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'Race, risk and behaviors: A type 2 diabetes update'
Date:4/29/2014

. Furthermore, 18.7% of African Americans aged 20 and older have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes compared to 10.2% of Caucasians. The causes of this disparity are from multiple risk factors including genetics, diet and cultural norms associated with the condition.

The process of managing type 2 diabetes consists of pharmacological and behavioral interventions and includes both provider and patient responsibilities. Providers decide upon pharmacological approaches based on numerous factors, the foremost of which is the extent to which the patient's diabetes is controlled. "New pharmacologic options are welcomed by practicing clinicians like me who struggle to work with our patients who have diabeteseach of whom have unique circumstances that require customized approaches," says Dr. Vivian Fonseca, M.D., Chief, Section of Endocrinology, Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, and author of a paper describing new pharmacological advances in the management of type 2 diabetes. According to Dr. Fonseca, who studies the efficacy of new diabetes agents as the principal investigator of numerous clinical trials, "New medications offer more options for us and our patients. However, we need outcome trials to determine the long-term efficacy and safety of new therapies and their impact on diabetes complications. They also need to be studied in a variety of patients with diabetes, including people with high risk for poor diabetes outcomes and in ethnic minorities."

Patient responsibilities include taking medication as recommended, testing blood sugar levels daily using a glucometer, modifying diet and increasing physical activity, among many others. To benefit from the types of medications Dr. Fonseca describes, patients must fill their prescriptions and take their medications as recommended. In the paper "Having their say: Patients' Perspectives and the Clinical Management of Diabetes," Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., Ph.D., M.Sc., Director of the Di
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