Ranking of Factors That Have a “Big Impact” on Daily Life With Diabetes by Respondents’ Diabetes Type and Therapy

Rank*Diabetes/Therapy Type
1Food choices (63%)Food choices (67%)Food choices (64%)
2Time-in-range (57%)Time-in-range (45%)
A1C (44%)
Time-in-range (41%)
A1C (41%)
3Unexpected blood glucose numbers (42%)Nondiabetes health issues (36%)
Dosing insulin (34%)
Nondiabetes health issues (31%)
4Dosing insulin (37%)Unexpected blood glucose numbers (28%)Unexpected blood glucose numbers (20%)
5Hypoglycemia (30%)
A1C (30%)
Nondiabetes health issues (27%)
Symptoms of complications (24%)Symptoms of complications (15%)
  • * This table depicts the percentage of survey respondents within each group who scored a particular factor (e.g., food choices) as having a “big impact” on daily life with diabetes. To better understand the relative importance of these factors, they have been grouped and ranked according to measurable breaks of 4%. In each group food choices was the highest-ranking “big impact” factor and was followed by a measurable break in all instances. Whereas a measurable break also follows time-in-range (defined in the survey as “time spent in the ideal blood glucose range”) for T1 respondents, time-in-range and A1C fell within the same group for all T2 respondents, regardless of whether they were on insulin therapy, indicating roughly equal relative importance. In contrast, a far smaller proportion of T1 respondents considered A1C to have as big of an impact as time-in-range in their daily life. Because food choices cannot be used to assess diabetes therapies, time-in-range emerged as the measurable therapy outcome that had the biggest impact on daily life with diabetes for all groups of respondents. Note that differences across diabetes/therapy type groups are not necessarily significant (see Supplementary Figure S1 for full data).