ctober is American Pharmacists Month and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) says people should consider partnering with their pharmacists to help combat and control diabetes.

According to a 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), almost 25.8 million people, or 8.3 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes. Last year alone, more than 1.9 million people 20 or older were newly diagnosed.

An estimated 79 million Americans age 20+, or 35 percent of the population, have pre-diabetes and four years ago, 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, non-traumatic 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 percent are utilizing some form of medication therapy – oral, insulin or combination – for treatment. Due to the large number of medications used to treat diabetes, a relationship with a pharmacist – the medication expert – can support disease management success.

According to APhA…

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