Mithya Srinivasan
Feb 28, 2018 · 2 min read

In our recent article, we talked about harnessing the power of the Achievement community through crowdsourcing to help answer the questions people have around anxiety. What’s the power of crowdsourcing in health? At its core, crowdsourcing is a group of people sharing ideas and knowledge to learn something new. It also can create a sense of community and shared experience.

Ask Away: Crowdsourcing for Diabetics

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million U.S. adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes. In our second crowdsourcing series, we wanted provide Achievers who self-report type 1 or type 2 diabetes an opportunity to let us know what questions they would like to ask their peers in the Achievement community. We then selected a few to ask back to the community based on the trends we saw.

We reviewed the thousands of submitted questions, and were able to see some common themes emerge. We’ve synthesized the results and wanted to share the data more broadly. Here’s what we learned:

Type 1 Diabetics

  • 71% of type 1 diabetics report using smartphone apps to help with managing their diabetes
  • During the holidays, 81% of type 1 diabetics found it harder to manage their blood glucose levels
  • 63% of people have depression or anxiety related to their type 1 diabetes
  • 33% of people have a local support group geared toward type 1 diabetics
  • During the winter, 70% of type 1 diabetics see a difference in their blood glucose levels
  • 68% of type 1 diabetics find it hard to manage their blood glucose levels after exercising

Type 2 Diabetics

  • 68% of type 2 diabetics report using smartphone apps to manage their diabetes
  • 86% of type 2 diabetics find that daily stress has an impact on their blood glucose levels
  • 70% of type 2 diabetes report that sleep affects blood glucose levels
  • 70% of people find there is enough support available for type 2 diabetics
  • Exercising helps with controlling 93% of type 2 diabetics blood glucose levels

If you’re interested in learning more about research and insights around diabetes, please check out our research page. We believe that we can achieve and learn more together, and we look forward to continuing to find new and innovative ways to help others make more informed health decisions. Would you like to participate in a crowdsourcing series? What crowdsource series would you like to see next? Let us know and join the Achievement community to help yourself and others take control of their health.

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Mithya Srinivasan

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Consumer Marketing @Achievement

Achievement - Support your health. Reward your life.

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