Adults with diabetes are getting better at managing their disease

Compliance with care recommendations is on the rise

Syracuse, N.Y. — Upstate New York adults who have diabetes are better at managing their disease than they were just a few years ago, according to a review of self-reported patient data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

More adults with diabetes are measuring their blood sugar daily, having an A1C blood test twice yearly, scheduling annual foot exams, getting regular exercise, taking diabetes management classes, seeing health professionals specifically for their diabetes, and even getting an annual flu shot.

“An increasing number of patients, by their own admission, are following the diabetes care recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Diabetes Association,” said Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Vice President and Chief Medical Officer LouAnne Giangreco, M.D.  “Unfortunately, we are seeing greater numbers of people being diagnosed with diabetes.”

In 2017, upstate New York had approximately 440,000 adults with diabetes, a 14 percent increase from 2015, when the region had an estimated 387,000 adults with the disease.