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Living with Type 2 Diabetes

New survey reveals differences in the way men & women perceive the impact of Diabetes on their lives

In recognition of National Diabetes Month, a new survey of people living with Type 2 diabetes reveals major differences in the way men and women perceive its impact on their lives. These findings are very important for the nearly 25 million Americans living with Type 2 diabetes as well as their family and health care providers.

The Rite Aid-commissioned study, conducted among visitors to WebMD in September, found that women see diabetes as having a much greater negative impact on their lives than do men:

  • - They are less optimistic and more fearful about the future.
  • - They are much less likely to feel they are in control of their diabetes.
  • - They are less likely to maintain healthy lifestyle behaviors such as exercising readily and avoiding sweet and salty snacks.

However, the survey also pointed to what women would find most helpful to feel more in control and better manage their diabetes. It’s no surprise that with access to one’s doctor more and more limited, the pharmacist is seen as a real resource for guidance and support.

Article Reviewed: June 15, 2012
Copyright © 2014 Healthy Magazine

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