Intensive Wellness Approach Helps Type 2s Lower Drug Doses and Costs

A Florida-based endocrinologist and his team have reported that an intensive 16-week wellness program aimed at type 2 patients yielded some dramatic results

| Jun 14, 2012

A Florida-based endocrinologist and his team have reported that an intensive 16-week wellness program aimed at type 2 patients yielded some dramatic results: Patients were able to decrease their insulin by 46 percent and their oral medication by 12 percent.  They saw their 30-day prescription costs drop by an average of more than $140 per month, reduced their BMI by 3.07, and experienced a drop of 0.7% in their A1C.

The program, designed by John Gary Evans, MD, and his associates in Jacksonville, enrolled type 2 patients in an intensive course that covered nutrition, fitness, and behavior. Researchers monitored the patients' weight, A1C levels, BMI, and diabetes medication usage.

Dr. Evans, who reported his findings in late May to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, said that the 16-week course gave patients enough time to absorb information and act on it, as well as receive reinforcement. The result, he said, was the notable improvements in various measurements recorded by the study.

Citing a November 2011 ruling by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid that intensive behavioral therapy for obesity is covered under some Medicare plans, Dr. Evans said that he hopes his program demonstrates the need for wellness training as a part of healthcare plans for all diabetes patients, regardless of weight.

Source: Diabetes in Control

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Categories: A1C, A1C Levels, A1Cs, Blood Sugar, BMI, Body Mass Index, Diabetes, Diabetes Health, Insulin, Medicare, Medications, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 2 Issues


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Posted by Anonymous on 19 June 2012

Quote "intensive behavioral therapy for obesity is covered under some Medicare plans." The operative word is "some" Medicare plans. Probably not yours or mine. I'm having trouble getting my new Part D insurer to cover some of my current cheap diabetes drugs and have them reduce the Tier for Insulin like it was before. The new insurer was required by my former employer. They are all Jerks including Medicare.

Posted by Anonymous on 20 June 2012

I know my comment a couple of minutes ago was, although true, ranting and raving.:

Instead:

"I fully agree with such programs as a regular part of diabetes care and pre-diabetes care for susceptible patients. Unfortunately, getting Medicare and the health insurers to pay is the problem. Instead, most of us, who can't afford to pay the costs of the programs, are left to fend for ourselves. I wish the health community was more proactive when I first got diabetes 17 years ago. Instead of facing a failure to diagnosed diabetes and then facing a series of misdiagnoses by several specialists. When the correct diagnosis came in, I had already suffered serious impacts on my health and received no counseling or other help in dealing with it. I'm still not getting counseling. I use the internet and medical journals and go to conferences to educate myself."

Posted by Anonymous on 1 July 2012

THIS ARTICLE WAS VERY INFFORMATIVE. THANK YOU, DR. EVANS!!


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