Navigation Links
Lifestyle counseling reduces time to reach treatment goals for people with diabetes
Date:1/24/2012

BOSTON, MA -- Lifestyle counseling, practiced as part of routine care for people with diabetes, helps people more quickly lower blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels and keep them under control, according to a large, long-term study published in the February issue of Diabetes Care.

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) conducted a retrospective cohort study of more than 30,000 people with diabetes who received diet, exercise and weight-loss counseling in a primary care setting over the course of at least two years (with an average follow-up time of almost seven years) and who had elevated blood glucose, blood pressure or cholesterol.

They found that the use of counseling reduced the time it took for patients to lower blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Previous studies have documented the success of counseling in a clinical trial setting, but until now many have questioned whether it would be as effective when conducted as part of ongoing treatment in a primary care setting, where fewer resources are available and patients may be less motivated.

"This study shows that persistent lifestyle counseling can and should be a critical piece of any routine diabetes treatment plan," said senior author Alexander Turchin, MD, MS, director of informatics research at the BWH Division of Endocrinology. "Clearly it gets people to goals faster than when they are not given continued encouragement and information on how to increase physical activity levels, eat properly and reduce lipids. Primary care providers should take these findings to heart."

The study found that the more frequently patients received counseling, the faster they reached their treatment goals, with those who received counseling at least once a month achieving the best results. Those who received face-to-face counseling once a month or more took an average of 3.9 weeks to reach their target goals for A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol, as compared to 13.5 months for those who received counseling only once every one to six months.

Because counseling can be time intensive researchers recommend that working with providers such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants or dietitians, as well as providing support in group settings, may be more cost-effective ways of providing this necessary support.


'/>"/>
Contact: Marjorie Montemayor-Quellenberg
mmontemayor-quellenberg@partners.org
617-534-2208
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Diabetes study shines spotlight on lifestyle interventions
2. Poor Lifestyles Harming U.S. Heart Health: Report
3. Association of lifestyle and environmental factors with the risk of cancer
4. Scientists identify strategies to conquer lifestyle and genetic factors related to chronic diseases
5. Former Football Players Brains May Benefit From Healthy Lifestyle
6. U.S. Health Officials Urge Lifestyle Changes to Cut Stroke Risk
7. Simple lifestyle changes can add a decade or more healthy years to the average lifespan
8. The prevention of lifestyle diseases has finally reached the top table of the United Nations
9. Genetics, lifestyle provide clues to racial differences in head and neck cancer
10. Lifestyle Changes May Prevent Heart Failure
11. Family Heart Disease Risk Linked to Genes, Not Lifestyle
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... ... the cause of injury may be one of many possible sources: sports, car ... Continuing Education Course , Mastering Rehab Solutions for the Complexities of Concussions ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... ... businesses recover after a disaster, announced today the acquisition of Hawaii DKI. Hawaii ... , “Investing in like-minded companies who excel at service and response ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... Cirracore Enterprise ... enterprises move workloads to the cloud. Cirracore provides a secure VMware® vCloud ... traversing the Internet. Transformation Solutions (TSL Partners) provides a full range of ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... On January 12, 2016 Paul McElwee, a CroppMetcalfe ... noticed their furnace not producing any heat. Shortly after entering the home, Paul was ... was leaking dangerous levels of carbon monoxide into the home, at 2,000 parts per ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... ZipHearing.com is proud ... affordable hearing aids , increase industry transparency, and promote awareness of hearing ... , “For the average consumer, the hearing aid industry is esoteric and difficult ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... -- The leader in accelerated orthodontics, OrthoAccel ® ... recipient of the 2015 Townie Choice Award in the ... device that speeds up orthodontic tooth movement by as ... with treatment, AcceleDent was selected by orthodontists from across ... survey of the most reliable and reputable products ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... 9, 2016  Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ... Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the New ... , Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer and ... the Company in a session scheduled at 10:00 a.m. ... www.investor.jnj.com . --> This webcast will ...
(Date:2/9/2016)...  The Parenteral Drug Association, Inc. (PDA), the ... sterile drug products, today announced the publication of ... With link to Comparison Spreadsheet. The document ... FDA, the EU, the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention/Scheme and ... --> PDA,s Global Sterile Task ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: