Doctors Agree Small Lifestyle Changes Can Improve Outcomes of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, National Survey Finds
A new national survey revealed physicians feel type 2 diabetes patients could better manage their disease by appreciating the benefits of "small successes"—such as walking instead of driving short distances—rather than focusing on drastic changes. In fact, 97 percent of physicians said type 2 diabetes patients would have more success in managing their disease if they understood that even a small five- to 10-pound weight loss would improve outcomes.
While there are a number of type 2 diabetes treatments available, the survey results pointed to unmet needs. Only three percent of physicians surveyed considered themselves "very satisfied" with current treatments for type 2 diabetes. Nearly 7 in 10 are not satisfied with the ability of current oral prescription therapies to address blood glucose, weight loss, and blood pressure in a single treatment.
"There is a clear need for additional therapeutic options to address these unmet patient needs and help physicians and their patients better manage type 2 diabetes," said David Horwitz , MD, chief medical officer of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, a global initiative aimed at improving diabetes outcomes. "Advancing patient care is a key focus of Janssen and Johnson & Johnson."
The survey also found both physicians and the general public strongly agree that a significant challenge in the treatment of type 2 diabetes is the fact that patients don't realize the disease impacts their entire body. Fewer than one in three physicians felt patients are very aware of negative effects the disease has on the body beyond blood glucose, including impacts on the heart, kidneys, and pancreas.
"The survey results highlight the importance of taking a more holistic approach to diabetes management," said Dr. Horwitz. "We need to help patients focus beyond just the reduction of blood sugar to address other related medical issues."
Diabetes affects approximately 25.8 million people in the United States and new diagnoses continue to increase. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.