The medical management of diabetes

1 October 2007
Volume 08, Issue 4

This paper takes a look at the various forms of diabetes and their management,with particular reference to the role of the optometrist.

Introduction

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic syndrome that has a huge impact on the health, quality of life and life expectancy of patients, whilst imposing a heavy burden on the health care system. 

The number of people with diabetes is ever-increasing, due to the rising incidence of obesity worldwide. Type 2 diabetes accounts for more than 85% of the ~2.35 million patients with diabetes in the UK. 

Diagnosing and treating diabetes is a challenge in terms of staffing levels and resources due to the increasing prevalence of the disease and the need for a multidisciplinary approach, as well as newer and costlier options available for treatment. 

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