At #ADA2022 this morning, Dr Anne Peters talking on "diabetes technology - panacea meets reality"
There's been a marked increase in the use of technology in the last decade. Mean A1c has improved significantly, but not enough to meet guidelines. Hospitalisations haven't reduced.
We have to take social determinants of health into account, and common stressors (e.g. deportation, loss of job, imprisonment, food insecurity). Giving people who are struggling devices won't necessarily help, and they're often stolen.
Diabetes has an image problem: it is often represented inaccurately in the media e.g. stock images of sugary foods.
The language used about diabetes is often stigmatising too. People with diabetes can experience stigma from the media, but also family, friends and health care professionals.
Consequences include emotional distress, hiding their diabetes, and impaired self-care
Dr Rebekah Walker speaking at #ADA2022 about the influence of food insecurity on quality of life.
food insecurity = uncertain of having or being unable to get enough food because of insufficient money/other resources
10.5% of US households were food insecure at some time during 2020. Those with diabetes and prediabetes are more likely to be food insecure. #ADA2022