Diabetes practice guidelines released

Diabetes practice guidelines released High quality diabetes care is the goal of the basic practice guidelines just released by the South Dakota Diabetes Control Program. The guidelines are designed to help health care providers improve management of diabetes and reduce complications of the disease.

An estimated 40,000 South Dakotans have diabetes, diagnosed and undiagnosed, and an estimated 205,626 more are at increased risk because of age, obesity, and sedentary lifestyles. Complications from diabetes can lead to blindness, lower extremity amputations, cardiovascular disease, end-stage renal disease, and difficulties in pregnancy and delivery.

The guidelines were developed by the Department of Health Diabetes Control program in collaboration with the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care, primary care providers, persons with diabetes, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, licensed practical counselors, endocrinologists, Indian Health Service, the Great Plains Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association, and the Mount Rushmore Chapter of Diabetes Educators.

Health providers can call 1-800-738-2301 and ask for the Diabetes Control Program and request a copy.

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