Thursday, March 4, 2010

Study: Patients’ Lack of Concern is Cause for Concern

A new study published by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that only half of U.S. adults with pre-diabetes have tried to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in the last year.

It is important to treat sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, which can cause or worsen diabetes.

In 2005 to 2006, 30 percent of U.S. adults had pre-diabetes but only 7 percent knew they had it. These results are from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES).

This new study included more than 1,400 adults with pre-diabetes from the NHANES study.

Researchers asked participants if, in the past 12 months, they had:
- Tried to control or lose weight
- Reduced the amount of fat or calories they ate
- Increased their physical activity
- Been told by a doctor to do the above three activities

They were also asked if they had been screened for diabetes or high blood sugar in the past three years.

The results show that only half of the pre-diabetes patients made behavioral changes to decrease their risk for diabetes. Only one-third of patients had received counsel from their doctor on preventing diabetes.

According to the NHANES study, older men with a lower educational level had a higher risk of pre-diabetes. People with a high body mass index, blood pressure or waist size were also at risk for pre-diabetes.

Like diabetes, many people with OSA do not know they have the condition. You can take the STOP-Bang questionnaire and Epworth Sleepiness Scale to determine your risk. If these tests indicate that you have high risk for sleep apnea, you will want to visit a sleep center.

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