Diabetes is one of the most prevalent global conditions, costing over £1 trillion annually to treat. Around one in 11 adults worldxwide now has diabetes with around 90% having Type 2. This report explores whether digital healthcare can play a part in the treatment of this global health crisis.
Based on original research from Liva Healthcare, ‘Empowering patients: modernising the treatment of Type 2 diabetes’ reveals the challenges Type 2 diabetics and healthcare professionals face when managing and treating this condition. It also looks at their preferences for future treatment and uncovers significant demand to move away from medication.
Type 2 diabetics
– Almost half (46%) of Type 2 diabetics have hidden their condition from family, work or friends
– Eating healthily was identified as the biggest concern for Type 2 diabetes (65%)
– A quarter (24%) are worried about passing on bad habits to their children
– Almost two-thirds (63%) are stressed and worried about their health
– 71% of healthcare professionals believe the NHS can only financially cope with Type 2 diabetes for 10 years at most
– Over half (54%) of healthcare professionals would prefer to help Type 2 diabetes patients lose weight or get fit than prescribe medication
– 81% of patients would prefer to use lifestyle changes rather than medication to manage their condition