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.

U.S. At a Glance

U.S. Adults Screening Overweight 33.1%
U.S. Adults Screening Obese 35.7%
U.S. Population w/Type 2 Diabetes 9.3%

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.

Recipe Of The Day

Submitted by Patient Partner Mully Chea

  • Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup of Oyster Sauce
  • 1/2 cup of Stir Fry Soy Sauce
  • 3 ounces of Broccoli
  • 3 ounces Baby Corn
  • 3 ounces Mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of minced/chopped Garlic
  • Your Choice of Meats
  • Your Choice of Carbs (6.8 ounces)

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