-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows
that many Americans who are at risk for type 2 diabetes don't
believe they are, and their doctors may not be giving them a clear
message about their risk.
American Diabetes Association researchers surveyed more than
1,400 people aged 40 and older and more than 600 health care
providers to come to this conclusion. The investigators found that
40 percent of at-risk people thought they had no risk for diabetes
or prediabetes, and only 30 percent of patients with modifiable
risk factors for diabetes believed they had some increased risk for
Less than half of at-risk patients said they'd had regular
discussions with their health care provider about blood pressure,
blood sugar levels and cholesterol, and didn't recall being tested
as often as health care providers reported actually testing
Only 25 percent of at-risk patients are very or extremely
knowledgeable about their increased risk for type 2 diabetes or
heart disease, according to health care providers.
While patients do know what helps lower diabetes and heart
disease risk, such as a healthier diet and more exercise, many of
those who are at-risk are overweight or obese (about 70 percent)
and/or sedentary (37 percent).
Health care providers said the greatest barrier to treating
at-risk patients is non-compliance with recommended lifestyle
changes. This could be because nearly 80 percent of at-risk
patients think they are in excellent or good health.
It is critical for health care providers to ensure that patients
understand the link between risk factors and diabetes development,
said Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, the incoming chair of the American
Diabetes Association's prevention committee and executive director
of the Diabetes and Obesity Institute at Winthrop-University
Hospital in Mineola, N.Y.
While health care providers think their at-risk patients are
making the connection, a quarter of these patients said they
weren't concerned because they don't have any health problems, she
noted in a news release from the American Diabetes Association.
The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
explains how to
prevent type 2 diabetes.
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