U.S. diabetes control dangerously poor

Thursday, June 30, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two-thirds of patients with type 2 diabetes do not adequately control their blood sugar, leaving millions of U.S. patients vulnerable to the disease's complications, according to a report released in May. Experts with the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists caution that the results show a dangerous lack of attention from both doctors and the estimated 13.8 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes. The report, based on health records of 157,000 patients with diabetes, showed that 67% of people with type 2 diabetes have A1c test scores exceeding 6.5%, a limit laid down in the group's recommendations. Not one of 39 states surveyed had more than half its diabetic population under the limit.