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Diabetes Education Is Critical, But Not Always Easy To Get

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Registered Nurse Mariellen DeSmit talks about the impact diabetes has on arteries during an education class at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. (Photo by Sarah Jane Tribble)

Diabetes affects a rapidly growing number of people in the U.S. With each new case, there are risks of complications and costly care.

It’s estimated that the average person with diabetes spends 2.3 times more on medical care than those without the disease. But that spending can be lowered if patients take care of themselves.

Why don’t more patients sit down with doctors and dietitians to learn about managing the disease?

Listen to the story on WBUR’s Here & Now.

Read the full report and an early version at WCPN/ideastream.
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