Many People Are Unaware They Have Signs Of Diabetes – Part 2 of 2
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 fixed (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 assume 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 new chair of the American Diabetes Association’s prevention committee and executive director of the Diabetes and Obesity Institute at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, NY While robustness 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 additional info. More report The US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion explains how to prevent type 2 diabetes.