In part 2 of this Exclusive Interview, Mark Peyrot explains the ADA psycho-social diabetes guidelines in a conversation with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, CA.
Mark Peyrot is Professor of Sociology at Loyola University Maryland and Professor of Health and Social Sciences at Bergen University College (Norway). His 300+ publications include a co-edited collection of diabetes psychosocial care guidelines and a ADA position statement on diabetes psychosocial care recently published by ADA.
Transcript of this video segment:
Steve: What is the purpose of the guidelines?
Dr. Peyrot: The purpose of the guidelines is to get physicians and healthcare providers who support physicians and work with them, including certified diabetes educators, mental health professionals, to address the underlying problems that lead to the kinds of lives people have when they are living with diabetes. Whether that be depression, barriers to effective self-care, whatever it is, to look beyond the biological and pharmacological properties of our treatment regimens and try to understand the human element behind them, that’s really the key in how people use the treatments that have available. Because in words of C. Everett Koop, “medicines don’t work in people who don’t take them” number one; and number two: you can have good health but not have good quality of life because you are making sacrifices that detract from your quality of life. So, the goal is to try and optimize not just one single parameter, like blood glucose levels, but a variety of parameters that are related to one’s health and well-being.