According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2015, 30.3 million Americans (or 9.4 percent of the population) had diabetes. Medical experts estimate that every year since 2015, 1.5 million additional Americans are newly diagnosed, bringing the total by 2019 to more than 36 million Americans suffering from diabetes.
The increase in diagnosis is due in large part to expanding awareness of the disease. When people learn about the symptoms of diabetes, they might recognize some in themselves and go seek medical attention.
Diabetes afflicts people both young and old. The American Diabetes Association estimates approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately, those numbers are increasing. Among those age 18 and older, 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, meaning they have higher blood sugar than average and will likely get diabetes. At the other end of the age spectrum, 25.2% of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
Continuing Medical Education
Whether you are a doctor specializing in diabetes research or treatment, a nurse practitioner, or a medical technician in this field, staying current on new research and developments is a must in the ever-changing world of medical advancements. This is why it is required for physicians to keep up with diabetes continuing medical education (CME) and general diabetes continuing education (CE) resources and credits. The powers that be know that recertification proves that you are keeping up with the wealth of knowledge that continually develops in your particular field. Familiarity with the latest research makes you better at your job of administering a high level of care to your patients.
Technology Makes It Possible
Staying current on all the changes in your field can be time consuming, but thanks to technology, CME courses are easier to access than ever. While you drive, exercise, or relax at home, you can listen to lectures and digest much-needed information that is available to you at the touch of a button. Gone are the days of traveling to seminars and other destinations to learn from the experts. With online CME courses the experts come to you. The courses are relatively inexpensive and in many cases the hospital or company you work for will pay for them.
Many different organizations offer diabetes CME and diabetes CE courses for doctors, doctors’ assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and more that are designed specifically to help with key recertification requirements in your field. Do your research to find the best courses for you.