November is National Diabetes Month. Currently, over 100 million Americans have prediabetes and diabetes. Experts estimate that nine out of 10 adults with prediabetes aren’t diagnosed. And unfortunately, approximately 30 percent of the population with diabetes are unaware they have the disease. We have a lot of work to do!
There is no time like the present to recommit our professional awareness. Quality. Education. Research. Innovation. I have a framed picture with these terms in my office as a daily reminder of my dedication to excellent diabetes care and education. As editor of Practical Diabetology, my commitment to you is that these elements are reflected in our ongoing effort to provide timely quality information with educational value to you as well as your patients with diabetes. Articles are evidence-based and strive to provide insight into high-level published research. We are all in this together, so please share. Consider submitting a manuscript for publication in Practical Diabetology to [email protected]. We want to hear from you!
As the end of 2018 approaches, be cognizant of your own risk for diabetes. Age is an ongoing risk factor for both prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. With another year under your belt, now is the time to size up your risk based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s CDC Prediabetes Risk Test or the American Diabetes Association’s Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.
Have a happy and healthy holiday season!
Laura Hieronymus, DNP, MSEd, RN, MLDE, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE
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About our expert: Laura Hieronymus is a doctor of nursing practice and master licensed diabetes educator. She is the associate director of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.