In part 1 of this 2-part Exclusive Interview, Angela Golden talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the AACE 2017 convention in Austin Texas about obesity in people over the age of 65.
Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, is the owner of sole provider of NP from Home in Flagstaff, Arizona, a specialty practice for the medical management of obesity.
Transcript of this video segment:
Steve Freed: This is Steve Freed. We’re here at the AACE in Austin Texas 2017. We have a unique guest with us, this is mostly endocrinologists but we have someone here and you’ll notice the pin that she wears. She is not an endocrinologist. She’s a nurse practitioner. That’s what the NP stands for. I understand that you’re here to talk about a poster. First of all give us a little background of who you are, what you do and then we can talk about the poster.
Angela Golden: Thank you for having me today with you today, Steve. I’m pretty excited to be here and very honored to present the poster. The poster is about patients with obesity who are over 65, and obesity is such a passion for me. I am a nurse practitioner from Arizona. I own my own practice for about 18 years in Family Practice. And about 3 years ago, I started a practice as a sub specialist with obesity, so I still have both of those practices going and because of that subspecialty in obesity, I’ve had this opportunity to come here to AACE and get the opportunity to present about patients with obesity who are over 65.
Steve Freed: What does the study tell us about obesity for the older citizen?
Angela Golden: What’s really interesting for patients with obesity over the age of 65 is that they have a lot of similarities with patients who are younger. Interestingly enough, they aren’t getting diagnosed and I think the important piece for that is that as endocrinologists, as primary care physicians, as nurse practitioners, that gives us such a great opportunity to recognize that we can then help them more if we give them the diagnosis. If was there any other disease that we wouldn’t give our patient the diagnosis? I don’t think so. So that really tells us we’ve got that opening and the action survey that we did with over 3,000 patients with over 600 healthcare providers, and one of the really unique parts about this survey that we also had employers involved, so it gave us the opportunity to generate perceptions about obesity from three different groups to help us determine what are barriers to providing that care for patients, whether they are over or under 65. But for patients over 65, they all believe, as do our younger patients, that obesity is a disease and yet the other thing we found is that they’re not seeking the support from their healthcare providers. Well, if they are not seeking the support from their healthcare providers, how are they going to get treatment for the disease? Again, another great opportunity for those of us who are treating this disease to help our patients. So I think what this poster and this survey really does for all of us is help us understand that we have an opportunity to open this conversation.