Diabetes educators encourage patients to talk about their insulin injections

August 8, 2008

Many diabetics who need insulin dread the injections, but they don?t tell health professionals because they don?t want to bother them.

Many diabetics who need insulin dread taking the injections, but they don't bring the topic up with their health professionals because they don't want to bother them. As a result, some patients skip meals or injections to avoid the hassle and discomfort of taking the shots, thus hurting their quality of life. That's one finding from a survey of 502 patients and 301 health professionals conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. AADE urged diabetes patients to discuss their concerns with their health professionals since there are less painful ways to manage their disease effectively and has set up a team of professionals to develop tools to improve communication between the two groups.

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