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Survey: 64 Percent of DiabetesTeam Members Say Diabetes Interferes With Quality of Life

Written by Beth Schneider
Posted on August 28, 2023

In a recent survey of DiabetesTeam members, respondents discussed the impact diabetes can have on quality of life, particularly their emotional well-being. While many are able to continue to lead productive lives, they often struggle with diet, exercise, and keeping blood sugar levels down. Despite these challenges, the large majority of those surveyed are satisfied with the health care they receive.

What Questions Were on the Survey?

DiabetesTeam conducted a survey with 545 members in the United States who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The survey asked members about:

  • The physical, social, and emotional impact of diabetes
  • Access to and affordability of care
  • Satisfaction with the doctor who treats their diabetes

DiabetesTeam shares the results of member surveys so our community can learn, collectively, from each other’s experiences.

Key Finding: 68 Percent Say Diabetes Causes Stress

Sixty-four percent of surveyed DiabetesTeam members said their condition interferes with their quality of life. Almost half find it hard to exercise or perform everyday chores.

Members also experience mental health challenges related to their condition, with 68 percent indicating that diabetes causes stress and 65 percent reporting feeling anxious or depressed.

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Key Finding: Over Half Are Very Satisfied With Their Doctor

The majority of members responding to the survey (57 percent) are very satisfied with the doctor who has been treating their diabetes, but just 32 percent are very satisfied with their medication regimen.

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Key Finding: Only 44 Percent Say Diabetes Care Is Affordable

While less than half of respondents (44 percent) said diabetes treatment has been affordable, most members who answered the survey have been able to easily access their doctor and get the tests and procedures they need. Sixty-seven percent reported they’ve been receiving quality care overall.

Only 23 percent feel they’re easily able to maintain a healthy blood sugar level, and 22 percent have been able to follow a diet and exercise routine.

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Talk With Others Who Understand

DiabetesTeam is the social network for people living with diabetes. On DiabetesTeam, more than 131,00 members come together to ask questions, give advice, and share their stories with others who understand what it’s like to live with type 2 diabetes.

How does diabetes impact your emotional and physical health? Do you have any complications of diabetes or other chronic diseases? Do you have any tips for diabetes self-management or self-care? Share your experience in the comments below, or start a conversation by posting on your Activities page.

Posted on August 28, 2023
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Beth Schneider has been a market research professional for over 35 years. She focuses on both survey research and social listening analysis. Learn more about her here.

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