*I was compensated by Med-IQ through an educational grant from Sanofi to write about the realities of diabetes as a chronic disease. All opinions are my own.*
I am thrilled to work with Med-IQ again to raise awareness about type 2 diabetes and treatments you can discuss with your health care provider.
Have you heard of Med-IQ? They are an accredited medical education company. They educate physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. They are an amazing company and if anyone knows anything about diabetes, it’s them.
Diabetes Awareness Month
Not only is November Diabetes Awareness Month, but November 14th is World Diabetes Day. In honor of this month, I’d like to focus on some new treatments for Type 2 diabetes patients.
According to a national survey by Med-IQ, 74% of people surveyed that have diabetes were not taking insulin. The main reason for this is because their doctor never mentioned it to them.
This is a very shocking fact! Insulin is incredibly important for managing diabetes. Please, if you have diabetes, discuss all possible treatment options with your diabetes care team.
How To Take Control Of Your Health
If you have diabetes, you need to be your own best advocate. In fact, Med-IQ discovered that only 31% of people with diabetes said they had a diabetes care team.
You should not make these decisions on your own. There is a lot of help out there so please reach out and build a team of health care workers.
Understand The Importance of Treatments
Knowledge is the most powerful tool you own to take charge of your health.
Keeping blood glucose at target levels can help you live a long and healthy life. It’s important to know that at least 8 parts of the body can cause blood glucose levels to rise in very different ways.
Since so many parts of the body play a role in type 2 diabetes, there are a bunch of different health problems that can occur if the blood glucose levels are about the target levels for a long time.
After you understand why treatment is so important, you will have a better chance of living a longer and healthier life.
Discuss Treatment Options
After you understand how important it is to manage your diabetes and surround yourself with a supportive team of professionals, discuss the different treatment options with your medical team.
There are lots of ways you can manage your diabetes. You can do this with both healthy lifestyle changes and medications.
Types of lifestyle changes you can make include:
- Regular Exercise
- Counseling Programs
- Self-Management Education
- Stop Smoking
- Psychosocial Support
Another treatment option is called fixed-ratio combination injectable therapy. Anyone with type 2 diabetes should ask your doctor about this option since it has side effects.
This injectable therapy includes 2 different treatments for diabetes: both insulin and the medicine called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. They work together to lower glucose levels in your blood.
Take Charge of Your Type-2 Diabetes
Remember, you are the expert of your own life. Be your own best advocate, save questions in your phone as you think of them and always feel free to ask more questions when you speak with your doctors about your diabetes. There are so many different treatment options available so work with your team.
Do you have type-2 diabetes? Please participate in the Anonymous Med-IQ survey HERE. Your responses will help them train and educate doctors and nurses more effectively about Diabetes treatment approaches.
Med-IQ is conducting an anonymous survey and would appreciate your input. The survey, which includes additional education on this topic, will take less than 15 minutes to complete. Survey responses are shared only in aggregate. Your responses to these survey questions will provide Med-IQ with important information about your experiences with diabetes and your care team, which will help us develop future educational initiatives. Once you’ve completed the survey, you will have the option of providing your email address to be entered into a drawing administered by SOMA Strategies to win 1 of 10 $100 VISA gift cards. If you choose to enter, your email address will be used only to randomly draw the winners and notify them of their prize and to send a follow-up survey as part of this same initiative.
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