Diabetes is a Serious Disease – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. New research shows that early treatment of diabetes can reduce the risk of complications, like kidney failure and blindness. Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says treatment should start immediately.
Rodgers: As soon as patients are diagnosed with diabetes, getting their blood sugar, their blood pressure and their cholesterol under control is much better in newly onset. Because what we’re finding is it’s much easier to prevent these complications in newly diagnosed patients, than in patients that have had the disease for decades or certainly many, many years.
Narrator: For details on managing diabetes and preventing complications, visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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