Ignoring Diabetes Could Lead to Complications - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/20/04

Ignoring Diabetes Could Lead to Complications

Do you worry about somebody with diabetes who you think should take better care of themselves? You're not alone.

A new study sends a red flag about the number of people with diabetes who are putting themselves at risk for major complications. Government researchers analyzed two surveys that included thousands of Americans.

They found overall that only 7% of adults with diabetes are working to keep their blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol at the recommended levels, and that is a valid concern. Because if someone you love has diabetes and neglects to keep those levels under control, they are risking a long list of circulation problems that could lead to everything from amputation to blindness.

The CDC study suggests more needs to be done to help people with diabetes get those risk factors under control.

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