Should doctors talk with patients more often about their risk factors for diabetes?…
A recent survey conducted by the American Diabetes Association involved 1,400 patients and 600 health providers to ascertain their perception of their risk of developing diabetes. According to the results, 40% of those who were at increased risk for developing diabetes felt that they in no way had any increased risk and more than half of the patients reported not having regular discussions with their physician regarding blood sugar levels and other diabetic risk factors. Only 25% of those with increased risk for developing diabetes were aware of their susceptibility.
According to the survey, the majority of the patients knew which lifestyle factors to change in order to help avoid developing diabetes, namely diet and exercise. The problem may lay in that 80% of the patients who were at-risk for diabetes and should change their lifestyle felt that they were currently in good or excellent health.
These findings indicate that physicians may need to be more outspoken with patients at risk for diabetes ensuring that they are aware of their risks, and what should be done to curb them.
- Forty percent of patients surveyed who were at an increased risk of developing diabetes felt that they were not at risk.
- Less than half of the patients surveyed reported regularly speaking with their doctor about the risks of developing diabetes.
- Eight percent of patients who were currently at increased risk for developing diabetes reported being in good or excellent health.
American Diabetes Association, December 2013