Survey shows how living with type 2 diabetes affects patients' everyday life

While some men and women maintain close relationships with their primary care providers, others may not disclose information to their physicians about how type 2 diabetes affects their personal lives or speak up about their thoughts on diabetes treatments.

In order for physicians and medical researchers to understand what specific aspects of type 2 diabetes are the most influential on patients' lives, Research and Markets recently released the results of an international survey that was completed by participants in the U.S., UK and Germany.

The study involved 2,000 patients who reported on their disease-related attitudes and feelings, as well as the types of diabetes treatments that they used.



The poll's findings indicated that 44 percent of respondents believed that type 2 diabetes affected their sex lives by impacting either their ability or desire to engage in sexual activity.

Diabetes management is a day-to-day practice, so it may not be surprising that some patients falter when it comes to maintaining healthy blood glucose levels and following their doctors' recommendations for diabetic diet and exercise programs.

Although the majority of survey takers responded that they felt in control of their condition, a total of 43 percent of those in the U.S. indicated that they were sometimes or often unsuccessful in managing their condition.

Some previous studies have shown that improving depression among people with type 2 diabetes helps to improve their adherence to their medication regimens and overall health outcomes. Although the current research did not evaluate depression specifically, the results showed that as many as one out of every two participants believed that type 2 diabetes impacted their general mood.

Moreover, the researchers discovered that young people with type 2 diabetes were more likely to have negative attitudes toward the disease.

These findings may help people around the world receive better care for type 2 diabetes as the medical community learns more about how physicians can target specific issues among patients with this condition.
First published on: May 13, 2011