`Team` Approach Best For Attacking T2 Diabetes Early
By Mike Boyle

Results from a recent online survey of more than 300 practicing endocrinologists and family medicine physicians show that a large majority of physicians (83 percent) indicated that using a team of specialists early in the course of type 2 diabetes (T2D) treatment can help prevent serious T2D-related complications. However, more than nine out of 10 physicians (93 percent) surveyed do not believe their peers are using this team approach.

Physicians surveyed identified cardiovascular disease, diabetic neuropathy (nerve pain) and diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease) as the most common complications experienced by their T2D patients.

The survey also measured prevalence of T2D-related complications, with more than 40 percent of physicians surveyed (44 percent) saying that over half of their T2D patients develop at least one complication.

"So many patients with type 2 diabetes suffer needlessly from serious and often deadly complications," said Deborah S. Fillman, president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and a member of the steering committee that developed the survey. "As a public health director, I have seen firsthand what an enormous burden these complications can have not only on type 2 diabetes patients themselves, but also on the healthcare system."

Read more on this Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals-funded online survey here.


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Originally posted May 12, 2010.