San Diego diabetes patients view weight loss as game of will power

A recent survey has found that 73 percent of type 2 patient viewed weight loss as solely a matter of willpower, when in fact a number of other factors, including some commonly used diabetes medications, play a role. The survey also found that seventy-one percent of San Diego residents had completed a diabetes education program compared to only half of respondents in a national survey. Despite this education, only half of those surveyed in San Diego recognized that there is a connection between diabetes medications and weight gain, compared to almost two-thirds of respondents nationally.

The survey, conducted by Yankelovich, was commissioned by Taking Control of Your Diabetes (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.

Additional survey data included:
– Seventy-one percent of respondents reported being instructed by their physicians to lose weight, although many seemed unclear on the factors that contribute to weight loss.
– More than 60 percent of San Diego residents with type 2 diabetes lacked confidence in their ability to lose weight in the future.
– More than one-third (36 percent) have not altered their San Diego lifestyle since their diagnosis.
– To control their weight, San Diego residents focus more on regular healthy eating than on regular exercise.

About the survey

The survey was conducted by Yankelovich, part of The Futures Company. The phone survey assessed the behaviors, opinions and attitudes of 100 people with type 2 diabetes living in San Diego. A national survey was also completed among a nationally representative sample of 703 adults with type 2 diabetes. Some of the results from the national survey were used as a comparison with San Diego.

Source: Market Watch

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