About PaTH to Health Diabetes
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 Cynthia. A committed single mom who for several years juggled working two (sometimes three) jobs, attending classes to earn a bachelor’s degree, raising her daughter, and caring for their home, all the while trying to maintain her sanity. A diabetes diagnosis was the wake-up call Cynthia needed to find a new balance in her life, one that put herself on the list of priorities and would ultimately lead to a healthier, less stressful lifestyle.