Raleigh Residents View Economic Challenges as Significant Barrier to Properly Managing Type 2 Diabetes

April 21, 2009

Cost of diabetes treatments, local gyms and fresh food among barriers preventing Raleigh residents from implementing healthy habits to take control of their diabetes

RALEIGH, N.C., April 21 /PRNewswire/ — Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a not for profit organization dedicated to informing and empowering people with diabetes to become actively involved in their own health care, announced findings today from a recent survey conducted by national research firm Yankelovich which found that while Raleigh residents with type 2 diabetes appear to receive a good amount of education on diabetes management, economic constraints are preventing many from translating this knowledge into actionable steps, which can lead to serious health risks.

The survey findings demonstrate an urgent need for motivational diabetes education. In fact, TCOYD will be holding a diabetes education conference on May 2, 2009, at the Raleigh Convention Center, offering practical, hands-on advice and lifestyle recommendations, as well as educational workshops and resources, to empower residents to take an active role in proper diabetes management. In addition to extensive educational offerings, the conference also features hands-on physical activities like “Tai Chi” and strength training, in addition to workshops such as “What Could I, Should I, Can I Eat?”

Nine out of 10 residents understand that excess body weight has a negative impact on their diabetes, and almost three in four have met with a diabetes educator or dietitian to get information on managing the disease. Despite this knowledge, many residents still struggle with taking the next step in implementing healthy eating and exercise habits into their daily lives, partially due to financial constraints. The survey shows that:

  • Almost one in three admit to limiting supplies, skipping doctor visits and taking medications less often to reduce costs associated with diabetes management
  • More than one in four residents cited the need to give up other expenses in order to continue paying for the cost of diabetes management
  • More than half report that the cost of fresh produce and gyms in the area are barriers to better managing their weight

“Glucose and weight control are so critical, and people struggle with this on a daily basis,” said Dr. John Buse, co-director of the upcoming Raleigh TCOYD conference, endocrinologist, director of the Diabetes Care Center, chief of the Division of Endocrinology, and executive associate dean for clinical research at the University of North Carolina. “The TCOYD conference brings thousands of people together who are living with diabetes, and equips them with the information and empowerment needed to face this challenging disease day to day.”

The annual TCOYD conference and health fair will take place on May 2, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center and will feature national and local medical experts in diabetes care discussing the latest developments in the treatment of diabetes, the complications of the disease, psychological barriers to controlling diabetes and nutritional issues. There will also be a post-conference Meet & Greet from 5 to 6 p.m. for women with diabetes, co-hosted by TCOYD and Diabetes Sisters. Pre-registration for the conference is recommended and is $25 per person. On-site registration begins May 2, 2009, at 8 a.m., and costs $30. Financial assistance is available by calling TCOYD. To register or get more information, call (800) 998-2693 or visit www.tcoyd.org.

About diabetes and obesity

Both diabetes and obesity are growing national epidemics, affecting millions in the United States and worldwide. Recognizing the impact of these and other chronic diseases on the American healthcare system, the Obama administration is making them a primary health focus. These diseases also have a significant impact in North Carolina, where almost nine in 10 are overweight or obese, and the number of residents being diagnosed with diabetes annually has been steadily increasing since 1994 (rising from 4.7 percent to 9 percent in the last 14 years).

About the survey

The phone survey assessed the behaviors, opinions and attitudes of 100 people with type 2 diabetes living in Raleigh, and was conducted by Yankelovich, part of The Futures Company in February and March 2009. The survey was commissioned by TCOYD, 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, and funded by Amylin Pharmaceuticals as part of the Harmony for Health initiative.

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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