Effectively managing diabetes results in significantly improved long-term blood sugar control, a new study has suggested.
Researchers at John Hopkins University School of Medicine implemented an intensive programme that taught low-income, poorly educated diabetics to better manage their disease.
According to the research, the findings offer clinicians a proven new tool to help those with poorly controlled diabetes make lifestyle changes to improve their health.
"We know that people need information to manage their disease, but having knowledge of the facts is not enough for behavioral change," commented Felicia Hill-Briggs, an associate professor and the study's lead author.
"With this novel approach, we have found a way to give people the skills to solve problems in all areas of their lives so that they can take diabetes off the back burner and start caring for their health."
More than 25 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. The number of diagnoses has been steadily rising with 1.9 million new cases diagnosed in 2010.