Tuesday 25 September 2012
Boehringer and Lilly Introduce Online Program for Adult Type 2s
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Eli Lilly and Company have introduced My Well Planner, a new online program offering customized educational content to help adults with type 2 diabetes make simple lifestyle changes to improve their health. Sample topics include general information abouttype 2 diabetes, better eating habits, building physical activity into daily life, taking medication, and communication strategies.
My Well Planner is designed to address the emotional barriers that people with type 2 diabetes face every day. Modeled on a behavioral change approach, it offers personalized content that adjusts as patients use it over time. The program helps adults with type 2 diabetes and their healthcare providers work together to set small lifestyle goals at their own pace, building toward bigger goals in the future.
People with type 2 diabetes can register and create their ownMy Well Planner account at www.mywellplannerinfo.com. Once enrolled in the program, patients are asked to take a self-assessment to determine their motivation levels. The program delivers tailored tips based on the evaluation results to help patients take an active role in their condition and maintain healthy behaviors over time. It also creates progress reports that they can print out and discuss with their healthcare providers during visits.
According to Francine Cabrera, RN, CDE, WOCN, a Philadelphia-based nurse and diabetes educator, “It’s not easy to break old habits and create healthier ones. What sets My Well Plannerapart is its personalized content based on a graduated approach to help patients build goals and confidence to make healthy life changes.”
So what has big pharma got to offer in the way of dietary advice for Type 2 diabetics! I doubt anyone will be surprised when they read the following:
As someone living with type 2 diabetes, you know that making healthy food choices is important. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste in order to improve control of your blood sugar levels. There’s a world of palate-pleasing options that with even a slight change in food preparation and portion size can help make a difference when it comes to managing your type 2 diabetes. Limiting fat intake is important, as is choosing the right amount of carbohydrates. Half of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates, but choose ones made of whole grains which are filled with important vitamins and minerals that are lost in refined grain foods like white bread, rice and pasta. There’s a lot more to learn! Check out the food tips below. Some tips are just what the doctor ordered in an effort to control your glucose level, others will help manage things like your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. All these tips will help you be at your nutritional best. Bon appétit!