21 Million Americans Living With Diabetes

According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, approximately 21 million American adults had diabetes in 2010. Diabetes prevalence has drastically increased over the past 20 years, but the proportion of undiagnosed diabetes cases decreased to 11 percent between 2005 and 2010-perhaps due to improved screening and diagnosis.

In an effort for providers to focus on prevention and management of chronic illnesses like diabetes, population health is becoming more of a concern among industry leaders. Research has shown that better management of high risk diabetes patients, such as monitoring blood sugar levels, can improve outcomes among patients.

Hospitals are also turning to social media to help combat chronic illness; social media helps providers develop meaningful relationships that provide emotional support for patients with chronic conditions, as well as establish communities among caregivers, patients and family members.

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