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ADA: Diabetes Self-Care Tasks Demand Hours a Day

ADA: Diabetes Self-Care Tasks Demand Hours a Day

WASHINGTON, June 10 ? More than three hours a day would be required for an average type 2 diabetes patient to follow to the letter all home-care tasks recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

So found two investigators with the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, who arrived at their time estimates by compiling responses to questionnaires sent to certified diabetes educators.

"The recommendations for diabetes mellitus self-care are likely too time intensive for most people to successfully complete," wrote Jay H. Shubrook, D.O., and Frank L. Schwartz, M.D., in a poster presented today at the American Diabetes Association Meeting here.

"To make the demands more realistic we will need to find ways to combine tasks, or, alternatively, develop a cultural change so that all adults can build self care into their daily lives," they added.

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