Report: Social workers help diabetics stay on track to healthier lifestyles

Nov 22, 2010

Diabetics getting more help from social workers

With the upsurge in the number of type 2 diabetes cases in the U.S., public health organizations have been scrambling for a way to curb the budding epidemic. Social workers and other interested parties have been trying new programs as a result, according to the Boston Globe.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of diabetes translation, Ann Albright, told the newspaper "the direction we are headed in is unsustainable," and added that medical specialists need to contribute to halting the problem by developing new treatment and prevention regimens.

According to the Globe, 95 percent of diabetics in the U.S. suffer from the type 2 form of the disease, which is largely preventable through healthy diets, exercise programs, and controlling weight gain. This fact, the newspaper says, is frustrating to public health advocates.

In addition to preventing the serious health consequences which can result from the onset of type 2 diabetes - which include kidney failure and even the loss of lower extremities - people who exercise regularly and eat healthy food can often realize lower rates on their life insurance policies, experts say.

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