It is a certifiable medical fact that type 2 Diabetes can be avoided or at least delayed through diet, exercise, proper medical treatment. Yet the United States is nonetheless facing a diabetes epidemic of staggering proportions; 26 million Americans have the disease, and that number has doubled since 1980.
And therein lies the profound challenge facing the medical and diabetic community: how, despite all the education and diabetes management strategies available, is the condition only worsening.
Industry experts have some theories as to why this is. Some argue that despite breakthroughs in diabetes management care, these strategies have not been practically translated into everyday activities that patients can partake in.
Then there’s the theory that the level of diabetes education is not, after all, as pervasive and useful as previously thought. Advocates need to do a better job at promoting the importance of diet and education, and that starts at the grade school level.