Many People at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Don’t Think They Are at Risk

Health Care Providers Need to Make a Stronger Link between Risk Factors and Diabetes/Heart Disease Development to Motivate Patients to Change Behaviors

Diabetes.org: December 4, 2013

Only three in 10 adults 40 and older who have modifiable risk factors for diabetes think they have “a great deal” or “some” risk for diabetes, according to recent American Diabetes Association studies. In fact, four in 10 at-risk adults believe they have no risk for diabetes or prediabetes. Provider perceptions support this; only one in four believes at-risk patients are “extremely” or ”very” knowledgeable about their elevated risk for type 2 diabetes or heart disease. The surveys were conducted with 1,426 consumers aged 40 and older and 601 health care providers.

Cardiometabolic risk is a group of factors that are good indicators of a patient’s overall risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. While some risk factors cannot be controlled (age, race/ethnicity, gender, family history), patients do have control over other risk factors (weight, unhealthy cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet and high blood glucose [sugar] level.) Read More