Welcome to the CARES diabetes site

Diabetes is a staggering global epidemic. In the United States, an estimated 30.3 million people, or 9.4% of the population, have diabetes. One in four people with diabetes are unaware they have this disease, and an estimated 84.1 million Americans 20 years or older have prediabetes (NIH).

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body cannot regulate the amount of glucose (a type of sugar obtained from food) in the blood, leading to elevated levels. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that is necessary to transport glucose into the body’s cells to be used as fuel to produce energy. Diabetes is the result of the body producing too little or no insulin, being resistant to insulin, or both. Diabetes can also lead to serious comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease, vision loss, nerve damage, and kidney disease (NIH).

There is no cure for diabetes. However, early diagnosis and effective long-term management can help optimize outcomes and lessen the enormous burden diabetes places on individuals and on society as a whole.

The CARES series provides the latest information on the diagnosis and management of diabetes and its comorbidities, including new and emerging treatment options, American Diabetes Association standards of care, and state-of-the-art insulin formulations and delivery mechanisms. This companion site incorporates content from live and online meetings. It serves as a resource for web links, CME content, reference literature, Quality Improvement Posters, and pertinent, practical information sources for both patients and providers. We at Med Learning Group hope that this educational series will help improve patient care and quality of life for those people living with diabetes across the clinical spectrum—from diagnosis to long-term management.

National Institutes of Health. Diabetes. www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes. What is diabetes? www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/what-is-diabetes. Accessed March 18, 2018.