About PaTH to Health: Diabetes
Obesity is one of America’s primary health concerns and is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, which affects over 29 million people and is associated with serious complications. Although these complications are preventable with proper medical and lifestyle management, including weight loss, nearly half of patients with diabetes do not have adequate glycemic control. Primary care clinics may be an ideal setting for weight control interventions.
In our study, we are looking at Electronic Health Record (EHR) and claims data across three states to see if obesity counseling has improved weight and diabetes outcomes. Are patients with or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes receiving obesity counseling? If so, is it leading to weight loss and better blood sugar control? These are questions we hope to answer by analyzing the data.
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Patient Partner Voice
Meet Julie. A daughter, wife, mother and houseparent to 12 high-school aged girls. Yes, that’s right – 12! Employed at Milton Hershey School for over 28 years and spending over a decade as a part time house parent, Julie and her husband decided 7 years ago to make it a full time gig to care for and guide teenagers who come from various backgrounds and hardships. It’s not a 9-5 job. It’s a commitment, it takes effort, it takes guts; the same qualities that have helped Julie conquer a personal battle with diabetes.