Survey Shows Health Care Professionals with Diabetes Manage Themselves Better Than Their Patients Do

A recent survey published in the May/June issue of The Diabetes Educator found that most health care professionals with diabetes manage their own care more intensively than most of their patients do.

The survey, which drew 802 responses, found that 96 percent of the type 1 doctors polled managed their diabetes intensively. Insulin pumps were an especially popular means of self-management, used by more than 50 percent of the respondents. The remainder of those who controlled their diabetes intensively took three or more shots a day.

These numbers cut a very different profile from that of the general population with type 1 diabetes, less than a quarter of whom manage their diabetes intensively. Of these, only a fraction uses insulin pumps.

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