Substantial evidence exists that adherence to standards of care improves clinical outcomes of patients with diabetes. However, much evidence also exists that care
providers do poorly in consistently meeting these standards. The use of either a formal flowsheet in the medical record or a computerized database that contains a record of past diabetes care will maximize the likelihood that these standards will be followed by the practitioner. These tools are becoming more widely available and their use is strongly encouraged.
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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...