Survey Reveals Honolulu Residents Perceive Financial Challenges as Main Barrier in Properly Managing Their Type 2 Diabetes
Cost of fresh food and diabetes treatments prevents
The survey findings demonstrate an urgent need for continued diabetes education through community resources. In fact, TCOYD will be holding a diabetes education conference on
Survey findings reveal that
Despite this knowledge, many residents struggle with taking the next step and implementing healthy eating and exercise habits into their daily lives, primarily because of financial constraints. The survey shows that:
- The cost of fresh produce and gym memberships were often cited as barriers to better weight and diabetes management:
- Nearly half report that the cost of fresh produce is a barrier to better managing their weight
- More than one in three refer to the cost of gyms in the area as a barrier to better weight management
- More importantly, some residents cited financial reasons as barriers to being able to maintain their recommended diabetes treatment regimen.
- Almost one in five residents cited the need to give up other expenses in order to continue paying for the cost of diabetes management
- More than one in 10 admit to limiting supplies, skipping doctors visits and taking medications less often to reduce costs associated with management of their diabetes
“These survey findings highlight a complex issue for local residents with type 2 diabetes and the physicians that treat them,” said Dr.
The annual TCOYD conference and health fair will take place on
About diabetes and obesity
Both diabetes and obesity are growing national epidemics, affecting millions in
About the survey
The phone survey assessed the behaviors, opinions and attitudes of 100 people with type 2 diabetes living in
About Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD)
Founded in 1995, Taking Control of Your Diabetes(TM) (TCOYD) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 diabetes education organization that offers programs to inform, motivate and empower participants to take control of their diabetes. Steven V. Edelman, MD, founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 15. Edelman, an internationally recognized leader in diabetes treatment, research and education, says, “It is my conviction, that health care in this country will improve when the people living with diabetes themselves are informed and empowered to take an active role in their own disease.” Dr. Edelman practices and teaches at the VA Medical Center in San Diego, and the University of California, San Diego.
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