Patients in danger of developing type 2 diabetes don’t believe they are at risk: survey

Patients in danger of developing type 2 diabetes don't believe they are at risk: survey

Patients in danger of developing type 2 diabetes don't believe they are at risk: survey

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A current study of healthcare consumers developed by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) found that only 30% of adults over the age of 40 who have risk factors for diabetes believe they have “a great deal” or “some” risk for developing the chronic condition. 4 in 10 of the at-risk adults who responded to the survey said they had no risk for diabetes.

Healthcare practitioners concur that high-risk patients do not comprehend the seriousness of their risk factors. They said that only 25% of their at-risk patients are well-informed about their increased risk for diabetes or heart disease.

The survey results depict a “serious disconnect” between patients and providers, according to an ADA news release. Providers surveyed said that the largest barrier to treating at-risk patients is noncompliance, and that many patients don’t take risk factors seriously or are in denial.

“These findings suggest it is critical for providers to connect the dots with patients between risk factors and disease development,” says Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, the incoming chair of the ADA’s prevention committee. “Providers think their at-risk patients are making the link between risk factors and heart attack, diabetes and death, but a quarter of these patients report they don’t even have any health problems. We have to close the gap if we want to prevent future development of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.”

The ADA survey was conducted with 1,426 healthcare consumers over the age of 40 and 601 healthcare providers.

Physicians can not control if their patients are in denial about their risk factors but practitioners can educate their patients so that they fully understand what their risk factors imply. At Heal n Cure, we are in the business of preventing and reversing disease. When a patient presents with risk factors for any condition we supply the patient with all the necessary tools to prevent theses risk factors from progressing to disease.

Heal n Cure’s Top Tier physicians evaluate a patient as a whole, considering all symptoms, instead of focusing on one specific problem. This allows us to effectively provide guidance on the root cause of health issues. To learn more about Heal n Cure please visit our website at

Are you surprised only 30% of adults with risk factors believe they are at risk for developing diabetes? How do you think healthcare industries and government agencies can increase awareness of this disease? Please comment below.

Ref: Medicaleconomics Modernmedicine