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Diabetes prevalence among Americans may increase to 33%, CDC study finds

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA The rate of diabetes among Americans is on an upswing and likely will reach epic proportions by 2050, costing the government millions.

 

Anew study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in Population Health Metrics found that annual diagnosed diabetes incidence (new cases) will increase from about eight cases per 1,000 people in 2008 to about 15 in 2050. The authors also projected that — assuming low incidence and relatively high diabetes mortality — total diabetes prevalence (diagnosed and undiagnosed cases) is projected to increase from 14% in 2010 to 21% of the U.S. adult population by 2050, but noted that  if recent increases in diabetes incidence continue and diabetes mortality is relatively low, prevalence will increase to 33% by 2050.

 

In 2007, diabetes cost the United States in excess of $174 billion. With the increased prevalence of diabetes in the country, the CDC suggested that the projected loss in quality of life and the projected costs of providing health care could be significant, as the healthcare costs of a person with diagnosed diabetes are approximately 2.3 times higher than nondiabetics, the authors noted.

"These are alarming numbers that show how critical it is to change the course of Type 2 diabetes," said Ann Albright, director of CDC’s division of diabetes translation. "Successful programs to improve lifestyle choices on healthy eating and physical activity must be made more widely available, because the stakes are too high and the personal toll too devastating to fail."

The authors also noted that intervention can reduce, but not eliminate, increases in diabetes prevalence.

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Rite Aid announces Diabetes Solutions Days

BY Allison Cerra

CAMP HILL, Pa. In line with American Diabetes Month, one drug store chain is offering its diabetes patients free activities at its clinics.

Rite Aid’s Diabetes Solutions Days, which will be held Nov. 2, 3 and 4 offer free health screenings and self-management solutions to patients living with diabetes, caregivers and those concerned about diabetes. Such offerings include:

  • Free cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure screenings;
  • Body mass index readings;
  • Personal pharmacist consultations;
  • Information and training on how to use glucose meters;
  • Coupons for, and samples of, the latest at-home diabetes care products; and 
  • A raffle at each location for a $50 Rite Aid gift card.

Additionally, a free 20-page diabetes guide developed with the American Diabetes Association now is available in all Rite Aid stores and online at Riteaid.com/diabetes.

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NACDS addresses medication adherence at Senate Health Fair

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON The National Association of Chain Drug Stores emphasized the importance of pharmacy-patient interaction at this year’s Senate Health Fair, held last week in Washington, D.C.

The chain pharmacy lobby hosted an exhibit at the fair that emphasized the importance of medication adherence. More than 200 Senate staffers visited the NACDS booth over the two-day event, NACDS said. Pharmacists from NACDS members Kerr Drug Supervalu pharmacies counseled staffers on proper medication use, answered questions on health issues and provided advice on predispositions to chronic diseases.

“This is the first time NACDS has been invited to participate in the Senate Health Fair, clearly demonstrating the valuable role that pharmacy plays in the healthcare delivery system,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “Pharmacy is the face of neighborhood health care, and NACDS is committed to showcasing this value.”

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