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Diabetes experiences revealed through online survey

An online survey about people’s views and experiences of diabetes found that the majority of participants had no problems with the idea of injecting insulin should they need to.

The survey found that 68 per cent of people considered themselves to be at ease with taking insulin injections. Out of those whose doctor or nurse had told them that they needed to control/reduce their weight, 65 per cent had taken steps to increase their exercise, 65 per cent adopted a healthy eating plan and 55 per cent reduced the amount of food they ate.

Other ways to manage diabetes

When asked about other diabetes medication to control or reduce their weight, 56 per cent said they would take tablets, 26 would consider injections and 14 per cent would consider surgery.

The survey was carried out through Diabetes UK's website between July and August 2008. There were 2,390 respondents, including 1,412 people with Type 2 diabetes and 873 with Type 1. The remainder of people either did not know the type of diabetes they had or said they had another form such as gestational diabetes.

Diabetes UK would like to thanks all those who took part in the survey, which was sponsored by Novo Nordisk.

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