CHICAGO, August 7, 2008—The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) today announced results from a survey conducted by Harris Interactive highlighting communication between people with diabetes that require insulin injections and their healthcare providers. According to the survey results, 33 percent of respondents have experienced some level of dread relating to insulin injections (eight percent strongly agreed/25 percent somewhat agreed), 14 percent of individuals surveyed felt that the insulin injections had a negative impact on their life (three percent experience a major negative impact/11 percent experience a moderate negative impact) and more than 29 percent of individuals surveyed felt that injecting insulin was the hardest aspect of their diabetes care (eight percent strongly agree/21 percent somewhat agree). However, even though insulin injections had such an impact on these individuals, 52 percent do not proactively discuss their concerns regarding the physical and emotional aspects of injecting with their healthcare provider. (EurekAlert)
As I read this I thought, hmmm…one of the reasons I have been so anti-pump is because I don’t mind the injections and I have good control with multiple injections. The needles are thin and small and really, the least of my frustrations with this disease. I’ve always known that I did not fit the typical profile of a diabetic, what with my anti-pump stance and apparently my overly communicative relationship with my doctor, but these survey results surprised me so I read on….
“Diabetes is unique in that it requires significant commitment and adherence by the patient to keep it in control. If patients are not comfortable communicating issues related to their quality of life, over time they may adhere less and less to their regimen, putting them increasingly at risk for complications,” said David a Kruger, MSN, APN-BC,BC-ADM, diabetes nurse practitioner and member of the Injection Impact Report Discussion Group. “As this survey shows, a percentage of individuals living with diabetes and taking insulin are altering what they eat during the day to avoid injections or even skipping the injection entirely. Even if that only happens rarely, omission of insulin depending on the circumstance may have an impact on a patient’s overall health and potentially leave them at risk for serious diabetes-related complications.” (EurekAlert)
Okay, so this part of the survey made sense. It seemed the survey was now speaking to people with eating disorders who naturally don’t want to admit to their doctors that they are omitting insulin.
“I am not surprised that many people with diabetes are not talking with the doctors or diabetes educators about their injections,” said Debra Lofton, a member of the Injection Impact Report Discussion Group that the AADE created in response to the survey. Lofton takes insulin injections for her diabetes.
“For years I skipped meals or injections to avoid the hassle and discomfort of taking them, but when it came to talking with my doctor about it, I did not speak up as much as I could have. When I did finally talk to my diabetes educator about my injections, I learned there were other, less painful ways to manage my diabetes effectively. I am so happy I finally said something.” (Diabetes Health)
What ways? I wanted to ask Debra….I wanted to know what ways were less painful, what am I missing! Interestingly enough, this survey was partly funded by an educational grant given to the AADE by Patton Medical who has an FDA approved product called the I-port which stays in place for up to three days. Ah-Ha. This is where the survey is leading. It all goes back to making money and selling medical products. They are not interested in our relationships with our doctors; they want us to buy their product, the I-port. Now it all makes sense. Shame on Patton and shame on the AADE.