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The Results Are In: What People With Type 2 Diabetes Want Most From Their Doctors Is Information, Not New Treatments

Posted on December 06, 2019

We recently asked 478 members of DiabetesTeam whether they’re happy with their current treatment regimen and what they’d like more of from their doctor. Here’s what they shared.

  • Most like their doctor, but 59 percent are not satisfied or only somewhat satisfied with their current treatment regimen.
  • Interestingly, only 6 percent said new treatments are what they most want from their doctor.
  • What’s higher on the priority list? Twenty-two percent wanted more information on recommended lifestyle changes, and 21 percent wanted better listening and understanding about the challenges of managing diabetes.

Nearly everyone responding to the survey understands the importance of diet and exercise in managing diabetes. However, there are big frustrations in two areas. First, members lack information about how to safely and effectively exercise and change their diet. Second, members identify a lack of empathy from their doctors in understanding how complications from diabetes make it difficult to get started on these changes.

Members cited the top challenges of living with diabetes:

  • 65 percent of respondents have difficulty sleeping at night.
  • 46 percent report their condition makes it hard to exercise.
  • 45 percent are dealing with depression, anxiety, or both.
  • 39 percent often experience pain or feeling unwell.

As promised, we’re sharing the full results of our survey back with you, the members of DiabetesTeam. Review the slideshow below to see more about what other people with Type 2 diabetes are experiencing. Please post your questions and share your feedback. Would you prefer lifestyle tips that would help you better manage your diabetes over new medications? What about better listening and understanding from your doctor? As always, we welcome your thoughts in the comment box below.

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