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Nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, including 375,000 people in Minnesota. A quarter of those with the disease are unaware that they have it. Diabetes can affect anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, or social status. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes often do not appear until it’s too late. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to deadly complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation. Over 150,000 Americans die each year from diabetes and its complications. For most people, many of these complications can be prevented or delayed with appropriate monitoring and treatment. However, studies in both fee-for-service and managed care settings indicate that care is sub-optimal.

For information on the reducing disparities in diabetes care work that Stratis Health is doing, as part of the Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network under contract to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, please visit the Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network diabetes web page, or contact Mary Beth Dahl at 952-853-8546.