// Chartbeat tag // Chartbeat tag

Study: Diabetics would forsake years of life to avoid treatments

Share this article:

Up to 18% of diabetes patients say they would forfeit up to a decade of healthy life just to avoid treatments, researchers say. In addition, as many as half said they would give up eight to 10 years of life in perfect health to avoid living with diabetes complications.

The findings could have stunning implications for long-term care workers. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent and fastest growing conditions of American long-term care residents.

Diabetes patients typically must take several medications daily, which can extend to include daily insulin shots, as well. The shots are the top aversion among study subjects, according to researchers from the University of Chicago, who issued a report in this month's issue of Diabetes Care.

"We need to find better, more convenient ways to treat chronic illness," said study author Elbert Huang, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. The study included face-to-face preference interviews with 701 adults.
Share this article:

More in News

RACs collected nearly $2 million from skilled nursing facilities last year, report ...

Recovery Audit Contractors recovered $1.8 million in Medicare overpayments made to skilled nursing facilities in fiscal year 2013, according to a Congressional report released Monday.

OK nursing home worker threatened to behead colleague in a terrorist act, ...

Police in Oklahoma City have arrested a nursing home worker who allegedly threatened to behead another staff member out of solidarity with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to news sources.

Jewish Home Lifecare named Innovator of the Year

Jewish Home Lifecare named Innovator of the Year

Jewish Home Lifecare won the top award in the Innovator of the Year category in the third annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards competition.