As November’s American Diabetes Month programs kick off and draw attention to a disease that affects 30 million children and adults nationwide, a TeleVox study highlights the importance of provider-patient communication in diabetes treatment and prevention.
Download Discussing Diabetes: The Essential Conversation That Could Change the Health of the Nation for a closer look at how increased engagement outside of the exam room motivates diabetic patients to gain more control over their health. The report addresses key issues in the nation’s battle against diabetes, including:
- The role of weight management. 64% of diabetic patients feel they could do a better job of managing their weight and exercising on a regular basis, and more than half said they could do a better job at incorporating healthier foods into their diet and managing portion control.
- Motivation for long-term change. 63% of diabetic patients said they would be more likely to be encouraged by a positive goal, such as a better appearance, than by a negative threat. The report also suggests that small steps are essential to success. 73% of diabetic patients felt they would be more successful in achieving their weight loss goals by engaging in small behavioral changes such as replacing sugar with a diet sweetener or eating slower.
- An increased role for communication technologies. 38% of people who have been diagnosed with diabetes said they would be interested in receiving tips from their doctor to help manage their own weight, and 43% are receptive to similar communication regarding their child’s weight. But how can providers cover such large populations on such a personal level? That’s where technology comes in.
The impact of diabetes goes beyond the 30 million Americans who currently fight the disease today. The American Diabetes Association estimates that another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Download Discussing Diabetes to learn more about healthcare professionals’ opportunity to activate their patients to make positive changes for a healthier life.