Women with diabetes are 14 percent less likely to be screened for breast cancer compared to women without diabetes, according to a study. "Managing the demands of a chronic condition such as diabetes is challenging for many women, leaving other preventative actions, like screening for cancer, to fall by the wayside," said a physician and author. "Our study found having diabetes posed a significant barrier to breast cancer screening even after considering a woman's socioeconomic status, a known contributor to disparities in care among women."
As hundreds of thousands of diabetics get health coverage under the federal law, insurance companies are aggressively targeting this glut of new patients, who are expensive to treat and often lax in taking medications and following their diet.
The American Journal of Managed Care brought together than 125 diabetes advocates,
providers, and educators, along with health plan leaders and pharmaceutical executives, to
Princeton, N.J. Attendees gained insights into giving persons with diabetes with the right level
of support to manage their disease.
Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine.com, a web-based news source for persons with diabetes, took part in panel discussions at “Patient-Centered Diabetes Care: Putting Theory into Practice,” sponsored by The American Journal of Managed Care.
Fighting the nation’s related epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus will take a nationwide strategy that increasingly tailors treatment to individual patient needs, and new approaches are need to get patients to take medications and make lifestyle changes to be healthier. That was the consensus of an expert panel convened Thursday by The American Journal of Managed Care to open its two-day conference, “Patient-Centered Diabetes Care: Putting Theory into Practice,” which is taking place at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal. The conference continues today, opening with a keynote address by Robert A. Gabbay, MD, chief medical officer at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School.