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Indianapolis Residents View Economic Challenges as Significant Barrier to Properly Managing Type 2 Diabetes
Date:5/12/2009

Cost of diabetes treatments, local gyms and fresh food among barriers preventing Indianapolis residents from implementing healthy habits to take control of their diabetes

INDIANAPOLIS, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to informing and empowering people with diabetes to become actively involved in their own health care, announced findings today from a recent survey conducted by national research firm Yankelovich which found that while Indianapolis residents with type 2 diabetes receive a significant amount of education on diabetes management, several factors, including economic constraints, are restricting them from translating this knowledge into actionable steps, which can lead to serious health risks.

The survey findings demonstrate an urgent need for motivational diabetes education. In fact, TCOYD will be holding a diabetes education conference on May 30, 2009, at the Indiana Convention Center, offering practical, hands-on advice and lifestyle recommendations, as well as educational workshops and resources, to empower residents to take an active role in proper diabetes management. In addition to extensive educational offerings, the conference also features hands-on physical activities like walking groups using pedometers and instruction on how to tone using resistance bands.

Eight out of 10 Indianapolis residents understand that excess body weight has a negative impact on their diabetes, and almost three in four have met with a diabetes educator or dietitian to receive more information on managing the disease. Despite this knowledge many residents struggle with taking the next step in implementing healthy eating and exercise habits into their daily lives. Almost three in four see their lack of willpower as a barrier to managing their diabetes and weight, citing not eating as healthy as they should and lack of exer
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