When treating patients with a variety of conditions it can be easy for the lines of care to be blurred, this is particularly true when treating patients with conditions like diabetes and heart failure among others.
Treating patients with diabetes can be enough of a challenge for doctors, add in the comorbidity of cardiac conditions as well and the work gets that much harder to navigate for even the most veteran clinicians.
Despite recently approved medications showing improvement over previously used diet pills and other treatments there is still no medicinal cure for obesity and the best hope for patients in many cases is lifestyle changes.
The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved some new tools in the fight against obesity. While they provide some help for patients looking to lose weight there are also side effects which doctors and patients patients to consider.
Medical science and research has helped move many parts of cardiology from potentially fatal conditions to more chronic issues for patients and doctors to address. Cholesterol control is moving in that direction thanks to new advancements in medication and surgical options.
Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are at risk of developing high blood pressure, which can cause renal and cardiovascular complications. Thus, a T2DM treatment plan must include blood pressure treatment.
There are many ways patients can better manage their cholesterol than they could just a few years ago. Whether they are successful in those efforts and the role of doctors and medications in that process remains to be seen.