A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine revealed that only half of prediabetic adults in the U.S. take precautionary measures to avoid developing the disease.
Researchers from the Division of Diabetes Translation of the Centers for Disease Control examined survey data from 1,402 adults with prediabetes. This information was taken from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, where participants were interviewed and given a fasting blood glucose test and an oral glucose tolerance test.
The survey participants were asked whether they had tried to control or lose weight, reduce their fat and calorie consumption or increased physical activity in the past 12 months. They were also asked whether they had been told by a doctor to perform these preventative measures and whether they had been screened for diabetes in the past three years.
Only 7.3 percent of prediabetic patients said that they had been told about the condition, and less than half of them reported taking a test for diabetes or high blood sugar in the past few years.
“Reversing the growing diabetes problem will require multiple levels of interventions,” the researchers wrote in their paper. They added that the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and the implementation of prevention programs can greatly help people at risk for type 2 diabetes.