A Disease of Massive Proportions.
There are presently approximately 30 million diabetics in the U.S. and about 400 million worldwide, some 90+% of which are Type 2 who develop insulin resistance over time, as opposed to Type 1 diabetics whose bodies do not produce insulin at all. This is, by population, the most common disease in the world.
Various estimates put the growth rate of the disease at between 10%-15% annually. What is clear is that many experts have vastly underestimated the scope of this pandemic. It seems to be accelerating. For example, according to a 2001 study in the American Diabetes Association magazine, Diabetes Care, “The number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes is projected to increase 165%, from 11 million in 2000 to 29 million in 2050.” America passed the projection for 2050 by 2015, 35 five years SOONER than expected. This same phenomenon has occurred in other parts of the world.
All told diabetes affects over 1 billion people around the globe. According to Alfred Mann, a pioneer in the field, "diabetes is not the greatest healthcare challenge facing the world. It is the greatest challenge facing the world".
Diabetes is a chronic, incurable condition that worsens with time. Without medication it is fatal.
The recognized, standard measurement of the control of one’s diabetes is something called HbA1c. The lower HbA1c, the better. Normal, non-diabetic patients have levels below 5.7. At a level above 6 a person is considered diabetic. Presently, the very best managed diabetic patients have levels at about 6.5. Most diabetics are above 7. Also, HbA1c levels get worse with time. It’s a little like vision in the sense that once a person begins correcting vision, every couple years that person needs a stronger correction. A diabetic with an HbA1c of 6.5 will, in time, have much higher numbers.
To put these HbA1c numbers in perspective, one needs to understand how they correlate to blood glucose levels. See Table 1 below. Generally an HbA1c reading of 5 corresponds to an average blood glucose level of about 100. You can see the corresponding blood glucose values as HbA1c rises. Importantly, blood glucose levels are what drive the problems that bedevil diabetics. Elevated glucose levels maintained for a number of years will result in severe problems. Microvascular damage begins to occur at blood glucose levels of 140 and above. Long term microvascular damage is what causes the problems associated with diabetes like heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, amputations, peripheral neuropathy etc. All worsen as blood glucose rises. A blood glucose level of 140 corresponds to an HbA1c of approximately 6.5. Yet, as previously stated, most patients are well above this level.
More troubling, the American Diabetes Association generally guides physicians to manage their diabetic patients to an HbA1c between 6.5 and 7. Why would the experts in the field recommend blood glucose levels in a range that virtually guarantees long term damage? The answer is... hypoglycemia.
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Hypoglycemia is the condition of low blood glucose. At the extremes, hypoglycemia can cause brain damage, coma or death.
Further, hypoglycemia often occurs at night when a diabetic is asleep so the onset can be unnoticed until it is too late. Blood glucose levels fluctuate wildly throughout the day. To keep the blood glucose level from going too low, the experts recommend keeping the average level at a higher than optimal point. In other words, to reduce the possibility of death from hypoglycemia in the short term, the experts recommend average glucose levels that are likely to lead to death in the long term.
The average type 1 diabetic dies about 10 years sooner than normal, and the average type 2 dies 6 -10 years earlier than normal. Higher HbA1c means a shorter life.
The Goldilocks Problem – Too High, Too Low.
So, as you see from the discussion surrounding Table 1 above, blood glucose levels that are too high can lead to very serious long-term complications, but glucose levels that are too low can result in very severe short-term complications. And, compounding this problem is the fact that the patient cannot see his/her blood glucose levels. It’s not until blood glucose levels get extreme in either direction that some patients can begin to notice. By this point, however, it could be too late. This is the key to understanding the difficulty in treating this disease.
The Goal of Vdex.
We at Vdex believe with the latest therapies and technological innovations, our patients can SAFELY maintain average HbA1c levels significantly below 6.5 and even 6.0. A significant number of patients using Vdex protocols actually have HbA1c levels BELOW 6.0, all with NO INCREASE IN HYPOGLYCEMIA.
Now you control the disease. It doesn't control you.
Vdex is an innovative healthcare company with one simple aim: to ENABLE DIABETICS TO LIVE A NORMAL OR NEARLY NORMAL LIFE.
For too long, diabetes has been a curse for patients and a burden for their loved ones. Endless numbers of doctor visits, inconvenient and marginally-effective therapies, complications, fear, pain, sleepless nights, and a shortened life.
This is diabetes today for many sufferers.
It stops NOW. No more.
Real Time Diabetes Control
The conventional protocols that are in place fall woefully short of what's needed to provide consistent care
Diabetes is a disease unlike most other medical conditions. It is chronic, with devastating long-term consequences, yet also requires hour-by-hour attention to avoid equally devastating short-term consequences. Diabetics simply need more attention than most other non-hospitalized patients.
At Vdex, we will increase access to medical care by having more convenient locations, longer office hours more non-physician caregivers, and technological innovations. Patients need regular care and monitoring for life. As a result, diabetics have far better control of blood glucose levels and reduced hypoglycemia as compared to the current, best therapies available today.
Control of diabetes is essentially control of blood glucose levels. To control any variable such as blood glucose, requires two things: the practical ability to measure that variable in real-time and the ability to affect it. Together, we will provide “Real-Time Diabetes Management” and it is the cornerstone of our therapy.
Good control equals a good life.
Diabetes is a disease that’s all about THE control of blood sugar.
If you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes and wondering what that means, or you’ve had diabetes for some time and would like to have better control of your condition, Vdex Diabetes Care Centers can help.
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I've participated in the design of the Vdex treatment protocols. In fact I use them myself in the management of my own diabetes. I've seen the results. I live with the results everyday. I do not micromanage my diabetes with carb counting. Before these treatment protocols my A1c was 7.5. Now it's a lifetime best 6.2. Im a very competitive person and always tried to lower my a1c every time i visited my doctor. Now instead of dreading doctor visits, I'm excited to see the progress I've made. This works. Every diabetic needs to learn about this."
Eric F. Type 1 since 10/22/1993
Real Time Diabetes Control hasn't been possible until the advent of VDEX. They're changing the way diabetes is managed by offering custom solutions, based on patient needs. The people behind VDEX weren't content with the current level of diabetes care, seeing that massive room for improvement was possible. I believe that given the opportunity they have the capabilities to improve the quality of life for everyone who is lucky enough to be involved.
More so than any other disease, Diabetes should be managed the way VDEX does it. It's a peculiar disease and as an orthopedic surgeon, I saw the ravages of it personally. It requires more oversight than most doctors have time for. When someone has diabetes aged 25 they don't think about what life will be like aged 65. The long-term complications don't get attention at the early stages of the disease but diabetic neuropathy is very troublesome because it's irreversible. It's a terrible terrible disease. VDEX is the answer.
Paul M. Orthopedic Surgeon.
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Alfred E. Mann, 1925 - 2016
Vdex Diabetes is dedicated to the memory of Alfred Mann who was responsible for the betterment of so many lives both diabetic and otherwise. Al lived his life in a manner that serves as a model to us all. His focus, both personally and professionally, was on solving problems for others. We at Vdex strive humbly to carry on his legacy in the field of diabetes. Whatever success we enjoy will forever rest upon the foundation created by Al Mann.
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Thank you for all of your continued interest in Vdex Diabetes.
We are pleased to announce the opening of our first Diabetes Treatment Center. We look forward to serving you.
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