Effective self-care in diabetes is critical and perhaps neglected in many clinical environments. Well-intentioned professionals prescribe life-style interventions along with pharmaceuticals but how do we know if our patients are able to translate recommendations? If we assign labels such as noncompliant or non adherent are we missing the real cause?
Do your patients have a level of literacy to be informed shared-decision makers? Shouldn't you know?
From age 50, adults with diabetes died 4.6 years earlier, developed disability 6–7 years earlier, and spent about 1–2 more years in a disabled state than adults without diabetes. With increasing baseline age, diabetes was associated with significant (P < 0.05) reductions in the number of total and disability-free life-years, but the absolute difference in years between those with and without diabetes was less than at younger baseline age. Men with diabetes spent about twice as much of their remaining years disabled (20–24% of remaining life across the three disability definitions) as men without diabetes (12–16% of remaining life across the three disability definitions). Similar associations between diabetes status and disability-free and disabled years were observed among women.--Disability-Free Life-Years Lost Among Adults Aged ≥50 Years, With and Without Diabetes
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