Undertreatment of Type 2 Diabetes by Doctors Puts Patients in Danger

Chicago, Ill. — Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes mellitus is a serious and growing public health problem. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, 7 million of whom are unaware of their condition, and an additional 79 million people have pre-diabetes, which increases their risk of developing diabetes in the future.

People with type 2 diabetes are two to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than people without diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can also damage the eyes, kidneys, and blood vessels in the legs, increasing the risk of blindness, kidney failure, and below-the-knee amputation. Since 1987, death rates due to diabetes have increased by 45 percent, while death rates due to heart disease, stroke and cancer have declined.

Physicians can dramatically reduce the life-threatening complications of type 2 diabetes by ensuring that their patients’ diabetes (HbA1c), blood cholesterol, and blood pressure levels are under excellent control. Despite this fact, the American Diabetes Association reports that less than 10 percent of individuals with diabetes meet national guidelines for control of all three levels.

Some of this poor control is due to the patient’s failure to eat healthier, be more active and comply with prescription medications. But poor control can also be caused by doctors who fail to initiate and/or intensify appropriate medical therapy. Instead of increasing the dose of a medication or adding on a second drug, many patients whose diabetes, cholesterol and/or blood pressure levels are not adequately controlled are maintained on the same low dose. “Failure on the part of the physician to increase drug therapy where appropriate can put a patient’s health and safety at risk,” says medical malpractice and wrongful death attorney Robert I. Briskman, Esq.

If you or a loved one has type 2 diabetes and has suffered a heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, or leg amputation, a medical malpractice attorney can investigate whether your harm was caused by your doctor’s lack of proper treatment.

Chicago medical malpractice attorney Robert I. Briskman, Esq. is skilled in helping individuals and families who have been hurt by the negligence of medical professionals. The law firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg has decades of experience upholding a client’s rights to fair compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other costs associated with medical malpractice.

To learn more, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878).

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