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Low Awareness of Prediabetes is a Problem

Apr 5, 2013
 

Awareness of prediabetes is low, less than 14% of people in the U.S. are aware of the condition….

There are 70 million people in the U.S. with prediabetes and they don’t even know it. Prediabetic patients who don’t lose weight or exercise on a regular basis will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on average within a 3 year follow-up.

 

Dr. YanFeng Li, MD, and colleagues wrote in a recent study, that, "Efforts are needed to increase awareness." With awareness being so low — less than 14% of people know about prediabetes — there needs to be more efforts made towards raising awareness. Patients who already have prediabetes should be identified to help reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

If awareness of prediabetes within the U.S. could be increased and modest lifestyle changes encouraged, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes could be reduced.

http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/diabetes/news/online/%7BB0FD7871-CDAD-41D9-9965-3FD91A5EC372%7D/CDC-Efforts-needed-to-increase-awareness-of-prediabetes "Endocrinology." CDC: Efforts Needed to Increase Awareness of Prediabetes. N.p., 26 Mar. 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2013.