Most People Don't Know They Have Pre-Diabetes
Only about one in eight people with pre-diabetes even realize they have the condition, according to new research from the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. As a result, these high-risk people are less likely to change their lifestyle habits in order to prevent the full-blown onset of diabetes.
Researchers focused on A1c—a common diabetes test to calculate the average blood sugar reading—and found 2,694 adults who had elevated blood sugar levels that fell just short of diabetes. But only 288 of those people were aware that they had pre-diabetes. Those who realized they were at high risk of developing diabetes were 30 percent more likely to be physically active and 80 percent more likely to focus on weight loss.
It was noted that some participants may have already been told about their diabetes risk but either forgot or didn’t quite understand the concept. They could have also had their sugar tested by an oral glucose tolerance test, which can elicit different results from a standard A1c test.
The researchers emphasized that it is important that doctors tell their pre-diabetes patients what that means and encourage them to begin taking steps to avoid developing type 2 diabetes.