Diabetes affects nearly 26 million people, 8.3 percent of the U.S. population, or almost 100 million people if patients with pre-diabetes are included. The number of Americans with diabetes is projected to double or triple by 2050.
My website “CardiacHealth” (with a growing world-wide audience of almost one thousand visitors/day) was created to provide information about heart disease, and to enable patients make informed decisions about their own heart care, that include:
Usually this information is only available via consultation with a cardiac specialist. My website also has a number of sections, “Ask Dr T“, “Heart Healthy Living” as well as “Professionals“, that have been created to highlight specific issues and questions, translating medical news into language understandable for lay people. In it, I try to also answer difficult questions, such as:
- Can medications, diet & exercise alone take care of my illness?
- What are my chances?
- If I need a procedure, will it be the best treatment for me, or do I need another one in the nearby future?
- How do I know whether I am getting the optimal treatment?
- How much will it cost?
- Should I go elsewhere for treatment?
Unfortunately, modern medicine is more focused on immediate care than either prevention or long-term management aimed at stabilizing an illness. For this a more holistic approach of comprehensive medical and social services is necessary that requires cooperation with other health care professionals such as nutritionists, physical therapists, nutritonists and social workers. As part of this strategy, the information “CardiacHealth” provides will empower patients to participate in their own heart health care.