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It’s 24/7! There Is No Vacation From Type 2 Diabetes

It’s 24/7! There Is No Vacation From Type 2 Diabetes

We surveyed people with type 2 diabetes to better understand what it’s like living with a condition that can be so difficult to control, often involving many medications, and lifestyle changes such as dietary restrictions and regular exercise. Diabetes doesn’t just take a toll on physical health, including complications, but can also be emotionally draining.

Diagnosis can be a roller coaster of emotions

Diagnosis is fairly straightforward for type 2 diabetes. Many (69%) only see one doctor before receiving their diagnosis. Even though the diagnosis journey isn’t very complicated, people still go through a range of emotions upon hearing the news that they have type 2 diabetes.

About the numbers

Blood glucose control requires regular monitoring, but it’s easier said than done. There are many barriers to frequent tracking and monitoring, such as fear of needles, forgetfulness, cost of supplies and even lack of motivation to check.

Lifestyle changes

In order to control blood glucose levels, many have to alter their lifestyle completely, especially to achieve weight loss. 9 in 10 people are either overweight or obese and 56% aren’t at all happy with their weight.

Worries and fears

People living with diabetes have to put in a lot of effort to manage their blood glucose levels. Despite all the work that goes into it, many harbor feelings of fear and uncertainty about their ability to control their condition.

Support: it takes a village!

More than a third of people (38%) did not have anyone else involved in managing their diabetes. But with all the changes in lifestyle required and the constant monitoring of blood glucose, it’s not easy doing it alone without any assistance and support from family and/or friends.

The Type 2 Diabetes in America 2018 survey was conducted online from July through August of 2018. 2,024 people living with type 2 diabetes completed the survey.

Comments

  • gph19
    8 months ago

    I was angry that the medication I must take to control my asthma contributed almost exclusively to this diagnosis. It also really upset me that the doctor who warned I was developing Cushing’s from my medication NEVER MENTIONED DIABETES or checked a1c levels. At this point, it is what it is, so the best thing to do is adjust and move on. But it’s honestly still annoying.

  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    10 months ago

    Very good article. Thanks. I was kind of in shock at first even though it runs in the family from father’s side. And it is a never ending thing we have to go through now in ‘gaining and maintaining’ control of this.

    One bad thing is also trying to find a doctor that is well versed in the ‘taking care’ of diabetes. Reason I mention this is that there are some that if you have an A1C in the 5’s then it’s not there. I actually had to get the CDE to move me to another doctor once because of being told after having gone over the lab work “you may have been diabetic at one time but you’re not now. I don’t see anything.” CDE got me to another doctor that had a better understanding of how diabetes works and what we go through to try and gain and maintain. In fact his view is that you’re always going to be diabetic, no cure. Told me that diabetics need something similar to an AA in every city. After thinking about that a bit his remark made a lot of sense.

    But it is a constant never ending battle to maintain, especially once you manage to get into a good range on the A1C. A lot of spouses don’t understand the work needed to do so as well. Mine doesn’t really understand why I pay a lot of attention to the portions I eat etc, nor that I can’t just toss everything into the wind just because it’s a weekend or holiday. Granted at times I might but mostly not.

    So yes, we as diabetics really do wish we could just take a ‘holiday’ away from it all but we know we just have to put on a smile and keep on trucking down that long bumpy road, making out the best we can.

    But this is a very good article.

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