A national report on the achievement of goals in diabetes care has been published in the current issue of NEJM. Researchers analyzed data over a period from 1999 to 2010, from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System which included about 100,000 adults with diabetes. Although there was an increase in the proportion of survey participants who met recommended goals for diabetes care, blood pressure, and cholesterol, tobacco use did not change. In addition, 33-49% of patients with diabetes were not meeting their targets for blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol, and only 14.3% met their goals in all three areas, even refraining from tobacco use.  How can we as pharmacists help patients achieve these diabetes goals and ultimately improve their overall health?

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