Disordered eating patterns may be difficult to detect in patients yet they occur frequently – especially in type 1 diabetes cases. Patients living with diabetes are not only exposed to constant scrutiny of their weight and dietary habits and face stigmatization from their peers, but they must also rigorously monitor their food intake to ensure optimal glycemic control. According to a recent Medscape report, many adolescents are willing to accept the risk of skipping insulin to avoid negative comments and attention from their peers.
Lifestyle interventions are often the first line of treatment for patients with prediabetes and are an essential component of successful weight and blood glucose management for the reduction of cardiometabolic disease risk. Together, the incorporation of regular physical activity and implementation of healthy dietary patterns have been proven to decrease cardiovascular disease risk factors, although the impact of these strategies does not always yield the same results. As evidenced by the latest research published in Diabetes Care, lowering CVD event risk in individuals who are overweight or obese with intensive lifestyle interventions is dependent on certain patient-specific factors. Read more