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New survey explores the impact of insulin injections on people with diabetes
Date:8/7/2008

lin depending on the circumstance may have an impact on a patient's overall health and potentially leave them at risk for serious diabetes-related complications."

Diabetes educators are an excellent resource for answers concerning quality of life and day-to-day concerns with diabetes management. The Injection Impact Report Discussion Group wants patients to utilize their diabetes educator in dealing with any issues around injections, and also encourages physicians to work with diabetes educators in their practices to develop programs to aid patients in their diabetes management. By working together, patients, diabetes educators and physicians can improve these statistics and improve diabetes management and lives of people with diabetes.

"I am not surprised that many people with diabetes are not talking with the doctors or diabetes educators about their injections," said Debra Lofton, a member of the Injection Impact Report Discussion Group who takes insulin injections for her diabetes. "For years I skipped meals or injections to avoid the hassle and discomfort of taking them, but when it came to talking with my doctor about it, I did not speak up as much as I could have. When I did finally talk to my diabetes educator about my injections I learned there were other, less painful ways to manage my diabetes effectively. I am so happy I finally said something."

About the Injection Impact Report

The surveys were conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and Patton Medical Devices between June 12th and July 7th, 2008. The survey of people with diabetes included 502 people who inject insulin using a syringe or insulin pen to manage their diabetes. The survey of healthcare professionals included 301 healthcare professionals that treat people with diabetes that inject insulin, including 101 primary care physicians, 100 endocrinologists, and 100 diabetes educator
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