November Is Observed as American Diabetes Month

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November Is Observed as American Diabetes Month
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According to reports from the National Today.com, about 37 million people in the United States have some form of diabetes. It is estimated that 1 in 4 don’t even realize that they are walking around with the disease. Every year, the month of November is observed as “National Diabetes Month” in the United States. Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the annual campaign is a perfect time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes.

The campaign aims to create widespread awareness about the growing prevalence of diabetes, its related symptoms, risk factors and support people living with the condition. Diabetes, if left undiagnosed and uncontrolled can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and other vital organs and is linked to some types of cancer. There is no specific cure for this condition. Incorporating a combination of healthy lifestyle habits and medications can help effectively manage the condition in the long run. Endocrinologists or other physicians treating this metabolic disorder can rely on experienced medical billing and coding companies to meet their claim submission tasks.

Considered a metabolic disease, diabetes mellitus (commonly known as diabetes) causes high levels of blood sugar and affects how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. The 2022 campaign focuses on managing different types of diabetes and building a healthcare team. Chronic diabetes conditions comprise Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes occurs when the blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and may resolve after the baby is delivered. In fact, reports suggest that over 10 percent of Americans have Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes, and tens of millions more remain at risk of developing this chronic condition.

As part of the 2022 campaign, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers gratitude to the dedicated medical professionals, researchers, advocates, and caregivers who support people living with diabetes and bring us closer to ending this disease once and for all. The campaign aims to stand by every American diagnosed with diabetes, honor their strength and resolve, and commit to helping them live full and healthy lives. People suffering from this condition may experience several symptoms which may again depend and vary on the level of blood sugar that is elevated. In fact, this is the sole reason that people with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, may not experience any symptoms at all. However, in Type 1 diabetes, symptoms tend to come on quickly and be more severe. Common symptoms include -frequent urination, blurred vision, unexplained weight loss, increased thirst and hunger, slow healing sores, fatigue, irritability, and frequent infections (such as gums or skin infections and vaginal infections).

Timely diagnosis and frequent testing is important for any person who gets tested positive for symptoms of diabetes. In fact, pregnant women are routinely tested for gestational diabetes during their second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Endocrinologists may recommend blood tests like -fasting plasma glucose (FPG -measures blood sugar after fasting for 8 hours) and A1C test (gives a snapshot of the blood sugar levels over the previous 3 months) to diagnose pre-diabetes and diabetes. The earlier a person gets diagnosed with this condition, the faster effective treatment modalities can be administered. Following simple and positive lifestyle habits by focusing on healthy eating, adequate physical activity and regular blood sugar monitoring can help regulate the blood sugar levels and prevent the risk of the condition.

The 2022 month-long campaign urges people to associate with health care professionals who can offer them the personalized care they need to manage their diabetes and improve health. Even though managing diabetes requires a team effort, patients must recognize the fact that they are the most important participant in their diabetes care.

Diabetologists treating diabetes mellitus must make sure to correctly document the diagnosis, screening tests and other procedures using the right medical codes. Medical billing services ensure this so that accurate claim submissions are done.

ICD-10 Codes Used for Diabetes Mellitus

  • E10 Type 1 diabetes mellitus
    • E10.1 Type 1 diabetes mellitus with ketoacidosis
    • E10.2 Type 1 diabetes mellitus with kidney complications
    • E10.3 Type 1 diabetes mellitus with ophthalmic complications
    • E10.4 Type 1 diabetes mellitus with neurological complications
    • E10.5 Type 1 diabetes mellitus with circulatory complications
    • E10.6 Type 1 diabetes mellitus with other specified complications
    • E10.8 Type 1 diabetes mellitus with unspecified complications
    • E10.9 Type 1 diabetes mellitus without complications
  • E11 -Type 2 diabetes mellitus
    • E11.0 -Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hyperosmolarity
    • E11.1 -Type 2 diabetes mellitus with ketoacidosis
    • E11.2 -Type 2 diabetes mellitus with kidney complications
    • E11.3 -Type 2 diabetes mellitus with ophthalmic complications
    • E11.4 -Type 2 diabetes mellitus with neurological complications
    • E11.5 -Type 2 diabetes mellitus with circulatory complications
    • E11.6 -Type 2 diabetes mellitus with other specified complications
    • E11.8 -Type 2 diabetes mellitus with unspecified complications
    • E11.9 -Type 2 diabetes mellitus without complications

The theme for the 2022 campaign is “Diabetes Management – It Takes a Team”. The theme signifies the importance of building awareness and supporting people in managing their diabetes care. It urges people to educate themselves about the disease, analyze the risk factors and make impactful changes. As part of the observance, healthcare centers and hospitals across the US host a wide range of events like seminars, discussions, and presentations about diabetes management. People can raise their voice, and share tips, resources, images, posters, flyers, e-newsletters via various social media platforms under the hashtag -#DiabetesMonth.

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