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Survey: Diabetes Patients Don't Change Lifestyle
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
Click the link to learn more about this study.

Why do you think some fail to follow through with life changes when diagnosed?

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brunosbud responded:
Surprising? Not really.

Of the Top 10 Causes of Death in America, most are diseases of other words: preventable.

Is that to mean that everyone has a death wish? Not in the least!

It simply means, lifestyle changes are tough to rationalize...

You have to dig deep.
flutetooter responded:
1. Not understanding at first how deadly diabetes can be if left to progress
2. Denial - Not believing that the consequences really apply to themselves
3. Choices - Thinking that the "feel good" choices of comfort food and addictive eating are more important to them than good health
4. Low self esteem - Feeling that they are not worth the effort to be healthy and slender, and live longer
5. Lack of ability to understand this very complicated disease, which I think is different from my reason #1, in that some people, even with effort on their part, lack the ability to sort out all the information on managing this disease.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
phototaker replied to flutetooter's response:
Can't beat those answers, Flutetooter! Great job!

I also think that some struggle not having the money to buy the right kinds of foods for themselves. That "sometimes" depends on choices they are making in their lives, buying something they really don't need instead of spending it on good food choices, OR really struggling to just barely make it to eat at all.

Many also have no health insurance, and have to pay for that, too.

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