· The U.S. has one of the highest prevalence rates for diabetes. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with 29.1 million people (or 9 percent of the U.S. population) who have diabetes
· Diabetes never sleeps. If left unchecked, it will become the disease of the 21st century.
· A recent survey of nearly 1,600 people with type 2 diabetes found that 40 percent do not test glucose levels as frequently as recommended by their doctors. Reasons for testing less often than recommended include expense of testing strips, dislike of pricking fingers to draw blood of testing, and forgetting to test
· Diabetes is an important public health problem, one of four priority non-communicable diseases that world leaders have targeted for action. Globally, diabetes prevalence has been increasing steadily over the past few decades, including in the United States.
· Currently in the U.S., according to International Diabetes Federation:
29.1 million People (or 9.3 percent) of the U.S. population has diabetes
– 21 million are diagnosed
– 8.1 million are undiagnosed
· The U.S. is one the top three countries with the highest diabetes prevalence with 29.1MM, following China (109.6MM) and India (69.2MM).
· There is a significantly high number of people with diabetes in the U.S. who have poor control
– Poor glycemic control puts them at increased risk of health complications including nerve problems, heart diseases, retinopathy and foot ulcers
· When we look at medical innovation for the last 50 years, technology has transformed in every area of diagnosis and treatment except blood sugar testing – more than 29 million people per day in the U.S. are pricking their finger multiple times each day to help them manage their diabetes.
Abbott’s FDA-approved FreeStyle Libre Pro system is a new, revolutionary sensor-based continuous glucose monitoring system for healthcare professionals to use with their patients with diabetes. The FreeStyle Libre Pro system provides a clear, visual snapshot of patients’ glucose levels, trends and patterns through a small sensor worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 14 days. The system provides doctors with a visual snapshot of glucose data, known as the Ambulatory Glucose Profile (AGP), which provides a more simplified and clear overview of not only glucose levels, but also patterns and trends within those levels. This valuable information helps doctors make better, customized treatment decisions for their patients whether it’s regarding nutrition, medication or lifestyle.
Duke University Hospital
Dr. Eugene Wright is an internist in Fayetteville, North Carolina and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Duke University Hospital. He received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 95 doctors at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and one of 261 at Duke University Hospital who specialize in Internal Medicine.
Eugene E. Wright, JR., MD, has served Cape Fear Valley Health System, for the past fifteen years as the Medical Director for Primary Care and Specialty Practices, Chief Medical Officer, and now as St. Advisor for Medical Affairs. He has served as a member of the senior administration team for the health system of seven hospitals and greater than 600 members of medical staff. He served as the Medical Director of Primary Care and Specialty Practices from 200 to 2013 with operational and financial responsibility for approximately 150 practitioners representing fifteen medical specialties.
Dr. Wright has served on several advisory and editorial boards including Clinical Diabetes and InforMed on Diabetes. He was a steering committee member of the Insulin Congress, an educational conference devoted to insulin. Dr. Wright has served on the Planning Committee of the Clinical Conference of the ADA since 22009 and served as a Co-Chair in 2012 and 2013.
Dr. Wright holds appointments as Consulting Associate in the Department of Community and Family Medicine and the Department of Medicine of Duke University Medical Center and as Clinical Associate Professor at the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM). Clinically, Dr. Wright practices at The Care Clinic, a clinic for underserved and uninsured patients run by Catholic Charities and local community philanthropic efforts, where he primarily sees patients with diabetes.