According to a recent survey of consumers in its five-state footprint, Meijer found that half of all people with diabetes feel overwhelmed by managing the disease and do not have a personal care plan to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
The survey, which included people with both types of diabetes, as well as people at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes,- cited motivation as a challenge to taking control of their health, and said they struggle most with nutrition and diet.
As part of American Diabetes Month®, the Midwest retailer launched a new online destination - Meijer.com/Diabetes
"While the challenges of managing diabetes or being at risk for the disease can sometimes seem overwhelming, there are many places consumers can turn to get answers to their questions, like your local pharmacist," said Nat Love, vice president of Meijer Drug Store. "Nearly 40 percent of those surveyed told us that, in addition to regular doctor visits, they are more willing to talk with pharmacists and find that walk-in clinical services are convenient for getting extra support in developing their personal care plan for diabetes."
The survey also found that nearly 90 percent of respondents could not fully identify the complications that could result from not managing the disease, which include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness and kidney disease.
"November is American Diabetes Month® and we are spreading the word about diabetes and the importance of prevention and management of the disease, said Debra O'Leary, senior executive director of the American Diabetes Association. "Diabetes is a serious disease and we're proud that Meijer has shown a significant commitment in the movement to Stop Diabetes ® through diabetes education, prevention and care."
With pharmacies in all of its stores, Meijer provides convenient support for people needing diabetes care.
Meijer stores will be hosting health and wellness events on Saturday that will feature diabetic friendly samplings, free glucose testing, a free ADA Health Risk Assessment, take-home materials containing information on managing diabetes, exercise tips and recipes, and more.