Survey uncovers food economizing among Type 2 diabetes population


LONDON Results of a Pan-European survey announced Tuesday have revealed alarming new information regarding the eating habits of people with Type 2 diabetes. The survey indicated that the economic crisis is affecting the ability of people with Type 2 diabetes to manage their disease.

According to the American Medical Association Guide to Living with Diabetes, effective diabetes management includes choosing a series of small but frequent well-balanced meals spread across the day, to ensure that blood glucose is kept at optimum levels.

Twenty-six percent of respondents stated they have only one main meal a day and fewer than half (43%) were eating three or more meals a day. More than a third (37%) of respondents further stated that rising food prices and the "credit crunch" had affected their ability to balance their diet and had caused them to eat less.

The survey was undertaken to mark the introduction of the new LifeScan OneTouch VITA blood glucose meter with MealMemory technology, which allows people with diabetes to see the impact food has on their blood glucose levels. The survey had a sample of 1,410 respondents, and targeted people aged 60 and over with Type 2 diabetes across seven countries.

In response to these findings, LifeScan has launched an interactive Web site (, which provides resources to help people with Type 2 diabetes understand and manage their disease more effectively

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