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Small Lifestyle Changes Can Have Big Impact for Type 2 Diabetes Patients

March 2013

A new, national study conducted by GfK, an independent market research firm, on behalf of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, revealed that physicians feel type 2 diabetes patients could better manage their disease by appreciating the benefits of “small successes” – such as walking instead of driving short distances – rather than focusing on drastic changes. In fact, 97 percent of physicians said type 2 diabetes patients would have more success in managing their disease if they understood that even a small five- to 10-pound weight loss could improve outcomes.

The survey also found that physicians and the general public strongly agree a significant challenge in the treatment of type 2 diabetes is the fact that patients often don’t realize that the disease impacts their entire body – less than one in three physicians felt patients are very aware of negative effects the disease has on the body beyond blood glucose, including impacts on the heart, kidneys, and pancreas. Because of this, it is evident that there is a need for nurses and other healthcare providers to help patients focus beyond just the reduction of blood sugar to address other related medical issues.

The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute is a global initiative that was established to address the growing epidemic of diabetes and to help transform diabetes care. Through this institute, diabetes specialists receive the latest information about innovative practice models, as well as ways to use existing diabetes tools and technologies to meet the needs of patients and providers in their region. The Institute offers free membership for healthcare professionals and provides webinars on current topics, articles written by experts and the opportunity to interact with thought leaders.

To learn more about the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, visit

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