While diabetes becomes more common, treatment options improve

The bad news is that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is rising faster than ever before. A combination of sedentary lifestyles, poor diets and possibly even genetic factors has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people living with the condition.

However, the good news is that advancements in recent years have made it significantly easier for individuals with type 2 diabetes to manage their condition. Experts say that living with the condition is easier than it ever was before, which may lower the burden of the rising prevalence of diabetes on individuals and the society.

John Papandrea, senior vice president and head of global health sciences at SAP, recently wrote in Health News Digest that telemedicine and remote monitoring devices are making it easier for doctors and patients to stay in constant contact.

He said that remote monitoring devices are no bigger than cell phones and allow patients to wirelessly transmit information regarding their condition back to their doctors. This can help physicians design more effective lifestyle intervention programs that may enable individuals to reduce their symptoms or even resolve their type 2 diabetes.

"By connecting and interacting with various devices, these software applications help capture patient clinical information and enable interested parties to be notified immediately if there is any change in a patient’s status, such as a dramatic spike in blood sugar or blood pressure," he wrote.

To be sure, things are continuing to get worse in the fight against type 2 diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a warning in which agency officials estimated that one third of all U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2030. However, those looking for a silver lining will take it wherever they can get it. Improved treatment options are definitely a big step for those with the disease.