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WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of American Pharmacists Month, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) encourages Americans to partner with their pharmacists to help combat and control diabetes.

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According to a 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), almost 25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the U.S. population, have diabetes. In 2010 alone, more than 1.9 million people aged 20 or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes. An estimated 79 million Americans aged 20+, or 35% of the population, have prediabetes. In 2007, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death and cost the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $174 billion. It is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower limb amputations and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States. Diabetes is also a major cause of heart disease, hypertension and stroke.

Among adults with diagnosed diabetes (Type 1 or 2), 84% are utilizing some form of medication therapy – oral, insulin or combination – for treatment. Due to the large number of medications utilized in the treatment of diabetes, a relationship with the pharmacist – the medication expert – can support a patient's disease management success.

Pharmacists can be a great resource for patients with diabetes, especially in medication management. Pharmacists may offer several services to help a diabetic patient better control the day-to-day management of his/her condition. Services may include:

  • Nutrition Management Counseling
  • Exercise and Physical Activity Instruction
  • Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring Advice and Guidance
  • Medication Therapy Management (MTM – Medication check-ups)
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