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"Diabetes Epidemic Spurs Renewed Focus, Creative Solutions For U.S. Endocrinologist Shortage" - Regina Schaffer

  • Healio
  • New York, NY
  • (February 05, 2018)

As the prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. continues to grow, so too does the need for qualified clinical endocrinologists to meet patient demand. In 2015, an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed among adults, according to the CDC. "Managing diabetes may sound simple, but it is complicated," said Andrew Stewart, MD, director of the diabetes, obesity, and metabolism institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "There are more and more new drugs and sets of guidelines - even conflicting guidelines - on optimal diabetes management. Drug after drug comes out: This one has cardiovascular benefit, this one doesn't, this one might. The details are complicated, and there is no question that there is a need for more endocrinologists." Dr. Stewart added that a lot of good things are happening. "The fun part about my job is that you get to see these amazing things happening. The hard part is getting it translated to the 30 million or potentially 100 million people who actually need it."

  • Andrew Stewart, MD, Director of the Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine

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