Diabetes Malpractice

Fairfax Injury Lawyer Brien Roche Addresses Diabetes Malpractice Cases The American Diabetes Association has published standards as to terms of the care and management of diabetes. If these are complied with they provide the means to bring the blood sugar of most diabetics under control.  The combination of daily testing of blood sugar by the patient and the regular testing of glycosylated hemoglobin by the doctor provide the information to allow adjustments in insulin to bring blood sugar levels as close as possible to that of a non-diabetic.  The failure of a doctor to implement that type of regimen is probably diabetes malpractice. 

It is high levels of blood sugar, particularly in the small blood vessels that serve sensitive areas of the body like the kidneys and the peripheral nerves in the hands and the feet and the retina of the eye that is particularly destructive.  Typically patients that are informed of the destructive mechanism of diabetes and the ease with which it can be controlled become faithful in their own testing habits.  The key is getting that information to the patient both for the well-being of the patient and to avoid diabetes malpractice.

Diabetes Malpractice and Standards of Care

The American Diabetes Association has been especially forthright in setting forth what these basic standards of care are. They encourage all  physicians to bring them to the attention of patients and to enforce them within their own practice.

In a study published in March of 2011 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio it is reported that people who took a new drug marketed under the brand name of Actos were less likely to develop diabetes than a similar group who was given a placebo.  Actos is from the same class of drugs as Avandia which had been found to increase the risk of heart attack.  Actos is believed to be safer than Avandia but it has been linked to increased risk of congestive heart failure and the Food and Drug Administration is looking at possible links to bladder cancer.  Questions continue to remain as to whether or not this drug in fact prevented diabetes or simply is masking it by lowering elevated blood sugar levels.

Any diabetes malpractice analysis is a two-way street, i.e. you not only look at the fault of the physician but you may also have to look at the conduct of the patient.

Reducing the Risks of Diabetes Malpractice

Diabetes is sometimes called the life style disease principally because your risk of getting this blood sugar disorder is increased if you live an unhealthy life style. If on the other hand you follow a healthy diet, exercise and control your blood pressure, weight and cholesterol then the risk of getting diabetes is considerably reduced.

There are several things that can be done in that regard:

  • Eating breakfast everyday is reported to reduce your risk of getting diabetes by 34 percent. The logic behind this is that having breakfast helps control your appetite and calorie intake for the remainder of the day. Some good choices of things to eat early in the morning are such things as peaches, plums and nectarines because they have bio-active compounds that help prevent heart disease.
  • Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and decrease your intake of processed meats. Processed meats are such things as hot dogs, breakfast sausages, and luncheon meats. A Mediterranean-style of diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes.
  • Get at least six hours of sleep a night. Sleeping less than six hours a night is associated with a 60 percent higher rate of diabetes. Again, the feeling is that sleep deprivation makes your appetite regulating hormones go haywire thereby increasing cravings for sugary and salty foods.
  • Get rid of the cigarettes. Even if you gain some weight as a result of cutting out the cigarettes that weight gain, assuming that it is less than 10 pounds, is more than offset by the decreased risk of diabetes.
  • Exercise. The exercise does not have to be vigorous exercise but it should be some form of aerobic exercise. This helps to not only control the cholesterol and blood pressure but also regulates the insulin production. It is recommended that you try to take at least 10,000 steps per day. Likewise, men should consider lifting weights if appropriate. Men who regularly lift weights for 150 minutes per week reduce their risk of getting diabetes by 34 percent.

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If  you have been injured as a result of the diabetes malpractice of a physician in managing your diabetes, then contact us. For more information on related topics of medical malpractice see the other pages on this site.
For more information about diabetes see the pages on Wikipedia.

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