Government agencies need to coordinate better, and focus more on diabetes prevention, according to a National Changing Diabetes Program study. The study also outlines the huge healthcare costs of diabetes.
To effectively treat and prevent diabetes and all of its related complications, the study urges associations to work closer together. According to the report, as many as one in every eight health care dollars in 2005 was spent on diabetes.
In response to the published findings, diabetes advocates in America have called for Bush to appoint a national diabetes coordinator. The government apparently only spends $4 billion on diabetes prevention.
The authors stressed that major: “savings can result from efforts focused on prevention, early treatment and greater use of evidence-based practices that reduce risk factors for diabetes, control blood sugar and decrease complications and resulting disability .”

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