or post-prandial (non fasting) blood glucose level, or oral glucose tolerance testing. We work with physicians and laboratories who order and perform these diagnostic tests; Once the specific gene abnormalities are determined, care can be specialized for the patient, ultimately improving the outcome of disease treatment. This is where CMT Solutions comes in: we have a vast network of more than 54,000 physicians and our dedicated physician account management team can enroll your physician office quickly and efficiently, ensuring patients get the necessary testing and care.
CMT offers combined expertise in laboratory, technology solutions, and HUB services to help both patients and physicians. We are the market leader in molecular diagnostic patient access, offering prior authorizations, benefits investigation, notifications, genetic counseling, and more.