Understanding How People Understand Diabetes Self-management

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Katie Weinger, Ed.D., R.N. directs Joslin's Center for Excellence in Diabetes Education.

Right now we have a one-size-fits-all approach to diabetes education,” says Katie Weinger, Ed.D., R.N. “But instead of trying to adapt people to our treatments, including education, we want to adapt our approaches to people and their particular strengths and weaknesses.”

Dr. Weinger is interested in executive function—the ability of people to organize, plan and solve problems. In a new project, she will supplement interviews and paper-based surveys with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans.

Volunteers will receive fMRI brain scans before and after taking diabetes self-management courses, and their success in self-management will be followed closely for six months.

This study will bring a new set of neurocognitive and neuropsychological information to the ongoing effort “to figure out ways for people to make it less stressful and yet still accomplish enough on their lifestyle recommendations that they can live healthily and well with diabetes,” says Dr. Weinger.

“We are seeing what we can do for people who are struggling with diabetes but are still coming to their appointments and their education sessions,” she adds.

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One Response to Understanding How People Understand Diabetes Self-management

  1. Cindy Cardenas says:

    I am a type 2 diabetic. Struggling with diet. I’ve read so many books and am confused. I have followed the advice of my doctor-recommended diets. Was told blood glucose of 140 was good. Now with everything I’ve read, says my blood glucose should be “tighter” than 140. Most recently went on Atkins and had great bg control. Could tolerate 20-30 grams of carbs a day which isn’t much.
    Is there something I can do with you to learn more?

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