With Type 2 Diabetes, knowledge isn’t enough

Although patients with type 2 diabetes are knowledgeable about their disease and have good access to health care, knowledge has not generally led to healthy behavior, according to a study presented at this year’s American Diabetes Association’s annual meeting.

Nearly one in five individuals with type 2 diabetes reported they’d rather take medicine for their health problems than change their lifestyles, and 5 percent reported they did not bother to try to stay healthy.

The AstraZeneca sponsored study, known as SHIELD (The Study to Help Improve Early evaluation and management of risk factors Leading to Diabetes), is the largest nongovernmental study of its kind.

Diabetes affects 25.6 million adults in the United States, or 11.3 percent of the total adult population. Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90 to 95 percent of all cases of diagnosed diabetes in adults.

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-By Corey Windett, Senior Manager for Brand Corporate Affairs at AstraZeneca