APhA urges Americans to talk to pharmacists about diabetes

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association is marking American Pharmacists Month by pushing people to work with their pharmacists to combat and control diabetes.

The APhA is promoting services that pharmacists can provide, such as medication therapy management, counseling on physical activity and nutrition, blood-glucose monitoring and guidance on healthy behavior and health maintenance.

Nearly 26 million people, or 8.3% of the population, have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, an estimated 79 million people ages 20 years and older have prediabetes.