TABLE 6.

Respondents’ Rankings of the Five Biggest Barriers to Diabetes Management*

Respondents With Type 1 Diabetes (% of 14,095 total mentions)Respondents With Type 2 Diabetes (% of 3,366 total mentions)
First most frequently mentioned barrierCost of medications and devices and care (24)Difficulty sticking to diet and exercise (23)
Second most frequently mentioned barrierStress involved in managing diabetes (23)Cost of medications and devices and care (18)
Third most frequently mentioned barrierSide effects from diabetes medications, such as hypoglycemia and weight gain (14)Stress involved in managing diabetes (15)
Fourth most frequently mentioned barrierDifficulty sticking to diet and exercise (8)Side effects from diabetes medications, such as hypoglycemia and weight gain (13)
Fifth most frequently mentioned barrierManaging the numbers of pills/insulin doses you have to take each day (7)Managing the numbers of pills/insulin doses you have to take each day (6)
  • ↵* Choices included managing the number of pills and/or insulin doses you have to take each day, side effects from diabetes medications (for example, hypoglycemia, weight gain, etc.), lack of adequate training on taking medications and using devices, drug and medication device labeling that is not clear or easy to understand, not being able to find a combination of medications that works for you personally, stress involved in managing diabetes, difficulty sticking to diet and exercise, lack of support from those around you (friends, family, work), stigma associated with diabetes, and fear surrounding diabetes.