Group advises type 2 diabetes patients to consult with their pharmacists

Aside from their primary care physician, individuals with type 2 diabetes may have a number of other resources available for advice on caring for their condition. For example, the American Pharmacists Association is urging individuals with the metabolic condition to consult with their pharmacist on a regular basis to improve their care.

The group says that pharmacists are generally an underutilized source of information and guidance. Many people view pharmacists as simply clerks whose job it is to dispense medications ordered by physicians. However, these medical professionals are highly trained and knowledgeable in many areas of care.

In fact, numerous studies have shown that when a pharmacist is consulted as part of an individual's care, outcomes tend to improve. When it comes to caring for type 2 diabetics, these professionals could have an even greater impact, as the condition requires frequent advice and counseling.

A study conducted in 2007 showed that diabetics who consulted with their pharmacist were more likely to have well-controlled blood sugar levels and see their doctor for recommended preventative treatments. Additionally, these individuals saved an average of $1,057.

The association pointed out that 84 percent of diabetics take some form of medication. This gives them an opportunity to turn their trip to the pharmacy into a consultation with a highly skilled medical professional, rather than being simply a stop for supplies. The group recommends that individuals with type 2 diabetes develop a personal relationship with their pharmacist.

While few people may think to look to their pharmacist for medical advice, these professionals are able to consult with patients and their doctors to determine the best course of treatment and help individuals with type 2 diabetes stay on track.