Approximately 26 million Americans have diabetes today. More people are diagnosed with this disease every year, and approximately one in three Americans is expected to have diabetes by the year 2050. Of those with diabetes today, only 19 million actually know they have the diagnosis. Seven million unknowingly have the disease. What does this mean for diabetes management, for the healthcare industry today, and in the coming years?
Prevention, better diagnosis, prompt treatment
In part thanks to the Affordable Care Act, patients who have not had access to diagnosis and treatment are now able to get it. Skilled nursing facilities can play a major role in assisting with diabetes management and with the health problems that result from diabetic complications, such as coronary artery disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure, eye problems, and circulatory problems leading to injury and amputation.