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Three Out of Four San Diegans With Type 2 Diabetes Mistakenly View Weight Loss as Solely a Matter of Willpower

Metabolic imbalances play a role in controlling blood sugar and weight

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Findings announced today from a survey of San Diego residents with type 2 diabetes showed that 73 percent of respondents viewed weight loss as solely a matter of willpower, when in fact a number of other factors, including some commonly used diabetes medications, play a role. The survey also found that seventy-one percent of San Diego residents had completed a diabetes education program compared to only half of respondents in a national survey. Despite this education, only half of those surveyed in San Diego recognized that there is a connection between diabetes medications and weight gain, compared to almost two-thirds of respondents nationally.

The survey results suggest that patients may not understand how weight management affects their ability to control their diabetes. Excess weight often contributes to the development of diabetes. For people with type 2 diabetes, weight loss is often difficult to achieve because commonly used therapies to control blood sugar lead to weight gain.

The survey, conducted by Yankelovich, was commissioned by Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 diabetes education organization that offers programs to inform, motivate and empower participants to take control of their diabetes.

"These research results reflect the complexity of this disease, the unmet needs left by many of the therapies being used to treat diabetes, and the unequivocal need for patient education on diabetes management," said Dr. Steven Edelman, physician, author and founder of Taking Control of Your Diabetes. "These discrepancies in patient understanding of the link between diabetes and obesity are one of the reasons why TCOYD is committed to providing information and resources to San Diego residents through our programs like the upcoming conference at the San Diego Convention Center on November 22."

The survey results underscore the importance of local programs such as the TCOYD patient conferences in fueling San Diego's advances in diabetes education and support. This need for education becomes increasingly important as the rates of diabetes and obesity steadily increase. Almost 2 million Californians were diagnosed with diabetes in 2005, and more than 113,000 residents are living with diabetes right here in San Diego. According to the California Diabetes Prevalence Report, nearly 1.5 million San Diego residents are either overweight or obese, a major issue as diabetes and obesity are inextricably linked metabolic diseases.

Additional survey data included:

-- Seventy-one percent of respondents reported being instructed by their physicians to lose weight, although many seemed unclear on the factors that contribute to weight loss.

-- More than 60 percent of San Diego residents with type 2 diabetes lacked confidence in their ability to lose weight in the future.

-- More than one-third (36 percent) have not altered their San Diego lifestyle since their diagnosis.

-- To control their weight, San Diego residents focus more on regular healthy eating than on regular exercise.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes is continuing to educate individuals with all types of diabetes by holding its centennial diabetes education conference, lunch and health fair on November 22, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center. The conference 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, nutritional issues and much more. Pre-registration is recommended and is $35 per person. On-site registration begins November 22 at 7:30 a.m., and costs $40. Financial assistance is available by calling TCOYD. To register or get more information, call (800) 998-2693 or visit

About the survey

The survey was conducted by Yankelovich, part of The Futures Company. The phone survey assessed the behaviors, opinions and attitudes of 100 people with type 2 diabetes living in San Diego. A national survey was also completed among a nationally representative sample of 703 adults with type 2 diabetes. Some of the results from the national survey were used as a comparison with San Diego.

About Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD)

Founded in 1995, Taking Control of Your Diabetes(TM) (TCOYD) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 diabetes education organization that offers programs to inform, motivate and empower participants to take control of their diabetes. This is the 100th event in the national series of conferences that the organization has presented since 1995, and the 14th annual conference in San Diego. Steven V. Edelman, MD, founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 15. Edelman, an internationally recognized leader in diabetes treatment, research and education, says, "It is my conviction, that health care in this country will improve when the people living with diabetes themselves are informed and empowered to take an active role in their own condition." Dr. Edelman practices and teaches at the VA Medical Center in San Diego, and the University of California, San Diego.

About The Futures Company

The Futures Company is the coming together of Henley Centre, HeadlightVision and Yankelovich, three premier research consultancies with deep legacies of thought leadership and a combined heritage of nearly 100 years of cutting-edge innovation, including Global MONITOR, a trends service combining survey data with an observational database of trends examples called Global Streetscapes and the Yankelovich MONITOR, the largest and longest running tracking of US consumer values and lifestyles. The Futures Company also offers future-facing qualitative and quantitative custom research and trends and futures consulting, with proprietary expertise in health, sustainability, and generational and multicultural marketing. Clients include leaders in CPG, pharmaceuticals, financial services, technology, telecommunications, travel and leisure, media and the public sector. The Futures Company is part of the Kantar Group of WPP with offices in London, Chapel Hill, NC, New York, Mumbai and Delhi and an established intelligence network spanning 28 countries. More information is available at:
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