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Survey Reveals Honolulu Residents Perceive Financial Challenges as Main Barrier in Properly Managing Their Type 2 Diabetes
Date:3/25/2009

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  • More than one in three refer to the cost of gyms in the area as a barrier to better weight management
  • More importantly, some residents cited financial reasons as barriers to being able to maintain their recommended diabetes treatment regimen.
    • Almost one in five residents cited the need to give up other expenses in order to continue paying for the cost of diabetes management
    • More than one in 10 admit to limiting supplies, skipping doctors visits and taking medications less often to reduce costs associated with management of their diabetes
  • "These survey findings highlight a complex issue for local residents with type 2 diabetes and the physicians that treat them," said Dr. Laurie Tom, co-director of the upcoming Honolulu TCOYD conference, endocrinologist, assistant clinical professor of Medicine at the University of Hawaii and president of the American Diabetes Association Hawaii Leadership Board. "The goal of the upcoming conference is to not only inform patients of how to live healthier lives with diabetes, but to also inspire them to take action and address the psychological component of dealing with chronic disease management."

    The annual TCOYD conference and health fair will take place on April 4, 2009, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center and will feature national and local medical experts in diabetes care discussing the latest developments in the treatment of diabetes, the complications of the disease, psychological barriers to controlling diabetes and nutritional issues. In addition to extensive educational offerings, the conference also features hands-on physical activities like "Tai Chi" and workshops such as "5-star Meals on a Budget." Pre-registration for the conference is recommended and is $25 per person. On-site regist
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